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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Thursday, November 05, 2015
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 ...
Monday, October 26, 2015
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
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 ...
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 ...