Scott Hensley

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Risks Run High When Antipsychotics Are Prescribed For Dementia

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 ...


Vaccination Gaps Helped Fuel Disneyland Measles Spread

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 ...


Nurses Have To Translate When Medical Devices Fail To Communicate

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 ...


What's A Patient To Do When Hospital Ratings Disagree?

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 ...


Rise In Measles Cases Marks A 'Wake-Up Call' For U.S.

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 ...


Poll: Most Americans Would Share Health Data For Research

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 ...


A Look Back At The Top 5 Shots Posts In 2014

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 ...


Unhappy Toy Story: Foot-Powered Scooters Drive ER Visits

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, ...


A Worry In Theory, Medical Data Privacy Draws A Yawn In Practice

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 ...


Gilead Buys Shortcut For FDA Drug Review For $125 Million

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 ...


The History, And Future, Of Zydeco

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 ...


Controversial Cholesterol Drug Redeemed By Global Clinical Test

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 ...


Medicare Poised To Cover CT Scans To Screen For Lung Cancer

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, ...


Electronic Medical Records, Built For Efficiency, Often Backfire

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 ...


NHTSA Adds More Than 3 Million Vehicles To Air Bag Recall

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has once again changed the number of cars included in a massive and urgent recall over an inflator defect in air bags made by the Japanese company Takata.

Initially, 4.7 million vehicles were recalled, but in a list released on Wednesday, NHTSA added ...


Poll: Broad Support In U.S. For Ebola Travel Ban

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How do Americans feel about Ebola and the U.S. response to the outbreak so far?

NPR and our partners at Truven Health Analytics asked more than 3,000 adults in a poll conducted online and by phone (mobile and landline) Oct. 1-15.

Nearly everyone — 97 percent — knew about the ...


Parkinson's Drugs Can Be A Gateway To Sin

Monday, October 20, 2014

Drugs that are commonly prescribed to help people cope with Parkinson's disease have been linked to bizarre changes in behavior that patients and doctors should be on guard against, researchers say.

The disturbing side effects include compulsive gambling, uncontrollable shopping and a sudden obsession with sex.

The problems with the ...


Poll: Majority Of Americans Worried About U.S. Ebola Outbreak

Thursday, October 16, 2014

How are Americans sizing up the threat from Ebola?

A Harvard School of Public Health poll finds that more than a third of Americans (38 percent) are worried that Ebola will infect them or a family member over the next year.

Most (81 percent) believe Ebola can spread from ...


To Predict Nobel Winners, Skip Vegas And Check The Fine Print

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Some people like to bet on horses. Others wager on football games. And while there may not be any money in picking the next Nobel Prize winner, that's no reason not to have a little fun trying.

On Monday Oct. 6, a scientist or two, or maybe even three, will ...


FDA Approves New Diet Pill That's Made Of Old Medicines

Thursday, September 11, 2014

There's another pill to help people lose weight.

After years of study and lots of questions from the Food and Drug Administration questions, a pill called Contrave finally got the agency's OK Thursday.

It's the third diet medicine to get the regulatory go-ahead in recent years. But the other ...