Health

1:46pm

Mon February 24, 2014
Shots - Health News

Mammogram Uncertainty Gives Patients, Doctors More Reason To Talk

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 5:46 am

Katherine Streeter for NPR

I am 51 years old and have had a yearly mammogram, more or less, since the age of 40.

I got them despite the fact that there is no history of breast cancer in my family. I did it because that was what my doctor and others, including the American Cancer Society, recommended.

Three years ago, I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma in situ breast cancer after a screening mammogram. I underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy. The doctors say my prognosis is good.

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12:39pm

Mon February 24, 2014
Shots - Health News

Legal Drinking Age Of 21 Saves Lives, Even Though It's Flouted

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 5:46 am

Students drink outside the Rose Bowl during the NCAA BCS national championship game in January.
Gregory Bull AP

Eighty percent of college students say they drink, despite laws making it illegal for anyone under 21 to drink alcohol. Critics of that drinking age say that lowering it would reduce binge drinking and alcohol-related deaths.

But that might be wishful thinking, a study says. Researchers from Boston University reviewed scientific literature published since 2006 and concluded keeping the legal drinking age at 21 reduces rates of drunk driving and crashes, and reduces rates of underage drinking.

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12:08pm

Mon February 24, 2014

10:24am

Mon February 24, 2014
Shots - Health News

Why Pediatricians Want To Check 9-Year-Olds' Cholesterol

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 2:15 pm

Joscelyn Benninghoff, 10, goes over the results of her cholesterol test with her mother Elizabeth Duruz (right) and Dr. Elaine Urbina at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in 2011.
Al Behrman AP

The yearly pediatrician's visit can seem like the same old thing: height, weight, shots. But the rules for well child visits are changing, and the nation's pediatricians want to make sure that parents and doctors are up to speed on the changes.

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1:35am

Mon February 24, 2014
Shots - Health News

Orphans' Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape A Child's Brain

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 10:07 am

In the Institute for the Unsalvageable in Sighetu Marmatiei, Romania, shown here in 1992, children were left in cribs for days on end.
Tom Szalay

Parents do a lot more than make sure a child has food and shelter, researchers say. They play a critical role in brain development.

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