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Questioning A Doctor's Prescription For A Sore Knee: 90 Percocets

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:09:00 -0500

Following minor surgery, a Kaiser Health News columnist sees up close how easily doctors can prescribe opioid pain pills, and how such prescribing helps fuel the epidemic of opioid addiction.

This Thanksgiving, Carve Out Time To Talk About End-Of-Life Wishes

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:00:15 -0500

Turkey dinner with a side dish of death isn't everyone's idea of a festive meal. But end-of-life planning advocates say the holidays are an ideal time to have these conversations with family members.

Lessons In Love For Generation Snapchat

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:01:15 -0500

Young people say they want more guidance in navigating love and relationships. So new classes at some schools are less about the "plumbing" and more about the passion.

Health Care System Fails Many Transgender Americans

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:29:00 -0500

Nearly a third of transgender people responding to an NPR poll say they have no regular access to health care. Very few medical offices are prepared to care for people who have transitioned.

Popular Surgery To Ease Chronic Shoulder Pain Called Into Question

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:44:00 -0500

U.K. scientists say arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs or bits of ragged tissue in sore shoulders offered no more pain relief than sham surgery in their randomized test.

U.S. Surgeon General Says Working Together Is Key To Combating Opioid Crisis

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:06:00 -0500

The country's top public health advocate says the cycle of opioid addiction won't be stopped without more money from Congress and cooperation among federal, state and local officials.

Dog Owners Have Lower Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease, Swedish Data Suggest

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:27:16 -0500

Researchers looked at hospital visits in Sweden's public health care system and checked them against dog registration records. They found dog owners had lower rates of heart disease.

Spit Test May Help Reveal Concussion Severity

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:46:00 -0500

When a child suffers a concussion, it's very hard to tell if the brain injury will cause long-term problems. An experimental test that looks for bits of genetic material in spit might help.

Odds Are, They're Taking Your Blood Pressure All Wrong

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:58:00 -0500

New guidelines have lowered the threshold for high blood pressure to 130/80, which makes it even more important to get an accurate reading. Here's how to increase the odds of getting it right.

It's Not Just Politics. Food Can Stir Holiday Conflict, Too

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:55:00 -0500

Lots of families fight over politics at the holiday table. But decisions about which foods to put on the table can also whip up stress and squabbles.

The Many Forms, Faces And Causes Of PTSD

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:10:03 -0500

You don't have to be in the military to have experiences that could lead to post-traumatic stress disorder, a doctor says.

Young Men, Frequent Drivers Most Likely To Get Distracted While Driving

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:47:00 -0500

Distracted driving is a growing problem, accounting for at least 12 percent of road crashes worldwide. Phones don't help. But personality and gender may play a role, too, researchers say.

Mileha Soneji: Can Simple Innovations Improve The Lives of Parkinson's Patients?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:19:47 -0500

When designer Mileha Soneji's uncle got Parkinson's, his quality of life deteriorated rapidly. Mileha couldn't cure her uncle's disease, so she designed simple ways to improve his everyday life.

Amos Winter: How Do You Build An All-Terrain Wheelchair For The Developing World?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:19:00 -0500

In many countries, uneven and unpaved roads make it hard to get around in a standard wheelchair. MIT engineer Amos Winter describes his design for an affordable, lever-powered, all-terrain wheelchair.

What To Make Of A Head-To-Head Test Of Addiction Treatments

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:22:00 -0500

Researchers found two addiction medicines equally effective once treatment started. But there are fundamental differences in the way treatment begins with each drug, complicating the interpretation.