Nancy Shute

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People With Minor Injuries Are Increasingly Getting CT Scans

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

If you fall off a curb, bop your head and go to the ER to make sure you're OK, there's a good chance you'll be trundled off for a CT scan.

That might sound comforting, but people with injuries minor enough that they get sent home are increasingly being given ...


Medicaid Programs Fall Short When It Comes To Helping Smokers Quit

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Smoking is the #1 cause of premature death and preventable illness in the United States. And since one-third of Medicaid participants smoke, compared to 17 percent of the general population, you'd think the states would be all about helping people in their Medicaid programs to quit.

But just 10 percent ...


Is Prescription Opioid Abuse A Crime Problem Or A Health Problem?

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Although many people know someone who has abused prescription opioids, people still think of opioid abuse as a criminal justice issue more than a health problem, a study finds.

Illegal drug dealing is mentioned most frequently in news stories as the cause of prescription painkiller abuse, and two-thirds of abusers ...


Fewer People Are Getting Diabetes, But The Epidemic Isn't Over

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

The number of people being diagnosed with diabetes has been on the decline since 2009, after soaring for decades. Doctors say people may be changing their eating and exercise habits for the better.


After The Cranberries And Pie, Take Time To Talk About Death

Friday, November 27, 2015

Two years ago my mom fell at home and ended up being admitted to the ICU with four broken ribs and internal injuries. She was lucky. After two weeks in the hospital and a few more in a rehab unit she was back home, using her new blue walker to ...


Is Sex Once A Week Enough For A Happy Relationship?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

We live in a society where sex is often touted as the secret sauce that keeps a relationship tasty. So more sex must be better for you and your romantic partner, right?

Well, for established couples, having sex once a week hits the sweet spot for happiness and well-being, a ...


Preventable Colon Cancer Deaths Cost The Economy $6.4 Billion

Friday, November 13, 2015

Almost 20 percent of the people in low-income communities who die of colon cancer could have been saved with early screening. And those premature deaths take a toll on communities that can least bear it.

Lower-income communities in the United States face $6.4 billion in lost wages and productivity because ...


Authors Retract Study That Says Sadness Affects Color Perception

Thursday, November 05, 2015

In September, we reported on a charming little study that found people who feel blue after watching sad videos have a harder time perceiving colors on the blue-yellow axis.

Now the researchers may be feeling blue themselves. On Thursday they retracted their study, saying that errors in how ...


Black Women's Breast Cancer Risk Rises To Equal White Women's

Thursday, October 29, 2015

For decades, African-American women have been less likely to get breast cancer than white women, but that health advantage has now all but disappeared.

"For a while we've seen the increase in black women and stable rates in white women," says Carol DeSantis, an epidemiologist with the American Cancer Society ...


Why Do People Get So Bent Out Of Shape About Drinking While Pregnant?

Monday, October 26, 2015

A lot of people think doctors are being way too absolutist about moderate drinking in pregnancy. But the doctors say since there's no way to know what's safe, it's not worth the risk.


Pediatricians Say Absolutely No Drinking While Pregnant

Monday, October 19, 2015

Sure, you know you're not supposed to drink while pregnant. But what about those glasses of wine you had before you found out? Is a little OK in the third trimester? Or when you're anxious and can't sleep?

Those are the kinds of questions that women keep asking about pregnancy ...


Drinking Makes Teens' First Sexual Experience Riskier, Less Satisfying

Friday, October 16, 2015

Almost half of teenagers have sex before they graduate from high school. And many high schoolers drink. But drinking can make that first sexual experience less than what a girl might hope, and poses risks for the future, too.

Researchers asked 228 women ages 18 to 20 about their sexual ...


Treatment Changes For DCIS Haven't Affected Breast Cancer Deaths

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The number of women diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ, abnormal cells that sometimes become breast cancer, has soared since the 1970s. That's mostly because more women have been getting screening mammograms that can detect the tiny lesions.

The vast majority of women diagnosed with DCIS have surgery, even though ...


Firstborns May Be More Nearsighted, And Parents May Be Why

Thursday, October 08, 2015

There's a lot of worry about nearsightedness in children, with rates soaring in Southeast Asia as populations become more urban and educated. But maybe it also has something to do with how much Mom and Dad make you hit the books.

Firstborn children are 10 percent more likely to be ...


Hispanic Cancer Rates Show How It Matters Where You Come From

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Hispanic people much are less likely to get cancer than non-Hispanic whites, but it's also their leading cause of death.

Beneath that puzzling fact lie the complexities and contradictions of the Hispanic health experience in the United States. Since we're talking about 17 percent of the U.S. population, it has ...


Cognitive Decline May Move Faster In People With Low Vitamin D

Monday, September 14, 2015

There have been suggestions that low levels of vitamin D might be a factor in cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease, but there's no proof that the lack of D is actually causing the problems.

A study published Monday doesn't prove that link, but it does find that people with low ...


The Problem With Teens Is That They're Just Too Rational

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Teenagers aren't always risk-taking gamblers; they put a lot of effort into weighing financial choices, a study finds. Adults are more apt to adopt rules and quickly make choices that are good enough.


John Oliver Says U.S. Students Learn Virtually Nothing About Africa

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

This week, comedian John Oliver, host of HBO's Last Week Tonight, released a back-to-school video that mentioned how little U.S. students learn about Africa and Asia. (P.S. Although Oliver tries hard not to curse, he does utter a naughty word or two.)

"You will leave school knowing ...


Wildfire Smoke Becomes The Health Threat That Won't Go Away

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I stepped out my parents' front door last Thursday, expecting a typically glorious summer day in southern Oregon. Instead, I was hit with acrid wood smoke that stung my eyes and throat. The air was thick with haze that obscured the mountains. I quickly retreated inside.

Health departments across the ...


Leprosy From An Armadillo? That's An Unlikely Peccadillo

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Armadillos. Leprosy. Florida. It's hard to ignore news reports that fit all three words in the first sentence.

So when we heard that state health officials in Florida have reported nine people with leprosy and suggested that people avoid armadillos, we here at Team Shots just had to check ...