Health

New Challenges To Telemed Abortions In Iowa

January 22, 2015
Planned Parenthood Rosenfield Center Manager Fiona Tubmen-Scovack (left) and Dr. Jill Meadows demonstrate telemed abortion. (Sarah Boden/Iowa Public Radio)

Critics argue that a doctor cannot determine if a patient is a suitable candidate for medical abortion using a video conference.

New Kidney Transplant Rules Aim For Equity

January 21, 2015
University Hospitals' Dr. Mark Aeder explains how the kidney-patient matching system for transplants works. (ideastream)

More than 100,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for a kidney transplant. That’s a longer waiting list than for any other organ.

How Food Ads Get Into Our Brains, And What We Can Do To Avoid Mindless Eating

January 21, 2015
Watching TV and eating popcorn. (ginnerobot/Flickr)

Brian Wansink, director of Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab and author of “Mindless Eating” and “Slim by Design,” shares insight and advice.

Obama Gives Ebola Doctor Prime Seat At State Of The Union

January 20, 2015
Dr. Pranav Shetty (right) travels with the International Medical Corps’ ambulance team in Bong County, Liberia as they transport a person suspected to have been infected with Ebola. (Stuart J. Sia/International Medical Corps)

Dr. Pranav Shetty has been at the heart of the battle to fight the Ebola outbreak. He will sit with the First Lady during tonight’s address.

Study: Social Media Doesn’t Stress People Out; People Stress People Out

January 20, 2015
People using their phones (Adam Fagen/Flickr)

A new study by Pew Research Center found that frequent internet and social media users do not have higher levels of stress.

Wisconsin VA Hospital Investigated For Overprescribing Narcotics

January 15, 2015
Adam Glantz of the Center for Investigative Reporting writes that some veterans and staff call Dr. David Houlihan (pictured) the "Candy Man" because of how freely he prescribes narcotic painkillers. (Facebook photo via Center for Investigative Reporting)

The investigation comes after a story by the Center For Investigative Reporting about the VA hospital that veterans call “Candy Land.”

Pre-Diabetes Support Groups Aim To Stem The Epidemic

January 15, 2015
Myriam Coenegrachts, left, listens as group coach Susan Walden talks about the negative metabolic effects of skipping meals. (Carrie Feibel/Houston Public Media)

If present trends continue, one in three Americans will have diabetes by 2050. But it’s not inevitable. A new program aims to help.

26 Measles Cases Tied To Disneyland Outbreak

January 13, 2015
Health officials say 26 people have been diagnosed with measles, part of an outbreak that originated at Disneyland last month. (Hector Mata/AFP/GettyImages)

The measles outbreak comes 15 years after public health officials announced the elimination of measles in the United States.

USDA Hunts For Avian Flu In Pacific Northwest

January 13, 2015
Randy Wilson, with the USDA, holds a duck just after testing it for avian flu at a press event in Kennewick, Washington.

The USDA and Washington state officials are testing flocks for the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of avian flu.

New Ways Of Treating Trauma: Try Some Yoga

January 12, 2015
Yoga in the mountains of New Zealand. (Tomas Sobek/Flickr)

A renowned trauma expert says yoga and mindfulness techniques can help people recover from PTSD.

Study: Running May Help Keep You Young

January 12, 2015
Runner (Jim Larson/Flickr)

A new study by researchers at the University of Colorado-Boulder finds that running not only keeps you healthy, it can also keep you young.

Scientist Discovers New Antibiotic For Fight Against 'Superbugs’

January 9, 2015
Professor Kim Lewis, right, and his team presents groundbreaking research on the discovery of a new antibiotic that presents a promising opportunity to treat chronic infections. (Brooks Canaday/Northeastern University)

Northeastern’s Kim Lewis recently published a study in Nature describing his team’s method for finding new antibiotics.

Is Sleeplessness Slowly Killing Us?

January 8, 2015
A new documentary, "Sleepless in America," investigates America's chronic sleep deprivation. (ODonnell Photograf/Courtesy)

Most Americans are chronically tired. A new documentary investigates the lasting health implications of sleep deprivation.

‘The Recollectors’ Gives Voice To Children Who Lost Parents To AIDS

January 8, 2015
Alysia Abbott and her dad, Steve Abbott, are pictured in San Francisco in 1991. (Courtesy)

A new website creates a space for children who lost parents to AIDS to share their experiences, find support and honor their parents’ memories.

Is Sugar More Addictive Than Cocaine?

January 7, 2015
In 2014, Americans were eating more sugar than ever before -- on average, about 160 pounds a year. (howzey/Flickr)

A cardiovascular research scientist discusses why added sugar is so bad for us, and why we can’t stop eating it.

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