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Veteran Receives Penis Transplant To Repair War Wound

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:15:00 -0400

Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital say 11 surgeons were involved in the 14-hour surgery in March. The patient, who requested anonymity, is expected to be released from the hospital this week

Anxiety Relief Without The High? New Studies On CBD, A Cannabis Extract

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 04:59:00 -0400

An FDA advisory committee last week urged approval of a drug containing cannabidiol to treat a form of epilepsy. Other scientists wonder if CBD might ease anxiety or other disorders, too.

Romaine Lettuce: Don't Eat It!

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:19:00 -0400

Just to be safe, the CDC is telling consumers to "throw out" all romaine lettuce, including whole heads, because of an E. coli outbreak that has infected at least 61 people and hospitalized 31.

How Medicare's Conflicting Hospitalization Rules Cost Me Thousands Of Dollars

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:48:00 -0400

NPR correspondent Alison Kodjak's mom was admitted to the hospital for four nights after a fall. Because the hospital said she was an outpatient, Medicare wouldn't pay for her rehabilitative care.

E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Romaine Lettuce Spreads To 16 States

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:17:00 -0400

A report by the CDC said the bacteria has infected at least 53 people, including 31 who have been hospitalized. The agency's advice: Throw out pre-cut romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Ariz.

Can Triage Nurses Help Prevent 911 Overload?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:00:00 -0400

One in four calls to the Washington, D.C., 911 line isn't an emergency. The city now has triage nurses working with dispatchers to get callers with less urgent needs a same-day clinic visit instead.

Gene Therapy For Inherited Blood Disorder Reduced Transfusions

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:01:29 -0400

A small study finds promise for using gene therapy to treat patients with beta-thalassemia, a blood condition that can cause severe anemia. The experimental treatment is in early development.

How People Learned To Recognize Monkey Calls Reveals How We All Make Sense Of Sound

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:04:00 -0400

A brain imaging study of grown-ups hints at how children learn that "dog" and "fog" have different meanings, even though they sound so much alike.

To Prevent Falls In Older Age, Try Regular Exercise

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:04:17 -0400

After reviewing the medical evidence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended exercise as the most effective approach for older people seeking to minimize the risk of falling.

New York City Mice Carry Bacteria That Can Make People Sick

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:04:00 -0400

An analysis of mice in the Big Apple finds that many harbor bacteria that can make humans sick if exposed to the animals' droppings. Some of the bacterial strains were resistant to antibiotics.

Medicare Advisers Recommend Payment Cuts To Many Free-Standing ERs

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 05:00:29 -0400

An agency that advises Congress recommends a 30 percent reduction in some federal reimbursements to free-standing ERs that are within 6 miles of a hospital.

Merck Immunotherapy Drug Shines In Lung Cancer Study

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:43:00 -0400

Research finds that more than two-thirds of lung cancer patients who received Keytruda plus chemotherapy would be alive a year later, compared with about half of people who only got chemotherapy.

The Super-Hot Pepper That Sent A Man To The ER

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 04:56:00 -0400

Carolina Reapers are some of the hottest peppers in the world. So hot, in fact, that for one man, participating in a pepper-eating contestant resulted in a painful, serious "thunderclap headache."

Philadelphians Drink Less Sugary Soda, More Water, After Tax

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:06:00 -0400

A new study suggests that residents of Philadelphia are 40 percent less likely to drink sweetened beverages daily compared with people in cities that don't have a soda tax in place.

Canada To Measure Marijuana Use By Testing Sewage

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:14:07 -0400

People responding to surveys sometimes misstate their drug use. Canada will check wastewater for traces of drugs to more accurately assess consumption.