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November 29, 2015 Loneliness takes a toll on many aspects of health, in part because it activates a fight -or-flight immune response. That may have helped ancestors survive lonely exile, but can slowly kill us today.
What seemed like a burden can become a gift.
November 27, 2015 Advance directives don't guarantee that a person's wishes for end-of-life care will always be honored. Some states let people use physician orders that override legal requirements to perform CPR.
November 27, 2015 An NPR poll finds nearly two-thirds of adults got this year's flu vaccine or plan to get it. Many of those who are skipping vaccination cite a lack of need and worries about side effects.
November 26, 2015 Our siblings are with us for longer than anyone else through our lives. Strong sibling relationships can cushion the blows of aging, while conflict cuts to the bone.
The Alto Yellowjackets take the field on Nov. 13, a month after Matthews died.
November 25, 2015 At least 19 young football players have died so far in 2015. Pediatricians are calling for changes in the way the game is played, including a move to non-tackle games.
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Babies have suffocated after being trapped in padded crib bumpers, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
November 25, 2015 Those adorable padded bumpers shown in baby-gear catalogs can be a hazard, and researchers say babies continue to suffocate even though a federal agency has told parents not to use them.
A nurse prepares an injection of the influenza vaccine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston in 2013.
November 24, 2015 If you've ever wondered if the flu shot can give you the flu, you're not alone. We fact check the most common flu myths for you and provide the lowdown on this year's vaccine.
Boy sleeping in bed
November 24, 2015 There's been plenty of disagreement over whether stimulant drugs used to treat ADHD interfere with children's sleep. A review of studies finds the drugs make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.
November 24, 2015 We asked NPR listeners what they'd like to know about women's health in midlife. Hundreds of you had questions on topics from hormones to chin hairs. Two doctors are giving us the answers.
November 24, 2015 The procedure is rapidly going mainstream, but it's so new that it's impossible to know if these women will exercise their option to have a child. Also, live birth rates from frozen eggs remain low.
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November 23, 2015 This Thursday, people all over the country will sit around the dinner table discussing what they're thankful for. And being grateful may also reduce the risk of heart disease.
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November 21, 2015 Putting on the white coat for the first time has become a rite of passage for medical students. Now some doctors want to retire white coats, despite their symbolism, because they might spread germs.
Was it good for you? Yes, as long as we're doing it at least once a week.
November 18, 2015 A study of thousands of people, most in committed relationships, finds that having sex about once a week correlates best with happiness and well-being. More didn't turn out to be better.
Babies born prematurely are at risk of eye damage and, in severe cases, permanent blindness. Treatments can help. And human milk looks like it helps, too.
November 16, 2015 Babies born premature are at risk for eye damage that can cause blindness, like it did for Stevie Wonder. Babies who are fed breast milk are much less likely to be affected.
Four pregnant women sit in lotus position.
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November 16, 2015 Moms-to-be who practice prenatal yoga say it reduces stress, anxiety and even pain. A study finds that even poses once thought to be off limits to pregnant women are safe.
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The online tool called Breast Screening Decisions explains the risks of screening vs. waiting, and also asks how a woman feels about the options.
November 11, 2015 An online tool asks the right questions to put a woman's breast cancer risk in perspective. It also addresses the emotions that surround cancer screening.
November 9, 2015 Advertising for products to treat symptoms of menopause is becoming much more upfront about issues like painful sex. But more than a few of the remedies are solutions in search of a problem.
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November 9, 2015 Thirteen years after a study on hormone therapy was abruptly halted due to concerns about cancer risk, some doctors say that it's safe for most younger women if they take hormones short term.
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If I log that milkshake do the calories still count?
November 6, 2015 We love apps. We'd love to lose weight. So weight-loss apps sound like a win. But tech-savvy young adults using an app didn't do any better than those trying to control weight the old-fashioned way.
You'd be looking blue, too, if you realized you'd made big errors in your research.
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November 5, 2015 It's the kind of oops no scientist wants to make. But the researchers who published a paper saying that watching sad movies makes it hard to perceive the color blue now say they erred.
Parents can psych themselves out when it comes to dealing with teenagers.
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November 5, 2015 Parents often feel less equipped to deal with raising teenagers than they did when those kids were tiny, but teens don't behave that much worse than younger children, researchers say.
November 5, 2015 A genetic engineering technique raises hopes for eliminating diseases, such as malaria. But it is also sparking fears of unintended consequences if delicately balanced ecosystems are disrupted.
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November 4, 2015 Brain cells that track our location also can track time and distance, a study finds. This could explain how the brain uses place and time to organize memories throughout our lives.
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Ronald Davis cares for his 31-year-old son, Whitney Dafoe. Dafoe is seriously ill with ME/CFS. His father, a Stanford University professor, is organizing a study of the disorder.
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November 4, 2015 The National Institutes of Health has promised to put more money into research on an illness that many people feel has been dissed by the medical establishment.
Even people who buy high-deductible health plans can get coverage of many preventive services without any out-of-pocket costs.
November 3, 2015 It's time for people to shop for health insurance, and that means lots of confusion about about high-deductible plans, out-of-network benefits and premium increases.
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