Health

7:30am

Mon February 11, 2013
Safety

Put A Lid On It: Helmet Use Reducing Brain Injuries On The Slopes

Sonny Joel Flock waves at his friend moments before a major ski crash at Arapahoe Basin two years ago
courtesy of Sonny Joel Flock and Kyle Hoehn

1:38am

Mon February 11, 2013
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How Parents Can Learn To Tame A Testy Teenager

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 9:41 am

Brad McDonald and his 14-year-old daughter, Madalyn, are working to understand each other during her teenage years.
Courtesy of Brad McDonald

If you're the parent of a teenager, this may sound familiar: "Leave me alone! Get out of my face!" Maybe you've had a door slammed on you. And maybe you feel like all of your interactions are arguments.

Kim Abraham, a therapist in private practice in Michigan, specializes in helping teens and parents cope with anger. She also contributes regularly to the online newsletter Empowering Parents. Abraham says, for starters, don't take it personally.

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1:33am

Mon February 11, 2013
Shots - Health News

Why Even Radiologists Can Miss A Gorilla Hiding In Plain Sight

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 7:37 am

Notice anything unusual about this lung scan? Harvard researchers found that 83 percent of radiologists didn't notice the gorilla in the top right portion of this image.
Trafton Drew and Jeremy Wolfe

This story begins with a group of people who are expert at looking: the professional searchers known as radiologists.

"If you watch radiologists do what they do, [you're] absolutely convinced that they are like superhuman," says Trafton Drew, an attention researcher at Harvard Medical School.

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3:42pm

Sun February 10, 2013
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Obscure Chagas' Disease Takes Costly Toll

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 3:11 pm

Don't let the name fool you. The kissing bug, or Rhodnius prolixus, transmits the Chagas parasite when it bites someone's face.
Erwin Huebner, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada Wikimedia.org

There's been a lot of talk recently about an old malady that seems to be on the rise.

It's called Chagas' disease, and it's transmitted by the so-called kissing bug, a bloodsucking insect that bites your face and lips.

Health economists have now put a price tag on the global cost of Chagas, and the illness is taking a heavier toll than previously appreciated.

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2:44pm

Fri February 8, 2013
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Widely Used Stroke Treatment Doesn't Help Patients

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 3:09 pm

An angiogram of a 48-year- old patient after treatment for a stroke. A blockage was targeted with clot-busting drugs using a catheter.
Zephyr Science Source

It's another case of a beautiful idea colliding with some ugly facts.

The beautiful idea is the notion that clearing the blocked artery of a stroke patient with a device snaked right up to the blockage would salvage threatened brain cells and prevent a lot of disability.

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