New Hearing Technology Brings Sound To A Little Girl06/01/15
Jiya Bavishi is one of a handful of children in the United States testing an experimental hearing device, a tiny implant in her brainstem. Jiya is now able to hear and repeat some sounds.
When Are Employee Wellness Incentives No Longer Voluntary?
Many workers like the programs, and employers say they help hold down health insurance costs. But there are legal questions about how far companies can go to encourage participation.
CDC Investigates Live Anthrax Shipments
The chief disease agency in the U.S. is looking into why the spores shipped to laboratories in nine states and a military base in South Korea hadn't been properly neutralized. So far no one is sick.
Multiple Sclerosis Patients Stressed Out By Soaring Drug...
The cost of medication to treat multiple sclerosis has risen much faster than inflation, even for older drugs. Patients and insurers say manufacturers' subsidy programs have helped, but not enough.
You And Yeast Have More In Common Than You Might Think
Genetically, at least, not that much has changed in the billion years since you two last shared a relative. Roughly half the 500 genes yeast need for life are interchangeable with the human versions.
Deaf Jam: Experiencing Music Through A Cochlear Implant
After swapping hearing aids for a cochlear implant, Sam Swiller's taste in music shifted dramatically, from grunge rock to folk. Now scientists are trying to improve how implants relay music.
Smokers More Likely To Quit If Their Own Cash Is On The...
A carrot isn't enough — bring on the stick. A study finds smokers are more likely to quit tobacco if they lose some of their own money after a relapse, than if they get a bonus for quitting the habit.
WHO Announces New Guidelines For Naming Human Diseases
NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dr. Keiji Fukuda, assistant director general for health security at the World Health Organization, about how the WHO names human diseases.
Seasons May Tweak Genes That Trigger Some Chronic Diseases
Genes linked to inflammation are more active in winter, a study hints. That might partly explain why some diseases, including Type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, are more likely to start then.
Concussions Can Be More Likely In Practices Than In Games
Long hours in practice might account for the higher concussion risk in high school and college football, a study finds. Some schools are retooling practice to reduce the number of hits.
For Headaches, A Lifestyle Change May Be Better Than A...
Each year more than 12 million Americans go to the doctor because of severe, chronic headaches. Many are sent for expensive tests. Researchers say all this testing isn't doing people much good.
Are You Sick, And Sick Of Hearing 'Everything Happens For...
Afraid of saying the wrong thing to someone with a serious illness? Now there are "empathy cards" that make fun of those well-meaning but tasteless remarks.
Sepsis, A Wily Killer, Stymies Doctors' Efforts To Tame It
It's a deadly combination of infection and inflammation striking more than a million Americans every year. Doctors can treat the symptoms of sepsis, but they still can't treat the underlying problem.
The Promise And Potential Pitfalls Of Apple's ResearchKit
Apple's new mobile software platform is designed to help collect data for medical research, but concerns have been raised about privacy and informed consent.
Small Plague Outbreak In People Tracked To Pit Bull
A woman who caught pneumonic plague in Colorado last summer likely contracted it from her friend or his dog. Antibiotics limited the outbreak to four people and cured them.
A Rural Police Chief Asks Citizens To Help Pick Up Used...
The rise in heroin use in the town of Turners Falls, Mass., has led to another problem: a proliferation of discarded hypodermic needles. Police can't keep up, so they've asked residents to help.
Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking...
Excess fluoride consumption is leading to tiny white marks on many people's teeth. It's mainly a cosmetic problem, but one that could be solved by lowering the fluoride in drinking water.
Maybe You Should Rethink That Daily Aspirin
A small dose of aspirin taken regularly can help prevent a second heart attack or stroke. But too many healthy people are taking the drug for prevention, and for them, the risks may outweigh benefits.
Drop-In Chefs Help Seniors Stay In Their Own Homes
As people age, cooking can become difficult or even physically impossible. It's one reason people move to assisted living. One company offers a chef to cook healthy, affordable meals at home.
CDC Warns More HIV, Hepatitis C Outbreaks Likely Among...
The U.S. epidemic of injected-opioid use could lead to more severe outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis C, like those now occurring in Indiana, the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention says.
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