Nancy Shute

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Putting Caffeine In Your Underwear Won't Make You Slimmer, Alas

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Here's a government service: The Federal Trade Commission has told two companies to quit selling caffeinated women's undergarments because they don't actually slim your nether regions as advertised.


What We Don't Know About Heart Disease Can Kill Us

Monday, September 29, 2014

People in the United Kingdom failed big time when they took a poll on risk factors for heart disease. Think you're more up to speed? Try our quickie quiz and find out.


How To Get Children To Behave Without Hitting Them

Friday, September 19, 2014

Most parents say they have used corporal punishment. But there's abundant evidence that it doesn't improve behavior over time. Changing how parents talk to children does work, but it takes practice.


Kids' Perception Of Parents' Favoritism Counts More Than Reality

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mom always liked you best. But is that enough of an excuse to start smoking dope? It depends on how teenagers perceive parental preference, a study finds. And also how warm the family is overall.


Farewell, Heating Pad: Physical Therapists Say It Doesn't Help

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Heating pads and other passive treatments don't do any good if the goal is gaining strength and mobility, according to the Choosing Wisely campaign. Instead, it's all about the exercise.


Antibiotics Prescribed For Children Twice As Often As Needed

Monday, September 15, 2014

About 27 percent of respiratory tract infections in children are caused by bacteria, a study finds. But doctors prescribe antibiotics for 57 percent, leading to 11 million unneeded prescriptions.


Rare Virus Has Sickened Hundreds More Children, Hospitals Say

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The rare virus is spreading fast, and doctors don't have an instant test to find out who has it. So parents should be ready to seek help quickly if a child has a cold that's rapidly getting worse.


Heavier Teen Pot Smoking Linked To Problems In Young Adults

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Daily smokers are less likely to graduate from high school or college and are at higher risk of suicide, according to an analysis of three long-term studies of teenagers in Australia and New Zealand.


Get The Measles, Get Ready To Be Out For Two Weeks

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Many people think of measles as a mild childhood illness. But people who got the measles during outbreaks in the United Kingdom say they were so sick they missed two weeks of school or work.


CDC Warns Of Fast-Spreading Enterovirus Afflicting Children

Monday, September 08, 2014

A spike in severe respiratory infections in children has the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asking doctors and patients to act quickly if children wheeze or have difficulty breathing.


Stinky T-Shirt? Bacteria Love Polyester In A Special Way

Friday, September 05, 2014

Why does that sleek polyester T-shirt reek after 10 minutes, while the old-school cotton stays relatively sweet? Polyester attracts very different microbes, which may account for that special stink.


More Homes Go Smoke-Free, But Exposure Remains A Health Threat

Thursday, September 04, 2014

People are getting the message about the dangers of secondhand smoke at home, a CDC study says. But half of smokers still light up in the house, putting the health of relatives and friends at risk.


Dry, Scratchy Eyes? Staring At Screens Is Driving This Trend

Thursday, September 04, 2014

It used to be that dry eye syndrome was considered a problem for middle-aged women. But with all those screens we're staring at, that nasty sandy feeling is becoming much more common.


Double Mastectomies Don't Yield Expected Results, Study Finds

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Young women diagnosed with breast cancer are increasingly choosing to have both breasts removed. A big study says that doesn't improve their survival odds any more than less drastic treatments.


An App Can Reveal When Withdrawal Tremors Are Real

Friday, August 29, 2014

You probably haven't thought about whether your phone could help diagnose alcohol withdrawal. Well, it can. An app for doctors measures tremors and may help tell if someone's faking it to get drugs.


Scentless: Losing Your Sense Of Smell May Make Life Riskier

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Everybody worries about losing eyesight or hearing, but the sense of smell may help people stay safe. People with impaired odor detection are more likely to eat spoiled food or let pans catch on fire.


Hey, You've Got Mites Living On Your Face. And I Do, Too

Thursday, August 28, 2014

If you're grossed out by the idea that tiny relatives of scorpions are living in the pores of your nose, you're not alone. But everybody's got Demodex mites, a study finds. And they're kind of cute.


Health Organizations Call For A Ban On E-Cigarettes Indoors

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Both the World Health Organization and the American Heart Association say vapors from electronic cigarettes pose a health threat to bystanders, and that the devices should be regulated like tobacco.


Pediatricians Say School Should Start Later For Teens' Health

Monday, August 25, 2014

The science is clear that teenagers need more than eight hours of sleep a night. The nation's pediatricians say school districts need to buck up and change schedules to let kids sleep later.

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California Trees Nailed As The Source Of Mystery Infections

Friday, August 22, 2014

Nobody knew how people in Southern California were getting infected with the life-threatening fungus C. gattii. A 13-year-old helped figure out the source: three types of trees.