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Patti Neighmond

Patti Neighmond appears in the following:

Why We Play Sports: Winning Motivates, But Can Backfire, Too

Thursday, July 16, 2015

How we view winning and losing may help shape whether we play sports as adults, some psychologists say. In NPR's recent poll, 56 percent of adults who play sports say winning is important to them.

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Engineering A Shingles Vaccine That Doesn't Wimp Out Over Time

Monday, July 13, 2015

The current vaccine loses its protective value as people get older. A vaccine in the works maintains its strength over time. The biggest challenge may be getting adults to use it.

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Some Antidepressants May Pose Increased Risk Of Birth Defects

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Some antidepressants may be riskier than others when used during pregnancy. A study found the most widely used antidepressant, sertraline, wasn't associated with birth defects.

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Benefits Of Sports To A Child's Mind And Heart All Part Of The Game

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

In NPR's most recent poll, a majority of American adults say they played sports in their youth. Many say they encourage their kids to play, too, and see health benefits as well as lifelong lessons.

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Vaccine Against Meningitis B Gets A Boost From CDC

Monday, June 29, 2015

A federal health advisory committee now says everyone aged 16 to 23 should talk to a doctor about whether they need to get immunized against a rare but dangerous strain of meningitis.

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Review Raises Troubling Questions About Marijuana's Safety, Effectiveness

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A report finds mixed results when it comes to how well medical marijuana works to calm pain and control symptoms. And, an editorial says states legalizing pot for medical use may be jumping the gun.

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Take A Hike To Do Your Heart And Spirit Good

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

For many Americans, an NPR poll suggests, walking is their most consistent exercise. But how much can a moderately paced walk really help your health?

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To Ease Pain, Reach For Your Playlist

Monday, June 22, 2015

Music can energize, soothe or relax us. And it can also help reduce pain. Researchers found that listening to a favorite song or story helped children manage pain after major surgery.

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Poll: A Look At Sports And Health In America

Monday, June 15, 2015

A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NPR and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health poll finds that while most adults played team sports when they were kids, the vast majority no longer play sports.

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Long-Term Depression May Boost Stroke Risk Long After Mood Improves

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Even after the psychological pain is effectively treated, damage from long years of depression may linger. It seems to double the risk of stroke among adults over age 50, research suggests.

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For Headaches, A Lifestyle Change May Be Better Than A Doctor Visit

Monday, May 11, 2015

Each year more than 12 million Americans go to the doctor because of severe, chronic headaches. Many are sent for expensive tests. Researchers say all this testing isn't doing people much good.

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Walking 2 Minutes An Hour Boosts Health, But It's No Panacea

Friday, May 01, 2015

Sounds good, right? Add two minutes of walking to each hour of your day and your risk of death drops. Even walking to the coffee machine counts. But it's not enough to meet federal guidelines.

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Mellow Pastimes Can Be Good For Your Health, Too

Monday, April 20, 2015

You don't have to be out running marathons to get health benefits from leisure activities. Engaging pastimes like reading, sewing or listening to music improved health markers, a study finds.

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The Hidden Cost Of Mammograms: More Testing And Overtreatment

Monday, April 13, 2015

Each year the U.S. spends billions of dollars on unnecessary tests and treatments that result from inaccurate mammograms, some scientists say. They're calling for more selective screening.

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Sure, Use A Treadmill Desk — But You Still Need To Exercise

Monday, March 30, 2015

Treadmill desks were the hot new trend in exercising a few years ago. The idea was to get moving and lose weight at work. But a new study suggests people don't use them enough to make a difference.

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Workplace Suicide Rates Rise Sharply

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Overall, men were more likely to take their lives than women on the job. And workers between the ages of 65 and 74 were more likely to commit suicide at work than their younger counterparts.

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Improving Housing Can Pay Dividends In Better Health

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Living in substandard housing can make health problems like asthma much worse. Two mothers tell of their families' struggles to stay healthy in poor housing and their efforts to improve their lot.

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People With Low Incomes Say They Pay A Price In Poor Health

Monday, March 02, 2015

People with household incomes of less than $25,000 a year say in a new poll that the lack of cash really hurts their health. Low-quality food and dangerous housing are two reasons why.

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To Get Parents To Vaccinate Their Kids, Don't Ask. Just Tell

Saturday, February 07, 2015

The way a pediatrician talks with nervous parents about vaccines may determine whether the child gets immunized or not, a study suggests. Asking "What do you want to do about shots?" doesn't work.

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Pediatricians Pressured To Drop Parents Who Won't Vaccinate

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The pressure, doctors say, is mostly coming from other parents who don't want their infants exposed to measles, whooping cough or other serious illness in the pediatric waiting room.

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