Fewer people in the U.S. are as worried about food safety now as they were a year ago, according to the latest NPR-Thomson Reuters health poll. Those with the lowest incomes reported the most concern about the safety of the food they eat.
A food safety expert says there are a few possible explanations for a new recall of ground turkey involving the same plant and the same strain of drug resistant bacteria that led to a massive recall in August.
Children who watched the fast-paced cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants did less well on tests of attention and memory, according to new research. Children who watched a slower PBS show, and children who colored, did better. Other studies have show long-term effects from fast-paced or violent shows.
Health insurer WellPoint is signing up IBM's Watson, the mainframe computer outfitted with some nifty software to make human-like decisions in seconds. The computer will sift through medical data and patient information to make recommendations to doctors. IBM says it is Watson's first paying job.
In his work with the dying, a psychiatrist asks patients to write a formal narrative of their life — a document they can pass on to whomever they chose. He's noticed that the stories people tell about themselves as they face death are often very different than the stories they tell at other points.
There's no test for a malaria-like parasite that has sickened people after blood transfusions. A recent report of illnesses tied to donated blood demonstrates the need for an assay, an American Red Cross researcher says.
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