Medical Treatments

  • 4:29pm Mar 12, 2013
    Health & Safety Health & Safety

    A Clinical Dilemma: Recommending Pot To Patients

    Eighteen states have legalized the medical use of marijuana. As state laws change, physicians face new decisions about whether or not to recommend pot. Doctors have varying views on its therapeutic effects, as well as the ethical and legal ramifications.
  • These drawings by Santiago Ramon y Cajal, published in 1899, show cortex neurons.
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    6:13pm Mar 07, 2013
    Science Science Health & Safety

    To Make Mice Smarter, Add A Few Human Brain Cells

    For more than a century, neurons have been the superstars of the brain. Now researchers say that when they placed human versions of another type of brain cell into mice brains, the mice grew up to be faster learners. This supports the hypothesis that these glial cells — and not just better-known neurons — play an important role in learning.
  • 2:30pm Mar 07, 2013
    Health & Safety Health & Safety

    How To Track And Attack A Superbug

    Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, held a press conference Tuesday to announce the need to "sound an alarm" on the advance of CRE, a highly drug-resistant bacteria. CRE and other superbugs are found mostly in hospitals and long-term care facilities.
  • With a proper balance of medication and therapy, some people diagnosed with mental illness can succeed in the workplace.
    6:04pm Feb 28, 2013
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    Balancing Work, Medication And Mental Illness

    After Elyn Saks was diagnosed with schizophrenia, she thought she'd never be able to hold a job. Saks explains how she went on to become a law professor at the University of Southern California. Dr. Richard Friedman, of Weill Cornell Medical College, discusses balancing work and mental illness.
  • 6:40pm Feb 25, 2013
    Science Science Health & Safety

    Pediatricians Urged To Treat Ear Infections More Cautiously

    The new guidelines for treating childhood ear infections are intended to reduce unnecessary antibiotics use. They say doctors should look at the eardrum to make sure a child really has an ear infection, instead of relying on symptoms. And if the child doesn't have severe symptoms, see if the ear gets better on its own.
  • Plan B is one of two emergency contraceptives available in the U.S.
    4:51pm Feb 22, 2013
    National National Science Health & Safety

    Morning-After Pills Don't Cause Abortion, Studies Say

    Emergency contraceptives like Plan B and ella are effective at preventing pregnancy after unprotected sex. Claims that the pills are tantamount to abortion, however, aren't supported by science, say researchers. The only way the drugs work is by stopping a woman's body from ovulating.
  • Dr. Sam Parnia researches the experiences of cardiac arrest patients who are brought back to life.
    2:39pm Feb 21, 2013
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    'Erasing Death' Explores The Science Of Resuscitation

    Dr. Sam Parnia researches the experiences of cardiac arrest patients in the time between when their hearts stop and when they are brought back to life. Parnia thinks of these experiences as actual-death experiences as opposed to near-death experiences.
  • Perch exposed to the anxiety drug oxazepam were more daring and ate more quickly than fish that lived in drug-free water.
    Courtesy of Bent Christensen
    5:40pm Feb 14, 2013
    Science Science Health & Safety

    Traces Of Anxiety Drugs May Make Fish Act Funny

    Small amounts of the drugs that people take end up in wastewater and then in streams and rivers. It's usually not enough to harm the health of humans who swim in or drink the water. But there is growing evidence that pharmaceuticals in wastewater may affect wildlife.
  • A worker makes a cut in the side of a sandstone block at the Cleveland Quarries facility in Vermilion, Ohio, earlier this month. The legal limit on the amount of silica that workers can inhale was set decades ago.
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    3:07pm Feb 07, 2013
    National National Science Health & Safety

    Silica Rule Changes Delayed While Workers Face Health Risks

    Regulations to restrict the amount of silica dust that workers can inhale were set decades ago, and workplace safety experts say that limit needs to be cut in half. A proposal for new rules was sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget for a 90-day review, but almost two years later, it's still under review.