August 31, 2011 Potatoes may lower blood pressure if they're cooked right, according to new research. Beneficial compounds in potatoes may survive microwaving better than deep-frying. And avoiding the extra fat may make the weight gain linked to potatoes in other studies less likely.
August 31, 2011 Chance are good that you consumed something sugary (or high fructose corn syrupy) in the last day. On any particular day, half the people in the U.S. drink a soda, fruit or sports drink, or similar calorie-rich beverage.
Nearly all teenagers get acne at some point, usually after puberty switches their oil glands into high gear.
August 31, 2011 Researchers say that little is known about how well products to treat acne compare against each other. That means that dermatologists could be prescribing the wrong treatments to some patients.
August 31, 2011 As part of NPR's series on the closure of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, we look at what happens to wounded troops once they're done with in-patient care. NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman talks to Melissa Block about the complicated bureaucracy that must be navigated — and the steps the Army has taken to make things work more smoothly.
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August 31, 2011 In the last two decades, neonatal mortality rates have declined. But in eight countries, including five in Africa, the rates have climbed. Overall, 41 percent of deaths in kids under five now happen during the period soon after birth.
Two women check their cellphones as they hawk their wares on a bridge over the Artibonite River, whose waters are believed to be the source of Haiti's 2010 cholera outbreak.
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August 31, 2011 Researchers tracked the movements of cellphone users through their SIM cards in Haiti during the cholera epidemic. Their study shows that cellphone data could help doctors and others better provide relief during a disaster or epidemic.
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August 30, 2011 Scientists say a new finding may help them design or look for specific kinds of drugs that inhibit a critical chemical for the malaria parasite.
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August 30, 2011 The panel, which was asked by President Obama to investigate the Guatemala study in October 2010, came to the conclusion after learning that the researchers had conducted similar research with American prisoners in 1943 but had given them the chance to make informed consent.
August 30, 2011 Two economists doubt accountable care organizations, a key tool for improving costs and quality under the federal health overhaul, will be able to temper the medical system's lust for the latest expensive technology. Costs and quality of care are are at stake.
August 30, 2011 Only people with lung cancer that tests positive for a particular genetic variation are candidates for treatment with Pfizer's twice-a-day cancer pill called Xalkori. Most of those who qualified in clinical tests saw dramatic shrinkage of their tumors.
August 29, 2011 A new poll finds that only half of uninsured people are aware that help is on the way from the federal health overhaul. Fewer than a third say they think the law will help them obtain health insurance.
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August 29, 2011 Chocolate still isn't proven to prevent heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. But people who eat a lot of it are less likely to have those health problems, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal. The fat and sugar in chocolate treats may negate any health benefits in chocolate.
August 29, 2011 The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization warned of a "possible major resurgence" of H5N1 influenza, including a mutant virus that appears to be unfazed by available vaccines.
August 29, 2011 Pediatricians should strongly discourage parents from letting their kids box and suggest sports that don't encourage intentional injuries, a new policy statement says.
August 29, 2011 Researchers say there's no evidence to support the widely held belief that there are distinct visual, auditory and kinetic learning styles. Though an industry has sprung up around the idea, psychologists recommend other approaches to help kids retain information.
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