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Window Blind Cords Still Pose A Deadly Risk To Children

2 hours 31 min ago

Nearly one child a month dies after being entangled in window blind cords, despite years of effort to reduce the toll. A new industry standard to remove most corded blinds from the market may help.

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This Year, Consider Giving Presence Instead Of Presents

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 7:02am

Science says consciously spending time with our loved ones is more important to them than receiving expensive presents.

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Doubts Rise About Sen. Collins' Strategy To Shore Up Insurance Market

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 7:01am

Even if the Republican from Maine can get her party to go along, her suggestions to bolster the individual insurance market may be too little, too late.

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In The U.S., Flu Season Could Be Unusually Harsh This Year

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:32pm

Health officials fear the U.S. may have a nasty flu season because the main flu virus circulating this year tends to hit people hard and the flu vaccine may be weaker than normal.

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Adults Can Get Type 1 Diabetes, Too

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 5:00am

It used to be called juvenile diabetes because it was thought to often start in childhood. But adults are just as likely to be diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Not knowing that can delay treatment.

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Why Your Brain Has Trouble Bailing Out Of A Bad Plan

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:49pm

Researchers say it takes a lot of brainpower to stop an action, once it's underway. A study found that when people have to change a planned movement, 11 different brain areas have to get involved.

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Researchers Look For Gun Violence Clues In Google Searches And Background Checks

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 2:01pm

After the 2012 mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., there was a spike in gun sales. A study examined the spike and links increased gun exposure to more accidental firearm deaths.

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Here's What It Looks Like When You Fry Your Eye In An Eclipse

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 11:06am

Most people seem to have heeded the warning not to look at August's total eclipse without eye protection. But an unlucky few suffered serious injury, and doctors could see changes at a cellular level.

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Even Low-Dose Contraceptives Slightly Increase Breast Cancer Risk

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 6:41pm

The absolute risk is very low. But low-dose formulations of birth control pills and other hormone-releasing contraceptives pose about the same risk to breasts as older formulations, a big study finds.

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Looking Below The Locks: Teaching Hairdressers To Spot Melanoma

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 2:01pm

It's hard to check for skin changes on the scalp, and that's one body part that hairdressers see every day. Researchers found that they improved their ability to spot scary stuff after brief training.

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Surgeons Try Prescribing Fewer Opioids To Lower Addiction Risk

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 11:49am

Based on research conducted at the University of Michigan, surgeons developed a simple strategy to reduce misuse and abuse of painkillers after surgery: give patients fewer pills.

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First Baby Born To U.S. Uterus Transplant Patient Raises Ethics Questions

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 5:15pm

A woman who received a uterus transplant recently delivered a healthy baby boy. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with the doctors working on the experiment about its ethics, risk, and cost implications.

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ACA Navigators Are Busy With Sign-Ups, Despite Federal Cuts To Outreach

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 5:00am

With enrollment funding tight, health plan navigators and assisters are getting creative about getting the word out and signing people up for Affordable Care Act plans.

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With Aetna Deal, CVS Looks To Turn Stores Into Health Care Hubs

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:48pm

By combining a health insurer with a drugstore chain, CVS is looking to provide more care from its network of stores. The deal would also give the merged companies more clout with drugmakers.

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Teenagers Embrace JUUL, Saying It's Discreet Enough To Vape In Class

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 11:58am

Teens say they like the JUUL e-cigarette because it's sleeker than other devices and teachers don't notice it. But researchers say teenagers who vape are more likely to move on to cigarettes.

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Tylenol May Help Ease The Pain Of Hurt Feelings

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 5:14am

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.

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New Drugs Could Prevent Migraine Headaches For Some People

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 3:50am

The first drugs designed specifically to prevent migraines have been found safe and effective in studies, but aren't yet FDA approved. Both drugs work by tweaking a brain system involved in pain.

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Should Eye Surgeons Fulfill A Dying Man's Wish To See His Family?

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 5:00am

An eye doctor was surprised when some of her colleagues questioned whether a man dying of cancer should have cataract surgery. Was it justified when he could "use" those new lenses just a few weeks?

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What We've Learned Treating People With HIV Can Make Care Better For Us All

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 1:00pm

AIDS has been transformed from a death sentence into a manageable chronic disease. The holistic approach to care that helped make that possible could transform health care for us all.

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5 Ways Congressional Tax Legislation Would Transform Health Care

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 5:00am

Even though congressional Republicans formally set aside their Obamacare repeal-and-replace efforts this summer, there are big policy changes that could become law under pending tax proposals.

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