Health

7:02am

Mon September 10, 2012
Health

Colorado Lives Depend On Volunteers With Varied Training

The Deputy Chief's fire helmet sits outside of Station 1 of the Clear Creek Fire Authority in Dumont, Colo. Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2012
Tristan Spinski Colorado Public News
  • Carol McKinley reporting for Colorado Public News

1:27am

Mon September 10, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Doctors Take Aim At Epidemic Kidney Stones With Lasers

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 3:17 am

Henry Owens, a 69-year-old retired lawyer from Cape Cod, suffered a kidney stone attack last month. His doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital used a laser to break up the stone.
Richard Knox NPR

The nation is in the midst of a kidney stone epidemic.

New research shows 1 in 10 American men and 1 in 14 women has had one. And prevalence of kidney stones has shot up in recent years.

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6:16am

Sat September 8, 2012
Health

What To Do In Case Of A Zombie Apocalypse

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Now to an odd potential problem here.

(SOUNDBITE OF THEME FROM "THE WALKING DEAD")

SIMON: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging all Americans to...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Prepare for the zombie apocalypse.

SIMON: At least a zombie visit. They even put a to-do list on their "Public Health Matters" blog. The guidelines don't much resemble the rules of survival in the movie "Zombieland."

(SOUNDBITE OF THE MOVIE, "ZOMBIELAND")

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2:55pm

Fri September 7, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

How Broken Is The U.S. Health Care System? Let's Count The Ways

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 10:29 am

Complaints about disorganized health care are rampant.
IOM

Just about everybody who's ever needed health care in this country has seen firsthand the problems that make our system inefficient, costly and often downright unsatisfying.

The nonpartisan Institute of Medicine just put out a 450-page report about the problems along with some ideas for improvements.

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8:14am

Fri September 7, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

X-Ray Tests May Heighten Cancer Risk In Susceptible Women

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 10:53 am

Mammograms may pose a particular risk to women with genetic mutations that predispose them to breast cancer.
Bill Branson National Cancer Institute

Researchers report that women with genetic mutations that put them at dramatically increased risk of developing breast cancer may also face a heightened risk from radiation used during medical screening and diagnosis.

The imaging tools that help doctors identify disease, injury or damage to the body have long been known to carry some risk of cancer, in large part because ionizing radiation can damage the genetic material in the body.

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