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Pickleball For All: The Cross-Generational Power Of Play

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:00:15 -0400

A fun and social game at any age, pickleball is giving older adults — and their middle-aged kids — an extended lease on the benefits of team sports.

Diabetes Technology Moves Closer To Making Life Easier For Patients

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:49:00 -0400

While the technology is moving rapidly, insurance, regulatory, and supply challenges make it harder for patients to quickly access the latest medical advances to manage their condition.

Drug Companies Make Eyedrops Too Big, And You Pay For The Waste

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:00:00 -0400

When eyedrops dribble down your face, it's not your fault. Drugmakers have long known that their drops of medicine exceed the capacity of the human eye. Why didn't companies make the drops smaller?

If You Want An IUD, Take Note Of Trump's New Birth Control Policy

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:00:15 -0400

Some employers may now opt to claim a religious or moral exemption when it comes to paying for birth control, and women could end up sharing the cost with employers that scale back coverage.

Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:04:00 -0400

"Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," says sleep scientist Matthew Walker. His new book is Why We Sleep.

Studies Skewed By Focus On Well-Off, Educated Brains

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:56:00 -0400

What does a "normal" brain look like? Something a lot different when researchers make sure that study participants reflect the race, education and income levels of the U.S. at large.

Mindfulness Apps Aim To Help People Disconnect From Stress

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:55:00 -0400

Finding inner calm hard to come by? Some people use their device obsession to help them disconnect. The apps aren't a quick fix, therapists say, but might help you stick to a mindfulness practice.

Floating Away Your Anxiety And Stress

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:55:00 -0400

Americans' stress levels rose significantly over the past year, according to the American Psychological Association. A doctor tries float therapy to see if it can help him feel less stressed out.

'Quackery' Chronicles How Our Love Of Miracle Cures Leads Us Astray

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:02:04 -0400

Tobacco enemas? Mercury pills? Ice pick lobotomies? A new book explains how throughout history, miracle "cures" often didn't just fail to improve people's health, they maimed and killed.

New Rule On Moral Objections To Contraception Aimed At 2 Groups

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 06:00:44 -0400

The administration's decision to allow some employers to bypass a requirement to provide no-cost contraceptives to women on moral grounds would benefit specific anti-abortion groups.

Steve Ramirez: If We Could Erase Memories ... Should We?

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:21:00 -0400

Neuroscientist Steve Ramirez used lasers to enter the brains of mice and edit their memories. He imagines a future where this technology might be possible in humans as well.

This Week's Air Quality Is Worst On Record For San Francisco Bay Area

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:31:00 -0400

As wildfires spread through Northern California counties, clouds of smoke and ash are spreading, too, far beyond the flames. Air quality officials have a database that's searchable by ZIP code.

FDA Panel Endorses Gene Therapy For A Form Of Childhood Blindness

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:43:00 -0400

After many setbacks for genetic therapies, advisers to the Food and Drug Administration recommended approval of the first gene treatment for an inherited form of blindness.

Health Conditions That Increase Stroke Risk Rise Across All Ages, Races

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:44:00 -0400

Smoking, drug abuse and diabetes are all modifiable risk factors for stroke. Yet a large study of patients hospitalized for stroke suggests the number of people with these risk factors is rising.

Giving Birth Is Hard Enough — Now Try It In The Middle Of A Wildfire

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:24:00 -0400

Wildfires that spread quickly in Northern California meant that hospitals had to evacuate on the fly. One woman in the middle of childbirth tells her story.