Health

5:00am

Mon July 28, 2014
Health

Emerging Virus Chikungunya Under Scrutiny By Fort Collins CDC Lab

A CDC scientist examines mosquitoes using a stereoscopic microscope to identify the species while working in a BSL-3 lab in Fort Collins, Colorado
Centers for Disease Control Division of Vector Borne Diseases

While most Americans probably haven't heard of Chikungunya, Ann Powers, a research microbiologist at the Centers for Disease Control, has been studying the virus for 15 years.

The mosquito-carried virus made the news recently when the first locally-transmitted case of it appeared in Florida, July 17. Now, the public and medical researchers are wondering if it may spread further into the United States, and how serious it might be.

The research that Powers does at the CDC's Division of Vector Borne Diseases in Fort Collins may help answer some of those questions.

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3:00am

Mon July 28, 2014
Shots - Health News

People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 5:37 pm

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

We know that happiness and social connection can have positive benefits on health. Now research suggests that having a sense of purpose or direction in life may also be beneficial.

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3:00am

Mon July 28, 2014
Shots - Health News

Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 11:52 am

Lucinda Schreiber for NPR

Medical tests are rarely a pleasant experience, especially if you're worried that something could be seriously wrong. That's true even though we know that regular screenings and tests often help doctors catch issues early.

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3:00am

Mon July 28, 2014
Shots - Health News

New York Debates Whether Housing Counts As Health Care

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 11:52 am

Lissette Encarnacion in her apartment at The Brook, a supportive housing complex in the New York City borough of the Bronx.
Natalie Fertig WNYC

Standing outside her sixth-floor apartment in the Bronx, Lissette Encarnacion says she sometimes forgets the place belongs to her.

"I'm thinking I'm at somebody else's [house]," she says. "I'm ringing my own doorbell."

Encarnacion used to have a career in banking, and lived in a real home with her son and husband. Then one night everything changed, she says, when her husband came home drunk and angry, and threw her off a balcony.

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2:45pm

Fri July 25, 2014
Shots - Health News

How Well Does A Drug Work? Look Beyond The Fine Print

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 8:47 am

Traditional warning labels on medicine boxes tend to be long on confusing language, critics say, but short on helpful numbers.
iStockphoto

Anybody who has ever seen a drug advertisement or talked over the pros and cons of a medicine with a doctor can be forgiven for being confused.

Sorting out the risks and benefits of taking a medicine can be complicated even for professionals.

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