On Disabilities

  • 11:31am Jun 18, 2013
    Science Science Health & Safety

    The Human Voice May Not Spark Pleasure In Children With Autism

    Scientists and parents have long been baffled by the fact that children with autism often don't pay attention to human voices. Researchers say that may be because speech doesn't activate a reward system in the brain for those children the way it does for typical children.
  • 3:13pm Jun 10, 2013
    Health & Safety Health & Safety

    The Promise In Unraveling The Mysteries Of Rare Diseases

    As a child, Jeannie Peeper was diagnosed with fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, an extremely rare disease that causes a second skeleton to grow inside the body. Peeper and science writer Carl Zimmer discuss the efforts of a small group to fund research to battle the disease.
  • 3:08pm May 30, 2013
    Health & Safety Health & Safety

    With Advances In Prenatal Testing, Difficult Choices Arise

    Technological developments in prenatal testing and screening methods have given women more information about the genetic status of their fetuses. Increased access to information can leave mothers and their partners with difficult choices about whether to continue or terminate a pregnancy.
  • 10:52am May 28, 2013
    Health & Safety Health & Safety

    Why Healthful Vending Machines Might Hurt The Blind

    Blind entrepreneurs who own vending machines are worried that legislative mandates to replace junk food with more healthful items will impact their business. In Oregon, the vendors are collaborating with health officials to find a happy medium.
  • If you know some mice that took This Is Spinal Tap too literally, they might want to know about an experiment to restore hearing with a failed Alzheimer's drug.
    The Kobal Collection
    8:34am Apr 08, 2013
    Science Science Health & Safety

    Alzheimer's Drug Dials Back Deafness In Mice

    An experimental drug developed to fight Alzheimer's disease partially reversed hearing loss caused by exposure to extremely loud sounds, researchers say. The results apply only to mice, but scientists are encouraged by the fact that the medicine caused new hair cells to grow in the animals' inner ears.
  • Tilghman Logan and his instructor, Craig Stagg, do some practice turns using sit skis. Some ski resorts have created opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in snow sports.
    Carrie Jung / KUNM
    11:18am Mar 06, 2013
    Sports Sports National Economy

    With Adaptive Skiing, Disabled People No Longer Left Out In The Cold

    As the fresh snow falls in New Mexico's ski resorts and mild temperatures welcome visitors into the region, new ski enthusiasts are making their way to the mountain tops. Some ski resorts now offer lessons to people with disabilities, and owners say not only is it a great equalizer, it's also increasing business.