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What Defines A Person's Sense Of Self?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Caroline Casey was 17 years old when she first learned she was visually impaired. Embracing her disability helped nourish her need for self-esteem.

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Use Of E-Cigarettes Triples Among U.S. Teens

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Even as the use of traditional cigarettes and most other tobacco products dipped or stayed the same from 2013 to 2014, the use of e-cigarettes climbed among students in high school and middle school.

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Scientists Probe Puppy Love

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Research shows the mutual gazing between pooches and people spurs release of a "trust hormone" in both. The results suggest dogs really may love us back.

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Study: Insurers Fail To Cover All Prescribed Contraceptives

Thursday, April 16, 2015

An analysis of health plans in five states found limited or no coverage for some forms of contraception. Insurers sometimes imposed copays or required women to pay the full cost of the contraceptives.

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Men Strive To Give More To Charity When The Fundraiser Is Cute

Thursday, April 16, 2015

If you're wondering how to get more people to contribute to your online charity drive, consider a photo of you smiling. Even better if you're an attractive woman. Biology is to blame, researchers say.

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Letters About Dense Breasts Can Lead To More Questions Than Answers

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Nearly half the states in the U.S. require that women be notified if mammograms detect that they have dense breasts. Critics say the information raises anxiety more than it improves care.

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Morning Edition

Tylenol Might Dull Emotional Pain, Too

Thursday, April 16, 2015

People who took acetaminophen responded less strongly to happy or sad photos in a small study. It's one of several studies suggesting that there's an overlap with pain and other feelings.

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Morning Edition

Why Knuckles Crack

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A little MRI video seems to settle the decades-old debate about that loud pop of the joints: It's all about bubbles. But imagine an air bag inflating, not the bursting of a balloon.

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Some Doctors Still Dismiss Parents' Concerns About Autism

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Most children don't get diagnosed with autism until they start school, a study finds, though the signs may be visible much earlier. Earlier diagnosis means more time to get therapy.

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When Keeping A Secret Trumps The Need For Care

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Young adults covered by their parents' health plans may balk at getting treatment for mental health or other conditions they would rather not have show up on family insurance statements.

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All Things Considered

No Rest For Your Sleeping Brain

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

No wonder the brain needs so much energy. The same coordinated activity that allows you to retrieve a specific memory, like what you had for breakfast, continues at rest and even during sleep.

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Is That Corporate Wellness Program Doing Your Heart Any Good?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Most employers have a wellness program, but who knows if it's actually improving your health. The American Heart Association is proposing its own standards for improving cardiovascular health at work.

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Digital Tools For Health Come With 'Hope, Hype And Harm'

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Medicine's move into the computer age has great potential for improving care. But patients and doctors still face serious challenges in adapting to the rush of new technology.

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I Learned The Hard Way That Concussion Isn't Just For The Young

Monday, April 13, 2015

We hear a lot about concussion and kids, but older adults are even more vulnerable to traumatic brain injury. A slip in the kitchen leads one man down the rabbit hole with no clear path out.

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Morning Edition

Why Some Doctors Hesitate To Screen Smokers For Lung Cancer

Monday, April 13, 2015

Medicare now pays for some long-term smokers to get an annual test. These scans could save thousands of lives each year, but some doctors still worry risks outweigh benefits.

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Morning Edition

The Hidden Cost Of Mammograms: More Testing And Overtreatment

Monday, April 13, 2015

Each year the U.S. spends billions of dollars on unnecessary tests and treatments that result from inaccurate mammograms, some scientists say. They're calling for more selective screening.

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What Could Go Wrong When Doctors Treat Their Own Kids?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

There's a general rule against doctors treating family members and friends. The relationships can cloud their judgment. But the perils don't stop many doctors from trying.

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Bundle Of Joyful Microbes: Mom's DNA Alters Baby's Gut Bacteria

Friday, April 10, 2015

Babies have a microbe in their gut that prevents infections and helps the immune system. But not all infants get the bacteria at the same time, or in the same amount. Scientists have figured out why.

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A Lifesaving Medicine That My Patient Didn't Get In Time

Friday, April 10, 2015

Drug overdoses โ€” many from opioid painkillers โ€” cause more deaths in the U.S. than car crashes, shootings or alcohol. But stigma keeps many addicts from an antidote that could quickly save them.

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Weighing Privacy Vs. Rewards Of Letting Insurers Track Your Fitness

Thursday, April 09, 2015

A major life insurer is offering lower premiums in exchange for policyholders' sharing activity data. But privacy advocates worry such programs eventually will be used to deny coverage.

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