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Studies Show Evidence Of Falling Dementia Rates Abroad

The research gives a glimmer of hope about the health of aging populations. But both studies were conducted in Western Europe and may not reflect trends in the American population.

Polio Eradication Suffers A Setback As Somali Outbreak Worsens

Somalia now has the dubious distinction of having the worst polio outbreak in the world. The country had been polio-free since 2007. If this outbreak gains a foothold, health workers fear it could spread into the Middle East.

HPV Vaccination Might Help Reduce Risk Of Throat Cancers

One study finds that women who have been vaccinated against HPV are much less likely to have throat infections with the virus. Since the vaccine helps reduce risk of some cancers, scientists think it might turn out to be effective against throat cancers, too.

Tiny Rat Cocktail Parties Shed Light On Why Smokers Drink

Smoking and drinking go together like, well, smoking and drinking. A study with rats sheds light on the brain chemistry behind why smokers seem to be more likely to drink, and sometimes to drink to excess.

Doctors' Questions About Guns Spark A Constitutional Fight

Health care providers are fighting a Florida law that would ban them from asking patients about the presence of guns in the home. In an NPR poll, a third of Americans agree with those doctors, while 44 percent support such measures, despite the health risks guns carry.
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Regulating Abortion Clinics

Virginia's busiest abortion clinic closed its doors last week, unable to meet strict new rules imposed by the state. We explore how Virginia and Maryland -- where doctors, not legislators, wrote the new rules -- are handling the latest legislative skirmishes in the abortion battle.


Medicines To Fight White Plague Are Losing Their Punch

Tuberculosis was once a top killer in the U.S. The disease was such a threat that overcoming it helped lay the groundwork for modern medicine. Now the bacteria are growing resistant to many antibiotics, and some doctors worry TB could rebound.
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With Heat Peaking, Doctors Warn Residents To Watch For Water Loss

It's going to be very, very hot on Friday, and health officials are telling residents to keep drinking water.


White House Muddles Obamacare Messaging — Again

This summer was supposed to be a time for the Obama administration to reintroduce the public to the Affordable Care Act and teach people how to sign up for benefits this fall. But despite another White House speech, that's not happening. And an expert in political messaging thinks he knows why.

For A Long And Healthy Life, It Matters Where You Live

Healthy life expectancy is lowest for people in the South, a study finds. People living in the West, Northeast and Great Plains tend to be doing better. But staying healthy is about more than just geography. Healthy habits and access to good health care count, too.