Nancy Shute

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After The Cranberries And Pie, Take Time To Talk About Death

Friday, November 27, 2015

Advance directives don't guarantee that a person's wishes for end-of-life care will always be honored. Some states let people use physician orders that override legal requirements to perform CPR.


Is Sex Once A Week Enough For A Happy Relationship?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A study of thousands of people, most in committed relationships, finds that having sex about once a week correlates best with happiness and well-being. More didn't turn out to be better.


Preventable Colon Cancer Deaths Cost The Economy $6.4 Billion

Friday, November 13, 2015

People in lower-income communities are more likely to die of colon cancer, often because they don't get diagnosed early enough. Those premature deaths take a financial toll, too.


Authors Retract Study That Says Sadness Affects Color Perception

Thursday, November 05, 2015

It's the kind of oops no scientist wants to make. But the researchers who published a paper saying that watching sad movies makes it hard to perceive the color blue now say they erred.


Black Women's Breast Cancer Risk Rises To Equal White Women's

Thursday, October 29, 2015

African-American women's advantage in avoiding breast cancer has evaporated, with their rates rising to match white women's. Higher obesity rates, a risk factor for breast cancer, may be one reason.


Why Do People Get So Bent Out Of Shape About Drinking While Pregnant?

Monday, October 26, 2015

A lot of people think doctors are being way too absolutist about moderate drinking in pregnancy. But the doctors say since there's no way to know what's safe, it's not worth the risk.


Pediatricians Say Absolutely No Drinking While Pregnant

Monday, October 19, 2015

Ten percent of pregnant women say they drink, even though doctors have spent decades saying that birth defects and developmental delays from alcohol can be prevented completely by abstaining.


Drinking Makes Teens' First Sexual Experience Riskier, Less Satisfying

Friday, October 16, 2015

When drinking is part of the picture, young women are more apt to say their first sexual experience was coerced, and that it wasn't planned with a romantic partner in an ongoing relationship.


Treatment Changes For DCIS Haven't Affected Breast Cancer Deaths

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Ductal carcinoma in situ often doesn't turn into breast cancer, but most women have surgery for it. The trend is for less invasive surgery, which hasn't affected survival rates.


Firstborns May Be More Nearsighted, And Parents May Be Why

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Firstborns in Britain are more likely to be nearsighted, a finding that matches other studies. Maybe it's because parents are more likely to push studying than they do with subsequent kids.


Hispanic Cancer Rates Show How It Matters Where You Come From

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Hispanics are less likely to get cancer than non-Hispanic whites, but they're more susceptible to gallbladder, liver and stomach cancer. And country of origin affects cancer risk, too.


Cognitive Decline May Move Faster In People With Low Vitamin D

Monday, September 14, 2015

Older people with low levels of vitamin D are likely to lose memory and executive function more quickly, a study finds. But it didn't look into whether taking supplements could help.


The Problem With Teens Is That They're Just Too Rational

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Teenagers aren't always risk-taking gamblers; they put a lot of effort into weighing financial choices, a study finds. Adults are more apt to adopt rules and quickly make choices that are good enough.


John Oliver Says U.S. Students Learn Virtually Nothing About Africa

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

So we asked a former U.S. student who went to live in Africa to come up with 11 factoids — a crash course on the continent. Note: We will not test you on these facts.


Wildfire Smoke Becomes The Health Threat That Won't Go Away

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Cities and towns across the West are warning residents that high levels of smoke from forest fires threaten their health, with no sign of abating. That means indoor recess and no vacuuming.


Leprosy From An Armadillo? That's An Unlikely Peccadillo

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Yes, health officials in Florida have reported nine cases of leprosy so far this year. And yes, armadillos can transmit leprosy. But scientists say we needn't fear the armored mammals.


5 Things Your Baby Should Avoid In The NICU

Monday, July 20, 2015

Babies in the neonatal intensive care unit often get multiple tests and treatments a day. Not all of them help, and some can hurt. Neonatologists have picked the five least likely to do good.


#NPRreads: Climate Scientists In The Crosshairs And China's Economy

Friday, July 17, 2015

Also this week, income inequality and the 2016 election, and the little-known Cascadia subduction zone.


Should Women Be Able To Treat Bladder Infections Themselves?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

It can be pretty miserable waiting to get the urine test when you're sure you've got a bladder infection and just need the antibiotics already. Some doctors think it's time for to let women prescribe.


More Mammograms May Not Always Mean Fewer Cancer Deaths

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

A comparison of women in 547 U.S. counties found that getting more women in for screening mammograms didn't lower death rates from breast cancer. More small cancers were found.