Health

Educator Tackles Porn, Consent And Communication With College Freshmen

August 12, 2015
Cindy Pierce speaks at an event in White River Junction, Vt. (Courtesy)

Cindy Pierce says that today’s students need more guidance about sex.

The War Comes Home For Baby Boomer Veterans

August 11, 2015
Many Veterans of the Vietnam War are now seeking mental health counseling at the Phoenix VA for PTSD they've been struggling to deal with for decades. (Stina Sieg/KJZZ)

Decades after the Vietnam War, veterans are beginning to seek mental health treatment.

Coca-Cola Health Campaign Under Scrutiny

August 10, 2015
Coca-Cola is behind an effort to promote physical activity over calorie counting, according to a report out today by the New York Times. But the initiative is not without critics. (Allen/Flickr)

Critics say the message is designed to reverse Coke’s image as a contributor to the obesity epidemic.

Swallowable Cameras For Colon Inspections

August 10, 2015
In an effort to make colonoscopies more comfortable, medical device makers are working on alternatives, including swallowable cameras. (Courtesy/Given Imaging)

Medical device makers are working on alternatives, for colonoscopies, including swallowable cameras

Massachusetts Family Struggles To Break Cycle Of Addiction

August 7, 2015
Struggling to find resources for her son as he battled his heroin addiction, Patti Scalesse decided to start the group Everett Overcoming Addiction. It brings together parents and patients who are learning to manage substance abuse disorder. (Hadley Green/WBUR)

The problem appears worse in some communities, but it’s not often clear why.

When ‘Safe’ Sunscreen Doesn’t Stop The Burn

August 6, 2015
A woman spreads sunscreen on the back of a friend at the Renaca beach in Vina del Mar, on January 24, 2009. (Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images)

Using sunscreen can reduce the risk of skin cancer, but not all sunscreens are created equal. We get recommendations.

In Arizona, No Doctor’s Note Needed For Blood Tests

August 5, 2015
Critics say the new law will lead to excessive testing, and leave the customers confused trying to interpret results. But labs that offer a new menu of tests say it puts healthcare firmly in the hands of the individual. (Neeta Lind/Flickr)

Critics say the law will lead to excessive testing and confusion, but supporters say it puts healthcare firmly in the hands of the individual.

Treatment For Addiction Out Of Reach For Many

August 4, 2015
Jordan Mohammed has been taking Suboxone to try and overcome a heroin addiction that grew out of prescription painkillers. (Rowan Moore Gerety/Northwest Public Radio)

A growing body of research says a drug called Suboxone can offer a stable recovery from opiate addiction, but it remains hard to get.

DEA ‘Pill Mill’ Crackdown May Be Causing An Unintended Consequence

August 4, 2015
The escalating war against illegal use of narcotics is having an unintended side effect — legitimate patients are no longer able to get the pain medications they need. (The Javorac/Flickr)

As a result of the war against illegal narcotic use, legitimate patients are sometimes not able to get the pain medications they need.

What Does Warren Buffett Have To Do With IUDs? Well, Everything

August 4, 2015
Warren Buffett arrives with his wife Susan at the White House for a state dinner in honor of the British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie in 1998. (Chris Kleponis/AFP/Getty Images)

An anonymous donor funded a study in St. Louis on IUDs, and then low cost IUDs in Colorado and Iowa and then the development of a new, low-cost IUD known as Liletta.

Senate Votes On Planned Parenthood Funding

August 3, 2015
A Planned Parenthood in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Fibonacci Blue/Flickr)

Republicans in the Senate are not expected to come up with enough votes today to pass a bill to cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

How Google Glass Recently Became An E.R. Gadget

July 31, 2015
Christoph Kaufmann, director of the trauma center at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, is shown wearing Google Glass. (Prachi Patel/IEEE)

While the product flopped with consumers, trauma surgeons are using Google Glass while treating critically injured patients.

HIV/AIDS Is A Growing Problem In The South

July 31, 2015
Dwayne Banks, right, Health Education Specialist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, counsels a participant after receiving a free HIV test from AID Atlanta as part of National HIV Testing Day in June 2013, in Atlanta. (David Goldman/AP)

Atlanta’s metro area has one of the highest rates in the country for new diagnoses of HIV and AIDS.

Experimental Ebola Vaccine Shows Promise To Stop Virus

July 31, 2015
The wrapped remains of a new born child suspected of contracting the Ebola virus, lays on a stretcher as health workers, dressed in Ebola protective gear, move the body for burial in Dubreka, Guinea on June 19. (Youssouf Bah/AP)

The experimental vaccine was tested in Guinea. World Health Organization officials are hopeful it works to stop the deadly virus.

Medicare, Medicaid Turn 50 Years Old

July 30, 2015
President Lyndon B. Johnson uses the last of many pens to complete the signing of the Medicare Bill into law at ceremonies at the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, on July 30, 1965, with former President Harry S. Truman at his side. (AP)

Former President Harry Truman was the first to enroll in Medicare.

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