Health

3:55pm

Thu May 17, 2012
The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers

Pennsylvania Doctors Worry Over Fracking 'Gag Rule'

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 5:30 pm

Plastic surgeon Amy Pare says it's important for doctors to know what kind of substances patients she's treating might have been exposed to.
Susan Philips WHYY

From WHYY

A new law in Pennsylvania has doctors nervous.

The law grants physicians access to information about trade-secret chemicals used in natural gas drilling. Doctors say they need to know what's in those formulas in order to treat patients who may have been exposed to the chemicals.

But the new law also says that doctors can't tell anyone else — not even other doctors — what's in those formulas. It's being called the "doctor gag rule."

'I Don't Know If It's Due To Exposure'

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12:58pm

Thu May 17, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

For Athletes, Dealing With Pain May Be A Big Gain

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 4:19 pm

If you run more, you may hurt less.
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Ever wonder why some people can run a 50-mile ultramarathon while for others even the thought of such endurance sports borders on torture?

Exceptional physical fitness, of course, sets the ultramarathoners apart from the rest of us. But scientists say what might be more important is athletes' excellent ability — both psychologically and physically — to cope with pain.

It turns out that most athletes' high tolerance for pain while exercising may also help them deal with it when they're at rest.

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8:47am

Thu May 17, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Embattled Hospital Debt Collector Taps Politicians For Defense

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson announces a lawsuit against Accretive Health in Jan., saying the company failed to protect the confidentiality of health care records for thousands of Minnesota residents. The charges have widened to include the company's tactics in collecting debts.
Jim Mone AP

8:23am

Thu May 17, 2012
The Salt

How To Make Healthy Eating Easier On The Wallet? Change The Calculation

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 5:56 pm

Dried beans and legumes are healthy and cheap.
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If you're already a kale and lentils kind of person (we know there are a lot of frugal foodies out there) — you won't be surprised by this finding: According to a new study from some economists at the USDA, eating a healthy diet isn't necessarily more expensive than a diet loaded with sugar and fat. In fact, fruits and vegetables are often cheaper when you calculate the cost in a smarter way.

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1:30am

Thu May 17, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Alaska Targets An Old Foe: Tuberculosis

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 6:36 am

Dr. Michael Cooper
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

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