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Nancy Shute

Nancy Shute appears in the following:

Is It OK To Pay Pregnant Women To Stop Smoking?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It's notoriously hard to get people to quit smoking. Pregnant women in Scotland were more apt to stop smoking if they got $600 in gift cards. But are those kinds of payments ethical?

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Imagining A Future When The Doctor's Office Is In Your Home

Monday, January 12, 2015

You can now monitor your heart rhythm with your cellphone. Dr. Eric Topol imagines a day when patients will be doing a lot more of their own medical testing, with doctors as advisers.

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Are Teenagers Capable Of Making Life-Or-Death Decisions?

Friday, January 09, 2015

The case of Cassandra, a 17-year-old who says she doesn't want chemotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma, has sparked fierce debate. A medical ethicist says teenagers should be able to determine their fates.

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How The Skin Disease Psoriasis Costs Us Billions

Thursday, January 08, 2015

People with the autoimmune disease psoriasis can need a lot of medical care and can miss a lot of work. A review adds up the big-dollar cost of a disease that often flies under the radar.

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Il Sogno Del Marinaio On World Cafe

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Hear a live studio session from veteran punk bassist Mike Watt and his two Italian bandmates.

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Bariatric Surgery Cuts The Risk Of Death Years Later

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

People considering weight-loss surgery haven't had much evidence on long-term risks or benefits. A study finds lower death rates after surgery, even for people who were older and less healthy.

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Sleeping Near A Smartphone Can Disturb A Child's Rest

Monday, January 05, 2015

Lots of children have smartphones tucked under the pillow or on the nightstand. That may be enough to compromise sleep and make children feel less rested, a study finds.

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Using Both Quit Lines And Websites Helps Smokers Stop

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Every state offers quit lines and other aids to help smokers end the habit. Using both telephone and online aids works best, a study finds.

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A Look Back At The Top 5 Shots Posts In 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

In a year filled with gripping health stories, here are the ones that were the most popular with Shots readers. Think beauty pageant queens, pronouns and Ebola.

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Is Your State Ready For The Next Infectious Outbreak? Probably Not

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Public health has a way of slipping off the radar when people aren't scared about Ebola or anthrax. But that doesn't mean the threats go away. And most states aren't prepared for the next one.

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2014 Saw Fewest Executions In 20 Years, Report Finds

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Death Penalty Information Center, which opposes capital punishment, says executions dropped in part because some states had issues with their lethal injections.

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What Happens After You Get That Mammogram

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

What are the odds that you'll get a false positive when you get a mammogram? How likely is it that it will detect cancer? Here's one way to look at it.

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When You Burn Off That Fat, Where Does It Go?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Lipid metabolism may not sound sexy, but it's how you fit into that smaller pair of jeans. And when the fat says farewell, it has to go somewhere. Only some of it winds up in New Jersey.

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Doctors Lag In Adopting Cheaper, Faster Radiation For Breast Cancer

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Three weeks of radiation works just as well as six weeks for most women with early stage breast cancer. But doctors have been slow to make that switch. Money may be one big reason why, a study says.

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What If Sharing Your MRI Was As Simple As Pinterest?

Friday, December 05, 2014

Why is it that you can share photos so easily online but you can't get a doctor to upload your MRI? An experiment to let patients see and share their scans gets rave reviews from early adopters.

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CDC Considers Counseling Males Of All Ages On Circumcision

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Citing reduced risk of HIV and other sexually acquired diseases, the federal agency says health care providers should discuss circumcision with men as well as parents of infants and teen boys.

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Eyeing That BB Gun For Christmas? Don't Go There, Doctors Say

Friday, November 28, 2014

Sure as the season, some toys that turn up on the most-popular lists are also considered a safety hazard. So best to skip the LED crossbow, eye doctors say.

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Vitamin D Tests Aren't Needed For Everyone, Federal Panel Says

Monday, November 24, 2014

There's not enough evidence that screening the general public for vitamin D deficiency helps reduce the risk of disease, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says.

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What Diabetes Costs You, Even If You Don't Have The Disease

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Diabetes costs the United States $322 billion a year, or $1,000 for each American. That's 48 percent more than it was just five years ago.

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You Can Monitor Your Baby's Vital Signs 24/7, But Should You?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A new generation of baby monitors lets new parents track their child's heartbeat and other vital signs. But they're not health devices, a pediatrician warns, and could give a false sense of security.

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