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Mental Health Care Gets A Boost From 21st Century Cures Act

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:08:00 -0500

Early intervention for treating psychosis and grants to train more psychologists and psychiatrists are just some of the ways the legislation would change mental health services.



A Brighter Outlook Could Translate To A Longer Life

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:29:00 -0500

This study doesn't prove that optimism actually causes better health or postpones death. But it joins a growing body of evidence suggesting that they're fellow travelers.



Doctors And Hospitals Tell Patients: Show Us The Money Before Treatment

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:01:00 -0500

As patients' share of medical bills has grown with the rise in deductibles, copays and coinsurance, providers have become laser focused on getting payments up front.



Going Bare Down There May Boost The Risk Of STDs

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:21:00 -0500

Next time you get a Brazilian wax or do a little manscaping, you may be getting more than you bargained for. Banishing hair downstairs may increase the risk of sexually transmitted infections.



Drivers Beware: Crash Rate Spikes With Every Hour Of Lost Sleep

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:01:00 -0500

An analysis of car accidents found that drivers who slept only five or six hours in the previous 24 had nearly twice the accident rate of drivers who slept a full seven hours or more.



A Stabbing, A Possible Ebola Outbreak, And A 'Time Bomb'

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:17 -0500

In Liberia, a team of epidemiologists have to delay a criminal investigation, look the other way on illegal drug use and build trust to stop an outbreak of Ebola.



Advice For Doctors Talking To Parents About HPV Vaccine: Make It Brief

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:39:00 -0500

A decade after HPV vaccine was introduced in the U.S., many doctors still hesitate to routinely recommend that children get vaccinated against the cancer-causing virus.



Helping Ex-Inmates Stay Out Of The ER Brings Multiple Benefits

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:39:00 -0500

Each year, millions of Americans leave jail or prison. When they do, they're likely to have a hard time managing their health. Some clinics are trying to provide ex-inmates with better, cheaper care.



Study: Older Smokers Can Still Significantly Lower Risk Of Death If They Quit

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:41:00 -0500

Researcher Sara Nash tells NPR's Ailsa Chang why it's never to late to quit smoking. She's one of the authors of a new NIH-AARP study.



How A Psychedelic Drug Helps Cancer Patients Overcome Anxiety

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:00:00 -0500

Many cancer patients who took the psychedelic drug psilocybin under supervision said the experience erased their anxiety and depression over illness and death.



Americans Don't Trust Scientists' Take On Food Issues

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:02:00 -0500

A new survey finds strong public support for organic food, and suspicion of GMOs — regardless of whether people vote Republican or Democratic. Also, people don't trust scientists much at all.



Time For Homeopathic Remedies To Prove That They Work?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:00:00 -0500

The Federal Trade Commission told purveyors of homeopathic remedies that they have to say there's no scientific evidence that these nostrums actually work. The question is, will fans care?



U.S. Imposes Nationwide Ban On Smoking In All Public Housing

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:49:00 -0500

The Obama administration has issued a sweeping final rule banning smoking in all public housing units nationwide, extending a smoke-free environment to nearly a million units.



Abortion-Rights Groups Challenge Restrictions In 3 States

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:29:00 -0500

Abortion-rights supporters are going on the offensive to challenge state laws that limit access to abortion, even as they anticipate more restrictions under a Trump administration.



Millions Of People Are Having An Easier Time Paying Medical Bills

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:02:00 -0500

The number of people who say they are struggling to pay medical bills has dropped by 13 million in the past five years, a study finds. An improving economy and the Affordable Care Act are why.