Allison Aubrey

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This Vaccine Can Prevent Cancer, But Many Teenagers Still Don't Get It

Monday, February 19, 2018

The HPV vaccine can prevent cervical cancer in women and some cancers in men. It's most effective when given early in adolescence. But a new analysis finds only 29 percent of teens get it by age 13.


A Family Finds A Way To Wean Themselves From Electronic Devices

Monday, February 12, 2018

If you've got teens at home, getting them off phones and other devices can be a battle. Social media is woven into their evening routine. Too much time on screens can amp up anxiety and depression.


Smartphone Detox: How To Power Down In A Wired World

Monday, February 12, 2018

In an era when many kids get a first smartphone at age 10, psychologists say the devices have turned us into Pavlov's dogs — drooling for the next notification, buzz or text. Ready to dial back?


Eating Leafy Greens Each Day Tied to Sharper Memory, Slower Decline

Monday, February 05, 2018

Scientists are keen to figure out how diet influences aging, including brain health. A 5-year study of healthy seniors found those who ate a serving or two of daily greens had less cognitive decline.


Flu Virus Can Trigger A Heart Attack

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The rate of hospitalizations due to influenza is continuing to rise. Now, a study finds the risk of having a heart attack also spikes in the days after a confirmed diagnosis of flu.


Personalized Diets: Can Your Genes Really Tell You What To Eat?

Monday, January 22, 2018

There's an explosion of interest in personalized diet approaches and at-home test kits are popping up everywhere. Part of the approach includes analyzing your DNA, but genes can only tell us so much.


Is Alcohol A Problem? Online Tool Helps Assess Risk And Find Help

Monday, January 08, 2018

Treatment for alcohol problems isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. The NIH has launched a navigator site that can help figure out the scope of the problem and find evidence-based treatment options.


Feel In Danger On A Date? These Apps Could Help You Stay Safe

Monday, December 18, 2017

Safety apps are designed to help women ease out of a dating situation that seems uncomfortable or dangerous. But experts say it's also important to help friends in real life.


Tylenol May Help Ease The Pain Of Hurt Feelings

Monday, December 04, 2017

Acetaminophen, the world's most popular painkiller, doesn't just dull physical aches, it also has subtle psychological effects, researchers say. But blunting emotions isn't always a good thing.


What The Industry Knew About Sugar's Health Effects, But Didn't Tell Us

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The sugar industry pulled the plug on an animal study it funded in the 1960s. Initial results pointed to a link between sugar consumption and elevated triglycerides, which raises heart disease risk.


It's Not Just Politics. Food Can Stir Holiday Conflict, Too

Monday, November 20, 2017

Lots of families fight over politics at the holiday table. But decisions about which foods to put on the table can also whip up stress and squabbles.


Is There A Way To Keep Using Opioid Painkillers And Reduce Risk?

Monday, November 13, 2017

As a result of the opioid epidemic, doctors are being urged to turn to other medications to treat chronic pain. That can be a challenge for people who have used opioid painkillers for years.


Amid Privacy Concerns, Mattel Shelved Planned Device For Kids

Monday, October 30, 2017

What if the devices in your home got involved in raising your kids? The toy giant Mattel planned to market such a device but pulled the project when parents and pediatricians complained.


Alexa, Are You Safe For My Kids?

Monday, October 30, 2017

Talking to a device that talks back can be entertaining and educational for children. But psychologists say children can develop relationships with these devices that can be different than adults.


Counting The Heavy Cost Of Care In The Age Of Opioids

Friday, October 27, 2017

The city of Baltimore says it needs more money to distribute a lifesaving opioid overdose medication. And a recent study finds the cost of treating overdoses in U.S. hospital ICUs has risen sharply.


The FDA Will Decide Whether 26 Ingredients Count As Fiber

Monday, October 23, 2017

Chicory root. Bamboo. Soy fiber: Manufacturers can use these to add fiber to foods. Critics say this makes snack foods seem healthy. FDA will decide if these can count as fiber on nutrition labels.


Mindfulness Apps Aim To Help People Disconnect From Stress

Monday, October 16, 2017

Finding inner calm hard to come by? Some people use their device obsession to help them disconnect. The apps aren't a quick fix, therapists say, but might help you stick to a mindfulness practice.


Chicago-Area Residents No Longer Have To Pay More For Pop

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Lawmakers in Cook County, Ill., have repealed a tax on sweetened drinks. The controversial move is considered a win for soda companies, and a loss for public health advocates.


How Messing With Our Biological Clock Impacts Well-Being

Monday, October 09, 2017

Three scientists have won the Nobel prize in Medicine for research into our internal clocks. Biological clocks regulate everything from behavior to metabolism and play a crucial role in our health.


FDA Not Doing Enough To Fix Serious Food Safety Violations, Report Finds

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The health department's inspector general says FDA often fails to follow up in a timely way when it uncovers big problems, like unsanitary conditions or the presence of pathogens, at food facilities.