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February 5, 2016 7 Comments

Lead 101: Flint Crisis Is Latest Example Of America’s Lead Problem

Public health historian Gerald Markowitz reminds us that the problem of lead poisoning is anything but new.

February 5, 2016 Comment

Overcoming Addiction In Vermont

“Even though I had glimmers of hope of what my life might be like if I could stop using, I could never stop.”

February 5, 2016 2 Comments

Brazil Warns Zika Virus Could Be Transmitted Via Urine, Saliva

Researchers found active Zika virus in urine and saliva samples, meaning it might be possible to transmit it through those fluids.

February 5, 2016 2 Comments

Tuberculosis Outbreak Plagues Alabama Town

The rate of tuberculosis in Marion is 100 times greater than the state average, and worse than in many developing countries.

February 4, 2016 3 Comments

How Much Does Your Personal Trainer Make?

U.S. health clubs are a more than $24 billion industry, but it’s not the fitness trainers that are raking in the dough.

February 4, 2016 14 Comments

The Deadliest Opioid Of Them All – Fentanyl

A new documentary explores the rise of the drug, which has two main sources: pharmaceutical companies and Mexican drug cartels.

February 4, 2016 Comment

Florida Braces For Zika Virus

Four counties in Florida are under a health emergency today, after cases of the mosquito-borne illness were detected in the state.

February 3, 2016 3 Comments

Puerto Rico Health Officials Mobilize To Halt Zika Virus Infections

There are at least 19 confirmed cases of Zika virus in Puerto Rico, which is causing alarm among public health officials there.

February 3, 2016 Comment

Panel Recommends U.S. Research ‘Three-Parent Embryo’ Procedure

The controversial procedure is already legal in the U.K. and could help women with certain diseases have healthy children.

February 2, 2016 9 Comments

Exploring Healthy Snacks At The Fancy Food Show

Our resident chef Kathy Gunst attended the Winter Fancy Food Show and found that healthy-sounding snacks were all the rage.

February 1, 2016 17 Comments

From 14 Cases To 4 Million: The Insidious Spread Of Zika Virus

The World Health Organization has declared that Zika virus is a global health emergency of international concern.

February 1, 2016 3 Comments

Small Vermont Town Deals With Big Heroin Problem

Concepcion Cruz, who has been in recovery for five years, is part of a group of volunteers trying to confront addiction in Randolph.

January 29, 2016 Comment

Paramedics Help Reduce Hospital Readmissions In Arizona Town

A pilot paramedicine program in Buckeye, Arizona, was introduced as a way to lower the local hospital’s readmission rate.

January 27, 2016 4 Comments

Weight Watchers Stock Rises On Oprah Weight Loss

Oprah announced this week on Twitter that she lost 26 pounds – good news for her, but even better news for Weight Watchers.

January 27, 2016 4 Comments

New ‘Transformative’ Breakthrough In Schizophrenia Research

Researchers from Harvard Medical School and the Broad Institute have found the gene that may be responsible for schizophrenia.

January 27, 2016 Comment

Using Mosquitoes To Fight Mosquitoes With Zika Virus

Researchers are trying to find ways to battle the disease, including introducing genetically-modified mosquitoes.

January 27, 2016 6 Comments

President Obama Calls For Urgent Action, More Research On Zika Virus

Hemen Branswell of STAT gives us a primer on the mosquito-borne virus, including information for women traveling to Latin America.

January 26, 2016 11 Comments

Doctor Who Helped Expose Flint’s Water Crisis Looks For Solutions

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is working to create programs for Flint residents who are already seeing the effects of lead poisoning.

January 22, 2016 6 Comments

Searching For The Secret To Longevity

Despite reports that Susannah Mushatt Jones’ daily bacon breakfast is the secret to her long life, she credits living close to family.

January 22, 2016 Comment

An App To Detect Head Injuries

A neuroscientist in Houston has developed an iPad app that uses research-backed games to collect data on neurocognitive function.


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February 4 4 Comments

Susan Tedeschi And Derek Trucks Talk Music And Marriage

The duo talks about their new album, "Let Me Get By," and about making music together as Tedeschi Trucks Band.

February 4 Comment

Do Babies Understand FaceTime And Skype?

It's reassuring for parents and grandparents far away from their little loved ones, but what do babies get out of it?

February 3 16 Comments

Telling The Story Of ‘The Invisibles’: White House Slaves

Of the first 18 presidents of the United States, 12 were slave owners, even though some spoke out against slavery.

February 3 111 Comments

Why Bernie Sanders Resonates With Young People

At the Iowa Democratic caucuses, he won 84 percent of voters aged 17 to 29, compared to Clinton's 14 percent.