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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Chinese doctors report they've seen signs that the bird flu virus infecting humans is able to overcome one of the few drugs used to fight it.
In a report published online Tuesday by The Lancet, doctors report on 14 patients infected with the H7N9 virus and admitted to the ...
Friday, May 24, 2013
There are two things you can always count on: public radio pledge drives and the local blood bank asking for a donation of a very different sort.
Both kinds of giving can fill you with a sense of goodwill. But, let's be honest, the tote bags help, too.
When it ...
Friday, May 17, 2013
When the diagnosis is cancer, the expenses can pile up in a hurry.
Even people with insurance can face steep copayments for drugs, a sizable share of hospital bills and significant incidentals. These side effects of cancer care are sometimes even called "financial toxicity."
So wouldn't it make sense for ...
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 ...
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.)...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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] ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...