Rebecca Hersher

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Study Finds 20 Percent Of Children In Fatal Car Crashes Were Improperly Restrained

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A review of child deaths after fatal car crashes found wide variations by state and region, and suggests state authorities could radically decrease child deaths by changing traffic safety laws.


Inflatable Beds: Dangerous For Infants, Attractive To Cash-Strapped Parents

Friday, May 12, 2017

Inflatable beds are increasingly popular, and their soft, impermeable surfaces, increase risk of sudden infant death. But they are often the only bed that a family can afford.


Communities Key To Fighting Opioid Crisis, HHS Secretary Says

Friday, May 12, 2017

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is touring communities that have been hit hard by painkiller overdoses and heroin. He says, when it comes to opioid abuse, "We're losing as a nation."


Is A Stradivarius Violin Easier To Hear? Science Says Nope

Monday, May 08, 2017

Old Italian violins like those made by Stradivari are famous for their ability to project their sound. But a study found people in a blind test thought new violins projected better than old ones.


Fasting Studies Clash With Our Desire To Eat What We Want, When We Want It

Monday, May 01, 2017

Fasting every other day is no better for losing weight or keeping it off than restricting calories every day, a study suggests. And it's yet another example of how hard it is to study fasting.


Binge Drinkers Beware: Study Finds Link Between Alcohol And Heart Arrhythmias

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Researchers tested more than 3,000 people at Munich's Oktoberfest beer festival. They found getting drunk was associated with abnormal heart rhythms.


Don't Give Kids Cough Syrup Or Pain Meds That Contain Codeine, FDA Says

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The agency expanded its warnings about prescription cough and pain medications that contain the narcotics codeine or tramadol, saying they can cause dangerously slow breathing in some kids.


Untangling The Mystery Of Why Shoelaces Come Untied

Monday, April 17, 2017

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have figured out why shoelaces seem to come untied at the worst moments, like when you're running.


Maps Show A Dramatic Rise In Health Insurance Coverage Under ACA

Friday, April 14, 2017

The overall increase in the number of Americans with health insurance draws attention to counties where the uninsured rate is still high, many of them in states that chose not to expand Medicaid.


Asbestos Deaths Remain A Public Health Concern, CDC Finds

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Exposure to the tiny fibers in asbestos can lead people who work around the material to develop mesothelioma, a cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen.


Do You Zone Out? Procrastinate? Might Be Adult ADHD

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Six questions like "How often do you procrastinate?" can help doctors identify adults with ADHD, researchers say. They estimate that the disorder impairs daily functions for about 8 percent of adults.


What Do Hanson And Madonna Have In Common? Hits Ideal For Saving A Life

Monday, April 03, 2017

A New York City hospital has created a playlist of songs with the ideal tempo for CPR, although previous research suggests there is more to good chest compressions than just the right tempo.


'The VA Is On A Path Toward Recovery,' Secretary Of Veterans Affairs Says

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin says preventing suicide among military veterans is his "number one clinical priority," and that he is working to fill some 45,000 open jobs in the agency.


No Need To Get Screened For Celiac Unless You Have Symptoms, Panel Says

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A task force says there is not enough evidence to recommend testing, or not testing, people with no symptoms for celiac disease, and that people who think they do have symptoms should see a doctor.


Breast Implants Linked To Rare Blood Cancer In Small Proportion Of Women

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The FDA says breast implants with textured surfaces are linked to at least 203 cancer cases, and that nine women have died. Nearly 300,000 people get breast implants each year in the U.S.


Over-The-Counter Birth Control Pills Would Be Safe For Teens, Researchers Say

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Making contraceptives available over the counter is safe, a review of research finds, and could lead to fewer unplanned pregnancies in both teens and adult women.


Former Drug Czar Says GOP Health Bill Would Cut Access To Addiction Treatment

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The director of National Drug Control Policy under President Obama, Michael Botticelli, says the proposed GOP health bill would decrease access to treatment in the middle of an opioid crisis.


Planned Parenthood Would Lose Millions In Payments Under GOP Health Plan

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that defunding Planned Parenthood would cause an uptick in births. Nearly half of pregnancies in the U.S. are covered by Medicaid.


Surgeon On Health Care Bill: The Stakes Are 'Extremely High' For Patients

Monday, March 13, 2017

The surgeon and writer Atul Gawande says the Republican plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act is unlikely to attract the young, healthy people who are crucial to the health insurance market.


Afghans Who Worked With U.S. Forces Told They Can No Longer Apply For Special Visas

Friday, March 10, 2017

On Thursday, the U.S. State Department announced that it expected to run out of special visas by June 1. The visas are for Afghans who are in danger because they assisted the U.S. mission.