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Stories by Dina Fine Maron

Heat Fells More Distance Runners Than Do Hearts

Heat Fells More Distance Runners Than Do Hearts

An analysis of 130,000 runners in events during a seven-year span revealed that competitors were 10 times more likely to experience heat stroke than serious cardiac problems. Dina Fine Maron reports

July 31, 2014 — Dina Fine Maron

U.S. Agency Aims to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

When patients take too many unnecessary antibiotics it inches us ever closer to a world where essential drugs are no longer effective. More than two million people in the United States develop antibiotic resistant infection each year and some 23,000 of them die as a result.

July 28, 2014 — Dina Fine Maron
Prescription Refill Appearance Change Puts Patients off Meds

Prescription Refill Appearance Change Puts Patients off Meds

When refilled prescriptions for post–heart attack care resulted in the same medication looking different in shape or color, patients were significantly more likely to stop taking their meds. Dina Fine Maron reports

 

July 24, 2014 — Dina Fine Maron
Heavy Metal Headbanging Rare Risk Revealed

Heavy Metal Headbanging Rare Risk Revealed

Headbanging can cause pain or even whiplash. But a 50-year-old Motörhead fan developed a more serious condition, bleeding in the brain that required surgical repair, after headbanging at a concert. Dina Fine Maron reports

 

July 14, 2014 — Dina Fine Maron

Should Prisoners Be Used in Medical Experiments?

History is rife with unethical experiments on inmates. But with proper safeguards prisoner studies may hold the key to the accurate representation of vulnerable groups and lead to health benefits

July 2, 2014 — Dina Fine Maron
Tanning Mice Get Physically Addicted

Tanning Mice Get Physically Addicted

Mice regularly exposed to UV light produced feel-good endorphins and behaved like addicts. If humans do, too, it could explain why we seek sun, despite damage. Dina Fine Maron reports

 

June 24, 2014 — Dina Fine Maron

Nasty Mosquito-Borne Virus, Now in Puerto Rico, Expanding its Reach

It's summertime so when the weather is fine many of us head outdoors. But there lurk mosquitoes, an all-too-familiar menace.  What's more, a wave of mosquito-borne tropical disease that first appeared in the Western Hemisphere in late 2013 has now spread across the Caribbean, stoking concerns about a debut in the continental U.S.

June 18, 2014 — Dina Fine Maron
Wikipedia Dicey as Medical Info Source

Wikipedia Dicey as Medical Info Source

Researchers who compared peer-reviewed articles to the Wikipedia pages for the 10 most costly medical conditions in the U.S. discovered incorrect information on nine out of 10 pages. Dina Fine Maron reports

 

June 10, 2014 — Dina Fine Maron
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