Rae Ellen Bichell

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Psychotherapy Helps People Tune Out The Din Of Tinnitus

Thursday, July 21, 2016

One in 10 U.S. adults has tinnitus. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the few interventions that have been shown to help, but it's rarely prescribed by doctors, a study finds.


Sick? People Say They Still Go To Work, Even When They Shouldn't

Monday, July 11, 2016

An NPR poll found that most working adults say they go to work when they're sick. For people who work in hospitals or restaurants that can be a problem, since it's easy to spread disease.


Are Your Pipes Made Of Lead? Here's A Quick Way To Find Out

Friday, June 24, 2016

Flint, Mich., brought the risk of lead pipes to many people's attention, but the problems go further. Find out if lead pipes could be affecting your drinking water.


Using A Smartphone In Bed Made Women Momentarily Blind

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Two women woke up to find they were blind in one eye. Then their eyesight quickly returned to normal. The likely cause? They had been gazing at their smartphone screens in the dark.


Pediatricians Call For More Testing And Tighter Rules On Lead Exposure

Monday, June 20, 2016

Citing growing evidence that no amount of lead exposure is safe for kids, the American Academy of Pediatrics has called for tighter regulations on the amount of lead in house dust, water and soil.


Despite Rise Of Superbugs, Syphilis Still Has A Kryptonite

Friday, June 10, 2016

Syphilis cases are on the rise. The bacterium that causes the sexually transmitted disease is becoming resistant to some antibiotics. But somehow, penicillin has remained the best weapon against it.


Study Suggests Cutting Some Vaccine Boosters For Rare Diseases

Monday, May 30, 2016

People are supposed to get vaccine boosters for tetanus and diphtheria once every 10 years. But researchers in Oregon say that's overkill: For adults, one booster every 30 years might be good enough.


Penicillin Shortage Could Be A Problem For People With Syphilis

Monday, May 23, 2016

The medication is the only one available to prevent an infected pregnant woman from passing the disease to a fetus. Pfizer says the shortage should be over in July.


Today's Tools For Combating Zika Mosquitoes Hark Back To 1945

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The message about reducing the risk from the Aedes aegypti mosquito is the same today as it was 70 years ago. This time there's just a new virus involved.


Suddenly Paralyzed, 2 Men Struggle To Recover From Guillain-Barre

Monday, May 16, 2016

Guillain-Barre syndrome can render healthy people temporarily paralyzed. It's something you're likely to hear more about as Zika continues to spread. And for those who get it, it is one wild ride.


Professional 'Guinea Pigs' Can Make A Living Testing Drugs

Sunday, May 08, 2016

One man died and five others were injured in a clinical trial in France this year. Trials like those depend on healthy people willing to take experimental medications in return for cash.


Botched French Drug Trial Followed Rules But Lacked 'Common Sense'

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

In January, one man died and four others sustained brain injuries in the early clinical test of an experimental pain drug. Independent scientists reviewed the study to learn what went wrong.


Suicide Rates Climb In U.S., Especially Among Adolescent Girls

Friday, April 22, 2016

After a decline throughout the '90s, suicide rates have reversed course. Suicide has increased in almost every age group over the past 15 years.


Zika Virus Can Be Transmitted Through Anal Sex, Too

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A Texas man who had traveled to Venezuela passed the Zika virus to his male partner through sex. CDC officials say that people should be aware that Zika can be transmitted through semen.


Zika Virus Can Cause Brain Defects In Babies, CDC Confirms

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

U.S. health officials say they are now convinced that Zika virus can target the developing brain before birth, leading to a severe type of microcephaly and other brain abnormalities.


White House Says It Will Cut Ebola Funding To Address Zika

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

The Obama administration requested $1.9 billion in emergency funds to prepare for Zika, but Congress has yet to respond. Now the White House plans to divert funding intended for Ebola.


New Source Of Transplant Organs For Patients With HIV: Others With HIV

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The organ donor and both recipients in the procedure this month were all HIV-positive — a first in the U.S. Using HIV-positive organs for some patients could enable a thousand more transplants a year.


Possible Heart Benefits Of Taking Estrogen Get Another Look

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Evidence has ping-ponged over the decades on the effects of hormone therapy on a woman's arteries. The latest study suggests a brief stint on hormones might be helpful — if given at the right time.


Scientists Build A Live, No-Frills Cell That Could Have A Big Future

Thursday, March 24, 2016

In engineering the cell, researchers paired away nearly all genes that weren't essential to life. It might eventually serve as a basic framework for different sorts of cellular factories, they say.


Disease Detectives Find A Really Good Reason Not To Drink Date Palm Wine

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Every year, little clusters of Nipah virus break out in Bangladesh. And it wasn't from the usual cause — drinking raw sap from date palm trees. So what's up?