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Kevin Jones: Can Embracing Uncertainty Lead To Better Medicine?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:57:00 -0500

Sometimes, doctors just don't have the answers. Surgeon Kevin Jones says having the humility to acknowledge this leads to better medicine.

Who Declares A Famine? And What Does That Actually Mean?

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:09:00 -0500

Just as we rank hurricanes and earthquakes, officials have developed a five-phase scale to rank food crises.

Heart Screening For Teens May Cause More Problems Than It Solves

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:30:00 -0500

There's no evidence that screening adolescents with electrocardiograms prevents deaths, yet the heart tests have become widespread despite the false alarms they often cause.

GOP Considers Trimming Health Law's 10 Essential Benefits

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:04:00 -0500

The woman set to run the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services told senators that maternity coverage should be optional in individual and small group plans. Other services could be cut entirely.

As They Dig Deeper Into Parenting, Fathers Seek Community, Support

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:00:20 -0500

More dads are getting involved with parenting, but the resources to help them are much slimmer than those available for moms.

Top Items On This 12-Year-Old's Wish List: 'A Leg, A Bicycle'

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:00:19 -0500

The one-legged orphan in Liberia had figured out how to use a crutch as an improvised prosthetic leg. But he wanted the real deal.

A Bit More Vitamin D Might Help Prevent Colds And Flu

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 04:31:00 -0500

An analysis finds that if you're deficient in vitamin D, taking a supplement might cut your risk of respiratory infections. But there's disagreement on what's considered deficient.

Scientists May Have Solved The Mystery Of Nodding Syndrome

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:03:00 -0500

For decades, scientists suspected that the parasite responsible for river blindness might be causing a rare form of epilepsy. Now they have evidence.

Scientific Panel Says Editing Heritable Human Genes Could Be OK In The Future

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:01:00 -0500

The National Academy of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences say a long-standing taboo on editing human genes could be lifted — even if the changes can be carried through to future generations.

Depression Strikes Today's Teen Girls Especially Hard

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 04:30:00 -0500

A study tracking depression rates among U.S. teens from 2005 to 2014 finds an increase — especially among girls. A steady diet of harsh judgments from social media may play a role, researchers say.

Think Your Hearing's Great? You Might Want To Check It Out

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:55:00 -0500

About a quarter of adults who think their hearing is fine actually have some hearing loss, according to the CDC. And many of them are in their 20s. Activities of daily living are often to blame.

Australian Catholic Church: 7 Percent Of Priests Sexually Abused Kids Over Decades

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 16:47:00 -0500

"These numbers are shocking, they are tragic and they are indefensible," says a church representative. More than 4,400 people reported allegations of abuse at more than 1,000 different institutions.

Study: A New Strategy To Stop Female Genital Mutilation

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 14:13:00 -0500

Efforts to stop the practice have focused on health risks. And yet it remains widespread. A new study may explain why.

When Old Medicine Goes Bad

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 04:38:00 -0500

With drug prices climbing, you may be tempted to keep unused pills and cough syrups past their expiration date. Don't do it, pharmacists warn. And get all medicine out of the bathroom cabinet now.

Contest For Biz Students Is All About Umbilical Cords

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:59:00 -0500

Students from 11 business programs around the U.S. came together to see who could make the best business plan to address infant mortality in Nigeria.