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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
There's no getting around the strangeness of a map that shows the most distinctive cause of death in each of our 50 states and the District of Columbia.
In Texas, it's tuberculosis. In Maine, it's the flu. And in Nevada, it's the ominous "legal intervention."
But what does it mean ...
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Creatures that venture out into the daylight can be damaged by the sun's ultraviolet rays. Humans produce melanin, a dark pigment, to help protect our skin. And now many of us slather on sunscreen, too.
Bacteria, algae and fungi make their own chemicals that sop up UV rays. And there's ...
Friday, May 08, 2015
A measles outbreak linked to Disneyland has exposed gaps in immunization against the highly infectious disease.
All told this year, 169 people in 20 states and the District of Columbia were reported sick with measles through May 1, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Childhood vaccination ...
Thursday, May 07, 2015
When it comes to cancer, the right screening test at the right time can go a long way toward catching the disease while it can be stopped.
But many Americans aren't getting recommended screening tests for colorectal, breast and cervical cancer. In fact, there's been a notable lack of progress ...
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
When patients brought to the ER have uncontrolled blood pressure, neglected asthma or diabetes that hasn't been dealt with, doctors often start treatment right then and there.
But what happens when the patient turns out to be addicted to opioids, such as oxycodone or heroin? In case of an overdose, ...
Friday, March 20, 2015
Whatever lands you in the hospital or nursing home also puts you at risk for acquiring an infection, possibly one that's resistant to antibiotic treatment.
Staph infections are common problems in health care facilities, and many Staphylcoccus aureus bacteria are now resistant to drug treatment.
Chances are you've heard ...
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
When you hear about dementia, the chances are you think about memory problems.
But other common symptoms of dementia, including Alzheimer's, can be even more troublesome to patients and their families: aggressiveness, agitation, delusions and hallucinations.
More than 90 percent of patients with dementia will experience some of those symptoms ...
Monday, March 16, 2015
California has been dealing with a big measles outbreak since December, when cases emerged among visitors to Disneyland in Orange County.
Measles spread quickly afterward. As of Friday, the state had confirmed 133 measles cases among residents since December.
Of the people who got sick and for whom the ...
Friday, March 13, 2015
Walk past a patient's hospital room, and the flashing control panels on devices by the bed might make you think you're peering at the cockpit of a 737.
Medical technology can make patient care better and more precise. But the gadgets and computers can cause trouble, too. One big problem ...
Wednesday, March 04, 2015
When you face a choice about hotels, restaurants or cars, the chances are you head to the Web for help.
Online ratings have become essential tools for modern consumers. Health care is no exception to the ratings game, especially when it comes to hospitals.
Many people check up on hospitals ...
Thursday, January 29, 2015
After a few cases here and there, measles is making a big push back into the national consciousness.
An outbreak linked to visitors to the Disneyland Resort Theme Parks in Orange County, Calif., has sickened 67 people in California and six other states according to the latest count from the ...
Friday, January 09, 2015
Americans, by and large, don't seem all that worried about what happens to the information in their medical records.
A NPR-Truven Health Analytics Health Poll found that data privacy didn't appear to bother most respondents. Privacy worries ran highest for information held by health insurers, but even then only ...
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Part of the fun we have here at Shots is never knowing what the day will bring. There are always so many intriguing stories that come our way.
Among the more than 1,000 pieces we published in 2014, a few really stood out. Even before crunching the numbers, we could ...
Thursday, December 04, 2014
Vroom! Vroom! Ow!!!!
When it comes to toys that cause serious injuries, those little scooters kids push along with one foot are unique.
A look at trends in injuries that sent kids to the emergency room over more than 20 years shows an Everest-like mountain of problems with ride-on toys, ...
Thursday, November 20, 2014
When it comes to health records, how concerned are Americans about what happens to their personal information?
We asked in the latest NPR-Truven Health Analytics Health Poll. And, in a bit of surprise to me, the responses showed that, in general, worries don't run very high.
First, we learned that ...
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
How much is a fast track for the Food and Drug Administration review of a new drug worth? Try $125 million.
In an auction, Gilead Sciences, a maker of HIV and hepatitis medicines, just bought a coupon good for the accelerated review of a drug of the company's choice ...
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
World Cafe's Sense Of Place visit to Lafayette, La., has to include a long look at zydeco music. As the host of The Zydeco Stomp on KRVS — and food and culture editor of the Lafayette newspaper The Daily Advertiser -- Herman Fusilier has made zydeco his life. Here, Fusilier ...
Monday, November 17, 2014
The wheels of drug research grind slowly, but they can grind exceedingly fine.
Merck said Monday that its cholesterol drug Vytorin was vindicated by a nine-year-long clinical study that aimed to find out if adding a drug that blocked the absorption of cholesterol to a statin, long the gold standard ...
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The evidence has been piling up that properly done CT scans can help doctors find tiny lung tumors in longtime smokers while the cancer can still be treated effectively.
Now Medicare is proposing to pay for annual scans for beneficiaries at a high risk for lung cancer. To qualify, ...
Friday, November 07, 2014
Electronic medical records were supposed to usher in the future of medicine.
Prescriptions would be beamed to the pharmacy. A doctor could call up patients' medical histories anywhere, anytime. Nurses and doctors could easily find patients' old lab results or last X-rays to see what how they're doing. The computer ...