Johnson & Johnson CEO William Weldon (left) and Colleen Goggins, chairman of the company's consumer unit, (right) testify at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing Thursday.
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September 30, 2010 Executives testified they would handle a recall of Motrin differently, if they had it to do over. A Food and Drug Administration said it wasn't aware of the surreptitious way the recall was carried out until long afterward.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger OKed a bill that requires school districts to offer students free water.
September 30, 2010 California Gov. Schwarzenegger signed a bill that will require school districts to provide students with free drinking water where they eat. Supporters of the legislation say it will help combat obesity and improve students' performance.
Jason Middlebrook's Traveling Seeds can be found on the walls of Mount Sinai Hospital's Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in New York.
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September 30, 2010 For most people, hospitals can be pretty scary -- even if you're going there to get well. But the nonprofit Rx Art is trying to change that by bringing serious art into a hospital's most difficult spaces.
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Do you want fries with that health care plan?
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September 30, 2010 It's been widely publicized that the new health law would require businesses offering insurance to spend at least 80 percent of their funds on medical care and eliminate caps on coverage. But it takes a threat from McDonalds to get people talking.
September 30, 2010 The 2009 flu season was dominated by the global H1N1 pandemic that infected millions worldwide and sparked widespread vaccine shortages. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, and NPR's Joe Neel explain what health experts learned from the H1N1 outbreak, how to stay healthy in the 2010 flu season and the latest update on so-called drug resistant "super bugs."
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September 30, 2010 A second House hearing will zero in on Johnson & Johnson's handling of quality problems affecting children's medicines and adult-strength Motrin. A key question centers on whether the company hushed-up recalls of affected products.
Doctors could save lives by prescribing cheap beta blockers to surgery patients at risk of heart attacks.
September 29, 2010 A new study shows beta blockers cut the risk of a heart attack for patients at risk during surgery. The cost? $1 per patient. But only half of hospitals offer the drugs to at-risk patients.
Geochemist Gabriel Filippelli in an Indianapolis garden. Filippelli's research shows that many urban gardens may have soil contaminated with lead
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September 29, 2010 Soil in abandoned urban lots reclaimed by gardeners may be contaminated with lead, a toxic heavy metal. But gardening there can still be safe with the right testing and precautions.
September 29, 2010 Everyone seems to agree that health overhaul will do a pretty good job of getting insurance coverage for more people. And there's also agreement that it won't do much about the high cost of care.
September 29, 2010 The high rates of blood pressure among African-Americans have confounded doctors and scientists for years. Host Michel Martin speaks with Clarence Gravlee, an anthropologist at the University of Florida, who believes that bigotry against blacks is a primary factor driving up blood-pressure rates and genes don't play as big a role as many think.
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September 29, 2010 Fluoride can help fight cavities. But the Food and Drug Administration told three companies they've gone too far with claims their fluoride mouthwashes can prevent gum disease.
September 28, 2010 The ruling makes permanent, pending an appeal, the overturning of an injunction imposed last month by a lower court judge. The judge ordered a halt to embryonic stem cell research while he considered a lawsuit filed by two scientists. The Obama administration said even a temporary halt to the research could set back promising science.
September 28, 2010 A Henry Ford Hospital ear surgeon says don't use cotton swabs to clean your ears because accidents with them can lead to deafness, paralysis and vertigo. A Michigan grandma found out the hard way.
People with celiac disease can't eat foods with gluten, including most pastas.
September 28, 2010 Gluten, a protein found in wheat, triggers the autoimmune disorder in people whose genes make them susceptible.
September 28, 2010 Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's says it's dropping the phrase "all natural" from some of its cartons. The move was announced Monday, after a request from a health advocacy group. NPR's Robert Siegel and Melissa Block have the news.
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