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A Noninvasive Colon Cancer Test That's FIT To Be Tried

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:10:00 -0400

Colonoscopy has long been the gold standard for colon cancer screening. Now gastroenterologists say the quick, inexpensive, noninvasive FIT test is a good option for people not willing to go there.

Rates Up 22 Percent For Obamacare Plans, But Subsidies Rise, Too

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:01:00 -0400

The premiums on benchmark plans are increasing by an average of 22 percent in 2017, the government says, but more than 70 percent of people can get one for less than $75 a month after subsidies.

Getting Dental Care Can Be A Challenge For People With Disabilities

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:37:00 -0400

People with serious disabilities and their caregivers often struggle to find dentists who have the ability and desire to take care of their teeth. Cost is another issue.

Can Mental Illness Be Prevented In The Womb?

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0400

Researchers are exploring changes in prenatal nutrition to lower risks for future mental disorders. The work is preliminary, but there is ample precedent for maternal diet affecting children's health.

Can A Place Still Be Home Even After Becoming Toxic?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Even thirty years after the devastating nuclear accident in Chernobyl, there are still people who call the place home. Filmmaker Holly Morris tells the stories of the mostly elderly women who stayed.

How Does Our Brain Get Rid Of Toxins?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Neuroscientist Jeff Iliff talks about his research, which explores how the brain naturally flushes out toxins during sleep.

How Can Your Home Make You Sick?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

When Dr. Rishi Manchanda worked in a clinic in South Central Los Angeles, he saw that patients were getting sick because of toxic living conditions — so he tried a unique treatment approach.

How Do Toxins From Plastics Find Their Way Into Our Food?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Ocean advocate Emily Penn has seen first hand how much plastic ends up in the oceans. She explains how the toxins from plastic makes their way into our food chain and how we might be able to stop it.

How Do Common Chemicals Affect Frogs, Rats — And Maybe Us?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Biologist Tyrone Hayes talks about the concerning effects of the herbicide atrazine, which is part of a group of chemicals that are found in everyday food and household products.

No Snapchat In The Bedroom? An Online Tool To Manage Kids' Media Use

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:03:00 -0400

The American Academy of Pediatrics has launched more liberal guidelines on children's media use. They're offering parents an online tool to help manage the what, where and when of family screen time.

Watchdog: EPA Action To Protect Flint Residents From Lead Was Delayed 7 Months

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:37:00 -0400

The agency had enough information to see the danger and the authority to intervene earlier, the inspector general's report states. "These situations should generate a greater sense of urgency."

Experts Say It Could Be A Make Or Break Year For Obamacare

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

President Obama traveled to Florida Thursday to encourage more people to sign up for Obamacare when the enrollment window opens next month. The president's signature health care law has helped cut the uninsured rate to record lows. But it's showing some cracks, and many young people are reluctant to sign up.

Will A Study Save Victims Of Violence, Or Gamble With Their Lives?

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:14:00 -0400

Victims of a shooting or stabbing in Philadelphia may soon become part of a study to figure out what kind of care is better--going straight to a hospital or getting more care at the scene.

Trick Or Treat? Critics Blast Big Soda's Efforts To Fend Off Taxes

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:23:00 -0400

Several U.S. cities have sugary drink taxes on the ballot. As efforts to reduce soda consumption gain traction around the world, critics say the industry is using the tobacco playbook to fight back.

When A Fainting Spell Is Caused By A Serious Blood Clot

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:43:00 -0400

Blood clots are on the list of conditions that doctors are supposed to consider when figuring out unexplained fainting spells. An Italian study suggests physicians should be more alert to clots.