Health

  • 2:21pm Jun 12, 2013
    Health & Safety Health & Safety

    Fighting To Breathe: Living With COPD

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease that slowly robs sufferers of the ability to breathe. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., surpassed only by cancer and heart disease. There are treatments, but no cure for the disease.
  • Maria Smolnitcaia, 52, is a singer living on a TB ward in Balti, Moldova. Smolnitcaia says "When we take the pills, we feel worse. I'm losing my hearing a little. I feel pain in my bones, in my whole body."
    11:25am Jun 12, 2013
    World News World News Health & Safety

    Faces Of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

    New types of tuberculosis are emerging around the world that take years and thousands of dollars to cure. Patients fighting this disease are often isolated from their communities and suffer devastating drug side effects, such as permanent hearing loss and dizziness.
  • 8:20pm Jun 11, 2013
    National National Health & Safety

    Pushed Off The Job While Pregnant

    At a time when most pregnant women work, there are new efforts to keep companies from unfairly targeting employees because of a pregnancy. Allegations of pregnancy discrimination persist and have even risen in recent years despite a decades-old law against it.
  • 5:23am Jun 11, 2013
    Politics & Government Politics & Government Health & Safety

    Feds Buckle On Emergency Contraception Age Restrictions

    The administration had been trying to appeal a judge's ruling to make the morning-after birth control pill available over the counter with no age restrictions. The Justice Department said it would obey the order — sort of. The FDA may soon approve the over-the-counter sale of Plan B One Step without a prescription.
  • 3:13pm Jun 10, 2013
    Health & Safety Health & Safety

    The Promise In Unraveling The Mysteries Of Rare Diseases

    As a child, Jeannie Peeper was diagnosed with fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, an extremely rare disease that causes a second skeleton to grow inside the body. Peeper and science writer Carl Zimmer discuss the efforts of a small group to fund research to battle the disease.
  • 1:33pm Jun 07, 2013
    Science Science Health & Safety

    Whole Genome Scans Could Reveal Too Much

    When doctors run out of clues on how to treat a cancer patient, they sometimes order a scan of all the patient's genes. But such a test can turn up unexpected results, such as greater risk of another disease. When are doctors obligated to tell the patient what they know? And do patients have the right not to know?
  • 1:33pm Jun 07, 2013
    Science Science Health & Safety

    Promising Results In Early Trial of Novel MS Treatment

    Reporting in the journal Science Translational Medicine researchers say a new method for essentially resetting the immune systems of patients with multiple sclerosis appears to be safe. Study co-author Stephen D. Miller of Northwestern University, describes the novel approach tested in this small, phase 1 clinical trial and explains how it might one day also be used to treat other autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes.
  • In her latest book about Henry Molaison, Corkin tells the story of the amnesic man  she studied for a half-century, whose brain helped teach neuroscientists about the distinctions between memory and intellect.
    Basic Books
    5:03pm Jun 06, 2013
    Science Science Books Arts Health & Safety

    The Patient Who Let Us Peek Inside A Brain In 'Present Tense'

    For nearly 50 years, neuroscientist Suzanne Corkin worked with Henry Molaison, who lost most of his memory in 1953 after experimental surgery for severe seizures. Their work together taught us much of what we know today about memory, and she writes about Molaison and their work in her new book.