medicine http://wnpr.org en Head Scientist At CDC Weighs Costs Of Recent Lab Safety Breaches http://wnpr.org/post/head-scientist-cdc-weighs-costs-recent-lab-safety-breaches The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is on the hot seat.<p>It all started in mid-June, when the CDC <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/19/323729906/cdc-says-dozens-of-workers-could-have-been-exposed-to-anthrax">announced</a> that dozens of its scientists might have accidentally been exposed to anthrax.<p>Since then, a number of other security risks in and via national laboratories have come to light: Ordinary flu virus was unknowingly contaminated with the deadly <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/11/330725773/feds-tighten-lab-security- Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:36:00 +0000 editor 25496 at http://wnpr.org Head Scientist At CDC Weighs Costs Of Recent Lab Safety Breaches Medical Marijuana to Become Available Later This Summer http://wnpr.org/post/medical-marijuana-become-available-later-summer <p>Later this summer, medical marijuana will become legally available to patients in Connecticut.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:17:52 +0000 Diane Orson 25331 at http://wnpr.org Medical Marijuana to Become Available Later This Summer Why A Spoonful Of Medicine Can Be A Big Safety Risk For Kids http://wnpr.org/post/why-spoonful-medicine-can-be-big-safety-risk-kids We've all done it. The bottle of Pepto-Bismol says to take two tablespoons, so you grab the nearest spoon from the silverware drawer and drink down two of those. It's probably pretty close, right?<p>Maybe not. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:36:33 +0000 Kara Manke 25269 at http://wnpr.org Why A Spoonful Of Medicine Can Be A Big Safety Risk For Kids Connecticut Prepares for Sale of Medical Marijuana http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-prepares-sale-medical-marijuana <p>Approved patients will soon be able to obtain medical marijuana…legally. The marijuana producers who were approved by the state earlier this year will start to get their product out to dispensaries later this summer.</p><p>We talk with Commissioner William Rubenstein from the Department of Consumer Protection about the state’s medical marijuana program.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 25237 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Prepares for Sale of Medical Marijuana Forum Explores Innovation as a Way to Improve Nation's Health Care System http://wnpr.org/post/forum-explores-innovation-way-improve-nations-health-care-system <p>Connecticut Congressman John Larson sponsored a health care forum on Monday at the legislative office building in Hartford.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>"Improving Our Health Care System Through Science and Innovation" was a chance for a panel of prominent health care leaders to tout how innovations in their area of expertise are saving lives and pulling down the cost of health care.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:48:18 +0000 Ray Hardman 24980 at http://wnpr.org Forum Explores Innovation as a Way to Improve Nation's Health Care System ADHD and Managing Emotions http://wnpr.org/post/adhd-and-managing-emotions-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We focus this hour on one of the nation's most respected clinicians and researchers working with teens and adults who have ADHD. Dr. Thomas E. Brown is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, and Associate Director of the Yale Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders. (There is sometimes a link between ADHD and autism.)</span></p><p>Dr. Brown's new book, <em>Smart but Stuck</em>, looks at how managing emotions plays a key role in the lives of those with ADHD, including those who have high I.Q. scores.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:51:57 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 24840 at http://wnpr.org ADHD and Managing Emotions Low-Dose Aspirin May Reduce Risk of Some Cancers http://wnpr.org/post/low-dose-aspirin-may-reduce-risk-some-cancers <p>What if an aspirin a day could keep cancer away?&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">A growing body of scientific research suggests that aspirin can prevent some cancers of the digestive system, and maybe even breast and prostate, too.</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:54:46 +0000 Karen Weintraub 24345 at http://wnpr.org Low-Dose Aspirin May Reduce Risk of Some Cancers Pharmacists to Play Key Role Dispensing Medical Marijuana in Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/pharmacists-play-key-role-dispensing-medical-marijuana-connecticut <p>About 200 pharmacists and physicians gathered on Wednesday in Southington for the first Medical Cannabis Symposium in Connecticut.</p><p>Connecticut is only the state in the country with legalized medical marijuana laws that requires an on-site pharmacist to dispense the drug.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:05:19 +0000 Diane Orson 24251 at http://wnpr.org Pharmacists to Play Key Role Dispensing Medical Marijuana in Connecticut Once Thought to Be Caused By Demons, What Do We Know About Epilepsy Today? http://wnpr.org/post/once-thought-be-caused-demons-what-do-we-know-about-epilepsy-today-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Historically, people with epilepsy were thought to be possessed by demons. Research has come a long way since then, but epilepsy remains mysterious. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy in their lives. Annually, it costs more than $15 billion in medical costs and reduced work production.</span></p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 23993 at http://wnpr.org Once Thought to Be Caused By Demons, What Do We Know About Epilepsy Today? Investigative Report Reveals Not All Lyme Disease Tests Are Accurate http://wnpr.org/post/investigative-report-reveals-not-all-lyme-disease-tests-are-accurate <p>A new<a href="http://necir.org/2014/06/17/many-lyme-disease-tests-may-not-accurately-diagnose-patients-2/" target="_blank"> investigative report</a> calls into question thousands of diagnostic tests for Lyme disease.</p><p>Lyme is a problematic disease. It can be tough to treat, and even tougher to diagnose. The Food and Drug Administration recommends a test that works fairly well. It identifies about 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease a year, mostly in the northeast.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:29:02 +0000 Ray Hardman 23845 at http://wnpr.org Investigative Report Reveals Not All Lyme Disease Tests Are Accurate Connecticut Vaccine Company Gets $50 Million in Federal Funding http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-vaccine-company-gets-50-million-federal-funding <p>Meriden’s Protein Sciences has been awarded a multi-million dollar extension to its contract with the federal government to provide flu vaccines.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:26:12 +0000 Harriet Jones 23836 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Vaccine Company Gets $50 Million in Federal Funding Some Paramedics Doing Less Transport, More Treatment At Scene http://wnpr.org/post/more-emts-doing-house-calls-not-just-er-transport It's being called the house call of the future: Ambulance crews rush when you call 911, but instead of taking you to the emergency room, they treat you at home.<p><a href="http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/expanding-the-primary-care-role-of-first-responder.aspx">Community paramedicine</a>, as it's called, has recently drawn a <a href="http://www.jems.com/article/training/return-rural-paramedic">resurgence</a> of interest from towns and states nationwide. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:58:00 +0000 editor 23795 at http://wnpr.org Some Paramedics Doing Less Transport, More Treatment At Scene Early Pregnancy Blood Test Reducing Need For Amniocentesis http://wnpr.org/post/early-pregnancy-blood-test-reducing-need-amniocentesis <p>A simple blood test is transforming the world of prenatal screening, offering women a risk-free way to learn about fetal abnormalities early in pregnancy.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:20:40 +0000 Rochelle Sharpe 23791 at http://wnpr.org Early Pregnancy Blood Test Reducing Need For Amniocentesis Governor Announces Pre-K Slots; Officials Battle Over Transportation Funding http://wnpr.org/post/governor-announces-pre-k-slots-officials-battle-over-transportation-funding <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6XNFtK0s1ac?list=UUdeV_lmPe3Ne21BmkhTb1xw" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Governor Dannel Malloy, along with Early Childhood Commissioner, Dr. Myra Jones-Taylor, and local officials, have announced the allocation of about 1,000 additional School Readiness opportunities for low-income children in 46 municipalities throughout the state.</p><p><strong>Lawmakers Battle Over Bridge Repair and Transportation Funding</strong></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:55:24 +0000 Teri McCready 23446 at http://wnpr.org National Men's Health Week Turns 20 http://wnpr.org/post/national-mens-health-week-turns-20 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is National Men's Health Week, an awareness campaign to encourage men to take simple steps to improve their health.</span></p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:23:27 +0000 Ray Hardman 23443 at http://wnpr.org National Men's Health Week Turns 20 Baseball Has An Elbow Problem: More Pros Getting Ligament Surgery http://wnpr.org/post/baseball-has-elbow-problem-more-pros-getting-ligament-surgery On Friday, Los Angeles Angels pitcher Sean Burnett became the latest player this season to undergo "Tommy John" surgery. In this weekend's MLB draft, at least four players selected had already had the infamous elbow surgery as amateurs.<p>The operation is named after the first player to undergo the procedure to fix an injured elbow ligament, in 1974. Pitchers are particularly vulnerable to this injury.<p>The procedure involves taking a tendon from somewhere else in the body — or from a cadaver — and grafting it into place. Sun, 08 Jun 2014 22:54:00 +0000 NPR Staff 23265 at http://wnpr.org Baseball Has An Elbow Problem: More Pros Getting Ligament Surgery How a Well-Designed Doctor's Office Could Help Patients http://wnpr.org/post/how-well-designed-doctors-office-could-help-patients <p>Doctor's offices and hospitals may not always be stunning examples of architecture, but both architects and doctors are thinking of how designs can put patients at ease and help them heal.</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 18:05:51 +0000 Alan Yu 22664 at http://wnpr.org How a Well-Designed Doctor's Office Could Help Patients ADHD and Managing Emotions http://wnpr.org/post/adhd-and-managing-emotions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We focus this hour on one of the nation's most respected clinicians and researchers working with teens and adults who have ADHD. Dr. Thomas E. Brown is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, and Associate Director of the Yale Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders. (There is sometimes a link between ADHD and autism.)</span></p><p>Dr. Brown's new book, <em>Smart but Stuck</em>, looks at how managing emotions plays a key role in the lives of those with ADHD, including those who have high I.Q. scores.</p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 17:14:15 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 22585 at http://wnpr.org ADHD and Managing Emotions Anxiety And MRIs May Be Driving The Rise In Double Mastectomies http://wnpr.org/post/anxiety-and-mris-may-be-driving-rise-double-mastectomies The number of women getting double mastectomies after a breast cancer diagnosis has been rising in the past 10 years, even though most of them don't face a higher risk of getting cancer in the other breast.<p>That has cancer doctors troubled, because for those women having the other breast removed doesn't reduce their risk of getting breast cancer again or increase their odds of survival. Wed, 21 May 2014 21:16:46 +0000 editor 22286 at http://wnpr.org Anxiety And MRIs May Be Driving The Rise In Double Mastectomies CIA Says It Will No Longer Use Vaccine Programs As Cover http://wnpr.org/post/cia-says-it-will-no-longer-use-vaccine-programs-cover A White House official says the CIA will no longer use vaccine programs as cover for spy operations, answering health experts' complaints that it had hurt international efforts to fight disease.<p>The CIA famously used a vaccination program as a ploy to gain information about the possible whereabouts of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. That effort didn't succeed, and the doctor involved was sentenced to a prison term. Tue, 20 May 2014 13:45:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 22164 at http://wnpr.org CIA Says It Will No Longer Use Vaccine Programs As Cover Task Force Says Asking All Patients About Suicide Won't Cut Risk http://wnpr.org/post/task-force-says-asking-all-patients-about-suicide-wont-cut-risk Suicide remains a leading cause of death in the United States, especially among teenagers and young adults. Anything that could reduce the toll would be good.<p>But asking everyone who goes to the doctor if he is considering suicide isn't the answer, according to a federal panel that evaluated the effectiveness of existing screening tools for suicide. They found there wasn't enough evidence to know whether screening the general public helps or hurts.<p>That doesn't mean doctors shouldn't be paying attention to <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/suicide.html">suicide</a>, the U.S. Mon, 19 May 2014 22:39:00 +0000 editor 22143 at http://wnpr.org Task Force Says Asking All Patients About Suicide Won't Cut Risk Use of ADHD Drugs Rose Sharply Among Adults, Especially Women http://wnpr.org/post/use-adhd-drugs-rose-sharply-among-adults-especially-women <p>Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder isn’t just for fidgety little boys anymore.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The number of young adult women taking medications for ADHD jumped by 85 percent between 2008 and 2012, according to a recent report by St. Louis-based Express Scripts, a pharmaceutical benefits company.</span></p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 20:16:14 +0000 Karen Weintraub 22124 at http://wnpr.org Use of ADHD Drugs Rose Sharply Among Adults, Especially Women Businesses List Medical Costs as Top Risk Concern http://wnpr.org/post/businesses-list-medical-costs-top-risk-concern <p>The rising cost of medical care is the top concern of businesses surveyed in a new report by insurance company Travelers.</p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 17:24:47 +0000 Harriet Jones 22109 at http://wnpr.org Businesses List Medical Costs as Top Risk Concern Pfizer's Quest for AstraZeneca May Be Over http://wnpr.org/post/pfizers-quest-astrazeneca-may-be-over <p>Pfizer's bid for rival pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca looks likely to fail, after the UK business turned down its latest offer.</p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 15:52:46 +0000 Harriet Jones 22089 at http://wnpr.org Pfizer's Quest for AstraZeneca May Be Over MERS Virus Appears To Have Jumped From Human To Human In U.S. http://wnpr.org/post/mers-virus-appears-have-jumped-human-human-us The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus appears to have jumped from one human to another for the first time in United States.<p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p0517-mers.html">said in a press release</a> that an Illinois man has preliminarily tested positive for the MERS antibodies after he had contact with an Indiana man who contracted the virus abroad.<p>NPR's Joe Neel, who listened in on a CDC conference call, tells us:<p><blockquote><p>"This marks the first known transmission of the MERS virus in the U.S. Mon, 19 May 2014 12:29:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 22028 at http://wnpr.org MERS Virus Appears To Have Jumped From Human To Human In U.S. A History of Drugs, Compiled http://wnpr.org/post/history-drugs-compiled <p>A Yale scientist is in the midst of a 20-paper series studying the history of drug development in the United States. Michael Kinch, the managing director of Yale's Center for Molecular Discovery, has spent the last year creating a massive database of compounds approved by the FDA.</p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 19:33:26 +0000 Patrick Skahill 21907 at http://wnpr.org A History of Drugs, Compiled Connecticut Health Survey: 45 Percent of Adults Suffer From Chronic Disease http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-health-survey-45-percent-adults-suffer-chronic-disease <p>Forty-five percent of Connecticut adults in a survey released Wednesday reported that they have been diagnosed with a chronic disease such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma, heart disease, or cancer.</p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 18:52:16 +0000 Kate Farrish 21901 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Health Survey: 45 Percent of Adults Suffer From Chronic Disease Doctors Debate Whether Screening For Domestic Abuse Helps Stop It http://wnpr.org/post/doctors-debate-whether-screening-domestic-abuse-helps-stop-it Domestic violence affects a third of women worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. In many cases nobody knows of the suffering, and victims aren't able to get help in time.<p>That's why in many countries, including the U.S., there's been a push to make screening for domestic violence a routine part of doctor visits. Last year, the influential U.S. Wed, 14 May 2014 13:54:00 +0000 Maanvi Singh 21816 at http://wnpr.org Doctors Debate Whether Screening For Domestic Abuse Helps Stop It Most Voters in Connecticut Support Legal Recreational Marijuana Possession http://wnpr.org/post/most-voters-connecticut-support-legal-recreational-marijuana-possession <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="2">At 52 percent supporting legal possession, it's only a slight majority, but <a href="http://www.quinnipiac.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/connecticut/release-detail?ReleaseID=2040" target="_blank">a new poll released</a> by Quinnipiac University echoes a nationwide shift in attitudes towards marijuana.&nbsp;</font><span style="font-size: small; line-height: 1.5;">The poll also found that 90 percent of Connecticut residents support medical marijuana use.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 21:52:40 +0000 Alan Yu 21721 at http://wnpr.org Most Voters in Connecticut Support Legal Recreational Marijuana Possession Pfizer's Read Defends Astra Zeneca Bid http://wnpr.org/post/pfizers-read-defends-astra-zeneca-bid <p>Pfizer's chief executive will face questioning by politicians in the UK this week over the company's bid for rival pharmaceutical company Astra Zeneca.</p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 21:01:42 +0000 Harriet Jones 21722 at http://wnpr.org Pfizer's Read Defends Astra Zeneca Bid