Nancy Shute appears in the following:
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.