Scott Hensley

Scott Hensley appears in the following:

A Look At Sports And Health In America

Monday, June 15, 2015

Americans' relationship with sports changes as we grow older. About three-quarters of adults say they played sports as children. By the time people are in their late 20s, only about a quarter do.


What We Know About Tattoo Reactions Only Goes Skin-Deep

Thursday, May 28, 2015

About a quarter of U.S. adults have at least one tattoo. Yet doctors say we still don't understand the full extent of the skin's reaction to tattoos. For some people, problems linger for months.


Map Reveals The Distinctive Cause Of Death In Each State

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

An analysis of mortality records uncovered the most distinctive cause of death in each state. In Texas, it's tuberculosis. In Maine, the flu. And in Nevada, it's "legal intervention."


Why Would A Fish Make Its Own Sunscreen?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Research suggests that genes that make a natural sunscreen jumped from algae to an ancestor of vertebrates hundreds of millions of years ago. Some animals kept the ability. Others didn't.


Despite Recent Measles Outbreak, Resistance To Vaccinations Persists

Friday, May 08, 2015

Childhood vaccination remains a potent public health weapon against the spread of many illnesses, including measles. But an NPR poll finds objections and worries about vaccination remain, too.


Screening Rates Stalled For Common Cancers

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Many Americans aren't getting recommended screening tests for colorectal, breast and cervical cancer. Despite a public health push, there has been a lack of progress in reaching screening goals.


Why Not Start Addiction Treatment Right In The ER?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Like asthma or diabetes, opioid addiction is a chronic condition. Could treatment that begins when people show up in the ER get them on the right road faster?


Wireless Sensors Help Scientists Map Staph Spread Inside Hospital

Friday, March 20, 2015

Over four months of tracking and testing, French researchers mapped the hops that bacteria made from one person to another. Within a month, a third of patients were newly colonized with staph.


Risks Run High When Antipsychotics Are Prescribed For Dementia

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Results from an analysis of veterans' health records show a higher risk of death among people taking antipsychotic drugs for symptoms of dementia than has been documented before.


Vaccination Gaps Helped Fuel Disneyland Measles Spread

Monday, March 16, 2015

The quick rise of measles infections in the wake of cases reported among Disneyland visitors underscores how even a small dip in vaccination rates can allow the virus to spread.


Nurses Have To Translate When Medical Devices Fail To Communicate

Friday, March 13, 2015

Medical technology can make patient care better and more precise. But the gadgets and computers can cause trouble, too. One big problem is that most of the devices often can't talk with one another.


What's A Patient To Do When Hospital Ratings Disagree?

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Many people check up on hospitals before they check in as patients. But there's a catch. A hospital that gets lauded by one group can be panned by another.


Rise In Measles Cases Marks A 'Wake-Up Call' For U.S.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The latest wave of measles cases and potential infections is in Arizona, where 1,000 people may have been exposed to measles from seven people confirmed to have been infected.


Poll: Most Americans Would Share Health Data For Research

Friday, January 09, 2015

The topics for study didn't matter much to people who said they were willing to share. Every category โ€” ranging from safety issues to health costs โ€” scored at least 90 percent in the NPR poll.


A Look Back At The Top 5 Shots Posts In 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

In a year filled with gripping health stories, here are the ones that were the most popular with Shots readers. Think beauty pageant queens, pronouns and Ebola.


Unhappy Toy Story: Foot-Powered Scooters Drive ER Visits

Thursday, December 04, 2014

A look at injuries that sent kids to the emergency room shows an Everest-like mountain of problems with scooters. After falling slightly from a 2001 peak, the scooter injuries started to rise again.


A Worry In Theory, Medical Data Privacy Draws A Yawn In Practice

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Nearly three-quarters of Americans say their doctors use electronic records. The overwhelming majority of people aren't particularly concerned about the privacy of the information, an NPR poll finds.


Gilead Buys Shortcut For FDA Drug Review For $125 Million

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration priority review voucher comes from a Canadian company that got it by developing a drug for leishmaniasis, a disease long neglected by pharmaceutical companies.


The History, And Future, Of Zydeco

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Herman Fusilier, the host of The Zydeco Stomp, has made zydeco music his life.


Controversial Cholesterol Drug Redeemed By Global Clinical Test

Monday, November 17, 2014

Merck's Vytorin reduced the risk of heart attack and stroke more than a cholesterol-lowering statin alone. The findings come from an international study of more than 18,000 people in 39 countries.