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Routine DNA Sequencing May Be Helpful And Not As Scary As Feared

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:01:00 -0400

A study of whole genome sequencing found that while many people discovered genetic variations linked to rare diseases, they didn't overreact to the news.



More Health Problems Reported With Hair And Skin Care Products

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:42:00 -0400

Manufacturers are not required to tell the Food and Drug Administration about safety issues with cosmetics or hair and skin care products. That can leave people in the dark about health risks.



Secrets Of Breast-Feeding From Global Moms In The Know

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:45:00 -0400

Many American women want to breast-feed — and try to. Only about half keep it up. It's like they've lost the instinct. One researcher thinks she's figured out why and how to get the instinct back.



More Than Memory: Coping With The Other Ills Of Alzheimer's

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:01:00 -0400

Many people with Alzheimer's suffer medical and mental health issues that have nothing to do with memory loss, including slow healing, incontinence, paranoia and depression.



Could The Best Memory System Be One That Forgets?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:46:00 -0400

Forget thinking about forgetting as failure. Researchers now say that ridding our brains of irrelevant details and outdated information helps us better navigate our ever-changing world.



OB-GYNs Give Women More Say In When They Have Mammograms

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:06:00 -0400

Updated guidelines on mammograms from the nation's gynecologists are intended to incorporate recommendations from three other medical societies and consider women's preferences, too.



CHART: Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:59:00 -0400

Senate Republicans are calling their health care bill the Better Care Reconciliation Act. It shares many provisions with the House's American Health Care Act, but goes further in cutting Medicaid.



Forget Freud: Dreams Replay Our Everyday Lives

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:05:00 -0400

Sigmund Freud thought dreams were all about wish fulfillment and repressed desire. But scientists now think they're linked to memory processing and consciousness. And they're often quite mundane.



Humanitarian Aid Is 'Broken,' Says Former U.N. Official

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:25:00 -0400

The way we offer assistance to people fleeing conflict no longer works, says Paul Spiegel, a former director of program management at the U.N. refugee agency. He has a few ideas about how to fix it.



'Combat Medicine:' Afghanistan Vet Seeks To Help Others Through Hip-Hop

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 -0400

A new hip-hop album by a veteran of the war in Afghanistan drops Wednesday. His target audience: fellow vets suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.



Survivors Of Childhood Diseases Struggle To Find Care As Adults

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0400

A few decades ago, babies born with conditions such as congenital heart disease or cystic fibrosis often didn't survive past childhood. Now many live longer, but adult medicine has not kept pace.



Dramatic Increase In Number Of People Being Hospitalized Due To Opioids

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:40:00 -0400

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dr. Traci Green, deputy director of injury prevention at Boston Medical Center about the stunning show increase in the number of hospital visits related to opioids.



Study Finds Yoga Can Help Back Pain, But Keep It Gentle, With These Poses

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0400

A yoga class designed specifically for lower back pain can be as effective as physical therapy in easing pain, the study says. The class and teacher manuals are available online, for free.



Can You Find The Defibrillator At Work? Half Of People Say No

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:17:00 -0400

People who work in the hospitality and service industries were even less likely to know where to find an AED, according to a new survey. The devices can restart someone's heart after cardiac arrest.



A Mother's Early Death Drives Her Daughter To Find A Treatment

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Sonia Vallabh knows that by the time she's middle-aged, a rare inherited disease will likely start killing off her brain cells. She and her husband have become scientists to try to stop the disease.