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March Madness Vasectomies Encourage Guys To Take One For The Team

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:04:00 -0400

Some urologists use March Madness as an opportunity to market vasectomy services, offering men the excuse to sit on the sofa for three days to watch college basketball while they recover.

Letting States Decide Health Coverage Could Make It Harder To Buy

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:01:00 -0400

House Republicans altered their health care bill to let states decide what coverage is required. That would make it harder to buy coverage for childbirth or chronic illness, analysts say.

GOP Resurrects A Bill From 2003 To Help Small Firms Buy Health Insurance

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:00:00 -0400

House Speaker Paul Ryan supports a bill that would allow "association health plans" to be sold nationally to small businesses. But critics say such plans tend to be skimpy and not well-regulated.

Cancer Is Partly Caused By Bad Luck, Study Finds

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Researchers have long known behavior, environment and genetics play a role in cancer. A study in Science finds luck is also a major factor. Nearly two-thirds of cancer mutations arise randomly.

The Forces Driving Middle-Aged White People's 'Deaths Of Despair'

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Middle-aged white people without college degrees are increasingly likely to die of suicide or drug and alcohol abuse. The lack of a pathway to solid jobs is one reason, two economists say.

Social Media, Math And The Mystery Of A Mumps Outbreak

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:35:00 -0400

Since August 2016, there have been nearly 3,000 cases of mumps diagnosed in Arkansas. A epidemiologist explains how her team used online data and mathematical modeling to understand the outbreak.

Breast Implants Linked To Rare Blood Cancer In Small Proportion Of Women

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:06:00 -0400

The FDA says breast implants with textured surfaces are linked to at least 203 cancer cases, and that nine women have died. Nearly 300,000 people get breast implants each year in the U.S.

A Smartphone Can Accurately Test Sperm Count

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:01:00 -0400

Measuring the quality of those little swimmers usually requires a trip to the doctor. Researchers have come up with a smartphone accessory that would let men do that at home in less than five seconds.

GAO Will Investigate Skyrocketing Prices For Orphan Drugs

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:29:00 -0400

The Orphan Drug Act was created to help patients with rare diseases get life-saving medications. But soaring prices suggest the law is being manipulated to increase profits.

Exercising While Pregnant Is Almost Always A Good Idea

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:02:00 -0400

Women often worry that exercise is dangerous during pregnancy, but the data shows it's almost always good for both mother and the developing fetus. As with so many things, moderation is key.

Could Meals On Wheels Really Lose Funding? Yes, But It's Hard To Say How Much

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:11:00 -0400

Meals on Wheels America has seen a surge in donations from worried supporters since President Trump's budget proposal was released. The role of federal funds differs in various local programs.

Congress May Undo Rule That Pushes Firms To Keep Good Safety Records

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:39:00 -0400

Labor statistics specialists under George W. Bush and Barack Obama warn that if the safety regulation is repealed, record keeping on worker injuries will become less accurate and less reliable.

Studies Suggest Cautious Optimism About Declines In Teen Opioid Use

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:56:00 -0400

A pair of long-term studies found fewer children and teenagers are coming in contact with opioids, and that hospitalizations from the drugs are down. The same is not true for adults.

Tax Credits, Penalties And Age Rating: Parsing The GOP Health Bill

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 04:56:00 -0400

As the GOP bill to replace the Affordable Care Act begins to move through Congress, reporters for NPR and Kaiser answer your questions about what it might mean for your health plan.

My Unlovely Lady Lump: When MRSA Is Ugly, But Not Life-Threatening

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 05:00:17 -0400

Antibiotic-resistant staph infections don't always start in hospitals, and they aren't always particularly dangerous. But, even after a MRSA-infected wound heals, the bacteria often remain.