Health | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio


RSS Feed

Pot For Parasites? Pygmy Men Smoke Out Intestinal Worms

When it comes to reefer madness, nobody can top a group of traditional hunter-gatherers in the Congo Basin. About 70 percent of men smoke cannabis. The drug could be doing more than getting them high.

Medical Marijuana Is Often Less Potent Than Advertised

The pot brownie you bought to help your sleeping disorder may have a lot less active ingredient than promised, a study finds. And a review of other studies finds scant evidence of medical benefits.


Disputes Made Prevention Panel Stronger, Says Former Leader

Dr. Michael LeFevre, who stepped down as chairman of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in March, describes how the health law changed how the group works and communicates its findings.

Examining Race-Based Admissions Bans On Medical Schools

Researchers explored the effects of black and Latino graduation rates from medical school, following a ban on race conscious admissions policies in several states.

The VA's Broken Promise To Thousands Of Vets Exposed To Mustard Gas

When the Pentagon revealed it secretly exposed enlisted men to mustard gas during WWII, VA officials promised disability benefits. But an NPR investigation finds that most were never contacted.

Take A Hike To Do Your Heart And Spirit Good

For many Americans, an NPR poll suggests, walking is their most consistent exercise. But how much can a moderately paced walk really help your health?

Fraud Still Plagues Medicare's Prescription Drug Program

More than 1,400 pharmacies billed for questionable prescriptions last year, according to the inspector general at Health and Human Services. That includes prescriptions for commonly abused opioids.

Painfully Skinny Jeans Land A Woman In The Hospital

It turns out jeans really can be too tight. An Australian woman suffered nerve and muscle damage after wearing super-skinny jeans. She couldn't walk and was hospitalized, but has since recovered.

Will A Surgical Mask Keep You Safe In A Viral Outbreak?

When Middle East respiratory syndrome erupted in South Korea, people started wearing masks everywhere, even at weddings. So how good are these masks at stopping MERS or even the flu?

Sans Artificial: General Mills Scrambles To Reformulate Lucky Charms

The company has pledged to ditch artificial colorings and flavorings from all of its cereals by the end of 2016. But those iconic rainbow-colored marshmallow charms might take longer to revamp.