May 19, 2017 More than half of Americans suffer lower back pain each year, the latest NPR/Truven Health Analytics survey finds. And they're often not going for treatments recommended as safest and most effective.
Flu shots are recommended for all pregnant women.
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November 28, 2016 Neither getting the flu nor getting a flu shot appears to increase the risk of autism in children, a study finds. The shots are recommended because the flu poses health risks to mother and fetus.
Our unconscious brains can have a big effect on pain and healing.
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November 8, 2016 Erik Vance didn't see a doctor until he was 18 years old; he grew up in a Christian Science family. As a science journalist, he explores how the mind affects the body's response to pain and disease.
It would look pretty darned cute if you didn't know it's a colon cancer screening test.
October 24, 2016 Colonoscopy has long been the gold standard for colon cancer screening. Now gastroenterologists say the quick, inexpensive, noninvasive FIT test is a good option for people not willing to go there.
Lack of access to quality medical care remains a major factor in higher breast cancer death rates among African-Americans.
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October 13, 2016 Black women are more likely to die of breast cancer than are white women, and that's especially true for older women, the CDC reports. Lack of access to quality health care is a big factor.
October 5, 2016 The lack of effective remedies for morning sickness is frustrating, and can mean months of suffering. An obstetrician explains that few medications have been tested for use during early pregnancy.
Health care providers have to have permission from the federal government to provide medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction.
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September 20, 2016 It can be very hard to find medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, but most doctors who provide it do so for just a small number of patients, a study finds.
Researchers tested a variety of medications to treat severe nosebleeds. But saline appears to work just as well.
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September 6, 2016 People with a rare genetic disorder that causes severe nosebleeds did better when they used saline nose spray. And that remedy should also help people with plain old nosebleeds.
Elderly women dance in a zumba dance during the global climate change awareness campaign Earth Hour at a park in Manila in 2015.
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May 28, 2016 Correspondents, editors and producers from our newsroom share the pieces that have kept them reading, using the #NPRreads hashtag. Each weekend, we highlight some of the best stories.
Calipers can give a more accurate measure of an individual's body fat, but for population-based studies, the BMI is the way to go.
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May 10, 2016 We're told that it's important to keep body mass index below 25. But a study finds that for the lowest risk of death, the magic number has inched up to 27 — in the "overweight" category.
Which would you choose — a daily tablet or a trip to the doctor for an allergy shot?
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April 26, 2016 Dust mite allergies are a common trigger for asthma. A new form of immunotherapy that relies on oral tablets rather than shots reduces the risk of a moderate or severe asthma attack, a study finds.
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April 18, 2016 What you do in your 20s and 30s and 40s can make it more likely that you'll be mobile and healthy in old age, scientists say. That's true even if your ancestors didn't fare so well.
March 24, 2016 Cultures around the world decorate eggs to celebrate spring. Modern artists continue those traditions, reflecting the fragility and beauty of life.
Mindfulness meditation reduced pain and disability in people with chronic lower back pain.
March 22, 2016 Meditation can help relieve chronic back pain, and so can cognitive behavioral therapy, a study finds. But good luck getting insurance to pay for it.
Expect the best, or plan for the worst?
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March 16, 2016 People often expect a great many things out of a marriage. That can work if spouses are pragmatic about what they're really able to deliver on, a study finds.