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 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 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.
If you're interested in health care prices, you might make a few calls.
September 28, 2010 Most people don't check prices for health care before getting a diagnosis or treatment. Those who do prefer calling doctors' offices, a survey conducted for NPR finds. Overall, the prices quoted in advance were accurate.
September 28, 2010 When doctors find an unsuspected problem, it can subject patients to a whole lot of tests and treatments – usually for little or no benefit. For every unsuspected cancer or threatening aneurysm, there are many more abnormalities of no consequence.
September 28, 2010 Provisions of the federal health law boost research by the National Institutes of Health on breast cancer in young women and fund awareness campaigns for breast health. The overhaul provides $9 million a year through 2014.
Ben & Jerry's CEO Jostein Solheim, scoops it out at the Ben & Jerry's shop in Burlington, Vt., Tuesday, March 23, 2010.
September 27, 2010 Ben & Jerry's ice cream and frozen yogurts containing alkalized cocoa and partially hydrogenated soybean oil will no longer say "natural" on the label. The move was prompted by a consumer group's complaint.
September 27, 2010 The six-month anniversary of the Obama administration's health care law ushered in a new set of rules that will have implications for many consumers. NPR Health Care Correspondent Julie Rovner explains the changes, and the fine print behind some of the new provisions.
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September 27, 2010 The maker of a popular pomegranate juice gets slapped by another regulator for making health claims the government says the company can't back that up. A red flag: POM claim its products are 40 percent as effective as Viagra.
September 27, 2010 Bayer can now sell a birth control pill that contains a B vitamin shown to reduce the risk of certain kinds of birth defects. Called Beyaz, this version of the pill is the latest to be touted for reasons beyond preventing pregnancy.
Rachel Bateman, 9, has braces to correct an overbite. Her orthodontist opted not to use expanders to expand her upper arch.
September 27, 2010 Orthodontists recommend that children get checked for treatment no later than age 7. But research shows waiting until kids are older may be more beneficial in the long run. In some cases, young kids could be back in braces again when they're older.
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Using the Icon treatment, Dr. Jin-Ho Phark won't need to drill to fill a cavity.
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September 27, 2010 A widespread aversion to drills is inspiring some dentists to look for new ways to treat cavities without them. But some question whether a new treatment using a mild acid and resin will hold up over time.
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Better school lunches may cost food stamps program some promised increases.
September 24, 2010 There are a lot of reasons to pick apart the Senate bill that funds the school lunch program, but some say passing it now might be better than getting nothing later.
You can get rid of those old pills this weekend with the help of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
September 24, 2010 Time to clean out the medicine chest and dispose of your unused prescription medicines. The Drug Enforcement Administration is coordinating a nationwide network of drop-off centers this Saturday.
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