Minnesota Considers Tough Ban On Flame Retardants

May 13, 2015
Government scientists found that chairs containing flame retardants, like the one being tested above, burn just as fast as identical chairs without them. (Consumer Products Safety Commission)

If approved, the ban would be the most restrictive in the nation. Flame retardants are found in couches, mattresses and some baby products.

N.Y. Gov. Issues New Measures To Protect Salon Workers

May 11, 2015
A customer receives a manicure at Castle nail salon, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, in New York. Dirty nail clippers could get the same treatment as spoiled food under a proposal to expand New York City's restaurant letter-grade system to a new frontier: barbershops, hair salons and nail salons. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

We hear about reactions to a New York Times report on unhealthy and unfair work conditions facing manicurists.

What You Should Know Before Stepping On A Treadmill

May 8, 2015
Treadmills are the one of the most popular forms of mechanical exercise and they are also the most dangerous. (eccampbellphotography/Flickr)

Treadmills are one of the most popular forms of mechanical exercise and they are also the most dangerous.

Does Removing Artificial Ingredients Mean Healthier Food?

May 8, 2015
Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich is pictured in 2013. Panera is the latest company to tout the removal of artificial ingredients, adding more fuel to the debate over whether such moves improve the quality of food or are little more than a marketing tool. (Panera Bread via AP)

Panera Bread is the latest chain to announce it will stop using certain ingredients.

How Private Is The Data Collected By Fitness Trackers?

May 7, 2015
Sunkwon Bush sets up his new Apple Watch after its arrival last Friday at the Center City Philadelphia offices of Think Brownstone. (Carolyn Beeler/WHYY)

As more people use health apps and wearable activity trackers, there are questions about what happens to that sensitive data.

What Does Lead Poisoning Have To Do With Criminal Behavior?

May 7, 2015

For three decades, Kim Dietrich of the University of Cincinnati has been following a group of individuals exposed to lead.

CDC Releases First National Study On Hispanic Health

May 6, 2015
Judith Garcia, 19, fills a syringe as she prepares to give herself an injection of insulin at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Commerce, Calif., Sunday, April 29, 2012. (Reed Saxon/AP)

The study also looked at differences in health between Hispanic groups in the U.S. and non-Hispanic whites.

NYC’s First Lady Explains Ambitious Plan To Improve Mental Health Services

May 6, 2015
New York First Lady Chirlane McCray speaks at an event to raise awareness for mental health at the Empire State Building on May 5, 2015 in New York City. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife is spearheading the effort to add $54.4 million in new funding for mental health programs.

Consumers Push Food Producers On Antibiotic Use

April 30, 2015
Chickens gather around a feeder in a Tyson Foods Inc. poultry house in rural Washington County, Arkansas on Thursday, June 19, 2003. (April L. Brown/AP)

The country’s largest chicken producer says it will stop using antibiotics used in human medicine by September 2017.

This Is Your Brain On Taser

April 30, 2015
A Taser used by the Tempe Police Department. (Courtesy of Casey Kuhn)

New research on the effects of being tased could have implications for arrestees who waive their Miranda rights or offer a confession.

Placebo Effect: It Might Not Be In Your Head After All

April 29, 2015
A hand holding pills. (v1ctor/Flickr)

There’s new evidence that what’s going on with the placebo effect is more than psychological. The implications are numerous.

A Story Of Bipolar And A Daughter’s Search For Answers

April 29, 2015
What remains of the main building of the Westborough State Hospital in Westborough. (Drew/Flickr)

In the 1920s and ’30s, Dr. Perry Baird was a rising star in the medical world, but his struggle with bipolar disorder hampered his life.

‘Tension Rising’ In Nepal, Says Aid Worker

April 27, 2015
A major 7.8 earthquake hit Kathmandu mid-day on Saturday, and was followed by multiple aftershocks that triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest that buried mountain climbers in their base camps. Many houses, buildings and temples in the capital were destroyed during the earthquake, leaving over 2 thousand dead and many more trapped under the debris as emergency rescue workers attempt to clear debris and find survivors. (Omar Havana/Getty Images)

An aid worker with Save the Children estimates that 1 million Nepalese children are in need of help following Saturday’s devastating earthquake.

Aid Arriving In Nepal, Search And Rescue Teams Struggle To Reach Remote Villages

April 27, 2015
A foreign volunteer clears debris of a collapsed temple at Basantapur Durbar Square on April 27, 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Omar Havana/Getty Images)

Search and rescue teams are struggling to reach the more remote villages closer to the earthquake’s epicenter.

Amid Listeria Outbreak, FDA Calls For Better Prevention Policies

April 24, 2015
Shelves are bare and signs are posted where Blue Bell products were displayed in a grocery store on April 21, 2015 in Overland Park, Kansas. Blue Bell Creameries recalled all products following a listeria contamination. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

As a second ice cream maker recalls all of its products, we hear from a top FDA official on food safety and inspections.

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