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Allison Aubrey is a correspondent for NPR News.

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This Vaccine Can Prevent Cancer, But Many Teenagers Still Don't Get It

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:49:00 -0500

The HPV vaccine can prevent cervical cancer in women and some cancers in men. It's most effective when given early in adolescence. But a new analysis finds only 29 percent of teens get it by age 13.

McDonald's Commits To More Balanced Happy Meals By 2022

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:01:00 -0500

The company says in the next four years, 50 percent or more of its kids meals will meet new nutrition criteria, with 600 or fewer calories per meal and caps on calories from sugar and saturated fat.

Trump Administration Wants To Decide What Food SNAP Recipients Will Get

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:21:00 -0500

The proposed changes to food stamps, now called SNAP, would be drastic: About half the benefits would be boxed-up, nonperishable foods. Recipients would lose a lot of their ability to pick their food.

A Family Finds A Way To Wean Themselves From Electronic Devices

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:12:00 -0500

If you've got teens at home, getting them off phones and other devices can be a battle. Social media is woven into their evening routine. Too much time on screens can amp up anxiety and depression.

Smartphone Detox: How To Power Down In A Wired World

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:03:00 -0500

In an era when many kids get a first smartphone at age 10, psychologists say the devices have turned us into Pavlov's dogs — drooling for the next notification, buzz or text. Ready to dial back?

Eating Leafy Greens Each Day Tied to Sharper Memory, Slower Decline

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 05:00:00 -0500

Scientists are keen to figure out how diet influences aging, including brain health. A 5-year study of healthy seniors found those who ate a serving or two of daily greens had less cognitive decline.

Flu Virus Can Trigger A Heart Attack

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 17:02:00 -0500

The rate of hospitalizations due to influenza is continuing to rise. Now, a study finds the risk of having a heart attack also spikes in the days after a confirmed diagnosis of flu.

Personalized Diets: Can Your Genes Really Tell You What To Eat?

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:01:00 -0500

There's an explosion of interest in personalized diet approaches and at-home test kits are popping up everywhere. Part of the approach includes analyzing your DNA, but genes can only tell us so much.

Sugar And Sleep: More Rest May Dull Your Sweet Tooth

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:44:00 -0500

When study participants who routinely got less than seven hours of sleep were coached to extend their sleep time, they also changed their diets, without being asked — taking in less sugar each day.

Is Alcohol A Problem? Online Tool Helps Assess Risk And Find Help

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 04:42:00 -0500

Treatment for alcohol problems isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. The NIH has launched a navigator site that can help figure out the scope of the problem and find evidence-based treatment options.

From Vegan To 'Keto' And Mediterranean: Experts Rank 2018's Best Diets

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 12:28:00 -0500

A panel of experts convened by U.S. News ranked the best diets. The Mediterranean diet comes out on top. Two new diets are ranked: the physician-created Nutritarian diet and the popular Keto diet.

Feel In Danger On A Date? These Apps Could Help You Stay Safe

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 04:48:00 -0500

Safety apps are designed to help women ease out of a dating situation that seems uncomfortable or dangerous. But experts say it's also important to help friends in real life.

Tylenol May Help Ease The Pain Of Hurt Feelings

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 05:14:00 -0500

Acetaminophen, the world's most popular painkiller, doesn't just dull physical aches, it also has subtle psychological effects, researchers say. But blunting emotions isn't always a good thing.

What The Industry Knew About Sugar's Health Effects, But Didn't Tell Us

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:29:00 -0500

The sugar industry pulled the plug on an animal study it funded in the 1960s. Initial results pointed to a link between sugar consumption and elevated triglycerides, which raises heart disease risk.

It's Not Just Politics. Food Can Stir Holiday Conflict, Too

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:55:00 -0500

Lots of families fight over politics at the holiday table. But decisions about which foods to put on the table can also whip up stress and squabbles.