A newborn gets a hearing test. Cytomegalovirus is a major cause of hearing loss in babies.
June 1, 2011 Only 10 percent of babies who are infected with congenital cytomegalovirus show any symptoms of illness, so most parents aren't aware that their children have it. The virus is considered a major cause of hearing loss, second only to genetic causes.
June 1, 2011 An NPR-Thomson Reuters poll finds 52 percent of Americans believe abortion should remain legal in all or most cases. Yet 59 percent said they believe having an abortion is wrong.
After a sperm fertilizes an egg, cells divide in a stage called a blastocyst. Doctors say pregnancy doesn't start until the blastocyst implants into the woman's uterus.
June 1, 2011 Activists want to rewrite laws to recognize someone as a person from the moment a sperm fertilizes an egg. But a redefinition could threaten the use of a long list of commonly used contraceptives, including some birth control pills and the intrauterine device.
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June 1, 2011 The FDA warns women taking a certain class of birth control pills about new evidence that they pose a higher risk of blood clots.
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Click on the map to explore geographic variations in Medicare payments per enrollee.
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June 1, 2011 A report from the Institute of Medicine says Medicare needs to make a "significant change" to the ways it evaluates salaries of health care workers and real estate costs. Major changes to these calculations would affect the bottom lines of thousands of practitioners and institutions.
June 1, 2011 Two men in British Columbia face criminal charges for an elaborate scheme that allegedly used a pinhole camera, wireless transmitter and a group of unwitting students to cheat on a standardized test for medical school admission.
June 1, 2011 Ernestine Shepherd, 74, is a fitness instructor and holds the Guinness World Record for the oldest competitive female bodybuilder. Reporter Deneen Brown profiled Shepherd in The Washington Post Magazine. Shepherd and Brown discuss living healthy at any age with Michel Martin.
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June 1, 2011 It has been nearly thirty years since AIDS was first recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ever since, powerful drugs have extended the lives of millions of HIV/AIDS patients. Yet, the budget crunch in many states has led to record number of people being on waiting lists for HIV medication. Florida has more patients on the waiting list than any other state in the country. To prevent further increase, the state is considering cutting by half the income a person can make in order to be eligible for the state's AIDS drug program. Thomas Liberti, chief of Florida's Bureau of HIV/AIDS and Jason King, a patient advocate at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation talk about Florida's HIV drugs shortage.
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Karen Butler could get her American accent back with intensive speech therapy, but she likes her new one.
June 1, 2011 An Oregon woman woke up from dental surgery with an English-Irish-sounding accent. Hers is a rare disorder usually caused by an injury to the part of the brain that controls speech.
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May 31, 2011 Researchers have yet to find a clear link between cellphones and cancer. Here's a summary of what they know so far.
May 31, 2011 To boost enrollment in high-risk plans, the federal government will pay insurance agents a commission to sell the policies. Premiums will be cut up to 40 percent, too
XMRV, a mouse virus, may be an artifact of laboratory experiments rather than the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome.
Whittemore Peterson Institute
May 31, 2011 New research findings suggest that a mouse virus thought by some to cause chronic fatigue syndrome is instead a laboratory contaminant. The results led a leading scientific journal to ask for a retraction of an earlier paper proposing the viral link.
A Washington man talking on his cellphone may be taking a health risk, according to an analysis from the World Health Organization that finds a possible risk of cancer from exposure to the devices.
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May 31, 2011 The finding that cellphones are a possible carcinogen is a bit of surprise. Last year, the largest study to date found scant evidence to support a link between cellphones and brain cancers.
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May 31, 2011 Last week, reports were swirling that Facebook mogul Mark Zuckerberg was working to make the site available for children under 13 years old. Zuckerberg later said that opening the site to children is not a current priority. Still, the question has stirred a debate among parents and experts on how young is too young for social media. Tech expert Mario Armstrong, Annie Feighery, co-founder of the motherhood web site "The Domestic Agenda" and Tell Me More regular contributor and author of the memoir Crazy Love Leslie Morgan Steiner discuss the topic.
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A farmer holds cucumbers in a field in Malaga, Spain. Cucumbers from Spain have been eyed as the source of a disease outbreak in Germany.
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May 31, 2011 Blame for the outbreak has been pinned on produce from Spain, a charge the country denies. Hundreds of people in Germany have fallen sick from a virulent strain of E. coli that can cause severe kidney damage.
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