February 28, 2011 People who drink more than one soda or other sugar-sweetened beverage a day have higher blood pressure, a new study finds. But diet soda may not be a guilt-free answer: Study participants who drank it had higher BMIs than their sugared-up counterparts.
February 28, 2011 President Obama offered governors a smaller concession to health spending flexibility than they expected by endorsing a bipartisan proposal to allow states to opt out of most of last year's health law's requirements.
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Steer clear of the tanning salon, doctors tell teens.
February 28, 2011 Artificial tanning beds greatly increase the risk of skin cancers and should be banned for teens, a leading group of pediatricians says. Most people get 25 percent of their lifetime sun exposure before age 18.
Sales of Gilead's Truvada pill against HIV aren't getting a boost from data that show it can prevent infection.
February 28, 2011 Sales of a drug to treat HIV haven't showed a big increase since a study showed it could also prevent infection. An annual cost around $13,000 could be one reason.
February 28, 2011 Soldiers who've suffered burns and trauma to the face in the current wars are being given the chance to heal and restore a part of their identity. Specialists at one of only two clinics within the Department of Defense are using innovative techniques to restore the facial features of wounded warriors.
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Consider all the child's symptoms, not just temperature.
February 28, 2011 A leading group of pediatricians is counseling doctors and parents against going overboard in treating mildly feverish kids with over-the-counter medicines. The pediatricians say keeping children comfortable should be the goal rather than reducing their temperatures to a particular number.
February 28, 2011 What makes this Medicaid fight different from those of the past is the impact of the new health law, which calls for a huge expansion of Medicaid in 2014 to low-income childless adults. Many governors are upset because they are not allowed to cut back on most Medicaid eligibility if they want federal money.
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Michael Wand of the Cognitive Systems Laboratory at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany demonstrates a technology that recognizes speech through muscle activity in the face rather than sound.
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February 28, 2011 Researchers in Germany are developing a device that translates the movements of the face into computer-generated speech. It was demonstrated recently at the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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An X-ray of Schneider's right femur (thighbone), which broke suddenly as she was standing on a New York subway train.
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February 28, 2011 Dr. Jennifer Schneider was one of the first women to suffer from an unusual fracture she believes was caused by osteoporosis drugs she'd taken for years. A new study confirms that women who've been on bisphosphonates more than five years have nearly three times higher risk of the unusual fractures.
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February 26, 2011 This week researchers at Trinity College Dublin and the University of California, San Diego, announced they've identified a gene mutation that's strongly linked to schizophrenia. Host Guy Raz speaks with Jonathan Sebat, one of the researchers who worked on the project.
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February 25, 2011 On this week's show, we talk about results of a national poll that show confusion about the federal health law, plus health care woes from Tennessee and Pennsylvania. And we bring you two stories of exercise improving the health of seniors — from their muscles to their minds.
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In the first few days after they give birth, cows (like all mammals) produce a special milk that is full of antibodies and growth factors.
February 25, 2011 Bovine colostrum has been a popular natural health supplement for centuries. Now, British researchers have found that it helps mitigate the effects of overheating in athletes.
February 25, 2011 If a genetically engineered crop crosses with a wild relative, could a more robust, herbicide-and-insect-resistant weed result? Biologist Nina Fedoroff and ecologist Allison Snow discuss past instances of genetically engineered plants migrating beyond farm borders, and whether that poses a threat to ecosystems.
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February 25, 2011 In her book Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other, Sherry Turkle examines our proclivity for robots, smart phones and social networks, and though far from suggesting we ditch technology, she wonders if we aren't losing out on human contact in the process.
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February 25, 2011 A study of bilingual infants suggests that a bilingual upbringing outfits infants with more sensitive language perception abilities, even for languages other than the two spoken at home. Psychologist Janet Werker discusses the findings, and whether the trend may hold true through the years.
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