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Congress Ends Spat, Agrees To Fund $1.1 Billion To Combat Zika

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:56:00 -0400

The deal to fight the mosquito-borne virus came after lawmakers dropped a controversial provision to block payments to Planned Parenthood for women's health care.



These Women Discovered It Wasn't Just Fat: It Was Lipedema

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:00:00 -0400

People with tree-trunk-like legs who can't lose weight through diet and exercise may have lipedema, a lymphatic disorder. It's not clear what causes it, and most doctors aren't familiar with it.



New York Fertility Doctor Says He Created Baby With 3 Genetic Parents

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:27:00 -0400

The New York-based doctor has sparked praise and criticism by going to Mexico and using DNA from three adults to create a child for a couple from Jordan who lost two children to a genetic disorder.



Chill Out: Stress Can Override Benefits Of Healthful Eating

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:02:00 -0400

Stress takes a toll on our bodies. And a new study suggests stress can diminish the benefits of more healthful food choices. But experts say a range of strategies can help people cope with stress.



Expansion Proposed For Women's Health Services Without A Copay

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:00:00 -0400

The list of preventive services that insurers would cover without a copay could grow to include mammograms for younger women and perhaps even vasectomies for men.



Walking Fends Off Loss Of Mobility, And It's Not Too Late To Start

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:18:00 -0400

People in their 70s and 80s recovered more quickly from physical setbacks if they remained active, a study finds. Walking a total of 150 minutes a week with some strength training did the trick.



Medications Can Help People Stop Abusing Alcohol, But Many Don't Know That

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:54:00 -0400

It is still rare for a person struggling with alcohol abuse to be prescribed naltrexone or acamprosate, two medications that have been proven to help. Efforts are underway to change that.



War Studies Suggest A Concussion Leaves The Brain Vulnerable To PTSD

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:39:00 -0400

Troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are far more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder if they have suffered a concussion. The reason may be a change in the brain's fear circuits.



Political Trends In Medicine: How Does Election Season Affect Our Health?

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:47:11 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon talks politics with Sally Satel, a clinical psychiatrist and medical policy expert. She follows political trends in medicine.



Controversy Continues Over Muscular Dystrophy Drug, Despite FDA Approval

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:47:00 -0400

The Food and Drug Administration approved a muscular dystrophy drug despite deeply flawed evidence. Was the decision a dangerous precedent or flexible pragmatism reflecting patients' values?



This Doctor Is Trying To Stop Heart Attacks In Their Tracks

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:25:00 -0400

Harry Selker has spent his life trying to come up with better ways to keep people from dying of heart attacks. Now he's intent on figuring out if a simple, cheap medication could be a game changer.



Are We Reaching The End Of The Trend For Longer, Healthier Lives?

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:57:00 -0400

In the past 50 years, better medical care and healthier habits have greatly reduced the risk of dying young from heart disease. But the obesity epidemic threatens to reverse that happy trend.



Breaking Taboo, Swedish Scientist Seeks To Edit DNA Of Healthy Human Embryos

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:07:00 -0400

A Swedish biologist wants to change the genes of healthy human embryos to find ways to treat infertility and other diseases. The experiments intensify ethical questions about genetic engineering.



We Really Do Get A Little More Santa-Like, Physically, During The Holidays

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:12:00 -0400

All that holiday grubbing does indeed pack on the pounds. How much? Researchers tracked the weights of 3,000 people in Germany, Japan and the U.S. and found a weight spike after every major holiday.



How A 'Sixth Sense' Helps Simone Biles Fly, And The Rest Of Us Walk

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:01:00 -0400

Scientists are finally beginning to understand proprioception, a sense that tells us where our body is in space. Much of what they've learned comes from two girls with a rare genetic disorder.