Rae Ellen Bichell

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Zika Virus: What Happened When

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

For decades, Zika was considered a mild virus that rarely made people ill. Suddenly it seems to be causing serious problems and is spreading across the Americas. Here's the latest news.


Scientists Discover A Second Bacterium That Causes Lyme Disease

Monday, February 08, 2016

It's not the tick that causes Lyme disease, but the bacteria that live in its spit. Scientists at the Mayo Clinic have found a second bacterium capable of causing the disease in people.


What We Know So Far About Sexual Transmission Of Zika Virus

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

The CDC reported the first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus in the U.S. related to the current outbreak. It's happened before. Here's what we know about how the virus could move between people.


Average Age Of First-Time Moms Keeps Climbing In The U.S.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A national survey finds that U.S. mothers are having their first child later than ever — it's a 45-year trend. The big reason seems to be a steady drop in the number of teen moms.


Forget The Gizmos: Exercise Works Best For Lower-Back Pain

Monday, January 11, 2016

Ditch the strap-on belts and shoe inserts, and definitely don't rest. Accumulating research shows that the best way to treat and prevent lower-back pain is to get off the couch.


Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend Us Your Toilets (Without Parasites)

Thursday, January 07, 2016

The Romans are famous for their baths, aqueducts and toilets. But the sanitary innovations might not have done as much to improve health as was once believed.


How Uganda Came To Earn High Marks For Quality Of Death

Sunday, January 03, 2016

It took a British doc, a simple recipe for liquid morphine and a lot of re-education.


A 'Celtic Curse' Has Roots Stretching Back To The Bronze Age

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

In people with hemochromatosis, iron builds up and can overload the heart and other organs. Geneticists looking at 5,000-year-old human remains say the disorder may have had evolutionary advantages.


Our Parasites And Vermin Reveal Secrets Of Human History

Thursday, December 24, 2015

The mites that live on our faces may help reveal where our ancestors came from. It wouldn't be the first time that creepy crawlies have revealed something more than skin deep about the human past.


As Aging Brain's Internal Clock Fades, A New Timekeeper May Kick In

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Everyone has a set of genes that keeps the body on a 24-hour rhythm. As we get older, though, the main clock can malfunction. Researchers say a backup clock may try to compensate.


From Joint Aches To Insomnia, Ebola's Effects Linger In Survivors

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Ebola's physical legacy doesn't end when a patient leaves the hospital. A follow-up of the small group of patients treated in the U.S. finds many experienced various symptoms for months.


Clinical Trials Still Don't Reflect The Diversity Of America

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Clinical trials are too white, with less than 2 percent of cancer studies including enough minority people to provide information that could be useful for health, a study finds.


Lack Of Diversity In Clinical Trials Presents Possible Health Consequences

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Despite striking ethnic disparities in the incidence and mortality of diseases like cancer and respiratory disease, minorities are not well represented in clinical trials. A paper out in the journal PLOS Medicine says two main barriers to achieving diverse clinical trials are the expense of recruiting minority subjects, and fears of exploitation in medical research.


Chikungunya, A Mosquito-Borne Virus, Might Be Scarier Than We Thought

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

It typically causes fever and joint pain. A new study looks at a possible link to encephalitis, a brain infection.


Inside Each Flu Shot, Months Of Virus Tracking And Predictions

Friday, November 27, 2015

Scientists worldwide face a yearly challenge in deciding what goes into the annual flu vaccine to make it effective. The job requires keeping tabs on a massive group of speedy, shape-shifting viruses.


Many Americans Believe They Don't Need The Flu Vaccine

Friday, November 27, 2015

An NPR poll finds nearly two-thirds of adults got this year's flu vaccine or plan to get it. Many of those who are skipping vaccination cite a lack of need and worries about side effects.


Can A Parasitic Worm Make It Easier (Or Harder) For A Woman To Conceive?

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Maybe. A nine-year study in Bolivia found an unexpected association between the parasitic worms in a woman's guts and her fertility.


A Tiny Pill Monitors Vital Signs From Deep Inside The Body

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sensors that work inside the body are gaining new skills. The latest version can track heart rate and respiratory rate, as well as temperature, as it travels through the digestive system.


How One Woman Changed The Way People Die In Mongolia

Thursday, November 05, 2015

When Dr. Odontuya Davaasuren saw how much her father and mother suffered, she was determined to bring palliative care to her homeland.


A Man In Colombia Got Cancer And It Came From A Tapeworm

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

He came into the hospital in bad shape. In addition to being HIV-positive, he had what looked like a malignant tumor. The tumor, it turned out, was not human.