Nancy Shute

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


More Squash, Less Bacon: Calculating Your Real-Life Heart Risk

Friday, November 14, 2014

There are lots of cardiovascular risk calculators, but they usually expect you to know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers. This one wants to know if you play tennis. And if you like bacon.


Poor Contact Lens Care Leads To A Whole Lot Of Eye Infections

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Almost 1 million people a year end up with painful eye infections, and improper contact lens care is a big reason why, according to a new study from the CDC.


Preemies May Be Exposed To High Levels Of Phthalates In The NICU

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Chemicals in medical equipment can be transferred to patients, and it's a particular concern with premature infants whose bodies and brains are immature.


Training The Next Generation Of Doctors To Get LGBT Health Right

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

People who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender often have a hard time getting appropriate health care. Med schools need to integrate LGBT health throughout training, a key group says.


Fewer Babies Are Born Prematurely, But Many Still Suffer

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The rate of premature births in the United States has dropped to 11 percent, showing continued progress in preventing the risks of prematurity. But there are big disparities among the states.


Have You Broken A Wrist? Men Are At Risk Of Osteoporosis, Too

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

A broken wrist may not seem like much, but it can be the first sign that you're headed for a broken hip or spinal fracture. Men often don't realize they are at risk of osteoporosis as they age.


Contemplating Brittany Maynard's Final Choice

Monday, November 03, 2014

People who choose assisted suicide tend to be over 65, white and well-educated. And they want to feel in control of their fate. When a young person chooses that route, it draws fresh questions.


Why It's OK To Worry About Ebola, And What's Truly Scary

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Public health officials are telling us not to freak out about Ebola in the United States. But fear is what motivates people to protect themselves from danger. When should we worry?


Scientists Implicate More Than 100 Genes In Causing Autism

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Spontaneous gene mutations, not ones inherited from parents, increase a child's risk of autism, scientists say. By comparing genes within families they've identified more than 100 suspects.