NPR health http://kplu.org en WHAM! Doctor tries comic book to boost trauma drug http://kplu.org/post/wham-doctor-tries-comic-book-boost-trauma-drug When it comes to public health, there are bad ideas that seemingly can't be stopped and smart ones that don't get their due.<p>Often, the real trick to improving health is getting both patients and doctors to hear the right message and then do something about it.<p>So what's the best way to get the word out about a decades-old generic drug that could save the lives of critically injured patients?<p>Make a comic book.<p>That's what <a href="http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/aboutus/people/roberts.ian">Dr. Ian Roberts</a>, a British epidemiologist, did, anyway. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:55:30 +0000 7246 at http://kplu.org WHAM! Doctor tries comic book to boost trauma drug HIV Infections Rise Among Young Black Men In U.S. http://kplu.org/post/hiv-infections-rise-among-young-black-men-us The latest data on HIV rates in American teenagers and young adults offer a sobering message.<p>While the number of new infections in the U.S. is relatively <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/07/25/156991065/track-the-spread-of-aids-across-the-globe">stable</a> — at about 50,000 people each year — HIV is on the rise in young people under 25.<p>Youths age 13 to 24 made up about a quarter of all new HIV infections in the U.S. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 23:31:45 +0000 7209 at http://kplu.org HIV Infections Rise Among Young Black Men In U.S. Beer, wine and spirits: When counting our liquid calories, are we honest? http://kplu.org/post/beer-wine-and-spirits-when-counting-our-liquid-calories-are-we-honest When it comes to tallying our liquid calories, we're not always so accurate. Does that tiny 5-ounce serving of wine really count as a glass of wine? (The answer is yes.)<p>So as the season of celebrations heats up, and holiday cheer is delivered in the form of bubbly, beer or booze, just how many calories are we consuming from alcohol on a random Tuesday night?<p>Almost as much as we get from soda, apparently — an average of about 100 calories a day. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 23:28:18 +0000 7147 at http://kplu.org Beer, wine and spirits: When counting our liquid calories, are we honest? 'Addictive' Cigarette Smoking Games On Smartphones Target Kids http://kplu.org/post/addictive-cigarette-smoking-games-smartphones-target-kids You can do just about anything with your phone these days. Take an <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/09/05/160542842/cellphone-medical-test-wins-nprs-big-idea-contest">electrocardiogram</a>. <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/02/09/133629830/iPhone-App-Helps-Catholics-Confess">Confess</a> your sins. Even <a href="http://apps.su/program/15918/electric-smoke.html">smoke</a> a cigarette<p>Yup, you read that correctly. Android and Apple offer apps that let you light and smoke a virtual cigarette. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:15:01 +0000 6804 at http://kplu.org 'Addictive' Cigarette Smoking Games On Smartphones Target Kids How some parents could learn adult daughters' birth control habits http://kplu.org/post/how-some-parents-could-learn-adult-daughters-birth-control-habits The 2010 health law removes one of the big barriers to contraception for many young women: <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/02/10/146693907/white-house-bends-on-birth-control-requirement-for-religious-groups">cost</a>. But if they don't feel confident that the care they will receive is confidential, these women may not take advantage of it.<p>Under the health care overhaul, most new health plans and those that lose their grandfathered status have to cover many women's preventive benefits, including contraception without out-of-pocket costs. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 15:15:11 +0000 6555 at http://kplu.org How some parents could learn adult daughters' birth control habits Kids exposed to 'startling' amounts of background TV, researchers say http://kplu.org/post/kids-exposed-startling-amounts-background-tv-researchers-say Parents, if nobody is watching the TV, please turn it off.<p>Researchers who conducted a national survey of kids' exposure to TVs droning on in the background say, "The amount of exposure for the average child is startling."<p>How much is it, exactly? Try just under four hours a day for the typical kid.<p>So why care about a TV that nobody seems to be paying attention to? Tue, 02 Oct 2012 01:32:27 +0000 Scott Hensley 6554 at http://kplu.org Kids exposed to 'startling' amounts of background TV, researchers say The Next Frontier For Elite Med Schools: Primary Care http://kplu.org/post/next-frontier-elite-med-schools-primary-care Johns Hopkins, Yale, Harvard, Columbia and Cornell. What do these medical schools have in common?<p>Beyond their first-rate reputations, they're also on the short list of top U.S. med schools that don't have departments of family medicine. Elite schools have long focused on training specialists and researchers, but with the federal health law's emphasis on primary care, some schools are looking harder at family medicine.<p>Until this year, for example, the <a href="http://www.mssm.edu/">Mount Sinai School of Medicine</a> in New York had neither a department nor any family physicians on staff. Sun, 23 Sep 2012 20:46:37 +0000 6425 at http://kplu.org The Next Frontier For Elite Med Schools: Primary Care Let Sleepless Babies Cry (For A While), If They Want To http://kplu.org/post/let-sleepless-babies-cry-while-if-they-want When cranky babies won't sleep, is it OK to let them cry it out?<p>The short answer: Yes, within limits.<p>Many parents these days try to help their babies learn to sleep better by letting them cry a little.<p>One approach, sometimes called <a href="http://www.babycenter.com/0_the-ferber-method-demystified_7755.bc">"Ferberizing</a>" after the pediatrician who has popularized it, involves parents gradually lengthening how long they let their babies cry before soothing them. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 19:22:39 +0000 6267 at http://kplu.org Let Sleepless Babies Cry (For A While), If They Want To Why Organic Food May Not Be Healthier For You http://kplu.org/post/study-questions-whether-organic-food-healthier-you Yes, organics is a $29 billion <a href="http://www.organicnewsroom.com/2011/04/us_organic_industry_valued_at.html">industry</a> and still growing. Something is pulling us toward those organic veggies that are grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.<p>But if you're thinking that organic produce will help you stay healthier, a new finding may come as a surprise. Tue, 04 Sep 2012 14:08:57 +0000 Allison Aubrey 6189 at http://kplu.org Why Organic Food May Not Be Healthier For You Does Mother's Abortion History Affect Baby's Birth Weight? http://kplu.org/post/does-mothers-abortion-history-affect-babys-birth-weight Women who had multiple abortions before giving birth to a first child were more likely to have that child very prematurely or to deliver a child with a low birth weight, according to one of the first large-scale studies to look at the issue.<p>The study, whose <a href="http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/08/27/humrep.des294.abstract">results appear</a> in the European journal <em>Human Reproduction</em>, examined more than 300,000 first-born children in Finland between 1996 and 2008. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 16:46:53 +0000 Julie Rovner 6151 at http://kplu.org Subtracting Calories May Not Add Years To Life http://kplu.org/post/subtracting-calories-may-not-add-years-life Scientists have known for decades that lab rats and mice will live far longer than normal if they're fed a super-low-calorie diet, and that's led some people to eat a near-starvation diet in the hopes that it will extend the human life span, too.<p>But a new study in monkeys suggests they may be disappointed.<p>The long-awaited results of this study, which started back in 1987, show that rhesus monkeys fed a diet with 30 percent fewer calories than normal did not live unusually long lives.<p><p>The monkey study is about as close as it's possible to get to knowing how caloric restriction might Thu, 30 Aug 2012 14:12:19 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 6144 at http://kplu.org Subtracting Calories May Not Add Years To Life Officials Say West Nile Outbreak Could Be Worst Ever In U.S. http://kplu.org/post/officials-say-west-nile-outbreak-could-be-worst-ever-us As cases of West Nile virus continue to increase, authorities warned today that this could turn out to be the worst outbreak since the virus first showed up in the United States in 1999.<p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/23/health/west-nile-outbreak-shaping-up-as-worst-ever-in-us-authorities-say.html"><em>The New York Times</em> reports</a> that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still unsure about "where and how far" the disease will spread, but so far there have been 1,118 cases and 41 deaths reported.<p>The <em>Times</em> adds:<p><blockquote><p>"Only about one case in Wed, 22 Aug 2012 22:29:14 +0000 6071 at http://kplu.org Officials Say West Nile Outbreak Could Be Worst Ever In U.S. Oldest Americans living longer, and are fitter and richer, too http://kplu.org/post/oldest-americans-living-longer-and-are-fitter-and-richer-too America's oldest citizens are generally getting healthier, living longer and doing better financially. But there's lots of room for improvement.<p>That's the take-home from an <a href="http://www.agingstats.gov/agingstatsdotnet/Main_Site/Data/2012_Documents/Docs/EntireChartbook.pdf">exhaustive picture</a> of Americans over 65 put together by the federal government and released last week during the summer doldrums.<p>Long-term gains in longevity continue. Today's 65-year-olds can expect to live a tad over 20 more years. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 14:07:00 +0000 Richard Knox 6038 at http://kplu.org Oldest Americans living longer, and are fitter and richer, too The perils of teens sacrificing sleep for late-night studying http://kplu.org/post/perils-teens-sacrificing-sleep-late-night-studying High school students with heavy academic course loads often find the demands of homework colliding with the need for adequate sleep. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 13:25:13 +0000 Allison Aubrey 6036 at http://kplu.org The perils of teens sacrificing sleep for late-night studying Planned Parenthood windfall funds breast health expansion http://kplu.org/post/planned-parenthood-windfall-funds-breast-health-expansion When the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure moved to cut funding for Planned Parenthood's work to screen women for breast cancer early this year, the reaction was swift and furious.<p>The foundation quickly <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/02/03/146344674/in-reversal-komen-reinstates-funding-for-planned-parenthood">reversed course</a>. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 20:08:02 +0000 6030 at http://kplu.org Planned Parenthood windfall funds breast health expansion