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How Risk Affects The Way People Think About Their Health

Researchers found by telling people the risk of HIV is lower than they thought, they get people to act in safer ways. But when people think the risk is very high, they sometimes act less responsibly.

Studies Link Cancer Patients' Survival Time To Insurance Status

Research on patients with testicular cancer and on others fighting a brain malignancy finds that people who are privately insured are more likely to be diagnosed earlier and survive longer.

Military Bases Serve As Safe Haven For Endangered Species

Military bases turn out to be a haven for endangered species. A decision long ago by the military that working with conservationists was a better strategy than fighting them is one of the reasons why.

Don't Kiss That Kitty: Cat-Scratch Fever Is Making People Sicker

Doctors have long thought that cat-scratch fever is no big deal, but an analysis finds that more people are getting sicker from it. Small children are especially at risk, as are people in the South.
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The Story Behind The Rise Of ADHD In The United States

An investigative journalist traces the widespread misdiagnosis of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder in the United States.


Outdated FEMA Flood Maps Don't Account For Climate Change

Flood managers suspect August's big rainstorms and floods in Louisiana are becoming more common there and elsewhere because of climate change. One clue: Much of the damage was beyond the flood plain.

Yes, It Is Possible To Get Your Flu Shot Too Soon

The vaccine is already showing up in drugstores, but maybe wait until Halloween to get the shot, doctors say, especially if you're over 65 and want to be protected against flu this winter.

Epic Climate Cartoon Goes Viral, But It Has One Key Problem

People talk a lot about the warming of the Earth by a few degrees. Now a cartoon shows you what it looks like.

Sugar Shocked? The Rest Of Food Industry Pays For Lots Of Research, Too

A recent study revealed the sugar industry's efforts 50 years ago to shape medical opinion on how sugar affects health. But today, scores of companies continue to fund food and nutrition studies.

Want A BRCA Test? Some Insurers Require Genetic Counseling First

Doctors worry that requiring patients to see a separate genetic counselor will keep them from getting tested for mutations that significantly increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.