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When The Brain Scrambles Names, It's Because You Love Them

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:42:00 -0500

If your mom had to run though the name of everyone in the family, including the dog, before hitting yours, it's probably because you're all in a mental folder labeled "loved ones."

People In Rural U.S. More Likely To Die From Leading Causes Of Death Than Urbanites

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:30:00 -0500

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to National Rural Health Association's Brock Slabach about a report that people in rural areas are more likely to die from the top causes of death than those in urban areas.

Democrats Hold Rallies Across Country To Fight GOP Efforts To Repeal Obamacare

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:30:00 -0500

Democrats will hold rallies across the country to protest the GOP agenda aimed at dismantling the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Bernie Sanders is playing a central role as he leads party outreach.

In 'Nicotine,' A Longtime Smoker Confronts His Old Habit

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:29:00 -0500

Writer Gregor Hens doesn't smoke anymore, but he still thinks about it every day. He says he started writing his memoir as a way to deal with the longing.

Marijuana's Health Effects? Top Scientists Weigh In

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:50:00 -0500

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine sorted through 10,000 studies to determine the good and bad health effects of marijuana. Tight drug restrictions impede research, they say.

Menopause Mystery: Why Do Female Killer Whales Experience The Change Of Life?

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:02:00 -0500

Killer whales are one of only three species known to have menopause. Researchers are looking at the conflict and cooperation between older and younger female whales to understand why.

California Nail Salons Start To Invest In Worker Safety

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 04:35:00 -0500

A statewide collaborative of nail salons now has 120 members; all have made ventilation upgrades and switched from toxic products to safer ones. Will clients be willing to pay extra to help workers?

6 Lesser-Known Obamacare Provisions That Could Evaporate

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:39:00 -0500

Private rooms for pumping breast milk and expanded therapy coverage for children with autism are two of the less publicized mandates of the Affordable Care Act. Also, being able to choose your OB-GYN.

Walking In America Remains Dangerous — Especially In Florida

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:12:00 -0500

Those who can least afford to get hurt often live in the most dangerous places to walk. A study sees a link between the hazards and median household income and whether people have health insurance.

Women Still Need Folic Acid Supplements To Prevent Birth Defects

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:01:00 -0500

Taking folic acid while pregnant reduces the risk of birth defects. But there may not be enough of the vitamin in enriched grain products, a federal advisory panel says.

A Raise Can Wreak Havoc With Your Health Insurance Subsidy

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:19:00 -0500

Health insurance subsidies are pegged to personal income estimates. But if those are too low, a person may have to repay the government later on.

Warming Oceans Could Boost Dangerous Toxin In Your Shellfish Dinner

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:00:00 -0500

A new study finds a link between warming waters and a dangerous neurotoxin that builds up in species like Dungeness crabs, clams and mussels — and can be hazardous, even fatal in people who eat them.

Danish Study Raises More Questions About Mammograms' Message

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:09:00 -0500

Research from Denmark suggests about one-third of lumps detected by routine mammograms would never have become dangerous. That puts women at risk of needless surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.

Electronic Health Records May Help Customize Medical Treatments

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 04:59:00 -0500

Most people's doctors put their health information in an electronic health record. Scientists are mining those records for clues to what treatments work best for individuals.

'What Doesn't Kill Us' ... Invites Practical Medical Benefits

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 08:35:28 -0500

Author Scott Carney talks about his new book, "What Doesn't Kill Us." Looking at case studies, Carney investigates how the body uses its environment to build resistance to normally extreme conditions.