Our holiday health reading.
December 28, 2010 Speed dating meets literary criticism. Shots reviews some of this year's health books which came our way. Many had advice about what to eat. Several had something to say about belly fat and abs.
Scientists say cranberry's medicinal powers include preventing bacteria like E. coli and staph from sticking to cells.
Zac Visco for NPR
December 9, 2010 A study in female college students found a placebo was as effective as cranberry juice for preventing repeat urinary tract infections. But an outside scientist says the results won't topple the research that says cranberry juice works well.
Scrubbing too much might be a problem, scientists say.
November 29, 2010 A new study is linking higher levels of triclosan to allergies in kids and Bisphenol-A exposure to changes in adult immune systems raises new health questions. But the concerns about these chemicals are far from settled.
November 29, 2010 A House committee investigation into Johnson & Johnson's spate of recent recalls continues for now, but when Republicans take over the committee in January, that could change.
November 29, 2010 Bravo Farms is recalling all of its cheese, including cheddar it makes for Whole Foods, after E. coli and listeria was found at its plant. Earlier this month, the company recalled gouda sold at Costco.
Mmmm. How about some flu germs with that stuffing?
November 24, 2010 We are a nation of procrastinators when it comes to getting a flu shot. That leaves us vulnerable to all kinds of respiratory illnesses, thanks to togetherness at Thanksgiving and other holiday times.
November 16, 2010 Dr. Michelle Albert is the lead researcher on a new study about how high-stress jobs can affect women's heart health. As a busy, stressed woman herself, she has some thoughts on what women can do to help their hearts.
An 18 year old winces as she has her third and final dose of the HPV vaccine.
November 10, 2010 Only a third of girls and young women who received the first shot in a three-dose regimen against cervical cancer completed the inoculations, researchers have found. Young adults may find it hard to follow through on the recommendations.
Getting makeup permanent tattooed on your face could be risky.
October 22, 2010 Permanent makeup may look good and save time, but it is not easy or inexpensive to remove. And, as it turns out, it's quite risky
October 21, 2010 Listeria poisoning can cause fever, headache, nausea, and preterm labor, as well as death. Contaminated fresh fruits and vegetables, raw milk, and raw meats are frequent culprits, says the Food and Drug Administration.
October 20, 2010 A new survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that just 9 percent of mobile phone owners use phone apps that help them track or manage their health.
October 20, 2010 The new drug Pradaxa is the first to take on the dominance of warfarin - the blockbuster anti-clotting drug. The market is estimated at $12 billion a year.
October 20, 2010 New information on the increased risk of dying of breast cancer for women taking hormone replacement therapy has women and their doctors once again re-evaluating whether taking a popular drug is worth the risk.
How many health benefits can we get out of these Omega-3 pills?
October 19, 2010 A new study says Omega 3s don't help with post-partum depression, but doctors say they still have many other benefits, including protection against heart disease and pre-term birth.
October 19, 2010 Canada and Oregon have banned Brazilian Blowout after finding unacceptable levels of formaldehyde in the product. But the hair straightener's manufacturer says the product is 100 percent safe.
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