How does your child's spoonful of medicine measure up?
November 30, 2010 Nearly all of the top over-the-counter children's medications contained confusing dosing instructions, according to a new study. For example, the instructions on the bottle give teaspoon measurements, but the dosing cup marks milliliters.
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Fruit get a free ride on new Weight Watchers plan.
November 30, 2010 The weight-loss helpers are overhauling their point system for the first time in more than a decade. In a nod to the evolving science, WeightWatchers say some foods with the same number of calories shouldn't be treated the same by eaters.
November 30, 2010 A long-delayed bill overhauling food safety regulations overcame a major hurdle Tuesday, when the Senate voted 73-25 to send it on to expected approval from the House. The bill expands the authority of the Food and Drug Administration and sets safety standards for imported food. It also exempts small farmers and farmers markets from new regulations.
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Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), left, and Sen. Mike Enzi, (R-WY), talk to reporters on Tuesday about the food safety bill that passed the Senate.
November 30, 2010 By current partisan standards, the 73-25 vote in favor of the bill was a landslide. But the Senate bill still has to get through the House. And it's not clear how soon that could happen.
November 30, 2010 As insurers and employers try new ways to get patients to make better health care decisions, doctors' influence remains crucial. A deep cut in drug copayments or steep fees added to some procedures may not work without doctors' buy-in.
A man sunbathes in Malmo, Sweden, in July. Humans (and other animals) make vitamin D when exposed to sunlight.
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November 30, 2010 The Institute of Medicine's Food and Nutrition Board says children and most adults need 600 international units of vitamin D a day. People older than 70 need 800. That's more than the previous targets, but a lot less than advocates of high-dose vitamin D claim is necessary.
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A CT scan of the brain shows the cerebellum, a small portion of each temporal lobe, and the sinuses.
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November 29, 2010 A new study shows that CT scans have increased in emergency rooms nearly six-fold since 1995 and show no sign of tapering off. But the findings also suggest that the ER may be overusing or misusing the technology.
Scrubbing too much might be a problem, scientists say.
November 29, 2010 A new study is linking higher levels of triclosan to allergies in kids and Bisphenol-A exposure to changes in adult immune systems raises new health questions. But the concerns about these chemicals are far from settled.
November 29, 2010 A House committee investigation into Johnson & Johnson's spate of recent recalls continues for now, but when Republicans take over the committee in January, that could change.
Your checkup may be changing.
November 29, 2010 Managed care employees and concierge doctors who want upfront payments are predicted to replace the old-fashioned family practitioner. But the new health law probably isn't to blame for the death of private practice.
November 29, 2010 Bravo Farms is recalling all of its cheese, including cheddar it makes for Whole Foods, after E. coli and listeria was found at its plant. Earlier this month, the company recalled gouda sold at Costco.
Megan Lindsey (right) and her friend Alexandria Bodfish at soccer camp at University of Notre Dame. Megan, 14, suffered concussions twice this fall while playing soccer.
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November 29, 2010 The new focus on the risks of concussions among NFL players has sparked concern for young athletes, too. Research shows that girls are more likely than boys to land in the emergency room with concussions from playing soccer or basketball.
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Cycling has at least tripled over the past two decades in several big cities across the U.S., including Minneapolis, Chicago and San Francisco.
November 29, 2010 Cycling has at least tripled over the past two decades in big cities across the U.S. And researchers have found that the cities with the highest rates of walking and cycling to work have lower obesity rates.
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November 28, 2010 Children who have siblings with chronic illnesses or disabilities often find their lives are constantly interrupted by medical emergencies that trump regular kid cares like birthday parties and soccer games. These children learn at an early age to put another person's needs first and are often better adjusted in the long run.
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November 28, 2010 Dr. Jeffrey Taubenberger of the National Institutes of Health looked into a microscope this summer and saw something unexpected. He had been looking for evidence of a flu virus. Instead, he found the earliest known proof of sickle-cell anemia. Host Liane Hansen interviews Maryn McKenna of Wired magazine about the chance discovery of the first tissue sample of sickle-cell anemia.
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