October 31, 2011 President Obama signed an executive order Monday afternoon to target shortages in certain prescription medications. The order instructs the FDA to address the shortages with more reporting about drug shortfalls, faster approval of new production, and added investigation of possible price gouging. It's one in a series of initiatives the White House is undertaking to highlight congressional inaction.
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A pharmacy buyer at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City holds a tray of magnesium sulfate, a drug in short supply.
October 31, 2011 The president's executive order asks companies to speed up production of key drugs when shortages occur. Companies will also be asked to report potential supply problems more often.
Locker rooms and clubhouses should be disinfected regularly with a solution such as bleach that's effective against the stubborn norovirus, researchers say.
October 31, 2011 A study of basketball players who caught the contagious norovirus in the locker room provides a play-by-play of how it spread. The bug is the second-most common reason players miss a game.
One recent study found that people were able to burn up an extra 450 calories a day with one hour of moderate exercise. That can include walking briskly, biking or swimming.
October 31, 2011 Most people who lose weight end up gaining it back — and it's not just a matter of willpower. In fact, once we begin to shed those first few pounds, says one expert, "the biology really kicks in and tries to resist the weight loss."
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October 28, 2011 A study in The Lancet finds that people with Lynch syndrome, a hereditary predisposition to cancer of the digestive tract, who took aspirin twice a day for a up to 4 years were about 60 percent less likely to develop colorectal cancer those who got a placebo. But
October 28, 2011 Reporting in Science Translational Medicine, researchers write that the bacteria in yogurt affect people's digestion--but not by repopulating gut flora. Microbiologist Jeffrey Gordon talks about these findings and the future of using bacteria as therapy for digestive disorders such as diarrhea.
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October 28, 2011 Army microbiologist Bruce Ivins, the FBI's prime suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks, died before his trial in an apparent suicide, and the case is now closed. John Dankosky and guests discuss new investigations that question whether scientific evidence against Ivins was conclusive enough to hold up in court.
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October 28, 2011 A new report in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases says evidence that the flu shot offers protection in adults aged 65 years or older is lacking. Host John Dankosky and guests discuss the report, the upcoming flu season, and whether seniors should get the flu vaccine.
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October 27, 2011 Willpower will only take you so far, in case you haven't run that experiment yourself. Turns out our bodies have a fuel gauge, not entirely unlike the gas gauge in our cars, that tell us when it's time to tank up on food. Dieting can make the gauge go haywire.
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There's a GPS tracker hidden inside this mild-mannered shoe.
October 27, 2011 GPS can help you navigate a new city, train for a marathon, or keep tabs on your kids. Now, some nifty footwear aims to bring peace of mind to the families of Alzheimers' patients.
October 26, 2011 Confused about the fuss over PSA screening for prostate cancer? A commentary in the New England Journal of medicine says there's a middle ground between business-as-usual and throwing PSA tests out altogether.
A chest X-ray of a cigarette smoker's lungs.
October 26, 2011 Yearly chest X-rays to look for lung cancer aren't worth doing because they don't save lives, according to a federally funded study. More than 150,000 people took part in the research.
Arielle Schacter, 17, holds her hearing aid in a New York subway station. Hearing loop technology funnels a transit worker's voice into her ear, blocking out the subway noise behind her.
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October 26, 2011 For people with hearing loss, trying to hear in noisy places like airports and theaters, can be tough. But advocates are spreading word of not-so-new technology that allows sound from loudspeakers to be transmitted directly to hearing aids, cutting through the background noise.
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What's in this vial changes from year to year, but the process of creating the flu vaccine remains pretty constant.
October 25, 2011 The flu vaccine has proven itself for most people, but researchers say it needs an overhaul to further reduce infection and death rates. Many doctors would like to see a universal vaccine that protects against all strains of flu.
October 25, 2011 At small companies, a high-deductible option, often served with a tax-preferred savings account, may be the only health insurance choice. Now even some big companies are starting to move all their employees into high-deductible plans.
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