New York's Disease Detectives Hit The Street In Search...10/27/14
When a New York City doctor was diagnosed with Ebola, the epidemiologists knew just what to do: search the city for potential contacts.It's a gig they perform daily with far more contagious diseases.
Corneal Implants Might Make Reading Glasses Obsolete
For most people, the need for reading glasses is as inevitable as gray hair and wrinkles. Companies are experimenting with corneal implants to improve the ability to focus close up.
Governors Defend Decisions On Ebola Quarantines
The governors of New Jersey and New York on Sunday defend their decision to quarantine medical workers who had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa.
A Diary Of Deaths Reminds Doctor Of Life
In everyday medical care, the practice of reflection is too often overlooked. Remembrance is what makes us human. Keeping tabs on who has died over the years keeps one doctor humble.
A 45,000-Year-Old Leg Bone Reveals The Oldest Human Genome Yet
The DNA in this ancient Siberian leg bone shows that the man had Neanderthal ancestors — yet more proof that humans and Neanderthals interbred. And he lived much farther north than expected.
Halting Schizophrenia Before It Starts
Schizophrenia typically starts in the late teens or early 20s. But if you could stop that first psychotic break, could you stop the mental illness in its tracks? Some doctors think so.
Getting Medical Advice Is Often Just A Tap Away
NPR's Arun Rath speaks with infectious disease specialist and HealthTap member Dr. Jonathan Po about telemedicine and hypochondria in a time of heightened health concern.
Women Can Freeze Their Eggs For The Future, But At A Cost
Until recently, freezing human eggs was reserved for young women at risk of infertility due to cancer treatments. But some companies now pay for it for healthy women who want to delay motherhood.
Despite Legal Reprieve On Abortion, Some Texas Clinics Remain Closed
Texas clinics that provide abortion services were surprised by a ruling from the high court this week that allows them to reopen. But the bruising legal battle may have already changed the landscape.
In Hopes Of Fixing Faulty Genes, One Scientist Starts With The Basics
Jennifer Doudna used to worry that her science wasn't doing anything important. Then some basic research led her team to a discovery that could one day be crucial in healing some genetic diseases.
Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin
Researchers have found a way to mass- produce the pancreatic cells that are insulin factories inside the body. The findings could eventually lead to treatments that would transform diabetes care.
Social Media, The New Weapon In The Battle To Lose Weight
Liz Paul has struggled with her weight for years. A diet group helps, but it only meets once a week. So she has turned to social media for daily feedback and support. Studies find it can help.
For The Formerly Obese, Stigma Remains After Weight Is Lost
People who have lost significant weight are uneasy about revealing that in online dating profiles, because obesity is often judged as a moral failing. Research shows they have good reason to worry.
A Simple Question Can Stop Ebola: How Do You Feel?
Modern medicine offers no easy way to spot Ebola early. The key to preventing an outbreak is still old-fashioned detective work.
A Doctor Unlocks Mysteries Of The Brain By Talking And Watching
If you have a problem with your heart or liver, the diagnosis is likely to be made by a lab test or medical image. But neurologist Allan Ropper says those tests often fail when it comes to the brain.
Sayonara To 'Super-Size Me'? Food Companies Cut Calories, So Do We
Major food companies have cut trillions of calories, and studies show Americans are consuming fewer calories because of it. But some advocates think companies should do more to improve our diets.
Death Cuts Short The Life Of An Alzheimer's Research Volunteer
Justin McCowan wanted to help find a cure for Alzheimer's because it's more common in people like him who have Down syndrome. He died in his sleep last week at age 40.
The Biology Of Altruism: Good Deeds May Be Rooted In The Brain
Angela Stimpson donated a kidney to a complete stranger. Why did she do it? Researchers found that the brains of Stimpson and other altruists are sensitive to fear and distress in a stranger's face.
Best To Not Sweat The Small Stuff, Because It Could Kill You
Chronic stress can lead to heart disease, cancer and other health problems. A study shows it doesn't matter if the stress comes from major life events or minor hassles. Time to take a deep breath?
Diet Soda May Alter Our Gut Microbes And The Risk Of Diabetes
There's a new wrinkle to the old debate over diet soda: Artificial sweeteners may alter our microbiomes. And for some, this may raise blood sugar levels and set the stage for diabetes.
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