Emerging Evidence On Treatment Of The Diabetic Charcot Foot

Given the challenges of managing the diabetic Charcot foot, the chairmen of a recent international Charcot foot task force review the task force’s recommendations on diagnosing this syndrome and also discuss consensus findings on medical and surgical management.

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Coast Guard Tries To Lead Fuel Tanker To Nome

Melissa Block speaks with Capt. Beverly Havlik, from the Coast Guard ice-breaker Cutter Healy, who talks about the challenges of helping a Russian tanker make its way through the Arctic ice to Nome, Alaska.

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Exploring Science At The End Of The Earth

Every year thousands of scientists visit Antarctica. Some study the gas plume from the active volcano, Mount Erebus. Others map the ever-changing ice caves. But they all face the same challenges of working on extreme terrain. Two researchers and a photojournalist discuss how research is done on the frozen continent.

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Navigating Parental Minefields When Treating Kids

As many of you know, I love working with kids. There is something about treating that population that I feel makes all the hard work in school and residency worth it. However, it does take a special kind of person to know how to deal with the challenges of this population. In the last couple of weeks, I was reminded why some of my colleagues just outright avoid this age group altogether.

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Timeline: The 100-Year History Of The Electric Car

The electric car was just as popular as its gasoline counterpart when it first went into production around the turn of the 20th century. But with the advent of highways, people wanted to go farther than their battery life allowed. Today’s electric cars face similar challenges.

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Peering Into The Brain, But At What?

Modern brain-imaging techniques have given researchers an unprecedented level of detail about the structure of the brain, but are they any closer to puzzling out how the brain really works? Harvard neuroscientist Jeff Lichtman talks about the limitations of brain imaging, and the challenges of trying to use imaging techniques to decode the brain’s behavior.

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Peering Into The Brain, But At What?

Modern brain-imaging techniques have given researchers an unprecedented level of detail about the structure of the brain, but are they any closer to puzzling out how the brain really works? Harvard neuroscientist Jeff Lichtman talks about the limitations of brain imaging, and the challenges of trying to use imaging techniques to decode the brain’s behavior.

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Obama Signs Patent Overhaul Bill

Hoping it will spur innovation, President Obama signed a bill Friday overhauling the nation’s patent laws. The law switches to a “first to file” rule for granting patents. It also allows new challenges to existing patents. But critics say it will not help individual inventors get their ideas to market. Melissa Block talks to NPR’s Laura Sydell for more.

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Teaching Environmental Literacy: Seeking Balance

Maryland students face a new graduation requirement: they must be schooled in environmental protection before they finish high school. The path-breaking proposal creates new challenges for teachers, who must seek out a balanced approach to a sensitive subject.

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A New Frontier In Space Travel: The Law

Several private companies are developing spacecraft that will take anyone into space who wants to go, provided they can pay for the ride. But the challenges of commercial human spaceflight are as much about laws and regulations as they are about technology.

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Keeping the Medical Secrets of Young Patients

In today’s 18 and Under column, pediatrician Dr. Perri Klass writes about the challenges doctors face in balancing medical confidentiality with the need to protect adolescent patients from harm.