Andrea Muraskin is a freelance audio producer and journalist living in New Jersey. You can find more of her reporting on healthcare in America at and

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June 24, 2021

Woman suffers 13 years without a diagnosis, only to find out she’s a ‘textbook case’

Talia El-Zaatari was told her pain was ‘all in her head’ until surgery revealed a disease common for 1 in 10 women of reproductive age.

February 24, 2021

Family supports 20-something as she cares for grandpa

Leslie Desmond’s family saw a gruff alcoholic. Desmond saw a quick-witted card shark with whom she had a deep bond. So when her grandfather’s Alzheimer’s progressed, she seemed a natural fit to be his caregiver, even though she was only in her 20s.