Before long, almost all insurers will have to cover birth control pills at no charge to women.
August 1, 2011 Starting a year from now, most new health insurance policies will have to include a comprehensive list of women's preventive health services with no copay or deductible. Under the rule, insurers would have to cover all prescription contraceptives approved by the FDA.
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August 1, 2011 A debate over the value of conversion therapy has been raging in psychological circles for more than a decade. Two men who underwent the therapy, with vastly different results, share their story. NPR examines the claims.
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A McDonald's Cheeseburger Happy Meal with apple slices, which are becoming standard fare.
July 30, 2011 This week's podcast features an interview with a scientist who can predict your credit card debt from your city's gender ratio. We hit deep brain stimulation for OCD and the science of how 3-D movies cause nausea. Also, both the Happy Meal and Tylenol are updated this week due to health concerns.
King Henry VIII famously suffered from gout.
July 28, 2011 Researchers have found that gout, a painful ailment of the joints, increased 44 percent between 1988 and 2008. They suspect it has a lot to do with the obesity epidemic and related health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
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Johnson & Johnson is lowering the recommended top dose of Extra Strength Tylenol to reduce the risk of accidental overdose from acetaminophen.
July 28, 2011 Johnson & Johnson is lowering the maximum recommended dose for Extra Strenth Tylenol to six tablets a day from eight. Too much acetaminophen, the active ingredient in the painkiller, can cause liver damage.
McDonald's Facebook page on July 27.
Courtesy of McDonald's via Facebook
July 27, 2011 McDonald's says it overhauled its Happy Meal after listening to customers. But which ones? Turns out the company is actively reaching out to mom bloggers, whom it calls "key influencers" in the conversation over healthy eating.
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July 26, 2011 There's a recall of papayas from Mexico after testing by the Food and Drug Administration found samples from Agromod Produce had the same strain of bacteria seen in outbreaks of salmonella affecting 97 people in 23 states.
Chinese moviegoers wear 3-D glasses as they watch Avatar in January 2010.
July 26, 2011 Reports of people suffering nausea, dizziness, eye fatigue and other visual discomforts have grown alongside the use of 3-D technology. A new study exploring how viewing distance and screen size affect symptoms suggests that as mobile devices go 3-D, it could mean more headaches to come.
July 26, 2011 McDonald's will begin rolling out new Happy Meals in September, downsizing the french fries and putting a fresh fruit or veggie in every box. As a result of the changes, the chain says it's cutting calories of its most popular Happy Meals by about 20 percent.
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The one-dose chicken pox vaccine has helped to nearly eliminate the chance of dying from the disease.
July 25, 2011 Death from chicken pox is exceedingly rare these days. But the one-dose vaccine doesn't provide lifelong protection from chicken pox, so public health experts now recommend two doses.
Nari, a dolphin bitten by a shark in February 2009, was almost completely healed one month later.
Courtesy of Dr. Michael Zasloff
July 25, 2011 A researcher hopes that learning how dolphins resist infection and use stem cells to rebuild tissue will provide some insight into how to help injured humans.
Larry Holzman does a series of eccentric wrist exercises using a rubber bar called the Thera-Band FlexBar.
July 25, 2011 Some people are finding relief from tennis elbow, a condition caused by many activities besides tennis, by trading traditional hand weights for a rubber bar to strengthen their injured muscles.
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Andrea Lopez takes her blood pressure. She belongs to a group of pregnant women that meets every two weeks to learn how to monitor their health and talk about pregnancy-related issues.
July 23, 2011 This week we'll discuss the First Lady's answer for people with limited access to fresh and health food. Restaurant calorie counts are also on the menu — some restaurants are better than others at estimating how much energy is in their dishes. And we'll look at how rising vaccine prices are leading to more scrutiny of their cost-effectiveness.
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USDA meat labeling rule may make it easier to tell if your meat's been treated with a saline solution.
July 22, 2011 About 30 percent of poultry, 15 percent of beef, and 90 percent of pork are injected with some kind of liquid enhancement before sale, USDA says, and it's usually something high in sodium. Yet consumers are often unaware that a solution has been added.
July 22, 2011 In his new book, biologist Rob Dunn describes the relationships our bodies have with the organisms that share our world-- from the effects of antibiotic soap on skin, to theories about why some people develop Crohn's disease, to new thinking about the role of appendixes.
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