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May 22, 2017
The two-pronged approach to promoting safe sleep led to a 25 percent drop in the risky practice of bed sharing with babies in the first eight days of life, a study found. But more research is needed.
May 22, 2017
Pantries in southwest Virginia — where poverty is rampant and coal jobs are vanishing — will take whatever they can get to stock bare shelves. Some also offer help with health care and job training.
May 22, 2017
The delay in coming up with a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act is making it hard for Congress to reauthorize funding for health care for 9 million children through the popular CHIP program.
May 22, 2017
Two travel tips are often overlooked by clinicians, and can be especially helpful when people are headed to places with less-than-ideal plumbing and sewage systems.
May 22, 2017
Pollen allergies can trigger reactions to fruits and vegetables. The condition — known as oral allergy syndrome — can come on suddenly and often goes undiagnosed.
May 21, 2017
Older kids should limit the amount of juice they drink too. Whole fruit is better than juice because it contains fiber, which slows the absorption of sugar and fills you up the way juice doesn't.
May 21, 2017
It's not the way things usually go. But at the time, Dr. Dilantha Ellegala felt he had no other options if patients were to get the help they needed.
May 21, 2017
In 1848, a railroad worker survived an accident that drove a 13-pound iron bar through his head. The injury changed his personality, and our understanding of the brain.
May 20, 2017
An EU directive goes into force today, with new rules regulating the tobacco industry. The U.K. is going further: Cigarettes must now be sold in plain green packaging with graphic health warnings.
May 20, 2017
Researchers printed gelatin scaffolds into which they placed ovarian tissue, and then implanted the new organs in mice. Three out of seven female mice produced healthy offspring using the technology.
May 19, 2017
As the debate over health care continues in Washington, one thing not in dispute is that health care industry employment has been going up steadily over the past decade. In Ohio, health care industry jobs now outnumber those in manufacturing. The jobs are…
May 19, 2017
Before Roe v. Wade, a network of clergy helped counsel women seeking abortions and sometimes helped them find abortion providers. Some of them are gathering in New York this weekend to mark the 50th anniversary.
May 19, 2017
Foreign aid restrictions introduced by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 have been expanded by the Trump administration. They could hinder HIV prevention and the fight against infectious disease.
May 19, 2017
More than half of Americans suffer lower back pain each year, the latest NPR/Truven Health Analytics survey finds. And they're often not going for treatments recommended as safest and most effective.
May 19, 2017
On rainy days, wastewater floods into homes. Yet on those very same days, residents often can't draw water from their taps.