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Reporter's Notebook: Pregnant And Caught In Zika Test Limbo

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 7:40am

Pregnant women in South Florida can get free Zika tests through the state's health department. But delays in getting back the results are heightening worries and may affect medical options.

When Blind People Do Algebra, The Brain's Visual Areas Light Up

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 1:07pm

A study of 17 people who have been blind since birth found that areas of the brain usually devoted to visual information become active when a blind person is solving math problems.

U.N. To Take On Antibiotic Resistance At General Assembly

Sun, 09/18/2016 - 4:21pm

The U.N. General Assembly will devote an entire day to the issue of superbugs and antibiotic resistance. Dr. Keiji Fukuda leads the WHO's work on the issue.

EPA Weighs In On Glyphosate, Says It Doesn't Cause Cancer

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 8:49am

The Environmental Protection Agency says that the country's most widely used weedkiller, glyphosate, does not cause cancer. The chemical has been under intense international scrutiny.

The Food Industry's Influence In Nutrition Research

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 7:45am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Dr. Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest about the state of industry-sponsored research and how it might influence medical and policy advice.

Cancer Immunotherapy At A Crossroads

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 5:00am

Doctors can now marshal patients' immune systems to fight some cancers. Yet many people don't respond to immunotherapy, and the costs of treatment can be astronomical.

HHS Issues New Rules To Open Up Data From Clinical Trials

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 11:11am

The aim is to make clinical trial data available to volunteers and scientists, even if a drug or therapy being tested turns out to be a failure. That could help identify serious side effects.

Yes, People Really Are Driving While Playing Pokemon Go

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 10:11am

People are playing Pokemon Go while behind the wheel — and then tweeting about it. And causing crashes. Immersive games like this can be even more dangerous than texting, researchers say.

How Risk Affects The Way People Think About Their Health

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 4:01am

Researchers found by telling people the risk of HIV is lower than they thought, they get people to act in safer ways. But when people think the risk is very high, they sometimes act less responsibly.

Studies Link Cancer Patients' Survival Time To Insurance Status

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 4:00am

Research on patients with testicular cancer and on others fighting a brain malignancy finds that people who are privately insured are more likely to be diagnosed earlier and survive longer.

Military Bases Serve As Safe Haven For Endangered Species

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 3:30pm

Military bases turn out to be a haven for endangered species. A decision long ago by the military that working with conservationists was a better strategy than fighting them is one of the reasons why.

Don't Kiss That Kitty: Cat-Scratch Fever Is Making People Sicker

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 10:35am

Doctors have long thought that cat-scratch fever is no big deal, but an analysis finds that more people are getting sicker from it. Small children are especially at risk, as are people in the South.

Yes, It Is Possible To Get Your Flu Shot Too Soon

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 4:00am

The vaccine is already showing up in drugstores, but maybe wait until Halloween to get the shot, doctors say, especially if you're over 65 and want to be protected against flu this winter.

Outdated FEMA Flood Maps Don't Account For Climate Change

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 3:37am

Flood managers suspect August's big rainstorms and floods in Louisiana are becoming more common there and elsewhere because of climate change. One clue: Much of the damage was beyond the flood plain.

Epic Climate Cartoon Goes Viral But It Has One Key Problem

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 5:15pm

People talk a lot about the warming of the Earth by a few degrees. Now a cartoon shows you what it looks like.

Sugar Shocked? The Rest Of Food Industry Pays For Lots Of Research, Too

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 2:51pm

A recent study revealed the sugar industry's efforts 50 years ago to shape medical opinion on how sugar affects health. But today, scores of companies continue to fund food and nutrition studies.

Trump Shares Medical Information And Affinity For Fast Food With 'Dr. Oz'

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 1:38pm

The controversial TV host Dr. Mehmet Oz declared the GOP presidential nominee to be "very healthy" though Donald Trump said he needs to lose weight and didn't apologize for an affinity for fast food.

Want A BRCA Test? Some Insurers Require Genetic Counseling First

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 8:13am

Doctors worry that requiring patients to see a separate genetic counselor will keep them from getting tested for mutations that significantly increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

Supporters Speak Out In Favor Of Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 3:30pm

As protests over the Dakota Access oil pipeline keep growing, those in favor of the project are beginning to speak out — even as the company stops work on the pipeline.

Blame It On The Boys: How To Stop Vampire Bats From Spreading Rabies

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 1:35pm

Poisoning these thirsty critters doesn't work. But researchers think they're finally getting close to figuring out a plan.




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