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Could Probiotics Protect Kids From A Downside Of Antibiotics?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:16:00 -0500

Many marketing claims about the potential benefits of probiotics have raced ahead of the science, say researchers who are now trying to catch up. One NIH study is investigating kids' gut microbes.



Window Blind Cords Still Pose A Deadly Risk To Children

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:02:22 -0500

Nearly one child a month dies after being entangled in window blind cords, despite years of effort to reduce the toll. A new industry standard to remove most corded blinds from the market may help.



This Year, Consider Giving Presence Instead Of Presents

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:02:21 -0500

Science says consciously spending time with our loved ones is more important to them than receiving expensive presents.



In The U.S., Flu Season Could Be Unusually Harsh This Year

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:32:00 -0500

Health officials fear the U.S. may have a nasty flu season because the main flu virus circulating this year tends to hit people hard and the flu vaccine may be weaker than normal.



Adults Can Get Type 1 Diabetes, Too

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0500

It used to be called juvenile diabetes because it was thought to often start in childhood. But adults are just as likely to be diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Not knowing that can delay treatment.



Why Your Brain Has Trouble Bailing Out Of A Bad Plan

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:49:00 -0500

Researchers say it takes a lot of brainpower to stop an action, once it's underway. A study found that when people have to change a planned movement, 11 different brain areas have to get involved.



Researchers Look For Gun Violence Clues In Google Searches And Background Checks

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:01:00 -0500

After the 2012 mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., there was a spike in gun sales. A study examined the spike and links increased gun exposure to more accidental firearm deaths.



Here's What It Looks Like When You Fry Your Eye In An Eclipse

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:06:00 -0500

Most people seem to have heeded the warning not to look at August's total eclipse without eye protection. But an unlucky few suffered serious injury, and doctors could see changes at a cellular level.



Even Low-Dose Contraceptives Slightly Increase Breast Cancer Risk

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:41:00 -0500

The absolute risk is very low. But low-dose formulations of birth control pills and other hormone-releasing contraceptives pose about the same risk to breasts as older formulations, a big study finds.



Looking Below The Locks: Teaching Hairdressers To Spot Melanoma

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:01:00 -0500

It's hard to check for skin changes on the scalp, and that's one body part that hairdressers see every day. Researchers found that they improved their ability to spot scary stuff after brief training.



Surgeons Try Prescribing Fewer Opioids To Lower Addiction Risk

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 11:49:00 -0500

Based on research conducted at the University of Michigan, surgeons developed a simple strategy to reduce misuse and abuse of painkillers after surgery: give patients fewer pills.



First Baby Born To U.S. Uterus Transplant Patient Raises Ethics Questions

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:15:00 -0500

A woman who received a uterus transplant recently delivered a healthy baby boy. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with the doctors working on the experiment about its ethics, risk, and cost implications.



With Aetna Deal, CVS Looks To Turn Stores Into Health Care Hubs

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 12:48:00 -0500

By combining a health insurer with a drugstore chain, CVS is looking to provide more care from its network of stores. The deal would also give the merged companies more clout with drugmakers.



Teenagers Embrace JUUL, Saying It's Discreet Enough To Vape In Class

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 11:58:00 -0500

Teens say they like the JUUL e-cigarette because it's sleeker than other devices and teachers don't notice it. But researchers say teenagers who vape are more likely to move on to cigarettes.



Tylenol May Help Ease The Pain Of Hurt Feelings

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 05:14:00 -0500

Acetaminophen, the world's most popular painkiller, doesn't just dull physical aches, it also has subtle psychological effects, researchers say. But blunting emotions isn't always a good thing.