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Nancy Shute

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Leprosy From An Armadillo? That's An Unlikely Peccadillo

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Yes, health officials in Florida have reported nine cases of leprosy so far this year. And yes, armadillos can transmit leprosy. But scientists say we needn't fear the armored mammals.

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5 Things Your Baby Should Avoid In The NICU

Monday, July 20, 2015

Babies in the neonatal intensive care unit often get multiple tests and treatments a day. Not all of them help, and some can hurt. Neonatologists have picked the five least likely to do good.

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#NPRreads: Climate Scientists In The Crosshairs And China's Economy

Friday, July 17, 2015

Also this week, income inequality and the 2016 election, and the little-known Cascadia subduction zone.

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Should Women Be Able To Treat Bladder Infections Themselves?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

It can be pretty miserable waiting to get the urine test when you're sure you've got a bladder infection and just need the antibiotics already. Some doctors think it's time for to let women prescribe.

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More Mammograms May Not Always Mean Fewer Cancer Deaths

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

A comparison of women in 547 U.S. counties found that getting more women in for screening mammograms didn't lower death rates from breast cancer. More small cancers were found.

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After Measles Outbreaks, Parents Shift Their Thinking On Vaccines

Monday, July 06, 2015

The widely publicized measles outbreak linked to California theme parks appears to have made parents more confident about vaccine safety and benefits, a national poll finds.

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Don't Get Your Kids' Genes Sequenced Just To Keep Up

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Just because you can get your children's genome sequenced doesn't mean it's going to do their health any good, a report finds. Most benefits from genetic medicine come from a tight focus.

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Antipsychotics Too Often Prescribed For Aggression In Children

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Drugs intended to treat psychosis are also used to treat behavioral problems in children with ADHD. Less risky behavioral treatments and medications should be the first choice, researchers say.

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Painfully Skinny Jeans Land A Woman In The Hospital

Monday, June 22, 2015

It turns out jeans really can be too tight. An Australian woman suffered nerve and muscle damage after wearing superskinny jeans. She couldn't walk and was hospitalized, but has since recovered.

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How An Economist Helped Patients Find The Right Kidney Donors

Thursday, June 11, 2015

If you've got a life-threatening medical condition, your first call might not be to an economist. But Alvin Roth used a theory about matching markets to help connect kidney patients and donors.

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Drinking Too Much? One-Third Of Americans Say Yes

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Lots of people say they're having trouble with alcohol. Native Americans and young, college-educated white men are most apt to be at risk. And most people don't get any help cutting back.

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People In Poor Communities Are More Likely To Lose Eyesight

Thursday, May 21, 2015

In some counties in the South, almost 20 percent of adults have severe vision loss. And those communities are also likely to be among the nation's poorest. Lack of regular eye care is just one issue.

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Heart Risk Factors May Affect Black Women More Than White Women

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Black women are more likely to have heart disease with just a few metabolic risk factors, a study finds. That's not the case for white women. Being obese seems to affect black women more, too.

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Dense Breasts Are Just One Part Of The Cancer Risk Calculus

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Women with dense breasts are more likely to get cancer and less likely to catch it early on a mammogram. But degree of density matters too, a study finds, as do other factors like family history.

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Does A Foreign Accent Mess Up Our Memory Of What's Said?

Monday, May 18, 2015

It can be hard to decipher what a non-native speaker is saying. But that might not always be a bad thing when it comes to understanding or remembering, scientists say.

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A Fungus Causes More Unexpected Illnesses In Montana

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The infectious disease world is not short on surprises. Take the people in Montana and Idaho who looked like they had pneumonia. It turned out they had a fungal disease never before seen there.

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Concussions Can Be More Likely In Practices Than In Games

Monday, May 11, 2015

Long hours in practice might account for the higher concussion risk in high school and college football, a study finds. Some schools are retooling practice to reduce the number of hits.

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Ebola Hides In The Eyes Of A Man Who Was Considered Cured

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Weeks after being diagnosed with Ebola, a doctor came down with a dangerous eye infection. Ebola was lurking there. Other Ebola victims face the risk of blindness through these delayed infections.

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Spore Wars Help Fend Off Life-Threatening Bacterial Infections

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Infections with C. difficile are a big problem for people in hospitals and nursing homes. An experimental treatment with spores from a harmless version of the bacterium prevented new infections.

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Doctors Don't Always Ask About Pet-Related Health Risks

Monday, April 20, 2015

People can pick up germs and parasites from their pets, and some of them can be nasty. Health care providers for all species could do a better job of communicating the risks, a study finds.

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