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  • Audio Tis the season — for flu

    Oct 9, 2015

    Podcast: Play in new window | Download It seems like children are being introduced to their A-B-C-s at increasingly younger ages, but how soon before they start learning the A-B-C-s of flu? Well, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that the first vaccinations against the seasonal scourge begin at 6 months of age. […]

  • Audio Restaurant meals higher in salt and cholesterol than fast food meals

    Oct 8, 2015

    Podcast: Play in new window | Download As Americans become more and more health conscious, fast food joints, for the most part, are getting a bad reputation. But a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that those who eat at sit-down restaurants consume more salt and cholesterol than […]

  • Audio Joining a club as a teenager may prolong your life

    Oct 7, 2015

    Podcast: Play in new window | Download Playing sports or joining a club doesn’t just give teenagers a social outlet. It may also extend their lives. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh found that teenagers who belonged to community groups, clubs or sports teams had a lower risk of death by age 78. The scientists […]

  • Audio New gene therapy drug for inhalation helps cystic fibrosis patients

    Oct 6, 2015

    Podcast: Play in new window | Download For people with the genetically inherited disorder cystic fibrosis, breathing becomes a constant battle. This rare disease causes the lining of the lungs to secrete heavy mucus that makes it very tough to take a breath and also leads to repeated lung infections. After years of this type […]

  • Audio Cannabis compound might mend broken bones faster

    Oct 5, 2015

    Podcast: Play in new window | Download Cannabis plants are infamously known as the source of the recreational drugs marijuana and hashish. In recent years, some scientists have conducted serious research on chemicals produced by cannabis plants in hopes of developing health care applications. For example, a study recently published by the Journal of Bone […]

  • Audio Longer survival expectancy for brain tumor patients

    Oct 2, 2015

    Podcast: Play in new window | Download Patients with low-grade brain tumors are now living about a year longer after diagnosis than they did 16 years ago. A study of a U.S. cancer registry showed that people with a grade II glioma had a median survival expectancy of 57 months in 2010. That’s 13 months […]

  • Audio Feline fallout from a back scratch

    Oct 1, 2015

    Podcast: Play in new window | Download Cats operate on their own wavelengths, and that’s one of the things we love about them. But sometimes their quirky behavior signals something more. An example is a condition called hyperesthesia (hyper-es-thesia), which translates to “heightened sensitivity.” This syndrome can affect any cat but usually shows up in […]

  • Audio Pondering pet sitters

    Oct 1, 2015

    Podcast: Play in new window | Download When you’re planning a vacation, pet care may not be foremost on your mind. But it deserves your close attention well before the day of departure. If kenneling doesn’t suit your buddy, you’ll need to set up home care that’s both reliable and pet-friendly. While it may be […]

  • Audio Frequent antibiotic use linked to increased risk of juvenile arthritis

    Oct 1, 2015

    Podcast: Play in new window | Download The next time your child comes home sick from school, you may want to think twice about putting them on antibiotics right away. Researchers from the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School found that the more antibiotics a child is prescribed, the more at risk they will be […]

  • Audio Shared lives, mirrored diseases

    Oct 1, 2015

    Podcast: Play in new window | Download Our pets can be so much like us — which is part of the reason for our strong bond. Even some of the diseases that afflict humans are mirrored in our furry friends. Lou Gehrig’s disease, also called amyotrophic (A-my-o-trophic) lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is a human syndrome […]

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