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Heart Screening For Teens May Cause More Problems Than It Solves

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:30:00 -0500

There's no evidence that screening adolescents with electrocardiograms prevents deaths, yet the heart tests have become widespread despite the false alarms they often cause.

Does Testosterone Improve Older Men's Health? It Depends

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:22:00 -0500

Several studies out this week show mixed results for testosterone replacement. It appears to protect bone density and strength and prevent anemia, but there is no effect on memory and cognition.

As They Dig Deeper Into Parenting, Fathers Seek Community, Support

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:00:20 -0500

More dads are getting involved with parenting, but the resources to help them are much slimmer than those available for moms.

The Next Pandemic Could Be Dripping On Your Head

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:10:00 -0500

Bats, birds and tourists love a good cave. And so do viruses. Scientists say this mixture could trigger a deadly outbreak.

Can Poetry Keep You Young? Science Is Still Out, But The Heart Says Yes

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:03:00 -0500

Scientific evidence showing health benefits from engaging in the arts is still weak. But Los Angeles students in their 80s say their poetry class gives them joy, solace, community and a voice.

Got Back Pain? Try Yoga Or Massage Before Reaching For The Pills

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:02:00 -0500

New guidelines encourage doctors to tell patients to try non-drug therapies for acute lower back pain first.

Can Changing When And What We Eat Help Outwit Disease?

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:00:00 -0500

I'm fasting intermittently as part of a research study, to see if changing my gut microbiome affects my multiple sclerosis. But maybe living on Peanut Chews isn't the best strategy.

Why Oh Why Is There Phlegm?

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Having a cold or a flu is unpleasant enough without suffering the indignity of phlegm. But those gobs of goo are there for a reason.

As Presidents Live Longer, Doctors Debate Whether To Test For Dementia

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 05:05:00 -0500

The true health of politicians has likely been cloaked in secrecy since the days of Mesopotamian kings, but definitely since the Wilson administration. Has the time come to test presidents' cognition?

Republican Health Care Proposal Would Cover Fewer Low-Income Families

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:36:00 -0500

The plan that House Republicans discussed Thursday would replace Affordable Care Act subsidies with tax credits and cut Medicaid funds to the states.

Is That A Brown Recluse Spider Bite Or Skin Cancer?

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:57:00 -0500

Skin lesions are often misdiagnosed as a brown recluse spider bite when they're actually a tick bite or MRSA or even skin cancer. Here's how to tell the difference.

Germ History: Milkmaids Inspire Vaccines, But The Germs Keep Coming

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:38:00 -0500

After milkmaids helped discover vaccination, we spent the next 150 years learning how to keep ourselves safe from germs. By the 1960s, we thought the battle was finally over. If only!

A Bit More Vitamin D Might Help Prevent Colds And Flu

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 04:31:00 -0500

An analysis finds that if you're deficient in vitamin D, taking a supplement might cut your risk of respiratory infections. But there's disagreement on what's considered deficient.

Broad Institute Wins Big Battle Over CRISPR Gene-Editing Patent

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:31:00 -0500

CRISPR technology is already worth billions of dollars, investors say. This ruling seems to affirm the biggest piece of the pie goes to the Broad, over patent rival University of California, Berkeley.

For Food Manufacturers, 'Sell By' Labels May Have Reached Their Expiration Date

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:21:00 -0500

Those "expiration" labels on packaged food may confuse consumers and dupe them into throwing good food in the trash. Two major food industry associations want to change that and are proposing reforms.