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As Cambodian-Americans and children of refugees, Sin and Em carry a difficult legacy. Their families display many classic symptoms of PTSD.

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Arun Va was a young man at the time and recruited by a Khmer Rouge cadre leader to accompany him and four women to travel to the lake. Today he almost shudders when he realized how narrowly he escaped becoming a killer.

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Sath Om is the lone survivor. But each night she says they come to her: the spirits of her family asking for her help asking for justice.

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For many refugees of the Cambodian genocide, the horrors didn't end when the shooting stopped. Nor did they end when the immigrants came to the United States in search of new lives.

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Day or night Sam Keo would be visited by his late mother and dead baby brother. Problem is, it was more than 15 years since Keo's brother had died at the age of 3 from malnutrition and eight years since his mom had died of ovarian cancer. 
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Nearly 40 years later, Cambodian refugees who can bear telling their stories recall atrocities in vivid detail, with an immediacy that is palpable.

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Fracking's health dangers, a Supreme Court health reform video primer, cancer prevention and daily aspirin, and more from our Top 5 Today.

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Developmental trauma disorder is based on the theory that early childhood experiences literally shape the brain—and therefore the mind, behavior and personality of children into adulthood. Will the field of psychiatry recognize developmental trauma as a legitimate diagnosis?

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Today's Daily Briefing features a report on business of health care exchanges, a candid discussion of PTSD and a great metaphor for bloggers and journalists.

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Devaugndre Broussard grew up in three violent neighborhoods: San Francisco's Bayview-Hunter's Point and Western Addition and Richmond's Iron Triangle. His mother went to prison for drug sales when he was only 10 months old. She went back to prison several times while he grew up, sending him to a series of foster homes. A girlfriend who attended some of Broussard's early court appearances told the Chauncey Bailey Project this might've set the tone for his life. He's one of many people she knows who lived in foster homes where "parents" were more interested in the monthly county check than in their foster kids.

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