Scott Hensley

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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 ...


New Option For Getting Rid Of Old Drugs: The Pharmacy

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 ...


Johnson & Johnson Pushes Ahead With Ebola Vaccine

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 ...


Drugstore Chain CVS Kicks Tobacco Habit A Month Early

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 ...


Experimental Ebola Vaccine Will Be Put To Human Test

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 ...


Would A Prize Help Speed Development Of Ebola Treatments?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The human toll of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is becoming clearer by the day. The virus has killed at least 1,350 people, making this the largest outbreak of the disease ever.

There's no Ebola cure, and only a few experimental treatments are in the works.

One called


As High School Lacrosse Surges In Popularity, So Does Injury Focus

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 ...


Stressed Out: Americans Tell Us About Stress In Their Lives

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 ...


State Of The Painkiller Nation: Wide Variation In Prescription Rates

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

There's no getting around the fact that the abuse of prescription painkillers is a huge problem in the U.S. Prescription drug overdoses now kill more people each year than car crashes.

But the overdose risks vary quite a bit depending on where in the country you live. One ...


Clashing Accounts Of Heart Attack Case Spark Reader Debate

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.

The piece by Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician, about ...


Americans Weigh Addiction Risk When Taking Painkillers

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,


Brain Injury Rate Rose In Cities After Bike-Sharing Rolled Out

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 ...


Saudi Arabia To Test Camels And Livestock For MERS

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 ...