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Maybe You Should Rethink That Daily Aspirin

Monday, April 27, 2015

A small dose of aspirin taken regularly can help prevent a second heart attack or stroke. But too many healthy people are taking the drug for prevention, and for them, the risks may outweigh benefits.

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Morning Edition

Drop-In Chefs Help Seniors Stay In Their Own Homes

Monday, April 27, 2015

As people age, cooking can become difficult or even physically impossible. It's one reason people move to assisted living. One company offers a chef to cook healthy, affordable meals at home.

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As Health Apps Hop On The Apple Watch, Privacy Will Be Key

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The notion of receiving nutrition advice from artificial intelligence on your wrist may seem like science fiction. But health developers are betting this kind of behavior will become the norm.

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CDC Warns More HIV, Hepatitis C Outbreaks Likely Among Drug Users

Friday, April 24, 2015

The U.S. epidemic of injected opioid use could lead to more severe outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis C, like those now occurring in Indiana, the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention says.

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To Weather Criticism, It Helps To Think Of The Big Picture

Friday, April 24, 2015

Negative feedback is supposed to be good for us, but it sure doesn't feel so good. Shifting the context by thinking more broadly helps blunt the sting, a study found. So does embracing change.

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All Things Considered

Couples Counseling Catches On With Tech Co-Founders

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Friction between close business partners is the reason many startups fail. But increasingly in Silicon Valley, co-founders of companies are turning to therapists before things go south.

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All Things Considered

Thoughts Can Fuel Some Deadly Brain Cancers

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A doctor-scientist's long quest to help children with a rare form of brain cancer has led to the discovery that high levels of brain activity can make glioma tumors grow faster.

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Why Do Mosquitoes Like To Bite You Best? It's In Your Genes

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Researchers set hungry mosquitoes loose on identical and fraternal twins. They found that inherited genes do play a role in making you a mosquito magnet.

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All Things Considered

Can A Person With Dementia Consent To Sex?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A jury in Iowa acquitted a man who had been criminally charged for having sex with his wife, who had Alzheimer's. Very few care facilities have policies on dementia, sex and consent.

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All Things Considered

Why Many Doctors Don't Follow 'Best Practices'

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Doctors, it turns out, often don't follow evidence-based guidelines. One result? Unnecessary tests. Scientists who study this contrariness think they know why.

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Is It Time To Make Medical And Family Leave Paid?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Democrats in Congress have reintroduced a bill that would create a national paid leave program, covering two thirds of people's wages for up to 60 days a year. But small business owners are wary.

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Young Adults With Autism More Likely To Be Unemployed, Isolated

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

More than half of young people with autism had neither a job nor educational plans in the first two years after high school, a study finds.

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Californians Can Now Pay Cash For Health Insurance At 7-Eleven

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Many people who are eligible for federal health insurance subsidies don't have bank accounts, which makes it hard to pay premiums. A system in California lets them pay with cash at stores.

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All Things Considered

Federal Panel Revisits Contested Recommendation On Mammograms

Monday, April 20, 2015

In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said the benefits of mammograms for women under 50 were small at best. A firestorm ensued. Now the organization is back with the same message.

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Doctors Don't Always Ask About Pet-Related Health Risks

Monday, April 20, 2015

People can pick up germs and parasites from their pets, and some of them can be nasty. Health care providers for all species could do a better job of communicating the risks, a study finds.

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Humans' Use Of Pain-Relief Creams Proves Fatal To Felines

Monday, April 20, 2015

Three cats died after their owners used an anti-inflammatory cream used to treat arthritis. The Food and Drug Administration warns to keep drugs away from pets; a tiny bit can be toxic.

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Mellow Pastimes Can Be Good For Your Health, Too

Monday, April 20, 2015

You don't have to be out running marathons to get health benefits from leisure activities. Engaging pastimes like reading, sewing or listening to music improved health markers, a study finds.

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FDA Ponders Putting Homeopathy To A Tougher Test

Monday, April 20, 2015

Homeopathy's popularity has exploded in recent years. Now the Food and Drug Administration is considering whether homeopathic remedies should have to be proven safe and effective.

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The State Of The Cancer Nation

Friday, April 17, 2015

The prevalence of smoking and other major cancer risk factors varies widely by state. So does the uptake for preventive screening tests.

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Top Hospital Ratings Prove Scarce In Medicare's Latest Tally

Friday, April 17, 2015

Only 7 percent of the nation's hospitals assessed by Medicare were good enough to win 5-star ratings. The government used patient reviews to come up with the grades.

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