Nancy Shute

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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.


What To Do When The CDC Orders You To Check For Ebola Symptoms

Thursday, October 23, 2014

So you're just back from West Africa and the CDC says you've got to monitor yourself for signs of Ebola for the next 21 days. And they give you your very own thermometer. Here's how you'll do it.


How To Sell Bogus Health Cures In 5 Easy Steps

Thursday, October 23, 2014

It turns out that green coffee extract isn't a "miracle pill that can burn fat fast," even though Dr. Oz said so. But there are plenty more "miracle" cures out there. Here's how to sell your own.


When The Economy Goes Down, Vasectomies Go Up

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It's well known that people are less eager to have children when the economy sours. And it looks like men got really serious about that during the Great Recession.


Eye Phone? Your Next Eye Exam Might Be Done With Your Phone

Monday, October 20, 2014

Doctors need to look at the eyes to diagnose disease, but the machines they use are big and expensive. An iPhone or tablet may do as well, scientists say, bringing eye care to the underserved.


Nurses Want To Know How Safe Is Safe Enough With Ebola

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It's not clear how Dallas nurse Nina Pham became infected with Ebola virus while working in the intensive care unit. Nurses at many hospitals say they haven't had enough training to deal with Ebola.


A Polar Bear Might Keep The Measles Away, But Shots Work Better

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sophie Blackall, illustrator of the best-selling Ivy and Bean books, has enlisted her heroines in the effort to eradicate measles. They decide that a shot is more practical than moving to the moon.


Frozen Poop Pills Fight Life-Threatening Infections

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The antibiotic-resistant bacteria C. difficile can be deadly. Fecal transplants often can cure infections, but have a major ick factor. Capsules of fecal matter deliver the cure more politely.


4 Things We've Learned About Enterovirus D68, And 1 Mystery

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The outbreak of serious respiratory illness in children was a big surprise; it was caused by an obscure virus rarely seen in the U.S. Two doctors on the front lines explain what they've learned.


Detergent Pods Can Cause Eye Injuries In Children

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Detergent pods are convenient, sure, but small children continue to have dangerous encounters with them, sustaining injuries to the eyes and other body parts when the pods are squeezed or chomped.


Is Enterovirus D68 Behind The Mysterious Paralysis In Children?

Friday, October 03, 2014

Several dozen children in California and Colorado have suffered paralyzed limbs, which doctors speculate could be caused by the respiratory virus EV-68. But we're a long way from knowing for sure.


A Mini-Stroke Called A TIA Can Spark Post-Traumatic Stress

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Having a full-blown stroke can cause post-traumatic stress disorder, and that's also true for tiny strokes called TIAs, a study finds. Worry over future stroke risk may be a factor.


Hey CDC, We've Got A Lot Of Questions For You About Ebola

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Public health authorities are hard at work disseminating information about Ebola virus on social media, but right now people have a lot more questions about the Dallas case than there are answers.


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.