April 27, 2012 In rural Mississippi, the number of doctors per person is among the lowest in the country. Now, a new scholarship program is trying to attract medical students to begin their practice there. The success — or failure — of the program depends largely on the recruiter's ability to pick the right students.
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Keep the sanitizer on your hands and out of your mouth.
April 25, 2012 Teenagers are turning to hand sanitizer in search of a cheap legal buzz, poison control centers report. Doctors say it's dumb, and dangerous.
April 25, 2012 Former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson says her experience with postpartum depression after giving birth to twins tested her in ways that espionage never did. Now her kids are 12, but Plame Wilson continues to speak out about the
April 24, 2012 Federal data show that only 13.4 percent of adults in the U.S. have high cholesterol, compared with 18.3 percent a decade earlier. Drugs rather than better lifestyle appear to account for the improvement.
April 23, 2012 Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, gave a fiery speech at annual meeting of Association of Health Care Journalists over the weekend. It was a no-holds-barred critique of the U.S. system of health care.
What do you say we go get HIV tested together?
April 20, 2012 Couples should get tested for HIV together, and if one person is infected, that partner should start treatment right away, the World Health Organization says. This new strategy is aimed at reducing transmission between "discordant" couples, which accounts for most new HIV infections.
It's still a good idea. But it won't protect you against heart disease.
April 19, 2012 Medical experts have long thought that gum disease can cause heart disease. But now they say no; it's other health issues like smoking and lack of exercise that are causing both. But this doesn't mean you can stop flossing.
Connor Galloway, age 12, was found dead in his bedroom with a belt looped around his neck. Connor's friends admitted to his mother that they'd been talking about playing "the choking game."
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April 16, 2012 Researchers found 6 percent of middle-schoolers in Portland, Ore., have tried a game that involves asphyxiation to get high. About a quarter of them have tried it at least five times.
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How to test reading ability in children who can't read has been a problem for researchers.
April 6, 2012 Children with dyslexia have problems with visual attention in kindergarten, according to new research. This could lead to helping children with dyslexia long before they learn to read.
Surgery to remove the appendix has been the standard course of treatment for appendicitis since 1889.
April 6, 2012 A team of researchers in the U.K. say antibiotics might be an effective alternative in uncomplicated cases of acute appendicitis. But there's concern that symptoms may show up later.
An imagined new facade for Dartmouth's school of medicine (with apologies to Dr. Seuss).
April 5, 2012 No word yet on whether memorizing The Cat in the Hat will now become a requirement for medical school admission.
The danger of death by heart attack or suicide is greatest in the first week after a cancer diagnosis.
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April 5, 2012 Risk of death by heart attack or suicide is greatest in the first week after getting a diagnosis, according to a study in Sweden. Researchers say more support from health care providers could reduce that risk.
Because these Chicago second-graders are bilingual, they may be better protected later in life against the ravages of dementia.
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April 4, 2012 Research finds that bilingual children are better at "executive processing," which includes being able to pay attention, plan and organize thoughts.
Doctors, don't order that CT scan when a less-expensive ultrasound would work just as well, the Choosing Wisely campaign advises.
April 4, 2012 Nine national medical groups have identified 45 diagnostic tests, procedures and treatments that they say often are unnecessary and expensive. The head of one of the specialty groups says unneeded tests probably account for $250 billion in health care spending.
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FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg says there is a desperate need to have the Reagan-Udall Foundation up and running.
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April 3, 2012 In 2007, Congress created a public-private foundation to support research of interest to the FDA. Critics said this amounted to a new way for industry groups to influence the agency's decisions, and any FDA funding for the foundation was blocked for years. That's about to change.
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