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December 17, 2014 3 Comments

Diagnosing Ear Infections With Your Smartphone

The CellScope Oto is a clip-on gadget that turns a smartphone into an otoscope — the tool doctors use to check out a patient’s eardrum.

December 16, 2014 Comment

Insurers, Some States Extend Deadlines For Health Coverage

Health insurers say they will give people more time to pay their premiums for health plans, and still have coverage start January 1st.

December 15, 2014 3 Comments

Canadians Head South Of Their Border For Medical Procedures

A hospital in north Idaho is marketing itself to Canadian tourists — medical tourists, that is.

December 15, 2014 Comment

For Some Alzheimer’s Patients Musical Memories Still Stir While Others Fade

Colorado Public Radio’s John Daley tells us how elder care providers are using music to help those who suffer memory loss.

December 15, 2014 6 Comments

Can Medical Diagnoses Be Crowd-Sourced? For Over 500, The Answer Is ‘Yes!’

Patients submit medical history and medical records online and then wait for medical detectives from around the globe to weigh in.

December 12, 2014 Comment

Ebola Loosens Its Grip On Liberia

New cases of Ebola have been decreasing in Liberia, but officials are urging Liberians to stay committed to eradicating the virus.

December 12, 2014 Comment

Doctors Consider What They Can Do About Gun Violence

More than 100 physicians and crime prevention advocates gathered recently for an educational course on preventing gun violence.

December 11, 2014 15 Comments

California’s Whooping Cough Epidemic

Nearly 10,000 people in the state have been diagnosed with the disease this year, making it the worst outbreak in 70 years.

December 11, 2014 Comment

L.A., New York, Chicago Schools Say ‘No’ To Chicken Raised With Antibiotics

School districts in several big cities this week banned the purchase of chicken raised with antibiotics to use in school lunches.

December 10, 2014 Comment

Boldly Going Where No Research Team Has Gone Before

Zack Seward brings us the story of a high-stakes medical device competition inspired by the Sci-Fi classic “Star Trek.”

December 9, 2014 6 Comments

De-Cluttering Your House With Love

Marie Kondo has built a huge following with her method of organizing that focuses on keeping things that inspire joy.

December 9, 2014 Comment

Measuring The State Of Health Care By Contraceptive Use

Oregon aims to reduce unwanted pregnancies by encouraging the use of the most effective contraceptives.

December 8, 2014 4 Comments

Menu Calorie Count Mandate Adds Up To $5 Billion In ‘Lost Pleasure’

This new lost pleasure calculation is part of the new regulations that are geared to discourage people from eating junk food and curbing obesity.

December 8, 2014 Comment

Sierra Leone Struggles Against Ebola

November was the worst month in Sierra Leone since the outbreak started, with 2,000 new cases, but why?

December 5, 2014 16 Comments

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair? The Answer May Surprise You

Many people wash their hair everyday — every time they shower, but salon owner Pejman Sayas says that is not a good idea.

December 5, 2014 Comment

CDC Sees Trouble On Flu Front

The Centers for Disease Control says this year’s vaccine may not be a good match, but it’s urging people to get a flu shot anyway.

December 4, 2014 29 Comments

This Is Crohn’s Disease

Jack Rodolico shares the story of his wife’s battle with Crohn’s disease and her pilgrimage to try and improve her condition.

December 1, 2014 11 Comments

The New Science Of Adolescence

Larry Steinberg says new brain science is starting to reveal why teenagers seem to stay teenage through their mid-twenties.

November 28, 2014 53 Comments

Study: E-Cigarettes May Contain More Carcinogens Than Cigarettes

A new study finds e-cigarettes contain as much as 10 times the level of cancer-causing agents as traditional cigarettes.

November 28, 2014 Comment

Overstuffed? 5 Tips For Keeping Pounds Off During The Holidays

A nutritionist and personal trainer offers some concrete advice to help people get to January feeling fit and healthy.

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Here & Now resident chef and cookbook author Kathy Gunst shares her list of the best cookbooks of the year.

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December 18 Comment

College Counselor: ‘A Deferral Is Not A Denial’

Lisa Micele shares tips for applying to college — especially for students who have been deferred under early decision.

December 18 15 Comments

America’s Political Dynasties

Americans under 38 have only experienced one presidential election that did not involve a Bush or a Clinton.

December 17 2 Comments

Atticus Lish’s ‘Preparation For The Next Life’

The author's debut novel centers on an unlikely romance between an Iraq veteran and a Uyghur from China.

December 17 3 Comments

Diagnosing Ear Infections With Your Smartphone

The CellScope Oto is a clip-on gadget that turns a smartphone into an otoscope — the tool doctors use to check out a patient's eardrum.