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

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 4:42am

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.

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Bariatric Surgery Helps Teens With Severe Obesity Reduce Heart Disease Risk

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:01am

Adolescents with severe obesity who had bariatric surgery showed significant improvements in cardiovascular disease risk factors such as elevated blood pressure and high cholesterol.

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It's Not Just A Cold, It's 'Sickness Behavior'

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 6:00am

Feeling grumpy and antisocial because you've got a cold? That's not just a random side effect. It's your body saying, "Hey, slow down and rest so you can get better."

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CHIP Funding Could Run Out On Jan. 19 For Some States

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 6:35pm

A fiscal patch that Congress approved last month isn't big enough to keep the Children's Health Insurance Program afloat, according to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

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Hospitals Nationally Hit Hard By Medicare's Safety Penalties

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 5:00am

Seven states saw a third or more of their hospitals punished under the federal health law's campaign against hospital-acquired conditions. Critics accuse some unscathed hospitals of gaming the system.

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Unlike Humans, Bonobos Shun Helpers And Befriend The Bullies

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 12:02pm

Given a choice, bonobos tend to prefer people who act like jerks and dominate. That's very different than humans, who even as infants consistently prefer people who are cooperative and not mean.

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'Meditation For Fidgety Skeptics' Offers Practical Advice For Stressed-Out Cynics

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 4:59am

Trying to reduce anxiety and stress in 2018? If the idea of meditation makes you want to toss your coffee cup across the room, ABC News anchor Dan Harris offers some advice in his new book.

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Ancient Human Remains Document Migration From Asia To America

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 3:54pm

A discovery of the remains of two infants in central Alaska provides evidence of the earliest wave of people to move from Asia into the Americas.

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Brush With Death Leads Doctor To Focus On Patient Perspective

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 5:00am

As a patient, a critically ill doctor witnesses communication lapses, uncoordinated care and lack of empathy from her health care providers and vows to improve the patient experience for others.

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From Retirement To The Front Lines Of Hepatitis C Treatment

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 4:13pm

Treatment for hepatitis C has improved dramatically in the last decade — so much so that it drew one doctor out of retirement to help make sure more low-income patients are cured.

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Neuroscientist Predicts 'Much Better Treatment' For Alzheimer's Is 10 Years Away

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 1:20pm

"Just the last few years alone have seen some serious breakthroughs in Alzheimer's research," Joseph Jebelli says. His new book is The Pursuit of Memory.

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Study Finds No Link Between Baby Formula Made From Cow's Milk And Diabetes Risk

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 11:09am

Researchers found children fed formula with whole-milk proteins had no greater risk for developing Type 1 diabetes than those fed formula containing broken-down proteins.

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To Help Others, One Couple Talks About Life With Early-Onset Alzheimer's

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 5:01am

More than 200,000 Americans live with early-onset Alzheimer's, with dementia-like symptoms developing in their 40s and 50s. The disease can put an unexpected strain on relationships and finances.

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Can Home Health Visits Help Keep People Out Of The ER?

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 4:59am

Washington, D.C., is experimenting with providing home visits and telemedicine to people on Medicaid, with the goal of making it less likely they'll end up in the emergency room.

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Top Fitness Trends For 2018: Back To Basics

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 5:00am

A survey of fitness professionals who keep track of how we exercise suggests 2018 is likely to find more of us trading fitness gadgets for high-intensity interval training and group classes.

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Researchers Gather Health Data For 'All Of Us'

NPR Health Blog - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 8:12am

Federal researchers are collecting blood samples from 1 million Americans as part of an effort called "precision medicine." But some critics worry that the path ahead is expensive and unclear.

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How To Work With Your Doctor On Healthier Goals For The New Year

NPR Health Blog - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 6:01am

What health goals will you reach for in 2018? And which, if any, will you discuss with your doctor?

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A 1960s 'Hippie Clinic' In San Francisco Inspired A Medical Philosophy

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 6:00am

Fifty years ago a community health clinic first opened its doors as a safe, sympathetic space for countercultural youth. Today its motto is the same: "Health care is a right, not a privilege."

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Precision Medical Treatments Have A Quality Control Problem

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 11:55am

The goal is to customize treatments for cancer and other diseases to a patient's own biology. But something as simple as failing to take care of tissue samples en route to the lab can derail that.

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Pain Management Program Offers An Alternative To Opioids

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 5:01am

Studies show some promising results for new approaches to opioid addiction, but some insurers won't pay for alternative treatments like classes on pain management.

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