More than half the residents of Marin County, a suburb of San Francisco, hold at least a bachelor’s degree, giving the county one of the highest education attainment rates in the United States. But it’s also where, according to a 2015 study by Kaiser Permanente, roughly one in five children under the age of 36 months had not […]Continue Reading ...
Acute flaccid myelitis, a rare childhood condition in which paralysis occurs as a complication of certain viral infections, is back in the news. The disease, often described as “polio-like,” began cropping up in small clusters across North America in 2012, and has recurred in alternating years ever since. Stanford pediatric neurologist Keith Van Haren, MD, […]Continue Reading ...
On this page: It helps the doctor—and you—if he or she knows about the non-medical parts of your life. Where you live, how you get around, and what activities are important to you—these are all things that can make a difference in decisions about your health care. The following are some examples of practical matters […]Continue Reading ...
Spanish-speaking women encounter unique challenges when receiving notifications regarding their mammogram results and breast density. The findings, which appear in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, are an example of the unintended consequences some new health policies can have on specific populations. Providing health information to those with limited English proficiency has challenged the health […]Continue Reading ...
Talking to Your Kids About STDs It is important for parents to talk to their kids and teens about STDs (sexually transmitted diseases). Your kids need to understand how STDs spread and how to protect themselves. What Are STDs? STDs (also called sexually transmitted infections, or STIs) are infections that spread through sex (vaginal, oral, […]Continue Reading ...
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 — With sales of electronic cigarettes skyrocketing, Americans remain divided on whether the devices are a boon or a threat to public health. That’s the main finding of a new HealthDay/Harris Poll that surveyed over 2,000 adults on their e-cigarette views. Vaping has long been promoted as a way to help […]Continue Reading ...
Does a new medicine or diagnostic test work? Is it safe? Should the government approve it and insurers pay for it? The answers are not as straightforward as they may seem – and the reasons are the subject of a new book by Karen J. Maschke, a research scholar at The Hastings Center, and Michael […]Continue Reading ...
A new study from the University of Missouri School of Medicine reveals an increasing number of women are learning about their breast cancer diagnosis over the phone. It’s a finding that has prompted the MU School of Medicine to develop new training methods to better prepare future physicians to deliver negative news without being face-to-face […]Continue Reading ...
Recently, cases of a poliolike illness have been back in the news. Acute flaccid myelitis, a rare complication from certain viral infections, causes paralysis in one or more limbs and strikes mostly children. Keith Van Haren, MD, assistant professor of neurology and neurological sciences at the School of Medicine, has studied the condition and written […]Continue Reading ...
A basic plan can help you make the most of your appointment whether you are starting with a new doctor or continuing with the doctor you’ve seen for years. The following tips will make it easier for you and your doctor to cover everything you need to talk about. List and Prioritize Your Concerns Make […]Continue Reading ...
Last year, Stanford developmental psychologist Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, who studies how adolescents make health-related decisions, received a piece of research advice from someone with firsthand knowledge of teenagers’ behavior. Her daughter Karin Felsher, then 17, tipped off Halpern-Felsher about a vaping device called Juul that she was seeing many of her high school classmates use. […]Continue Reading ...
Oct 12 2018 Health risks make up over half of parents’ concerns about taking babies swimming in public pools, according to survey findings. The baby might pick up a bug 25.5% Chlorine may irritate the baby’s skin 22.7% Having a nappy accident in the pool 19.9% The baby will be too cold 18.8% The baby […]Continue Reading ...
For the first time, scientists have been able to image brain activity when people change their short-term beliefs, and to relate this brain activity to dopamine function in humans. UK scientists monitored brain activity when people changed simple beliefs about the causes of their perceptions, but the results may have important implications for understanding how […]Continue Reading ...
“Cherry Blossom,” a 39-year-old woman worked as a hotel breakfast bar hostess around the start of the “Great Recession.” She lost her job, and three years later she was being interviewed to assess her struggles with her unemployment. She talked about her empty refrigerator. A study by University of Missouri researchers that began as a […]Continue Reading ...
Many patients want more information on the medicines they’re prescribed and greater say in the brands they use, the first major study of the burden of long-term medicine use has concluded. University of Kent pharmacy expert Professor Janet Krska carried out research into what makes long-term medicine use burdensome for patients and found that those […]Continue Reading ...
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