Morning Edition for December 23, 2010
Dec 23, 2010 — A recent study shows that 59 percent of patients who knowingly took a placebo felt better. That's almost twice the improvement reported by people in the control group who took no treatment, researchers at Beth Israel say.
Dec 23, 2010 — Jet lag has been linked to a host of health ailments. According to a new study, when the normal sleep rhythms of lab hamsters were disrupted, the animals developed fewer brain cells.
Dec 23, 2010 — Washington expanded its sanctions this week against Iran over its nuclear program, but Tehran says the measures are having no effect. In the Persian Gulf emirate of Dubai, trade with Iran continues. But analysts say a new focus on enforcement has Iran seeking different trade arteries.
Dec 23, 2010 — Randy Shepherd has gone from a reluctant interviewee to an activist for transplant patients. That's because he needs a new heart. And in October, Arizona cut funding for him and 97 other transplant patients. Even though he's a private person, Shepherd is convinced that speaking out may save his life.
Dec 23, 2010 — DNA taken from a pinkie bone that's at least 30,000 years old is hinting at the existence of a previously unknown population of ancient humans. It's the latest example of how modern genetic techniques are transforming the world of anthropology.
Dec 23, 2010 — From the small city of Cumberland, Md., comes Cotton Jones, a husband and wife duo who make songs about their hometown. They released the album Tall Hours in the Glowstream in August.
Dec 23, 2010 — Beginning in January, fishermen in California, Washington and Oregon will become owners of a percentage of their catch. Just like shares in the stock market, shares of fish can be traded or sold. But several fishermen's groups say this "catch share" system could be easily manipulated.
Dec 23, 2010 — Whatever happened to good manners, cocktail hour or knowing how to darn a sock? Sally Singer, editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, selects three new books that celebrate nostalgia and looking back to more exquisite, more refined times.
Dec 23, 2010 — With all-American NASCAR now touting its use of ethanol blends in its race cars, the ethanol industry is taking the marketing pitch into overdrive in hopes of winning broad acceptance. The problem is, it's hard to figure out exactly what you're buying.