Health | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio


RSS Feed

Chinese Teen Sells Kidney For iPad And iPhone

An iPhone and iPad were worth more to a Chinese teenager than his kidney, according to a report Friday from China's Xinhua news agency. Now five people in southern China face charges of illegal organ trading.

FDA's Stance On Online Pharmacies May Go Too Far, Study Says

The agency has long warned Americans about the dangers of buying medicines online from unverified foreign pharmacies. But an economic analysis suggests that while there's good reason for the safety warnings, not all foreign pharmacies should be lumped together.

Indian Engineers Build A Stronger Society With School Lunch Program

The program, which is run by engineers, currently feeds 1.3 million children, making it one of the largest school lunch programs in the world. The program is so cost-effective it's become a Harvard Business School case study.

Doctor Blazed Trails For Women In Medicine

Dr. Leila Denmark worked as a pediatrician in Georgia for 73 years until she retired at the age of 103. She died this week at age 114.

Spotting Dyslexia May Be Possible Even Before Kids Learn To Read

Children with dyslexia have problems with visual attention in kindergarten, according to new research. This could lead to helping children with dyslexia long before they learn to read.

No Need For The Knife? Antibiotics May Suffice In Some Appendicitis Cases

A team of researchers in the U.K. say antibiotics might be an effective alternative in uncomplicated cases of acute appendicitis. But there's concern that symptoms may show up later.
WAMU 88.5

Cutting Back on Unnecessary Medical Tests and Procedures

A number of medical and consumer groups make the case less is better: a new effort to encourage doctors and hospitals to cut back on routine medical tests.