One More Reason To Reach For A Paper Book Before Bed12/26/14
Using an E-Reader before trying to nod off may disrupt sleep more than reading a paper book, a study suggests. Scientists suspect the screen's blue light is messing with a sleep-inducing hormone.
To Patients With Heart Conditions, It's OK For Your Cardiologist To...
A new study says that the mortality risk for patients with certain acute heart conditions was not negatively impacted if they are admitted to the hospital when a cardiologist isn't there. Robert Siegel talks with Dr. Anupam Jena about the study.
A Family's Long Search For Fragile X Drug Finds Frustration, Hope
There is no effective treatment for the rare genetic disorder fragile X syndrome, so two parents created a foundation to fund research. But they found there's no easy road to a cure.
Prolific Prescribers Of Controlled Substances Face Medicare Scrutiny
In the face of abuse concerns, Medicare covered more prescriptions for potent controlled substances in 2012 than in 2011. Top prescribers often have faced disciplinary action or criminal charges.
To Stop Teen Drinking Parties, Fine The Parents
For some teenagers, parties with alcohol are almost a rite of passage. Surveys show the vast majority of parents in these homes know the alcohol is flowing. Cities are now cracking down on the adults.
What Does It Take To Bring Transparency To Medicine?
Doctors in the U.S. don't have to tell patients about conflicts of interest. When physician Leana Wen asked her fellow doctors to open up, the reaction she got was frightening.
Scientists Often Skip A Simple Test That Could Verify Their Work
Scientists have published thousands of studies using immortal cell lines, but in many cases the cells in the experiments have been misidentified or contaminated. The problem could be avoided easily.
Medicine's Subtle Art Gives A Man The Chance To Breathe Again
When Bob Smithson could no longer breathe on his own and surgeons wanted to operate, his doctor decided to take a chance on a different treatment. That decision gave Bob another chance at life.
CDC Considers Counseling Males Of All Ages On Circumcision
Citing reduced risk of HIV and other sexually acquired diseases, the federal agency says health care providers should discuss circumcision with men as well as parents of infants and teen boys.
FDA Considers Allowing Blood Donations From Some Gay Men
The lifetime ban on blood from any man who has had sex with men dates to the 1980s, before there was a good test to screen for HIV. Critics say the policy is outmoded and needlessly discriminatory.
Broken Hips: Preventing A Fall Can Save Your Life
Twenty percent of people who fall and break a hip after age 50 die within a year, and women are at greatest risk. But you can reduce the odds of falling. Here's how.
Millennial Doctors May Be More Tech-Savvy, But Is That Better?
Text messages from your doctor are just the start. Millennials are the next generation of doctors and they're not afraid to say "chillax" in a consultation or check Twitter to find medical research.
Africa Inspires A Health Care Experiment In New York
Dr. Prabhjot Singh lives and works in Harlem, a neighborhood plagued by chronic disease. He thinks an African model of health care can help — training people in the community to be health educators.
Countering The 8-Hour Sleep Schedule
Many assume that sleeping 8 or 9 consecutive hours at night is instinctual. But in a recent essay in Aeon, Karen Emslie says that this sleep schedule is in fact distinctly modern.
Moderate Drinker Or Alcoholic? Many Americans Fall In Between
A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that 1 in 3 adults drinks excessively. That means eight or more drinks per week for women, and 15 or more drinks a week for men.
Toxic Tau Of Alzheimer's May Offer A Path To Treatment
Faulty forms of the brain protein tau trigger tangles inside and outside brain cells of Alzheimer's patients. Scientists say figuring out how to stop bad tau's spread from cell to cell might be key.
What's In His Kiss? 80 Million Bacteria
My love comes with microbes, with 80 million bacteria in a single kiss. And couples who share more than nine long kisses a day end up with similar mouth microbiomes. Pucker up!
The Power Of Suggestion Could Trigger Asthma — Or Treat It
Strong odors can be a problem for people with asthma. Even anticipating smells like chemicals or heavy perfumes can lead to an asthma attack. Some scientists think this may lead to new treatments.
How Animals Hacked The Rainbow And Got Stumped On Blue
There's more than one way to make color, nature tells us. And more than one way to use it to your own advantage.
These X's Are The Same Shade, So What Does That Say About Color?
Never mind the physics. Color isn't just a particular wavelength of light, it turns out. It's a fascinating mix of context and what's happening outside and inside your head.
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