May 19, 2009 So far, young people have been the most likely victims of swine flu, but that could change, says Rear Admiral Anne Schuchat, the interim deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Science and Public Health Program.
May 1, 2009 The burden is increasingly falling on local officials to decide what to do with suspected flu cases. Individual schools and even whole school districts are shutting down, and airlines are scrambling to determine the best course of action. Here's a look at which steps actually slow disease and which don't.
April 28, 2009 As reports of swine flu cases continue to rise, the World Health Organization says it suspects that U.S. swine flu patients may have transmitted the virus to others in the United States — which, if confirmed, would signal that the new flu strain is spreading beyond travelers returning from Mexico.
March 11, 2009 Dr. Margaret Hamburg, former New York City health commissioner, is President Obama's choice to lead the Food and Drug Administration. Hamburg would face a wide range of issues, including the potential regulation of tobacco by the FDA and a possible overhaul of the nation's food safety system.
January 27, 2009 A woman in Southern California has given birth to octuplets — six boys and two girls. It's believed to be only the second successful delivery of octuplets in the United States.
January 15, 2009 Those aboard a US Airways jet that made an emergency landing in the Hudson River on Thursday risked developing hypothermia, though the risk of serious injury was low given their short time in the water. When the plane landed, the water temperature was 41 degrees and the air temperature was 20.
November 19, 2008 The pioneering operation used a section of windpipe engineered in a laboratory with adult human stem cells. Engineering new tissues and organs from stem cells has long been sought as a solution to overcome a chronic shortage of donor organs.
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November 9, 2008 A new research study finds that many people who have no signs of heart disease should be taking statin drugs, which lower cholesterol and may have other benefits. Prescribing a generic version could save patients — and insurance companies — millions of dollars.
July 2, 2008 Europe spends far less on health care than the United States, while managing to cover all citizens and rank above the U.S. on most measures of good health.
May 23, 2008 Sen. John McCain appears in overall good health, despite some close calls over the past eight years. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has had no recurrence of melanoma, a form of skin cancer. McCain has had at least three melanomas removed in the past 15 years, the most recent in 2000.
May 23, 2008 Sen. John McCain will let a few members of the media look at his health records on Friday. The 71-year-old Arizona senator has a history of melanoma and injuries from his days as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
January 24, 2008 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants adults to remember that vaccines aren't just for kids. Whooping cough, shingles, tetanus, and several other illnesses are still big problems in the U.S., mostly because adults aren't getting the shots they need.
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January 14, 2008 A new study last fall revealed that serious drug-resistant staph infections are far more common than previously assumed. The study produced a wave of reported cases from across the country. How common are these infections, who gets them, and how can they be prevented?
January 9, 2008 The sudden death of several prominent young athletes has drawn attention to the problem of silent heart disease. Studies are underway to determine who is at risk.
November 14, 2007 In a series of stories during November, NPR's All Things Considered examines the new globalization of health care. Here, a series overview.
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