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2:32pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Shots - Health News

Doctors Face Ethical Issues In Benching Kids With Concussions

If parents won't bench a child after a concussion, is it OK for the doctor to tell the coach?
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Doctors have gotten much better at diagnosing and treating sports-related concussions, which is a good thing since Americans suffer up to 4 million sports-related concussions a year.

But we're not so good at is following their advice.

Student athletes and parents sometimes balk at doctors' recommendations to avoid play until concussion symptoms are gone, or to cut back on schoolwork. Both have been shown to speed recovery, and getting another hit on a vulnerable brain increases the risk of long-term problems.

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1:27pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Shots - Health News

Why HIV Spreads Less Easily In Heterosexual Couples

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 5:07 pm

HIV particles (red) invade a human immune cell. When HIV is transmitted through sex, only the strongest versions of the virus establish long-term infection.
Chris Bjornberg/ScienceSource

HIV is sexist.

A woman is twice as likely to catch the virus from an infected partner in a heterosexual relationship than a man is.

And homosexual men are at even greater risk. They're more than 20 times as likely to get infected from an HIV-positive partner than partners in a heterosexual relationship.

Now scientists at Microsoft Research and the Zambia-Emory HIV Project have a clue about why these disparities exist.

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11:44am

Thu July 10, 2014
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Why We Published A Photo Of A 16-Year-Old In A Diaper

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 8:25 am

James Lee often has to pick up his 100-pound son, Justin. Photographer Andrew Nixon shot this photo in an effort to show how being caregivers affects the aging parents.
Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio

The series on family caregivers that NPR ran over the Fourth of July weekend sparked an extraordinary response, with tens of thousands of comments and likes on Facebook and NPR.org.

Many people responded to the intimate photographs of families caring for sick or disabled parents, siblings and children.

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8:10am

Thu July 10, 2014
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Math Nerd Or Bookworm? Many Of The Same Genes Shape Both Abilities

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 11:23 am

A study of twins shows why being a good reader and a good math student may go hand in hand.
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Many of us tend to align ourselves with either numbers or words. We're either math brains or we're reading brains.

In college, my fellow English majors joked about how none of us could long-divide to save our lives, while our friends in engineering groaned about the fact that Lit 101 was a graduation requirement.

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1:27am

Thu July 10, 2014
Shots - Health News

Bingeing On Bad News Can Fuel Daily Stress

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 1:34 pm

Katherine Streeter for NPR

If you're feeling stressed these days, the news media may be partly to blame.

At least that's the suggestion of a national survey conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.

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