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Federal Panel Revisits Contested Recommendation On Mammograms

In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said the benefits of mammograms for women under 50 were small at best. A firestorm ensued. Now the organization is back with the same message.

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Indiana Governor Extends Public Health Emergency To Fight HIV Outbreak

NPR's Melissa Block talks with Beth Meyerson of the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention at Indiana University about the nearly 130 confirmed HIV cases, which are linked to injection drug use.

You Don't Want To Mess With An Angry Mother

Phyllis Omido's toddler had a mysterious ailment. After doctors came up with a diagnosis, she set out to shut down a Kenyan polluter. Now she's won the Goldman Environmental Prize for her work.

Mr. Toilet And Mr. Condom Think Jokes Will Save The World

Potty humor! A condom in a key chain with the slogan: "Weapon of mass protection." The goal is to use laughter to change attitudes. And there's even a study to prove that it works.

Humans' Use Of Pain-Relief Creams Proves Fatal To Felines

Three cats died after their owners used an anti-inflammatory cream used to treat arthritis. The Food and Drug Administration warns to keep drugs away from pets; a tiny bit can be toxic.

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Mellow Pastimes Can Be Good For Your Health, Too

You don't have to be out running marathons to get health benefits from leisure activities. Engaging pastimes like reading, sewing or listening to music improved health markers, a study finds.

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FDA Ponders Putting Homeopathy To A Tougher Test

Homeopathy's popularity has exploded in recent years. Now the Food and Drug Administration is considering whether homeopathic remedies should have to be proven safe and effective.

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Transgender Man Leads 'Men's Health' Cover Model Contest

Aydian Dowling is leading the popular vote by a landslide in the magazine's annual "Ultimate Guy" contest. If he wins the judges' round, he'd be the first trans man ever on the magazine's cover.

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Boston Marathon Bombing Bystander, Injured In Blast, Runs Again

Michelle L'Heureux was among the hundreds injured during the bombing at the Boston Marathon in 2013. Then she was just a spectator. Now, she's readying to run the marathon for the first time.

See Priya Cook: Gender Bias Pervades Textbooks Worldwide

In almost every corner of the world, women are either completely written out of school books, or they're portrayed in stereotypical, subservient roles, a report says. What will it take to fix this?

Wide Hips Are Just As Efficient For Running

April 20, 2015
Women elite runners from the 2014 Boston Marathon. (JD/Flickr)

An anthropological find that challenges what we thought we knew about how women’s hips evolved.

75-Year-Old Figure Skater Won’t Let Stroke Stop Her

April 20, 2015
Patricia competes to the song 'The Rose'. (Quick Silver Shots)

Patricia McNamara started skating in her late 40s, and says it’s helped her recover from breast cancer and a stroke.

Activists Urge Lawmakers To Ramp Up Fight Against AIDS

April 18, 2015

AIDS Action Committee Executive Director Carl Sciortino said breakthroughs in treatment and prevention of HIV means the state can potentially break through that plateau in HIV diagnoses and get to zero new infections.

Parents Speak Out On Autism Care ‘Cliff’

April 16, 2015
Matt Resnik, a  young man with autism, helps run his own biscotti making company in his home. (Courtesy SMILE Biscotti /  Phoenix Magazine)

Stories of autism care for adults from our callers and, maybe, from you, too.

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.

Stark Realities Of Autistic Adulthood

April 16, 2015
In this May 23, 2014 photo, Colleen Jankovich works with her 11-year-old autistic son, Matthew, who is non-verbal and requires 24/7 care, in Omaha,  (AP)

You don’t outgrow autism. But a wave of autistic children is growing into adulthood. What’s going to happen then?

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.

Fake Meat Is Very Real

April 15, 2015
A sample kebab using the Beyond Meat chicken substitute, which is made entirely of plant protein. (Beyond Meat)

The big push for fake meat. Bill Gates is in on it. To cut back on livestock production. To, maybe, save the planet.

Simmons College President Takes Cancer Battle Public

April 14, 2015
Simmons College President Helen Drinan learned she had an aggressive form of breast cancer in September. (peiflickr/Flickr)

Unlike other college presidents, Helen Drinan has made public a very personal battle. Her battle with cancer.

'Cadillac Plans' Get Obamacare Cut Back

April 14, 2015
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, accompanied by members of the House Democratic Caucus, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, during an event to commemorate the fifth anniversary of President Obama signing into law the Affordable Care Act. (AP)

Big employers, cutting back on full-coverage health care as Obamacare’s ‘Cadillac Tax’ begins to bite.

The Gender Wage Gap Is Much More Troubling Than We Thought

April 14, 2015
New research indicates that men are earning significantly more even in traditionally female-dominated professions like nursing. (COMSALUD/flickr)

New research indicates that men are earning significantly more even in traditionally female-dominated professions like nursing.

You Are When You Eat: New Study Helps Explain Increased Risk Of Diabetes In Shift Workers

April 13, 2015
A new study out of Brigham and Women's Hospital may help explain why people who work night shifts are at increased risk of developing diabetes. (ManImMac/Flickr)

As the saying goes, “You are what you eat.” But now, more and more research is finding that you’re not only what you eat, but when you eat.

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