Teens who bum cigarettes every now and then find that addiction can happen before they know it.
May 31, 2010 Occasional smoking among middle-schoolers can lead to tobacco addiction, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Of the young people in the study who said they had inhaled from a cigarette, nearly two-thirds said they smoked at least once a month. Half experienced symptoms of dependence.
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New research finds that socializing kids to drink at the family table -- often referred to as the "European drinking model" -- doesn't necessarily translate to more responsible drinking patterns.
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May 31, 2010 Research suggests that parents have a great deal of influence over when and how their teens start drinking alcohol. Parents who disapproved completely of underage drinking tended to have students who drank less.
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For the third time, Congress is going to miss a deadline to avert a cut in payments to Medicare docs.
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May 28, 2010 As Memorial Day approaches, Congress will adjourn without resolving a glitch in how much Medicare pays doctors.
May 28, 2010 News that there may have been more problems than first suspected with drugs like children's Tylenol is leading to questions about the effectiveness of federal regulations regarding recalls. Scott Hensley from NPR's health blog, Shots, talks with Melissa Block about what went wrong at Johnson & Johnson and whether the FDA needs more power to prevent future problems.
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May 28, 2010 Tell Me More guest host Tony Cox and Lee Hill, the program's "digital media guy," comb through listener feedback and offer important news updates to recent conversations heard on the program. Hundreds of listeners reached out to the program this week following host Michel Martin's commentary on her brother's recent suicide. Hear Tell Me More listener Erica Soelling reflect on the loss of her boyfriend, who recently took his own life. She explains why -- and how -- she's determined to keep his memory alive.
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May 28, 2010 A leading humanitarian group calls on donor nations to honor commitments to fund HIV/AIDS treatment.
May 27, 2010 Rebate checks for Medicare beneficiaries in the drug plan's coverage gap will start arriving in June.
May 27, 2010 Caught up in the congressional politics swirling around a pending tax bill are proposals that affect health care for newly laid-off workers as well as Medicare and Medicaid patients.
May 27, 2010 The Food and Drug Administration claims the pharmaceutical giant used a contractor to buy up supplies of the painkiller, under orders not to use the word "recall" to stores.
Recent graduates might need to wait for coverage under their parents' plans.
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May 27, 2010 Despite a health care overhaul provision that allows young adults to stay on their parents' health plans until age 26, many 20-somethings and their families are discovering that when that coverage begins varies. It creates what the new health care legislation was supposed to eradicate: health care haves and have-nots.
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May 27, 2010 A new report says federal funding will not cover the insurance needs of all the people who now have trouble getting coverage because of preexisting conditions. But HHS officials disagree with the findings.
Indoor tanning poses a potent risk of skin cancer.
May 27, 2010 People who tan indoors had a 74 percent higher risk for melanoma than people who did not frequent tanning salons.
May 27, 2010 New research spells out the risk of skin cancer associated with tanning beds. The FDA is looking into regulating the industry more strictly.
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May 26, 2010 Expanding government health programs for the poor might cost states less than they think, according to a new study.
May 26, 2010 A House hearing on problems with children's medicines could shed light on quality issues at the company.
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