Health http://wcbe.org en Globe-Trotting Virus Hides Inside People's Gut Bacteria http://wcbe.org/post/globe-trotting-virus-hides-inside-peoples-gut-bacteria <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DTrENdWvvM</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:32:00 +0000 editor 60078 at http://wcbe.org Globe-Trotting Virus Hides Inside People's Gut Bacteria A Simple Way To Reduce Stroke Risk: Take Your Pulse http://wcbe.org/post/simple-way-reduce-stroke-risk-take-your-pulse An irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation is a big cause of stroke, especially for people who have recently had a stroke. But it's not something that most people can feel.<p>Doctors test for <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/atrialfibrillation.html">atrial fibrillation</a> by hooking people up to an <a href="http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/ekg/">electrocardiogram</a> machine at the office, or having them wear a Holter monitor for a day or a week. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:57:00 +0000 editor 60064 at http://wcbe.org A Simple Way To Reduce Stroke Risk: Take Your Pulse California Nurses Union Braces For Contract Battle http://wcbe.org/post/california-nurses-union-braces-contract-battle Going to a union meeting of nurses is a little bit like going to an evangelical church service.<p>"We all have to stand up, and it's a struggle," says Veronica Cambra, a nurse reporting a grievance at Kaiser Hospital in Fremont, Calif., as though she's giving testimony. "And we will overcome this, OK?"<p>The rest of the nurses respond with the passion of a devout congregation, humming "Mmm hmmm," and "That's right," through the series of speeches.<p>But this is no church service. The California Nurses Association is rousing its troops for battle. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:20:59 +0000 editor 60001 at http://wcbe.org California Nurses Union Braces For Contract Battle Many Kids Who Are Obese Or Overweight Don't Know It http://wcbe.org/post/many-kids-who-are-obese-or-overweight-dont-know-it Kids can be cruel, especially about weight. So you might think overweight or obese children know all too well that they're heavy — thanks to playground politics. But that's not necessarily so, according to government data covering about 6,100 kids and teens ages 8-15.<p>About 30 percent "misperceived" their weight status (underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese), according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:29:00 +0000 Katherine Hobson 59991 at http://wcbe.org Many Kids Who Are Obese Or Overweight Don't Know It Rumor Patrol: No, A Snake In A Bag Did Not Cause Ebola http://wcbe.org/post/rumor-patrol-no-snake-bag-did-not-cause-ebola "A lady had a snake in a bag. When somebody opened the bag, that made the lady die."<p>That's the beginning of a story that Temba Morris often hears about the origins of Ebola. Morris runs a government health clinic in a remote village near Sierra Leone's border with Guinea. According to the story, somebody else then looked inside the bag.<p>"And the one who opened the bag also died," is what Morris hears next. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:17:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 59944 at http://wcbe.org Rumor Patrol: No, A Snake In A Bag Did Not Cause Ebola Son's Mental Illness Prompts Billionaire's Big Donation To Psychiatric Research http://wcbe.org/post/sons-mental-illness-prompts-billionaires-big-donation-psychiatric-research <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Son%27s+Mental+Illness+Prompts+Billionaire%27s+Big+Donation+To+Psychiatric+Research&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNDY5ODMwMDEyMjg3NjMzMTE1ZjE2MA001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>A billionaire businessman today is making the largest ever donation toward psychiatric research. Ted Stanley is giving $650 million to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:41:10 +0000 editor 59923 at http://wcbe.org Experimental Cocktail May Speed Up Cure Of Drug-Resistant TB http://wcbe.org/post/experimental-cocktail-may-speed-cure-drug-resistant-tb It's been a long time coming — nearly a half century. But the world is finally close to gaining a new weapon against a growing problem: drug-resistant tuberculosis.<p>Over the past few decades, TB has quietly evolved into dangerous forms that can't be stopped with traditional antibiotics. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:10:22 +0000 Michaeleen Doucleff 59916 at http://wcbe.org Experimental Cocktail May Speed Up Cure Of Drug-Resistant TB Ebola Is A Deadly Virus — But Doctors Say It Can Be Beaten http://wcbe.org/post/ebola-deadly-virus-doctors-say-it-can-be-beaten Saidu Kanneh was given a hero's welcome last week when he walked into a community meeting about Ebola in a tiny village of mud huts in the Kissi Kama region of Sierra Leone. Kanneh was diagnosed with Ebola early in July, was treated for 12 days in a Doctors Without Borders hospital and overcame the disease.<p>"God has made me as an example to survive and then get into the community to talk to my people," says Kanneh, who's about 40 years old and runs a health clinic near the border with Guinea and Liberia. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 59902 at http://wcbe.org Ebola Is A Deadly Virus — But Doctors Say It Can Be Beaten What The Odds Fail To Capture When A Health Crisis Hits http://wcbe.org/post/what-odds-fail-capture-when-health-crisis-hits How well do we understand and act on probabilities that something will happen? A 30 percent chance of this or an 80 percent chance of that?<p>As it turns out, making decisions based on the odds can be an extremely difficult thing to do, even for people who study the science of how we make decisions.<p><a href="http://www.sph.umich.edu/iscr/faculty/profile.cfm?uniqname=bzikmund" target="_blank">Brian Zikmund-Fisher</a> would know. He teaches about risk and probability at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 59882 at http://wcbe.org What The Odds Fail To Capture When A Health Crisis Hits Straightening Sisay's Spine: A Twist Of Fate Saves A Boy's Life http://wcbe.org/post/straightening-sisays-spine-twist-fate-saves-boys-life One dewy morning back in May 2013, a dozen children gathered in an elementary school courtyard to play soccer in Addis Ababa. Seven-year-old Sisay Gudeta stood alone on the balcony above them.<p>Sisay poked his head through the arms of a rusty, blue <strong></strong>guard rail, staring down at his classmates as they kicked<strong> </strong>an empty plastic bottle across the pavement. The kids rarely ask him to play, Sisay says. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:47:00 +0000 editor 59862 at http://wcbe.org Straightening Sisay's Spine: A Twist Of Fate Saves A Boy's Life Head Scientist At CDC Weighs Costs Of Recent Lab Safety Breaches http://wcbe.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 59712 at http://wcbe.org Head Scientist At CDC Weighs Costs Of Recent Lab Safety Breaches Feeling The Heat, Burning The Suits: Reporting On Ebola From Sierra Leone http://wcbe.org/post/feeling-heat-burning-suits-reporting-ebola-sierra-leone NPR's <a href="https://twitter.com/jasonbnpr">Jason Beaubien</a> is in Sierra Leone, covering the Ebola outbreak that began in March in Guinea and has spread to neighboring countries. When we spoke Thursday<strong></strong>, he had just toured the treatment center built by Doctors Without Borders in the town of <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Kailahun,+Sierra+Leone/@8.2795935,-10.5726026,7z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0xfa82a344c7ed7a5:0xa5ab548437ff5e03">Kailahun</a>. With 64 beds, it's the largest Ebola isolation ward ever built. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:00:00 +0000 editor 59669 at http://wcbe.org Feeling The Heat, Burning The Suits: Reporting On Ebola From Sierra Leone Skimping On Sleep Can Stress Body And Brain http://wcbe.org/post/skimping-sleep-can-stress-body-and-brain "The lion and calf shall lie down together," Woody Allen once wrote, "but the calf won't get much sleep."<p>That's pretty much the connection between stress and sleep, researchers say, and NPR's own numbers suggest the same thing. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:31:00 +0000 Michelle Trudeau 59630 at http://wcbe.org Skimping On Sleep Can Stress Body And Brain Dialing Back Stress With A Bubble Bath, Beach Trip And Bees http://wcbe.org/post/dialing-back-stress-bubble-bath-beach-trip-and-bees <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVvpLzO6ZMw</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:44:07 +0000 editor 59597 at http://wcbe.org Dialing Back Stress With A Bubble Bath, Beach Trip And Bees To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park http://wcbe.org/post/make-children-healthier-doctor-prescribes-trip-park When Dr. Robert Zarr wanted a young patient to get more exercise, he gave her an unusual prescription: Get off the bus to school earlier.<p>"She has to take a bus to the train, then a train to another bus, then that bus to her school," says Zarr, a pediatrician at <a href="http://www.unityhealthcare.org/">Unity Health Care</a>, a clinic that serves low-income and uninsured families in Washington, D.C. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:28:00 +0000 editor 59407 at http://wcbe.org To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park Why HIV Spreads Less Easily In Heterosexual Couples http://wcbe.org/post/why-hiv-spreads-less-easily-heterosexual-couples HIV is sexist.<p>A woman is twice as likely to catch the virus from an infected partner in a heterosexual relationship than a man is.<p>And homosexual men are at even greater risk. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:36:00 +0000 editor 59251 at http://wcbe.org Why HIV Spreads Less Easily In Heterosexual Couples Bingeing On Bad News Can Fuel Daily Stress http://wcbe.org/post/bingeing-bad-news-can-fuel-daily-stress If you're feeling stressed these days, the news media may be partly to blame.<p>At least that's the suggestion of <a href="http://www.rwjf.org/en/research-publications/find-rwjf-research/2014/07/the-burden-of-stress-in-america.html">a national survey </a>conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.<p>The survey of more than 2,500 Americans found that about 1 in 4 said they had experienced a "great deal" of stress in the previous month. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 59187 at http://wcbe.org Bingeing On Bad News Can Fuel Daily Stress Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much http://wcbe.org/post/all-animals-we-need-stress-just-not-too-much Ask somebody about stress, and you're likely to hear an outpouring about all the bad things that cause it — and the bad things that result. But if you ask a biologist, you'll hear that stress can be good.<p>In fact, it's essential.<p>For example, the adrenal glands of all animals have evolved to pump out <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3079864/">stress hormones</a> in unexpected situations — the hormones spur action and increase fuel to the brain, helping the animal react to danger appropriately. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:32:00 +0000 Richard Harris 59127 at http://wcbe.org Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much Stress Causes Health Problems, Which Then Cause More Stress http://wcbe.org/post/stress-causes-health-problems-which-then-cause-more-stress Stress is bad for your health. And bad health causes a lot of stress.<p>Poor health and disability are common among people who say they suffer from a lot of stress, according to a <a href="http://www.rwjf.org/en/research-publications/find-rwjf-research/2014/07/the-burden-of-stress-in-america.html">national poll</a> by NPR, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.<p>And it's not just those whose own health is poor. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:37:00 +0000 editor 59039 at http://wcbe.org Stress Causes Health Problems, Which Then Cause More Stress The Secret History Behind The Science Of Stress http://wcbe.org/post/secret-history-behind-science-stress The modern idea of stress began on a rooftop in Canada, with a handful of rats freezing in the winter wind.<p>This was 1936 and by that point the owner of the rats, an endocrinologist named Hans Selye, had become expert at making rats suffer for science.<p>"He would subject them to extreme temperatures, make them go hungry for long periods, or make them exercise a lot," the medical historian <a href="https://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/history/staff/jackson/">Mark Jackson </a>says. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Alix Spiegel 59021 at http://wcbe.org The Secret History Behind The Science Of Stress