Scott Hensley

Scott Hensley appears in the following:

Scientists Search For Toxins In Cigarette Smoke Residue

Monday, March 17, 2014

Chemicals in cigarette smoke can settle on clothes, furniture and walls. Researchers call this thirdhand smoke and say laboratory experiments suggest it could be hazardous.


Electronic Headband Prevents Migraines With Tiny Jolts

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The battery-powered device sends electrical pulses through the skin of the forehead. People who used the headband in a study had fewer migraines and took less headache medicine.


Questions Remain About Whether Doctors Can Curb Children's Drug Use

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

In the absence of evidence about what works best to discourage drug use among teens and kids, doctors are left with their own judgment and clinical experience to fall back on.


Edgy Washington State Ads Urge Young People To Buy Insurance

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Controversial ads geared to younger people have drawn criticism. But enrollment figures for private health insurance on the Washington state exchange are up since the ads began running.


Just One Dose Of Many Common Medicines Can Kill A Child

Friday, February 28, 2014

Narcotic painkillers are risky for small kids. But so are some popular pills to treat diabetes, high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats.


Scant Evidence To Support Vitamins Against Cancer, Heart Disease

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

There was enough information for an influential panel of doctors, nurses and scientists to recommend against taking the antioxidants vitamin E and beta carotene to prevent heart attacks and cancer.


Online Doctor Ratings About As Useful As Those For Restaurants

Thursday, February 20, 2014

More than half of people surveyed said ratings of doctors on the Web helped them pick which physician to see. Yet many ratings are based on only a few patient reviews, which can skew the results.


In Illinois Deal, The Onion Will Promote Health Insurance (Really)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Get Covered Illinois, the state's health insurance exchange, has hired Onion Labs, The Onion's in-house ad team, to develop banner ads, a video and other online material to persuade young people to sign up for insurance coverage.


Stomach Bug Closes Landmark New York Resort

Friday, February 07, 2014

The Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, N.Y., closed Friday afternoon so that cleaning crews from a company that specializes in disaster responses can scour the place after an outbreak of intestinal illness. Norovirus appears to be the culprit.


By Dropping Cigarettes, CVS Gives Its Reputation A Boost

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The drugstore chain says halting the sale of tobacco products could reduce revenue by $2 billion a year. CVS says it's looking for ways to make up for the lost business. But the value of the good public relations from the move could easily surpass the costs.


Poll: Support For High School Football, Despite Concussion Risks

Sunday, February 02, 2014

An NPR poll finds that just 7 percent of Americans say concussion risks are too great to continue offering football as a high school sport. But 44 percent of those surveyed said equipment and safety need to be improved.


Failing To Get Off The Couch May Contribute To Heart Failure

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Researchers focused on the activities outside business hours. And they found that your behavior beyond whatever you're doing to make a living appears to affect your chances of heart failure. To minimize the risk, walk when you can and sit only when you must.


FDA Asks Doctors To Stop Prescribing High-Dose Acetaminophen

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Acetaminophen overdoses, many of which are inadvertent, are a leading cause of acute liver failure. People taking several kinds of drugs may not realize that more than one of them can contain acetaminophen.


Why The Youth Gap On Obamacare Exchanges Could Be A Yawner

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Just about everybody was watching to see how many young people signed up for health insurance during the first three months that the new exchanges were open. Younger people are generally healthier, and their premiums tend to balance out insurers' outlays for older, sicker people.


Where The Smokers Are Now: Bulgaria, Greece And Macedonia

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

While the proportion of the world's population that smokes has shrunk, the total number of smokers on the earth continues to rise. In 2012, nearly a billion people smoked daily, compared with 721 million in 1980.


Cold Weather Tips To Keep Your Pets In Good Health

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Keep the dog away when you're shoveling snow. Some can't resist jumping toward the flying flakes, and a dog is no match for a shovel blade. The sweet taste of antifreeze can be enticing for pets, but ethylene glycol, the main antifreeze, is also quite toxic. Clean up spills and drips.


Drugmaker Names Pill After CEO Who Sought Daughter's Cure

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration just approved United Therapeutics' Orenitram, a pill for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Martine Rothblatt founded the company to develop treatments for life-threatening illness that afflicted her daughter.


Why Glaxo Won't Pay Doctors To Sell Its Drugs Anymore

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Drugmakers learned long ago that deputized doctors are effective pitchmen. A doctor's dinner speech or chat over lunch with colleagues can go a long way toward changing his or her colleagues' prescribing habits. But increasing scrutiny has led to a reconsideration of the practice.


23andMe Bows To FDA's Demands, Drops Health Claims

Friday, December 06, 2013

While the company tries to work things out with regulators, it won't be telling people who buy its test if their genetic profiles predispose them to particular illnesses or predict their responses to prescription drugs.


Medical Journal Goes To The Dogs

Thursday, December 05, 2013

The august medical journal JAMA created a kitsch masterpiece for the cover of its annual issue dedicated to medical education. A group of seven canine healers, some apparently in training, hover around a sick mutt sucking on a thermometer in a hospital bed. They look an awful lot like some poker-playing dogs from yesteryear.