Health Desk http://wuis.org en For The Children's Sake, Put Down That Smartphone http://wuis.org/post/childrens-sake-put-down-smartphone It's not just kids who are overdoing screen time. Parents are often just as guilty of spending too much time checking smartphones and e-mail — and the consequences for their children can be troubling.<p>Dr. Jenny Radesky is a pediatrician specializing in child development. When she worked at a clinic in a high-tech savvy Seattle neighborhood, Radesky started noticing how often parents ignored their kids in favor of a mobile device. She remembers a mother placing her phone in the stroller between herself and the baby. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:41:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 23419 at http://wuis.org For The Children's Sake, Put Down That Smartphone Scribes Are Back, Helping Doctors Tackle Electronic Medical Records http://wuis.org/post/scribes-are-back-helping-doctors-tackle-electronic-medical-records Like many other doctors across the country, <a href="http://bayloruptown.com/devesh-ramnath-md">Dr. Devesh Ramnath</a>, a Dallas orthopedic surgeon, recently made the switch from paper to electronic medical records. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:40:00 +0000 editor 23416 at http://wuis.org Scribes Are Back, Helping Doctors Tackle Electronic Medical Records From Empty Lots To Hospitals, New Purposes For Standard Spaces http://wuis.org/post/empty-lots-hospitals-new-purposes-standard-spaces The online magazine <em>Ozy </em>covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder <em></em>Carlos Watson joins <em>All Things Considered</em> regularly to tell us about the site's latest discoveries.<p>This week, Watson tells about a fake hospital that's testing out high- and low-tech gadgets for real medical discoveries. They also discuss a Los Angeles project seeking to transform vacant lots into parks. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:39:00 +0000 NPR Staff 23362 at http://wuis.org From Empty Lots To Hospitals, New Purposes For Standard Spaces Heroin Recovery And Redemption Where You'd Least Expect It http://wuis.org/post/heroin-recovery-and-redemption-where-youd-least-expect-it Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>What often gets lost in the new about the heroine epidemic and the rising number of fatal overdoses is how hard some addicts are trying to get clean. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:39:00 +0000 editor 23363 at http://wuis.org Extra Vaccination Push Underway In Ohio As Mumps Outbreak Spreads http://wuis.org/post/extra-vaccination-push-underway-ohio-mumps-outbreak-spreads Health officials in Columbus, Ohio, are calling the city's mumps outbreak the biggest since the development of the mumps vaccine in the 1940s.<p>Columbus generally gets an average of one case of mumps a year, but since February, there have been <a href="http://columbus.gov/Templates/Detail.aspx?id=69188">244 cases reported</a> in an outbreak that began on the Ohio State University campus. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:22:00 +0000 editor 23358 at http://wuis.org Polio Threatens To Spread Through Central Africa http://wuis.org/post/polio-threatens-spread-through-central-africa A polio outbreak in Cameroon has spread to Equatorial Guinea and threatens to move throughout Central Africa. Before the outbreak, Equatorial Guinea had been free of polio for nearly 15 years. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 23335 at http://wuis.org Mental And Physical Toll Of Bullying Persists For Decades http://wuis.org/post/mental-and-physical-toll-bullying-persists-decades What doesn't kill us only makes us stronger, right? Well, not when it comes to bullying.<p>Some may still consider bullying a harmless part of growing up, but mounting evidence suggests that the adverse effects of being bullied aren't something kids can just shake off. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Linda Poon 23329 at http://wuis.org Mental And Physical Toll Of Bullying Persists For Decades Fake Morning-After Pills Found In Peru May Hint At Bigger Problem http://wuis.org/post/fake-morning-after-pills-found-peru-may-hint-bigger-problem A survey of emergency contraceptives in Lima, Peru, turned up worrying results: More than a quarter were either counterfeit or defective.<p>Some of the <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a610021.html">morning-after pills</a> tested contained too little of the active ingredient, or none at all. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:27:25 +0000 Maanvi Singh 23324 at http://wuis.org Fake Morning-After Pills Found In Peru May Hint At Bigger Problem One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures http://wuis.org/post/one-scientists-quest-vanquish-epileptic-seizures In the early 1990s, a young brain researcher named <a href="http://www.anatomy.uci.edu/solteszres.html">Ivan Soltesz</a> heard a story that would shape his career.<p>His adviser told him about a school for children whose epileptic seizures were so severe and frequent that they had to wear helmets to prevent head injuries. The only exception to the helmet rule was for students who received an award.<p>"The big deal for them is that they can take the helmet off while they're walking across the stage," Soltesz says. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 23314 at http://wuis.org One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures Pot Smoke And Mirrors: Vaporizer Pens Hide Marijuana Use http://wuis.org/post/pot-smoke-and-mirrors-vaporizer-pens-hide-marijuana-use It's a sunny afternoon at Kelly's Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, and Nikki Esquibel is getting stoned. But you wouldn't know it.<p>The 19-year-old, who has a medical prescription for marijuana, is "smoking" pot with a handheld vaporizer, or a vape pen. It's sleek, black, and virtually indistinguishable from a high-end e-cigarette.<p>That's the point, says Esquibel. "I use it mostly around my neighborhood. It's easy to hide." The vapor coming from the device doesn't even have much of an odor.<p>Discretion, it turns out, makes for good money. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:46:00 +0000 editor 23281 at http://wuis.org Pot Smoke And Mirrors: Vaporizer Pens Hide Marijuana Use Why Mumps And Measles Can Spread Even When We're Vaccinated http://wuis.org/post/why-mumps-and-measles-can-spread-even-when-were-vaccinated More than two months ago, a nasty <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/mumps/downloads/dis-mumps-color-office.pdf">mumps virus</a> triggered fever, headache and painfully swollen glands among a handful of students at Ohio State University. Now the outbreak has ballooned to 234 cases at last count, and has spilled into the surrounding community in Columbus, Ohio.<p>"Columbus officials are calling it the city's biggest outbreak since the development of the mumps vaccine in the 1940s," WOSU reporter Steve Brown tells Shots. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:05:00 +0000 editor 23258 at http://wuis.org Why Mumps And Measles Can Spread Even When We're Vaccinated Updated Obamacare Enrollment Exceeds Estimates http://wuis.org/post/updated-obamacare-enrollment-exceeds-estimates Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>After that agreement was reached yesterday, President Obama sounded pretty skeptical that it would actually ease tensions in Ukraine.<p>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: My hope is that we actually do see follow-through over the next several days. But I don't think, given past performance, that we can count on that.<p>MCEVERS: Ukraine was one of the big topics in the president's White House press conference yesterday afternoon. He also made some news, and faced questions on the Affordable Care Act. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:18:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 23251 at http://wuis.org When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job http://wuis.org/post/when-being-pregnant-also-means-being-out-job The workplace has become a more understanding place for pregnant women or new moms these days. Many companies now have lactation rooms and offer more liberal maternity and paternity leave policies than in years past.<p>But for some women, pregnancy can still be a career liability.<p>Heather Myers was fresh out of high school and working at a Wal-Mart in Salina, Kan., in 2006 when she found out she was pregnant. She kept a water bottle with her on the sales floor, as her doctor recommended. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 23231 at http://wuis.org When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job Following Enrollment Deadline, Health Care Focus Turns To States http://wuis.org/post/following-enrollment-deadline-health-care-focus-turns-states President Obama met Thursday with insurance company executives and a separate group of insurance regulators from the states, discussing their mutual interest in administering the new health care law. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 23229 at http://wuis.org Obama: Affordable Care Act Enrollment Hits 8 Million http://wuis.org/post/obama-affordable-care-act-enrollment-hits-8-million President Obama says that enrollment under the Affordable Care Act has reached 8 million after the March 31 sign-up deadline was extended by two weeks.<p>"This thing is working," he told reporters at a White House briefing on Thursday.<p>The president said that 35 percent of those signing up through the federal government's website were under the age of 35. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 23230 at http://wuis.org Obama: Affordable Care Act Enrollment Hits 8 Million Got A Hobby? Might Be A Smart Professional Move http://wuis.org/post/could-those-weekend-pottery-classes-help-you-get-promoted-work Maybe you paint, keep a journal or knit. Or maybe you play bass in a punk rock band.<p>Whatever hobby you have, keep at it. A little study published this week suggests that having a creative outlet outside the office might help people perform better at work.<p>Psychologists from San Francisco State University found that the more people engaged in their hobbies, the more likely they were to come up with creative solutions to problems on the job. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:46:00 +0000 editor 23215 at http://wuis.org Got A Hobby? Might Be A Smart Professional Move First Embryonic Stem Cells Cloned From A Man's Skin http://wuis.org/post/first-embryonic-stem-cells-cloned-mans-skin Eighteen years ago, scientists in Scotland took the nuclear DNA from the cell of an adult sheep and put it into another sheep's egg cell that had been emptied of its own nucleus. The resulting egg was implanted in the womb of a third sheep, and the result was Dolly, the first clone of a mammal.<p>Dolly's birth set off a huge outpouring of ethical concern — along with hope that the same techniques, applied to human cells, could be used to treat myriad diseases.<p>But Dolly's birth also triggered years of frustration. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:14:00 +0000 Richard Harris 23211 at http://wuis.org First Embryonic Stem Cells Cloned From A Man's Skin 'Why Am I Dead?' He Never Asked. Here's The Answer He Never Heard http://wuis.org/post/why-am-i-dead-he-never-asked-heres-answer-he-never-heard Shara Yurkiewicz is a med student. She's doing rounds now, moving from department to department. Much of what she sees, she's seeing for the first time. Not yet a doctor, there are moments, many moments when she has the eyes of a patient. She gets scared. She feels helpless. She's too involved. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:57:00 +0000 Robert Krulwich 23207 at http://wuis.org 'Why Am I Dead?' He Never Asked. Here's The Answer He Never Heard 'Miserable' Doctors Prescribe A Different Career http://wuis.org/post/miserable-doctors-prescribe-different-career Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. It used to be that doctor was a profession many people aspired to - it brought prestige, money of course, a sense of purpose, bragging rights for your parents. But now a growing number of physicians say it's not really all it's cracked up to be.<p>The Daily Beast recently reported that many doctors are discouraging others from joining the profession. There are still doctors out there who are happy with their choice, though. So here to talk about it is Dr. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:49:00 +0000 editor 23196 at http://wuis.org Why Did Vanity Fair Give 'Belfies' A Stamp Of Approval? http://wuis.org/post/why-did-vanity-fair-give-belfies-stamp-approval "Selfie" may have been the 2013 word of the year. But "belfies," or "butt selfies" are now in the spotlight. We learn more about why they earned a fitness model a spread in Vanity Fair magazine. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:49:00 +0000 editor 23195 at http://wuis.org Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa http://wuis.org/post/polio-hits-equatorial-guinea-threatens-central-africa Health officials are worried.<p>After being free of polio for nearly 15 years, Equatorial Guinea has <a href="http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx">reported</a> two cases of the disease.<p>The children paralyzed are in two distant parts of the country. So the virus may have spread widely across the small nation.<p>The outbreak is dangerous, in part, because Equatorial Guinea has the worst polio vaccination rate in the world: 39 percent. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 23173 at http://wuis.org Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa Unmet Needs: Living With Mental Illness In Central Illinois http://wuis.org/post/unmet-needs-living-mental-illness-central-illinois <p><span itemprop="articleBody">According to federal labor statistics, there are more psychiatrists working in Illinois than most states, with the bulk of that service concentrated in the Chicagoland area. But mental health providers say there are major gaps in service across Illinois, especially downstate.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span itemprop="articleBody">Zach Medlyn, 27, of Champaign did not start hearing the voices until about seven years ago, when he was a student at the University of Illinois.</span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:07:45 +0000 Sean Powers 23165 at http://wuis.org Unmet Needs: Living With Mental Illness In Central Illinois "Making Sense Of Obamacare" Lecture At UIS http://wuis.org/post/making-sense-obamacare-lecture-uis <p>Ted Marmor has studied the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.&nbsp; The author and Professor Emeritus at Yale sees both good and bad with the new law.</p><p>"My overall view is simple. That it's a very confusing piece of legislation, not very well explained," he said.</p><p>"It perpetuates the cost and complexity of American medical care. But it makes some improvement in the availability of health insurance and the protection of some Americans from being devastated by expensive hospital stays and expensive pharmaceutical treatment."</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:40:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 22853 at http://wuis.org "Making Sense Of Obamacare" Lecture At UIS Why My Wife Didn't Choose A Double Mastectomy http://wuis.org/post/why-my-wife-didnt-choose-double-mastectomy Yet another entertainment figure has gone public with her decision to have a double mastectomy after a breast cancer diagnosis. Samantha Harris is the latest in a series of entertainers who've decided on that surgery as treatment for the disease.<p>Harris, a 40-year-old mother of two and <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/dwts-host-samantha-harris-double-mastectomy/story?id=23253831">former co-host</a> of <em>Dancing with the Stars,</em> said she chose this procedure after consulting with three specialists. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:03:00 +0000 editor 22679 at http://wuis.org Medicare Pulls Back The Curtain On How Much It Pays Doctors http://wuis.org/post/first-time-medicare-reveals-how-much-it-pays-doctors Medicare's release Wednesday of records of millions of payments made to the nation's doctors comes as the government is looking to find more cost-efficient ways to pay physicians, particularly specialists.<p>The federal government published data tracing the $77 billion that Medicare paid to physicians, drug-testing companies and other medical practitioners throughout 2012, and the services they were being reimbursed for.<p>The data cover 888,000 different practitioners. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 editor 22655 at http://wuis.org Medicare Pulls Back The Curtain On How Much It Pays Doctors Gut-Eating Amoeba Caught On Film http://wuis.org/post/gut-eating-amoeba-caught-film Most of us have heard of the brain-eating amoeba. You know, the little guy that crops up in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/12/19/143960631/second-neti-pot-death-from-amoeba-prompts-tap-water-warning">neti pots</a> and backyard swimming holes every now and then.<p>Now let me introduce you to its cousin: the gut-eating amoeba.<p>This nasty critter can wreak havoc in your intestinal tract and cause a dreadful case of food poisoning that may last months or years.<p>Now scientists have figured out how this amoeba makes us sick. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:28:00 +0000 editor 22652 at http://wuis.org Gut-Eating Amoeba Caught On Film Seniors Find Connection, Support In Technology http://wuis.org/post/seniors-find-connection-support-technology Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Now we'd like to talk about seniors and technology. And when I say that, what comes to mind? Is it you helping grandma figure out how to Skype or is it the savvy grandma of all those TV commercials of late who tweet and blog about what's going on?<p>Well, a new study by the Pew Research Center's Internet Project debunks some of the myths and gives us a glimpse into just how older adults are using technology in their lives. Aaron Smith is a senior researcher with the Pew Center's Internet and American Life Project. And he's with us now in Washington, D.C. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:54:00 +0000 editor 22639 at http://wuis.org WHO Calls For High-Priced Drugs For Millions With Hepatitis C http://wuis.org/post/who-calls-high-priced-drugs-millions-hepatitis-c Authors of the first-ever global guidelines for treating hepatitis C went big Tuesday, advocating for worldwide use of two of the most expensive specialty drugs in the world.<p>The <a href="http://www.who.int/hiv/pub/hepatitis/hepatitis-c-guidelines/en/">new guidelines</a> from the World Health Organization give strong endorsement to the two newest drugs. Gilead Sciences' Sovaldi costs $1,000 per pill, or $84,000 for a 12-week course of treatment. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:11:00 +0000 Richard Knox 22629 at http://wuis.org WHO Calls For High-Priced Drugs For Millions With Hepatitis C Dose Of Caution Prescribed When Evaluating New Medicare Data http://wuis.org/post/dose-caution-prescribed-when-evaluating-new-medicare-data The headlines about one of Wednesday's big stories — the release of data from 2012 about Medicare payment to doctors around the nation — are certainly serious sounding:<p>-- "Sliver of Medicare Doctors Get Big Share of Payouts." (<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/09/business/sliver-of-medicare-doctors-get-big-share-of-payouts.html?_r=0" target="_blank"><em>The New York Times</em></a>)<p>-- "Small Slice of Doctors Account for Big Chunk of Medicare Costs." (<a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303456104579490043350808268?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:55:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 22623 at http://wuis.org Dose Of Caution Prescribed When Evaluating New Medicare Data Calif. Medical Center Offers Cure To Indigenous Language Barrier http://wuis.org/post/calif-medical-center-offers-cure-indigenous-language-barrier Immigrants from Mexico don't always speak Spanish. Instead they speak indigenous languages. That's created huge communications problems but a hospital in Salinas has found a solution. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:18:00 +0000 editor 22612 at http://wuis.org