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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Monday, September 08, 2014
If you have old or unused narcotic painkillers in the medicine cabinet, your main choices for getting rid of them have been to toss them in the trash, flush them down the toilet or drop them off at the police station.
But soon it will be possible to take ...
Thursday, September 04, 2014
All of a sudden there's some movement in the development of vaccines against Ebola.
Johnson & Johnson said Thursday that the company is speeding up work on its part of an experimental two-shot vaccine being developed in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. J&J's Crucell unit ...
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
CVS Caremark has pulled cigarettes from its shelves a month ahead of schedule.
In February, CVS, one of the nation's largest drugstore chains, said it would stop selling tobacco products by October, despite the profits they brought the company. Now cigarettes in the company's stores are history.
Why are they ...
Thursday, August 28, 2014
An Ebola vaccine being developed by the National Institutes of Health and drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline is going to get a try in healthy people starting next week.
The number of Ebola cases and deaths continues to climb in Western Africa, underscoring the need for a vaccine to protect people from ...
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Sometimes called the fastest game on two feet, lacrosse is also one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S.
Between 2008 and 2012, kids' participation in lacrosse climbed 158 percent to a little more than three-quarters of a million, according to a survey conducted by the Sports & Fitness ...
Monday, July 07, 2014
Everyone seems to talk about feeling stressed out. But what's the reality of stress in America these days?
NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a nationwide poll in March and early April to find out.
Our questions zeroed in on the effect ...
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Perhaps we should have expected that the contradictory stories about a middle-aged man's heart attack would lead to a vigorous conversation about whether the doctors and nurses or the patient and his wife were right in their descriptions.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Prescriptions for narcotic painkillers have surged in recent years. Fatal overdoses and abuse of the drugs have risen, too. Doctors and patients are grappling with how to balance the need for pain relief with the potential for trouble.
In April, Judy Foreman, author of A Nation in Pain,
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Bike-sharing is taking cities by storm.
Rental stations across town give people a quick way to get around — and get some exercise.
But there's a catch.
When you pick up a bike, you usually have to bring your own helmet or go without one. If you ride with your ...
Thursday, June 05, 2014
OK, so now we know for sure that camels can, in fact, transmit the virus that causes the Middle East respiratory syndrome to humans.
DNA tests found that the virus that infected a 44-year-old Saudi Arabian man sickened with MERS matched a virus found in a camel on his ...