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News and commentary about personal health, medicine, healthcare, drugs, diet, recipes, and nutrition. Download the Your Health podcast and subscribe to our RSS feed.

Last Build Date: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:43:00 -0500

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Retired Coal Miners At Risk Of Losing Promised Health Coverage And Pensions

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:43:00 -0500

A fund guaranteeing health coverage and pensions to retired mine workers is about to run dry. Congress has been reluctant to pick up the tab. Democrats from coal country say it's time to act.

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Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:02:00 -0500

Overall, U.S. life expectancy dipped in 2015 — the first drop since 1993. That's because the death rate went up between 2014 and 2015, driven by an increase in mortality among people younger than 65.

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A Brighter Outlook Could Translate To A Longer Life

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:29:00 -0500

This study doesn't prove that optimism actually causes better health or postpones death. But it joins a growing body of evidence suggesting that they're fellow travelers.

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Drivers Beware: Crash Rate Spikes With Every Hour Of Lost Sleep

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:01:00 -0500

An analysis of car accidents found that drivers who slept only five or six hours in the previous 24 had nearly twice the accident rate of drivers who slept a full seven hours or more.

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A Stabbing, A Possible Ebola Outbreak, And A 'Time Bomb'

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:17 -0500

In Liberia, a team of epidemiologists have to delay a criminal investigation, look the other way on illegal drug use and build trust to stop an outbreak of Ebola.

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Advice For Doctors Talking To Parents About HPV Vaccine: Make It Brief

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:39:00 -0500

A decade after HPV vaccine was introduced in the U.S., many doctors still hesitate to routinely recommend that children get vaccinated against the cancer-causing virus.

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Helping Ex-Inmates Stay Out Of The ER Brings Multiple Benefits

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:39:00 -0500

Each year, millions of Americans leave jail or prison. When they do, they're likely to have a hard time managing their health. Some clinics are trying to provide ex-inmates with better, cheaper care.

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Big Data Coming In Faster Than Biomedical Researchers Can Process It

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:04:00 -0500

There's a plethora of projects to gather data about the brain, various kinds of cancer and every type of cell in the body. But researchers are struggling to keep up with the information explosion.

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Patients Increasingly Influence The Direction Of Medical Research

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 04:51:00 -0500

Medical researchers are no longer ignoring the people who have the most to gain — or lose. But as patient advocates become more influential, they risk being co-opted by the biomedical industry.

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Dementia Risk Declines, And Education May Be One Reason Why

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:46:00 -0500

The prevalence of Alzheimer's and other dementias declined by almost 3 percent from 2000 to 2012, a study finds. That could be a result of people getting more education, and better health overall.

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Hospital Companions Can Ease Isolation For Older People

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 04:53:00 -0500

Loneliness and social isolation can affect health for the worse. A California hospital is training volunteers to provide companionship and friendly assistance.

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Older Patients Can Benefit From Lung Cancer Surgery

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 04:52:00 -0500

Lung cancer affects mostly older people, but they're often not offered surgery as a treatment. A study finds that most older people can tolerate surgery, and that it extends lives.

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Are Insects The Future Of Food?

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:45:55 -0500

Entomologist Marcel Dicke wants us to reconsider our relationship with insects, promoting bugs as a tasty — and ecologically sound — alternative to meat in an increasingly hungry world.

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How Worried Should We Be About Sugar?

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:45:55 -0500

Sugar is a major culprit in diseases such as obesity, diabetes and dementia—and because it's in almost everything we consume, Dr. Robert Lustig says it's time to get more proactive.

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