Health http://www.kplu.org en Orphans' Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape A Child's Brain http://www.kplu.org/post/orphans-lonely-beginnings-reveal-how-parents-shape-childs-brain Parents do a lot more than make sure a child has food and shelter, researchers say. They play a critical role in brain development.<p>More than a decade of research on children raised in institutions shows that "neglect is awful for the brain," says <a href="http://dms.hms.harvard.edu/neuroscience/fac/Nelson.php">Charles Nelson</a>, a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:05:02 +0000 Jon Hamilton 14017 at http://www.kplu.org Orphans' Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape A Child's Brain Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep http://www.kplu.org/post/brains-sweep-themselves-clean-toxins-during-sleep While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.<p>During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a <a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/content/342/6156/373">study</a> of mice found.<p>"It's like a dishwasher," says <a href="https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/people/23788299-maiken-nedergaard">Dr. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 20:59:43 +0000 Jon Hamilton 10532 at http://www.kplu.org Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep 'How Much Will Obamacare Cost Me?' Try Our Calculator http://www.kplu.org/post/how-much-will-obamacare-cost-me-try-our-calculator <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">On Tuesday, if all goes according to plan, the federal health law&#39;s marketplaces for individual health insurance are scheduled to open for business.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 18:58:19 +0000 NPR News 10173 at http://www.kplu.org 'How Much Will Obamacare Cost Me?' Try Our Calculator When Sibling Fights Go Beyond Harmless Kid Stuff http://www.kplu.org/post/when-sibling-fights-go-beyond-harmless-kid-stuff I'll never forget the time my big brother sank his fork in the back of my hand after I snitched food off his plate.<p>But all siblings fight, right? Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:26:59 +0000 9085 at http://www.kplu.org When Sibling Fights Go Beyond Harmless Kid Stuff Could brain scans reveal the right treatment for depression? http://www.kplu.org/post/could-brain-scans-reveal-right-treatment-depression Finding the right treatment for depression can be a struggle. People find relief with the first treatment only 40 percent of the time. Trying different antidepressants or therapies can take months, which means months of suffering.<p>Scientists are trying to better the odds by searching for signals in the body or in behavior that could be signposts to the right treatment. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 16:55:00 +0000 9061 at http://www.kplu.org Could brain scans reveal the right treatment for depression? Natural DNA Cannot Be Patented, Supreme Court Rules http://www.kplu.org/post/natural-dna-cannot-be-patented-supreme-court-rules In a decision that could have broad-reaching effects on the future of science and medicine, the Supreme Court <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-398_8njq.pdf" target="_blank">ruled Thursday</a> that:<p>-- "A naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated."<p>-- But, synthetically created "strands of nucleotides known as composite DNA (cDNA)" are "patent eligible" because they do not occur naturally.<p>The case, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/04/15/177035299/supreme-court-asks-can-human-genes- Thu, 13 Jun 2013 16:45:12 +0000 Mark Memmott 9062 at http://www.kplu.org Go Easy On The Soy Sauce, Bro, It Could Kill You http://www.kplu.org/post/go-easy-soy-sauce-it-could-actually-kill-you First, let's spoil this tale right away by telling you the 19-year-old man in Virginia who downed a quart of soy sauce on a dare survived.<p>It's a happy ending of sorts. But the guy had a close call. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:48:23 +0000 9052 at http://www.kplu.org Go Easy On The Soy Sauce, Bro, It Could Kill You Aspirin Vs. Melanoma: Study Suggests Headache Pill Prevents Deadly Skin Cancer http://www.kplu.org/post/aspirin-vs-melanoma-study-suggests-headache-pill-prevents-skin-cancer It's not the first study that finds the lowly aspirin may protect against the deadliest kind of skin cancer, but it is one of the largest.<p>And it adds to a <a href="http://www.cancer.gov/ncicancerbulletin/012511/page5">mounting pile of studies</a> suggesting that cheap, common aspirin lowers the risk of many cancers — of the colon, breast, esophagus, stomach, prostate, bladder and ovary.<p>The new study, in the journal <em>Cancer</em>, looked at melanoma in 60,000 post-menopausal Caucasian women. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 16:15:25 +0000 Richard Knox 7936 at http://www.kplu.org Aspirin Vs. Melanoma: Study Suggests Headache Pill Prevents Deadly Skin Cancer Feds outline what insurers must cover, down to polyp removal http://www.kplu.org/post/feds-outline-what-insurers-must-cover-down-polyp-removal The Obama administration on Wednesday released its <a href="http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2013-04084_PI.pdf">final rule on essential health benefits</a>, which sets out the coverage insurers must offer starting in 2014.<p>Insurers must cover 10 broad categories of care, including emergency services, maternity care, hospital and doctors' services, mental health and substance abuse care and prescription drugs.<p>Essential benefit requirements apply mainly to individual and small group plans. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 22:15:42 +0000 7835 at http://www.kplu.org Feds outline what insurers must cover, down to polyp removal Mixing alcohol with diet soda may make you drunker http://www.kplu.org/post/mixing-alcohol-diet-soda-may-make-you-drunker Looking to cut back on the calories in your cocktail by mixing, say, diet soda and rum? Wed, 06 Feb 2013 03:31:13 +0000 7741 at http://www.kplu.org Mixing alcohol with diet soda may make you drunker New Norovirus Strain Rips Through The U.S. http://www.kplu.org/post/new-norovirus-strain-rips-through-united-states It's here. A variant of norovirus first spotted in Australia is now sweeping the U.S.<p>The wily virus causes stomach upset, vomiting and diarrhea. The sickness is sometimes referred to as the stomach flu, though influenza has nothing to do with it.<p>Since the strain called "GII.4 Sydney" was identified in Australia last March, it's been getting around. The U.K. has had a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/01/04/168608466/as-norovirus-rages-a-robot-named-vomiting-larry-gets-a-closeup">bang-up norovirus season</a> with more than a million people sickened. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 22:18:52 +0000 7727 at http://www.kplu.org New Norovirus Strain Rips Through The U.S. What makes you feel fear? http://www.kplu.org/post/what-makes-you-feel-fear In shorthand often used to describe the brain, fear is controlled by a small, almond-shaped structure called the amygdala.<p>But it's not quite that simple, as a <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nn.3323">study</a> published Sunday in <em>Nature Neuroscience</em> demonstrates.<p>One of the best ways to figure out how parts of the brain work is to study people who have damage in those specific areas. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 22:04:53 +0000 7726 at http://www.kplu.org What makes you feel fear? Natural living: 5 myths about nature vs. technology http://www.kplu.org/post/natural-living-5-myths-about-nature-vs-technology <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Technology has made us healthier in a lot of ways. It’s beaten back old threats from smallpox to stillbirth to scarlet fever. But many think the march of progress has gone too far, and we need to get back to nature.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Author Nathanael Johnson says most of us are in the middle – suspicious of technology run amok, but unwilling to trade the condo for a mud hut. He investigates whether the natural approach is really better for us in his book, </span><a href="http://www.nathanaeljohnson.org/all-natural/" style="line-height: 1.5;">“All Natural.”</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>Nathanael also laid out five common myths about nature versus technology. Get the gist below, or click below and listen to the full conversation:</p><p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7709 at http://www.kplu.org Natural living: 5 myths about nature vs. technology No Mercy For Robots: Experiment Tests How Humans Relate To Machines http://www.kplu.org/post/no-mercy-robots-experiment-tests-how-humans-relate-machines <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Kf9coMuVuI</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 18:07:41 +0000 Alix Spiegel 7659 at http://www.kplu.org No Mercy For Robots: Experiment Tests How Humans Relate To Machines Been to the Emergency Room a Lot? Let’s Talk http://www.kplu.org/post/been-emergency-room-lot-let-s-talk <p></p><p>If you’ve been to an emergency room in Washington in recent months, you're probably in a new database.</p><p>The goal is to<a href="http://www.wsha.org/ERemergencies.cfm"> treat more injuries and illnesses outside the emergency department</a>, in a simpler setting, which should save money, curb drug abuse and also benefit patients.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 17:55:32 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7633 at http://www.kplu.org Been to the Emergency Room a Lot? Let’s Talk