A paleo diet steak
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World's Top Nutrition Experts Fight Over What Makes A Healthy Diet

Nearly everyone agrees - people need better information on healthy eating. Yet nearly no one agrees on what constitutes a healthy diet, and that includes the experts. As STAT reports, a two-day gathering of 21 of the world's top nutrition scientists quickly devolved into a food fight. Experts argued the merits of the Mediterranean diet versus going Paleo, and if vegetarianism was the healthiest course. And that was just the beginning. “Ninety minutes into the meeting, we were still trying to...
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From left: Pat Loehrer, Dave Flockhart, Eric Meslin and Barbara Lewis
Barbara Lewis

David A. Flockhart, M.D., Ph.D. was a renowned researcher and physician who transformed care for patients by personalizing treatments and making medications safer and more effective. He died on November 26, a little more than a year was after being diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of brain cancer.  Throughout his treatment, he shared his personal experience with the disease through radio interviews, public forums and other avenues, addressing important issues such as access to care and inefficiencies in the health care system.

Loneliness May Warp Our Genes, And Our Immune Systems

Nov 29, 2015

Loneliness has been linked to everything from heart disease to Alzheimer's disease. Depression is common among the lonely. Cancers tear through their bodies more rapidly, and viruses hit them harder and more frequently. In the short term, it feels like the loneliness will kill you. A study suggests that's because the pain of loneliness activates the immune pattern of a primordial response commonly known as fight or flight.

Most Americans See Personal Connection To Rising Prescription Painkiller Abuse

Nov 25, 2015

The growing abuse of prescription painkillers now touches home for a majority of Americans, according to a poll released Tuesday.

This story was originally published by Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit national health policy news service. 

The Room at Massachusetts General Hospital where first operation with ether was performed.
Boston Public Library

Across the country teaching hospitals fill a dual mandate, to serve patients and train new doctors. When a patient goes under the knife most assume their surgeon - and not just a trainee - is there in the room with them. Yet in at least one teaching hospital surgeons perform complex overlapping procedures, without the patient's consent, or knowledge, leaving portions of the procedure to a resident.

Premiums Rise Faster For Flexible Health Plans Than For HMOs

Nov 25, 2015

Consumers seeking health policies with the most freedom in choosing doctors and hospitals are finding far fewer of those plans on the insurance marketplaces. And the premiums are rising faster than for other types of coverage.

Answering Your Questions: Health 101 For Grown Women

Nov 25, 2015

Remember that health class you had in middle school? Where you found out all that stuff about your body? We wondered why there wasn't a class like that for middle age. Could someone tell us what happens to us as we move through the decades?

Morning Edition asked listeners to send their questions about women's bodies and aging as part of our ongoing series Changing Lives of Women. We heard from hundreds of you asking about everything from sleeplessness to STDs to sex in old age.

A paleo diet steak
Sidney SL Lam / Flickr

 Nearly everyone agrees -  people need better information on healthy eating. Yet nearly no one agrees on what constitutes a healthy diet, and that includes the experts. As STAT reports, a two-day gathering of  21 of the world's top nutrition scientists quickly devolved into a food fight.  Experts argued the merits of the Mediterranean diet versus going Paleo, and if vegetarianism was the healthiest course. And that was just the beginning.  

Worried About The Flu Shot? Let's Separate Fact From Fiction

Nov 25, 2015

Every year before influenza itself arrives to circulate, misinformation and misconceptions about the flu vaccine begin circulating. Some of these contain a grain of truth but end up distorted, like a whispered secret in the Telephone game.

But if you're looking for an excuse not to get the flu vaccine, last year's numbers of its effectiveness would seem a convincing argument on their own. By all measures, last season's flu vaccine flopped, clocking in at about 23 percent effectiveness in preventing lab-confirmed influenza infections.

Some Of The Most At-Risk Teens Are Affluent

Nov 24, 2015
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Poor little rich kids? Maybe so. Psychologist Suniya Luthar's research shows that very affluent teens suffer from the same degree of troubling mental and behavioral health problems as very low-income kids, as The Atlantic reports. She studied kids whose families earn more than $200,000 and compared their mental health to that of their low-income peers.

Obamacare Head Talks Open Enrollment, Ducks Problems

Nov 24, 2015
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell spoke at Miami Dade College.
Miama Dade College

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell stopped at Miami Dade College last week to drum up excitement around open enrollment for health insurance plans—though during her stop she was not keen on addressing some of the problems that have come out of the Affordable Care Act.

She began her tour of MDC in a computer lab on the second floor of the downtown campus where there’s a bank of computers dedicated just to helping students enroll in Obamacare.


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