September 12, 2013 An initiative in New York City is designed to nudge the families of overweight kids and teens to change the way they eat with fruit and vegetable prescriptions. The big incentive? Free produce as well as tips on how best to cook and economize.
September 12, 2013 Eight outbreaks of measles have infected at least 159 people so far this year, the CDC reports. All of the outbreaks were caused by people traveling internationally and bringing the virus back to the U.S. Communities that don't vaccinate children for religious reasons were hardest hit.
September 12, 2013 Food allergy experts are rethinking when to introduce toddlers and babies to the foods most likely to cause allergic reactions. It's a shift away from earlier advice to delay the introduction of the foods to help prevent allergies.
September 12, 2013 Cut a tumor from a child's brain and you may save a life. But surgery can hurt the child if healthy brain cells are removed. A Seattle doctor is working on a substance that might help. It binds tightly to cancer cells and makes them glow, so they're easier to distinguish from healthy tissue.
September 12, 2013 KJZZSuicide rates among Native Americans are already four times the national average. And with recent cuts in federal funding for mental health services across the country, suicide prevention programs may lose ground in the communities that need them most.
September 11, 2013 APRNA proposed road in Alaska is pitting residents against environmentalists. The people who live in a remote village want better access to an airport with year-round flights to Anchorage for medical emergencies. But the road would cut through a wilderness area, which environmentalists say would set a bad precedent.
September 11, 2013 The underground lakes were found in the most arid region of a country where 40 percent of the population lacks access to safe water.
September 11, 2013 Wondering if those glucosamine supplements will help your aching knee? Wonder no more. The nation's orthopedists list five treatments that don't do any good, and might do harm. It's part of an effort by medical societies to push for evidence-based treatments.
September 11, 2013 A Reuters investigation has detailed the practice of shuffling unwanted children from one set of guardians to another with the government exercising little or no oversight.
September 11, 2013 Pockets of malaria that are resistant to the frontline drug have recently emerged in Southeast Asia. Health workers worry the problem could spread to Africa. To stay ahead of the parasite, scientists have developed a fast way to detect resistant malaria and map its spread through a community.
September 11, 2013 KCRWPeople who lack special needs but simply want to keep their pets with them all the time can easily find fake "service animal" certifications on the Web. But those phony credentials can create problems for people with disabilities who legitimately need trained service dogs.
September 10, 2013 In the latest attempt to stem an epidemic of opioid painkiller overdoses, the FDA tightened prescribing guidelines. The drugs should only be used for patients with severe pain when other treatments have failed, the agency says, not for moderate pain.
September 10, 2013 Adult film production in California is now suspended after a number of performers tested positive for HIV. Though news of the cases may leave some performers feeling vulnerable, the industry's trade group says its response shows that the system works.