Nancy Shute

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Even A Very Weak Signal From The Brain Might Help Paraplegics

Thursday, April 10, 2014

By electrically stimulating the lower spine in men with paraplegia, researchers were able to get them to initiate movement. The big challenge is how to achieve coordinated motor control.


Measles At A Rock Concert Goes Viral In A Bad Way

Monday, April 07, 2014

A young woman who didn't know she was infected with measles went to a Kings of Leon concert in Seattle. Public health investigators have reconstructed her movements to warn the public.


If A Picture's Worth 1,000 Words, Could It Help You Floss?

Sunday, April 06, 2014

It's hard to get people to change their health behaviors for the better. Would putting drawings of simple health truisms on a pack of cards help? One creative tech geek wants to find out.


A Pill For Grass Allergies May Replace Shots For Some

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Allergy shots work, but they're inconvenient and painful. Now there are pills that can help people tolerate grass pollen. But allergies are rarely limited to grass alone.


Review Finds Mammography's Benefits Overplayed, Harms Dismissed

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Mammograms can prevent breast cancer deaths, but each woman's benefit or harm will vary based on her age and underlying cancer risks, a study finds. More individualized advice would help.


Weight-Loss Surgery Can Reverse Diabetes, But Cure Is Elusive

Monday, March 31, 2014

People with diabetes who had gastric bypass surgery had much better control of blood sugar three years later. But most still hadn't met the goal of returning to normal sugar levels, a study finds.


How Being Ignored Helped A Woman Discover The Breast Cancer Gene

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Twenty years ago, many scientists didn't think that genes could cause diseases like cancer. The discovery of the BRCA gene for hereditary breast cancer changed that. Mary-Claire King tells how.


Marathon Training Lowers Heart Disease Risk In Middle-Aged Men

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Marathons are increasingly popular with people who will never cross the finish line in under three hours. But do recreational runners benefit from the intense training? Researchers in Boston say yes.


Bogus Pills Found In Bottles Of Weight-Loss Drug In 7 States

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The bottles that appear to have been tampered with contained tablets and capsules in various shapes and colors, rather than the turquoise capsule used for the over-the-counter medication alli.


Kids Benefit From Counseling At The Pediatrician's Office

Monday, March 24, 2014

Defiance and other behavior problems are common in children, and counseling can help. Offering mental health care at the pediatrician's office made it much more likely that children would attend.


Doctors Say Don't Give Birth To Baby In A Tub, But Midwives Disagree

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Women can give birth in water at a growing number of hospitals, but the nation's pediatricians and obstetricians say there's not enough proof that it's safe. Midwives say it's fine for many women.


Exercise Cuts Breast Cancer Risk For All Women Everywhere

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Evidence has long suggested that exercise may help prevent breast cancer. After looking at cancer risk in 4 million women, French researchers concluded any type of exercise is beneficial.


Half Of Americans Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Despite evidence to the contrary, many Americans believe cellphones cause cancer and that health officials are covering it up. Discredited theories about vaccines and fluoridation also remain popular.


Yes, It's A Headache. No, You Don't Need A Brain Scan

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

In 2010, 15 percent of people who went to the doctor for a headache got a brain scan, even though the vast majority of headaches aren't symptoms of something seriously wrong.


Big Drop In Colon Cancer Fuels Push To Get More People Screened

Monday, March 17, 2014

Screening for colon cancer actually prevents the disease, but one-third of people over 50 have never been screened. A new campaign hopes to get 80 percent of eligible people screened by 2018.


Young Women Increasingly Turn To ADHD Drugs

Friday, March 14, 2014

Teenage boys are still the primary users of stimulant medications to treat ADHD, but increased use by adults, particularly young women, has fueled a 36 percent rise in prescriptions in five years.


Statins Might Not Cause Aching Muscles, But Diabetes Risk Is Real

Thursday, March 13, 2014

An analysis of research on the cholesterol-lowering drugs shows that most side effects are no more common with them than with placebo drugs. But statins can raise the risk of diabetes.


Whole Genome Scans Aren't Quite Ready For Your Doctor's Office

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Wouldn't it be great to be able to scan your genes and find out your disease risk? Those scanners exist. But a test of their usefulness for medical care found them not as accurate as one would hope.


Memories Can Go Astray When We Step Outside Our Bodies

Monday, March 10, 2014

Virtual reality can make people feel like they are experiencing the world outside of their bodies. The sensation can make it hard for the people to remember what happened to them.


Strange But True: Music Doesn't Make Some People Happy

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Researchers say a small number of people appear to lack the brain circuitry to get pleasure from music.