Health

Michigan Governor Asks President To Declare Flint Water Crisis A Disaster

January 15, 2016
Tonya Burns attends a rally in Lansing, Michigan on January 14. 2016. She wants to see Governor Snyder arrested for criminal negligence. (Lindsey Smith)

Flint residents are calling for Governor Rick Snyder’s resignation, as the water there remains undrinkable due to high levels of lead.

Tropical Zika Virus Found In Texas

January 14, 2016
Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Researchers at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, Senegal are in Brazil to train local researchers to combat the Zika virus epidemic. (Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images)

The Zika virus first appeared in South America about eight months ago and it has since spread to 14 countries.

91 Percent Of People Who Overdose On Opioids Are Able To Get Another Prescription

January 13, 2016
Hydrocodone pills, also known as Vicodin, are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. (Toby Talbot/AP)

The lead author behind the stunning findings explains why this happens and what can be done to change it.

Personalized Cancer Vaccines Could Be Key Piece Of Cancer ‘Moonshot’

January 13, 2016
A lab technician works at the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Camaguey, Cuba on June 19, 2015. Cuban scientists are working on a vaccine for prostate cancer. (Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images)

Sharon Begley of STAT explains how these vaccines work, and why they could become a central player in the push to cure cancer.

President Obama’s Call For A ‘Moonshot’ To End Cancer

January 13, 2016
President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on January 12, 2016. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

The new national effort to find a cure for cancer will be a public-private partnership led by Vice President Joe Biden.

Promising New Programs To Treat Schizophrenia

January 11, 2016

In the past few years, some states have adopted a new approach to treating schizophrenia, and the results are encouraging so far.

5 Years After Gabby Giffords’ Brain Injury, Her Surgeon Talks About Recovery

January 8, 2016
Former congresswoman and gun violence survivor Gabrielle Giffords (center) and her husband astronaut Mark Kelly (left) arrive to hear President Barack Obama speak on reducing gun violence in the East Room of the White House on January 5, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Five years after the congresswoman was shot, the neurosurgeon who operated on her discusses her surgery and rehabilitation.

College Football Players Disqualified By Concussions Are Recruited Back

January 8, 2016
A.J. Long works out in Manley Field House at Syracuse University in November 2015. (Matthew Orr/STAT)

A murky system of rules allows players disqualified for concussions to play elsewhere, according to a STAT investigation.

New Dietary Guidelines Call For Less Sugar, Sodium

January 7, 2016
Coffee and sugar (mhaithaca/Flickr)

The guidelines call for Americans to cut back on sodium, and lower their sugar intake to 10 percent of their daily calories.

New York Becomes 23rd State To Legalize Medical Marijuana: What’s Different There?

January 7, 2016
Packaging for medical marijuana is displayed at Vireo Health of New York, a dispensary in White Plains, N.Y., on Jan. 5, 2016. The product is scheduled to be made available in New York beginning Thursday, Jan. 7. New York is the only state besides Minnesota to limit medical marijuana to non-smokeable extracts delivered in forms such as capsules, vaporizers and liquids taken orally, and it’s one of few states with a physician training requirement. New York limited its program to 20 dispensaries, each offering up to five brands, and a shorter list of qualified conditions than some other states allow. (Jennifer Peltz/AP)

Some advocates say the state’s rules are too stringent. The drug may not be smoked, and some locations require pharmacists on site.

Volunteer Pilots In Arizona Fly Blood Where It’s Needed

January 6, 2016
Paul Rowley delivers a box of platelets to the Flagstaff Pulliam airport to then be picked up by a local hospital. (Chloe Nordquist/KJZZ News)

Nearly 250 pilots donate their time, planes and fuel to fly blood across the state for a nonprofit organization called Flights for Life

Texas Researchers Link Sugar Consumption To Breast Cancer Tumors

January 6, 2016
The nutrition label on a can of soda with the ingredient high fructose corn syrup is pictured on Sept. 15, 2011, in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP)

The study found that sugar, particularly the fructose that’s found in high-fructose corn syrup, significantly increases cancer risk.

How A Simple Bump Can Cause An Insidious Brain Injury

January 6, 2016
Tom Feild looks at a brain scan with his doctor at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Va. Feild had brain surgery after experiencing a low-grade headache that wouldn't go away and difficulty driving. (Matailong Du for NPR)

Researchers estimate hundreds of thousands of people get potentially serious brain injuries every year – but they often don’t know it.

Michigan Governor Declares State Of Emergency In Flint Over Water Crisis

January 6, 2016
The Holloway Dam, pictured here, creates the Holloway Reservoir which was constructed to provide water to the city of Flint, Mich., by way of the Flint River. The city switched drinking water supply from Detroit back to the Flint River in 2014. Since then, many residents have complained of high lead levels in the water. (Tony Faiola/Flickr)

The move comes months after tests first showed residents – including children – experienced a spike in lead levels in their blood.

Study: Doctors Aren’t Urging Preteens To Get HPV Vaccine

January 5, 2016
University of Miami pediatrician Judith L. Schaechter, M.D. (L) gives an HPV vaccination to a 13-year-old girl in her office at the Miller School of Medicine on September 21, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Despite the cancer prevention benefits, doctors worry parents of the preteens will object to the vaccination.

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