Scott Hensley

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Angelina Jolie's Mastectomy Decision And Weighing Cancer Risks

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

On Wednesday's Morning Edition, David Greene talks with writer and breast cancer survivor Peggy Orenstein about actress Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of breast cancer.

Jolie, whose mother died at 56 from ovarian cancer, has a genetic variant that puts her ...

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Feds Push For Lower Alcohol Limits For Drivers

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

To curb drunken driving, the federal National Transportation Safety Board has voted to recommend that states tighten the legal limit for drivers' blood alcohol.

The threshold now for drunken driving is a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08. (The BAC equals alcohol divided by the volume of blood it's in.)

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Price Break For Cervical Cancer Shots In Developing World

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Cervical cancer takes its greatest toll in the countries whose economies and health systems are poorest.

Women in those places are less likely than those in rich countries to get regular Pap tests to detect the cancers when it can be treated effectively.

Of the 275,000 women who die of ...

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Medicare Pulls Back Curtain On Hospital Bills

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

When it comes to health care, the biggest of the big data are all about Medicare.

So, it's kind of a BIG deal when the government releases what individual hospitals charge Medicare — and what they actually get paid — for the most common diagnoses and treatments.

In a first, ...

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Pfizer Goes Direct With Online Viagra Sales To Men

Monday, May 06, 2013

The ubiquitous blue-toned TV ads for Viagra look downright tame compared with Pfizer's latest gambit for the impotence remedy.

Pfizer is now selling the drug directly from the official Viagra website.

Men still need a prescription for the diamond-shaped blue pills. But instead of going to the pharmacy in ...

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Urologists Recommend Less PSA Testing For Prostate Cancer

Friday, May 03, 2013

The men and women who often treat prostate cancer are now recommending that the blood test commonly used to screen for it should be given a lot less often.

The American Urological Association released new guidelines that, if they're heeded, would dramatically reduce the ranks of men who would ...

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Suicide Rate Climbs For Middle-Aged Americans

Thursday, May 02, 2013

It may be time to change the benchmark for discussion of public health problems in the U.S.

For quite a while, the annual number of fatalities from auto accidents has been a kind of shorthand for health issues that are big and important.

Starting in 2009, though, suicides surpassed deaths ...

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First Case Of New Bird Flu Found Outside China

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Public health authorities in Taiwan have identified the first human case of a new type of bird flu seen outside China.

The development, while not unexpected, points to the potential spread of a new type of bird flu that has, according to the World Health Organization, sickened at least ...

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What David Lynch And Tylenol Can Tell You About The Brain

Friday, April 19, 2013

Even for a hardcore David Lynch fan, the idea that a film of his would be used to weird people out in a psychology experiment is a tad weird.

But it gets much stranger than that — fast.

Imagine the experiment involved testing whether Tylenol could help people overcome the ...

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How Ricin Can Sicken And Kill

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Federal authorities confirm that the poison ricin was found in envelopes sent to both President Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker, a Mississippi Republican.

If that sounds eerily familiar it's maybe because back in 2003, an envelope containing a threatening note and a sealed container of ricin were found ...

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Annals Of The Obvious: Women Way More Tired Than Men

Friday, April 12, 2013

Feeling run down? Dog-tired?

Who isn't, right?

But who's more exhausted: men or women?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the answer, though it's one that you probably could have arrived at without a second's thought.

More women than men said they felt very tired or exhausted ...

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Leading Man's Chin: Universally Hot Or Not?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cary Grant's chin may appeal to you and Ingrid Bergman. But that might not be the case among the indigenous people of Australia.

And the idea that a guy's jutting jawline might not cause women the world over to swoon calls into question the notion that some characteristics are pretty ...

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Restrictions On Morning-After Pill

Friday, April 05, 2013

A federal judge in Brooklyn, N.Y., has ruled that the morning-after pill for emergency contraception must be made available over the counter to girls 16 and under.

The ruling could end a more than decade-long battle over how easy or difficult it should be for teenage girls to obtain emergency ...

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FDA Warns That 'Ninja Mojo' And 'Love Rider' Contain Hidden Drugs

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Even before the Food and Drug Administration's latest safety warning to men about dietary supplements that claim to enhance sexual performance, there were clues of trouble.

The label for Ninja Mojo, for instance, misspells herbal as "harbal" and says buyers of it should "keep out of reach form [sic] ...

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Pediatricians Voice Support For Same-Sex Marriage And Adoption

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Now children's doctors say it's time for same-sex marriage to be the law of the land.

For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a policy statement Thursday that it favors "civil marriage for same-gender couples — as well as full adoption and foster care rights ...

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Worried Parents Balk At HPV Vaccine For Daughters

Monday, March 18, 2013

More parents are worried about getting their daughters vaccinated against cervical cancer, despite more doctors saying the shots are a good idea.

Over a three-year period ending in 2010, concerns about side effects more than tripled to 16 percent from about 5 percent among parents who didn't intend to get ...

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Spanish Test: Mediterranean Diet Shines In Clinical Study

Monday, February 25, 2013

Pour on the olive oil in good conscience, and add some nuts while you're at it.

A careful test of the so-called Mediterranean diet involving more than 7,000 people at a high risk of having heart attacks and strokes found the diet reduced them when compared with a low-fat diet. ...

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Evidence Mounts On Shortcomings In Whooping Cough Vaccine

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

There were more than 9,000 whooping cough cases in California in 2010, a 60-year high. There has been a resurgence of the disease across the country lately. Why? People going without ...

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Superstorm Sandy Takes Toll On New York Hospitals

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

When Sandy slammed into New York City, one of Manhattan's biggest hospitals buckled. After the power went out in Lower Manhattan, New York University Langone Medical Center's backup p...

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Researchers Say Kids Are Exposed To 'Startling' Amounts Of Background TV

Monday, October 01, 2012

The typical child in the U.S. is exposed to nearly four hours of background TV a day, a national survey finds. The youngest kids are exposed to the most, yet should watch the least, according to guidelines from pediatricians.

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