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Many Adults Don't Think Exposure To Vaping Is Bad For Kids

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:09:00 -0400

Nicotine, heavy metals and tiny particles that can harm the lungs float around in the aerosol from e-cigarettes. But a survey finds many adults don't think secondhand vape is dangerous for children.



Patient, Doctor Groups Say New CBO Score Reveals Health Care Bill's Flaws

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:23:00 -0400

The latest analysis by the Congressional Budget Office says the bill would lead to 23 million fewer people having insurance coverage and would cut the federal deficit by $119 billion over 10 years.



Eating Chocolate, A Little Each Week, May Lower The Risk Of A Heart Flutter

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:30:00 -0400

The latest evidence that a chocolate habit may lower your risk of heart disease: A study finds people who ate small amounts of chocolate several times a week had a lower risk of atrial fibrillation.



Fitness Trackers: Good at Measuring Heart Rate, Not So Good At Measuring Calories

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:33:00 -0400

A study of seven popular fitness trackers found they are generally good at measuring heart rate, but may mislead consumers about how many calories they have burned.



Miami's Zika Outbreak Began Months Before It Was First Detected

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:23:00 -0400

Travelers infected with the Zika virus in the Caribbean brought it to South Florida multiple times before officials realized it had reached the U.S., an analysis of virus genomes finds.



43 Percent Of Children Who Died From Car Crashes Were Improperly Restrained

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:03:00 -0400

A review of child deaths after fatal car crashes found wide variations by state and region, and suggests state authorities could radically decrease child deaths by changing traffic safety laws.



Tips For Staying Healthy When Traveling Abroad

Mon, 22 May 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Two travel tips are often overlooked by clinicians, and can be especially helpful when people are headed to places with less-than-ideal plumbing and sewage systems.



If Raw Fruits Or Veggies Give You A Tingly Mouth, It's A Real Syndrome

Mon, 22 May 2017 04:51:00 -0400

Pollen allergies can trigger reactions to fruits and vegetables. The condition — known as oral allergy syndrome — can come on suddenly and often goes undiagnosed.



Pediatricians Advise No Fruit Juice Until Kids Are 1

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:02:01 -0400

Older kids should limit the amount of juice they drink too. Whole fruit is better than juice because it contains fiber, which slows the absorption of sugar and fills you up the way juice doesn't.



New Laws In The U.K. And EU Further Restrict Tobacco Industry

Sat, 20 May 2017 16:18:00 -0400

An EU directive goes into force today, with new rules regulating the tobacco industry. The U.K. is going further: Cigarettes must now be sold in plain green packaging with graphic health warnings.



Scientists One Step Closer To 3-D-Printed Ovaries To Treat Infertility

Sat, 20 May 2017 06:00:00 -0400

Researchers printed gelatin scaffolds into which they placed ovarian tissue, and then implanted the new organs in mice. Three out of seven female mice produced healthy offspring using the technology.



Poll: Doctors Are Still Prescribing Lots Of Opioids For Low Back Pain

Fri, 19 May 2017 12:44:00 -0400

More than half of Americans suffer lower back pain each year, the latest NPR/Truven Health Analytics survey finds. And they're often not going for treatments recommended as safest and most effective.



Women Opt To Skip Pelvic Exams When Told They Have Little Benefit

Thu, 18 May 2017 16:50:00 -0400

OB-GYNs and primary doctors disagree on whether women need a pelvic exam every year. When women were told a medical society recommended against it, they were much less likely to have the exam.



Is 'Internet Addiction' Real?

Thu, 18 May 2017 05:00:00 -0400

What started out as web surfing by a healthy teen descended into online obsession and isolation. Was it depression, internet addiction or both? Whatever you call it, rehab is now part of the answer.



Ethics Of Aid: Should Donated Health Dollars Go To 'Children First'?

Wed, 17 May 2017 12:53:00 -0400

That's how health aid is now allocated in the developing world. Should more money go to old people with chronic diseases? Our audience shares their views.