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11:29am

Mon March 18, 2013
Shots - Health News

Worried Parents Balk At HPV Vaccine For Daughters

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 8:35 am

Lauren Fant winces as she receives her third and final shot of HPV vaccine from nurse Stephanie Pearson in Marietta, Ga., in 2007.
John Amis AP

More parents are worried about getting their daughters vaccinated against cervical cancer, despite more doctors saying the shots are a good idea.

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7:04am

Mon March 18, 2013
Health

Decades Of Cuts Puts Colorado In Mental Health Crisis

Coloradans in the midst of a mental health crisis often currently end up at hospital emergency rooms -- only to learn there's little treatment to be had there
Acme Creative Commons

Nearly every day in Colorado, someone having a mental health crisis tries to seek help at a hospital emergency room. There’s only one problem: ER doctors are able to diagnose and treat a broken foot, but they generally don’t have the training to fix a broken mind.

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1:22am

Mon March 18, 2013
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To Control Asthma, Start With The Home Instead Of The Child

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 8:36 am

Maria Texeira-Gomes holds a photo of her 5-year-old son, Matheo, who has struggled with asthma nearly all his life.
Richard Knox NPR

Nothing sends more kids to the hospital than asthma.

So when doctors at Children's Hospital in Boston noticed they kept seeing an unusually high number of asthmatic kids from certain low-income neighborhoods, they wondered if they could do something about the environment these kids were living in.

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4:42pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Shots - Health News

Is Your Medicine Vegan? Probably Not

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 7:25 pm

Heparin is an anticoagulant and the prescription version is made from pig, raising concerns for vegans.
Rob Kim Landov

Go looking for animal products, and apparently you will find them everywhere.

That's the takeaway from the book Veganissimo A to Z, recently translated into English for the first time. What's veganissimo? It's veganism of the highest order, according to the German authors Reuben Proctor and Lars Thomsen, who call themselves "professional vegans." (Is veganism a healthful way to eat? Sorry, we're not going there in this post.)

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2:34pm

Fri March 15, 2013
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Matchmaker, Er, Match Week, Make Me A Doctor

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 4:16 pm

Match day at Georgetown University School of Medicine on March 15.
Eric Stern for NPR

Match week is the nail-biting time of year that haunts and tantalizes fourth-year medical students with dreams of residency programs. It culminates with the students learning at Friday at 1 p.m. if — and where — a hospital wants to train them to become full-fledged doctors.

Kristin Huntoon, 34, at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, tells Shots the past few months have been nerve-wracking. The fourth-year medical student would notice herself thinking about residency programs while she was in class, or during clinical rotations.

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