Nancy Shute

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A Simple Way To Reduce Stroke Risk: Take Your Pulse

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Most people can't tell when they're having the irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation that puts them at risk of stroke. Simply learning to take your own pulse could help, researchers say.


Doctors Face Ethical Issues In Benching Kids With Concussions

Thursday, July 10, 2014

There's plenty of evidence that playing with a concussion increases the risk of long-term problems. But athletes, coaches and parents can be reluctant to call a halt. Then how can doctors do no harm?


HPV Vaccine Doesn't Raise Risk Of Blood Clots, Study Finds

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Earlier safety studies of the vaccine for human papillomavirus found a higher risk of dangerous blood clots. But a study of 500,000 women and girls finds that the vaccine doesn't raise risk.


Lead Exposure May Cause Depression And Anxiety In Children

Monday, June 30, 2014

Lead exposure lowers children's IQ and causes aggression. But children exposed to low levels of lead show different symptoms, including more depression and anxiety, a study of preschoolers finds.


Federal Panel Backs FluMist For Kids, But The Shot Isn't Dead Yet

Friday, June 27, 2014

The live vaccine nose spray protects children better, a federal panel says, but pediatricians aren't sold. They say it's too risky for the many children with asthma or compromised immunity.


Excessive Drinking Causes 10 Percent Of Deaths In Working-Age Adults

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Drinking too much alcohol is a big factor in deaths of adults under age 65, CDC researchers say, from obvious risks like vehicle accidents to more subtle effects like higher rates of breast cancer.


FDA Warns Of Life-Threatening Reactions With Acne Products

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Many people use products using benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to treat acne. The Food and Drug Administration says rare but dangerous allergic reactions have landed people in the hospital.


3-D Mammography Finds More Tumors, But Questions Remain

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A newer form of mammogram that takes multiple X-rays makes it less likely that women will be called back for more screening, a study finds. But it's still too early to know if it increases survival.


Never Too Young: Pediatricians Say Parents Should Read To Infants

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Parents have been told they should read to their children early, but most don't think that means the day you bring Junior home from the hospital. Pediatricians say start now to help learning later.


After The Fall, A Young Man Chronicles His Life With Multiple Sclerosis

Monday, June 23, 2014

Jason DaSilva was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 25. He has applied his skills as a documentary filmmaker to show what it's like to quickly lose the ability to walk.


Want Your Kids To Ace School? Good Motor Skills May Help

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Children and teenagers who are aerobically fit and and have good motor skills do better academically, researchers say. But muscle strength doesn't help. And those motor skills may matter most.


Cancer When You're Young Isn't Always 'The Fault In Our Stars'

Friday, June 13, 2014

We asked teenagers and young adults if the movie gets close to the reality of living through cancer. They said the loneliness, yes. The Hollywood hair, not so much.


Forget 10,000 Steps. For Happy Knees, 6,000 Will Do It

Thursday, June 12, 2014

People are often told to walk 10,000 steps a day to be healthy. But if your goal is to avoid being crippled by knee arthritis, just 6,000 a day will to it, a study finds. And 3,000 is a good start.


Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Gains Fans, But Remains Unproven

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Pro athletes and duffers alike are trying injections of platelet-rich plasma to treat chronic injuries like tennis elbow. But despite thousands of studies, it's not clear that the treatment works.


Switching To Newer Insulin For Type 2 Diabetes Comes At A Cost

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

More people are using insulin to control Type 2 diabetes, and most of those people are using newer analog forms. But patients pay more out of pocket for these drugs, a study finds.


Taking Statins May Make People Less Physically Active

Monday, June 09, 2014

Millions of people are taking statins to reduce their cholesterol. But people on statins exercise less and sit more, a study finds. And that's a health risk for heart disease and many other ailments.


Early Exposure To Bacteria Protects Children From Asthma And Allergies

Friday, June 06, 2014

It was widely thought that the grunge in inner-city housing was causing high rates of asthma. But now it looks like being exposed to just the right kinds of bacteria and vermin actually helps.


The GPS In Your Head May Work A Lot Better Than That Phone

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The human brain uses two different specialized regions to navigate, scientists say, with one charting a straight line to the destination, and the other figuring out the turns along the way.


The Health Data Revolution Enters An Awkward Adolescence

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Huge amounts of information about your health, your doctor and your hospital lurk in private and public databases. But putting that information to work to improve health care remains a challenge.


Odds Of Abuse And Mistreatment Add Up Over Children's Lives

Monday, June 02, 2014

Each year, 1 percent of children are abused or neglected, usually by their parents. By the time children turn 18, about 1 in 8 of them is likely to have been maltreated, an analysis finds.