Health

Study: Many Mothers Don’t Wait Long Enough Between Pregnancies

April 16, 2015
Pregnant mom. (travelingtribe/Flickr)

New research finds “higher risks of adverse health outcomes” when pregnancies are spaced less than 18 months apart.

Veterans Try Acupuncture To Treat Pain

April 16, 2015
Ron Gronitz relaxes during a treatment at the Milwaukee Veterans Acupuncture clinic in Waukesha, Wis. (Erin Toner/WUWM)

As a Wisconsin VA hospital is investigated for allegedly overprescribing narcotics, some veterans are exploring safer treatments.

A Model For Getting Patients Involved In Treatment Decisions

April 16, 2015
Rose Gutierrez, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last spring, had surgery and 10 weeks of chemotherapy. But the cancer is still there. In this photo, she waits to be examined by plastic surgeon Robert Foster and Dr. Jasmine Wong. (Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News).

At the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, there’s an innovative program that engages patients in their own care.

Bird Flu Spreading To Poultry Farms In The Midwest

April 15, 2015
Chickens gather around a feeder at a farm on August 9, 2014 in Osage, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The H2N2 strain of the virus is highly contagious among birds, but scientists say not contractible by humans.

Youth Suicides Plague South Dakota Reservation

April 15, 2015
The entrance to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, home to the Oglala Sioux tribe, is pictured on Sept. 9, 2012. (Kristi Eaton/AP)

Seven young members of the Oglala Sioux tribe have taken their own lives since early December.

Medicare Payment Fix Passes With Strong Bipartisan Support

April 15, 2015
Cherry blossoms are seen on the U.S. Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C. on April 8, 2015. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

The “doc fix” bill passed just hours before doctors would have started seeing a 21 percent Medicare pay cut.

Controversial California Vaccine Bill Clears First Hurdle

April 9, 2015
Jennifer Wonnacott, a supporter of a measure requiring California schoolchildren to get vaccinated, keeps an eye on her son, Gavin, at a hearing at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Supporters and opponents of the SB277, by Sens. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento and Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, spoke passionately during the hearing in the Senate Health Committee. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

The bill would eliminate waivers for religious and personal beliefs, and only allow exemptions for children with health problems.

Oklahoma Following Kansas's Lead On Second Trimester Abortion

April 9, 2015
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin speaks at the National Press Club January 15, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Gov.(Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Lawmakers in Oklahoma have passed a ban on the most common method of abortion used by women in the second trimester.

How To Reduce Your Cancer Risk Through The Foods You Eat

April 8, 2015
Fruits and vegetables. (heatherjoan/Flickr)

Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer, and we’re all at risk. Dr. David Khayat shares tips for reducing that risk.

Run Like Meb: Training Tips From An Olympic Marathoner

April 7, 2015
Meb Keflezighi's new book is a guide for runners training for the marathon. He is the 2014 Boston marathon winner and an Olympian. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Meb Keflezighi, who won the Boston Marathon last year, has written a book of advice on how to run, think and eat like a champion.

Life And Love After Being ‘The Fattest Man In The World’

April 7, 2015
Paul Mason and Rebecca Mountain are engaged to be married. (New England Public Radio)

How Paul Mason lost hundreds of pounds and moved from England to Massachusetts is a story of abuse, celebrity and Skype.

Suicide Rate For Rural Youth Double That For City Kids

April 6, 2015
SPENCER, IN - JULY 19: Storm clouds roll over a drought-stricken cornfield on July 19, 2012 near Spencer, Indiana. The corn and soybean belt in the middle of the nation is experiencing one of the worst droughts in more than five decades. Indiana was the nation's fourth largest corn producer in 2011. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A new study finds that young people in rural areas are twice as likely to take their own lives than their urban counterparts.

The Navajo Nation Approves A Junk Food Tax

April 3, 2015
The Navajo Nation (Rachel Rohr)

The 2 percent tax is an effort to curb high rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease on the nation’s largest Indian reservation.

Is There A Criminal Brain? And Can It Be Modified?

April 2, 2015
A 1920s image from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Diseases attempts to associate brain types with criminal behavior. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries via Wikimedia Commons)

A doctor at the forefront of this research shares his latest study, on preventing violence with nutritional supplements.

Reversible Abortions? Doctors Question Arizona Law

April 1, 2015

Arizona’s governor has signed a law requiring doctors who perform drug-induced abortions to tell women the procedure may be reversible.

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