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10:20am

Tue September 16, 2014
Shots - Health News

Farewell, Heating Pad: Physical Therapists Say It Doesn't Help

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 6:56 am

The physical therapist will advise, but you're going to have to do the work.
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I have fond memories of listening to NPR while lounging at the physical therapist's with a heating pad on my shoulder. Don't do that, the nation's physical therapists' association says.

Heat therapy, electrical stimulation, ultrasound and other "passive physical agents" almost never help, according to a list released Monday by the Choosing Wisely campaign. Instead, they siphon time and money away from what you really want from a physical therapist — an exercise program that will restore strength and mobility.

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9:20am

Tue September 16, 2014
Shots - Health News

Health Law Tempers States' Insurance Mandates

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 1:05 pm

Is that health service covered?
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For decades, states have set rules for health coverage through mandates. These laws require insurers to cover specific types of medical care or services.

The Affordable Care Act aims to curb this piecemeal approach to coverage by establishing minimum standards for insurance coverage in individual and small group plans nationwide and requiring states to pay for mandates that go beyond them.

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1:38am

Tue September 16, 2014
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Too Few University Jobs For America's Young Scientists

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 2:23 pm

Victoria Ruiz (left), a postdoctoral fellow in immunology, works with Brianna Delgado, a high school student that she mentors, at the Blaser Lab, inside NYU's Langone Medical Center in New York, NY.
Ramsay de Give for NPR

Imagine a job where about half of all the work is being done by people who are in training. That's, in fact, what happens in the world of biological and medical research.

In the United States, more than 40,000 temporary employees known as postdoctoral research fellows are doing science at a bargain price. And most postdocs are being trained for jobs that don't actually exist.

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2:28pm

Mon September 15, 2014
Shots - Health News

Key Brain Connection Slow To Develop In Kids With ADHD

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 6:57 am

Maps of connections in the brain are helping researchers better understand attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Courtesy of Chandra Sripada/University of Michigan

Scientists analyzing data from a map of connections inside the human brain have gained new insights into the development of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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12:53pm

Mon September 15, 2014
Health

Colorado Health Centers Get $5 Million To Serve Needy Patients

A sign directs patients in both English and Spanish at Sunrise Community Health Center
Erin O'Toole KUNC

Nearly all of Colorado’s community health centers are receiving federal funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The $4.7 million will help expand primary care services for low-income patients at 16 health centers across the state.

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