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Disneyland Measles Outbreak Linked To Philippines

February 18, 2015
People visit Disneyland on January 22, 2015 in Anaheim, California. The theme park known as 'The Happiest Place on Earth' for spreading happiness has a new contagion, measles, with an outbreak linked to Disneyland. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Health officials in California still don’t yet know exactly how this particular strain of the virus got to Disneyland.

Aging HIV-Positive Population Faces Challenges

February 17, 2015
Michael Hawkins, 56, contracted HIV when he was in his late 20s. He now joins a growing number of older Americans living with the virus. (Aundrea Murray, WNPR)

This year, for the first time ever, half of Americans living with HIV are 50 or older. Among the challenges they face is social isolation.

Menopausal Women Beware: Hot Flashes Could Last 14 Years

February 17, 2015
Electric fan (Leo Hidalgo/Flickr)

A new study finds that while many menopausal women suffer from hot flashes for a few years, some suffer for as long as 14 years.

Shortage Of Nicorette Lozenges Prompts Hoarding

February 13, 2015
GlaxoSmithKine says it plans to have Nicorette lozenges back on shelves later this year, but in the meantime, people are hoarding them. (Amazon)

People who rely on the lozenges to ease their cigarette cravings are jittery about the dwindling supply.

President Signs Military Suicide Prevention Bill

February 12, 2015
The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veteran Act is named for Clay Hunt, who struggled with post-traumatic stress after leaving the Marine Corps. He also tried to help other veterans but ultimately took his own life in 2011. He was 28. (IAVA)

The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention For American Veterans Act is named for a Marine who struggled with PTSD.

Choices While Pregnant With Cancer: Shellfish? No. Chemo? Yes.

February 11, 2015
Mary Harris was relieved when Stella was born with a mop of thick black hair, as if she had been protected from the chemo somehow. (Howard Harris)

As Mary Harris was preparing to start treatment for breast cancer, she got another surprising piece of news: she was pregnant.

Pepsi And Coke Grapple With Shrinking Demand For Soda

February 11, 2015
Coke and Pepsi (tigerzeye/Flickr)

Both The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo are reporting that their earnings were down last quarter.

Alabama Residents Wondering Where To Go For Mental Health Care

February 10, 2015

Tens of thousands of mental health patients will have to look for new medical care when Alabama Psychiatric Services closes.

Tracking Microbes On The NYC Subway

February 6, 2015
Heatmap of the Pseudomonas genus, the most abundant genus found across the city. Hotspots are found in areas of high station density and traffic (i.e. lower Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn). (Credit: Ebrahim Afshinnekoo)

Researchers spent 18 months swabbing hand rails and ticket kiosks to see what microbes are riding with New Yorkers.

For Nurses, The Hospital Can Be A Dangerous Place

February 5, 2015
The X-ray of Tove Schuster's spine shows the metal cage and four screws her surgeon used to repair a damaged disk in her back. (Daniel Zwerdling/NPR)

An NPR investigation reveals that nurses experience more debilitating back and body injuries than almost any other occupation.

Tax Preparers Gear Up For Complex Affordable Care Act Rules

February 5, 2015
Taxpreparers are bracing for new rules now that the Affordable Care Act has official kicked in. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Under the Affordable Care Act, there are new forms, along with new questions for people who have – and don’t have – health insurance.

The Danger Of A Two-Sided Measles Story 

February 4, 2015
From January 1 to January 30, 2015, 102 people from 14 states were reported to have measles*. Most of these cases are part of a large, ongoing multi-state outbreak linked to an amusement park in California. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Does the media have a responsibility to report the scientific truth about measles, despite the controversy around people’s opinions?

Is Reality TV Compatible With The ER?

February 4, 2015
The New York Presbyterian Hospital Cornell/Weill Medical Center. (Wikipedia)

One New York family says they didn’t know their father’s case had been filmed, or that their doctor was wearing a hidden mic.

When It Comes To Nutritional Supplements, It’s ‘Buyer Beware’

February 3, 2015
A U.S. government probe into herbal and dietary supplements found that some contain contaminants and use false marketing claims. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The FDA does investigate and remove supplements proven to be unsafe, but they don’t regulate nutritional supplements for effectiveness.

A Bioethicist’s View Of The Measles Vaccine Debate

February 3, 2015
A recent outbreak of measles has some doctors encouraging vaccination as the best way to prevent measles and its spread. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A recent outbreak of measles has some doctors encouraging vaccination as the best way to prevent measles and its spread.

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