Your Health Podcast: Brittle Bones and Teen's Tan Tones : Shots - Health News Our hosts share the week's top health stories: an osteoporosis drug is linked to fractures, painkillers are linked to birth defects and computers give speech to the speechless.
NPR logo

Your Health Podcast: Brittle Bones and Teen's Tan Tones

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/134266326/134267550" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Your Health Podcast: Brittle Bones and Teen's Tan Tones

Your Health Podcast: Brittle Bones and Teen's Tan Tones

Your Health Podcast: Brittle Bones and Teen's Tan Tones

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/134266326/134267550" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Michael Wand demonstrates a technology that recognizes speech through muscle activity in the face rather than sound. Gretchen Cuda for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Gretchen Cuda for NPR

On this week's podcast, we've got stories about dangerous side effects and unintended consequences.

A drug prescribed to combat osteoporosis has been linked to rare bone fractures. Some painkillers are staples in storefront pill mills in Florida, and some of these same medicines are linked to birth defects. And a trip to the tanning salon might be popular with teens, but the resulting glow far from healthy.

Our hosts, Rebecca Davis and April Fulton bring you the details and chat about the week's posts with health blogger Scott Hensley. Scott took some of his work home with him this week; his kids may be sick, but he won't succumb to 'fever phobia'.

Plus, there's hope for people who can't speak — a computer that reads lips, and speaks for them.

You can find the podcast at the bottom of the page under the podcast heading. To subscribe to the Your Health podcast click here.