Health http://wrkf.org en A YouTube Video Is Doctor's Secret Weapon Against Back Pain http://wrkf.org/post/youtube-video-doctors-secret-weapon-against-back-pain <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOjTegn9RuY</p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:05:00 +0000 editor 29636 at http://wrkf.org A YouTube Video Is Doctor's Secret Weapon Against Back Pain Patients With Low-Cost Insurance Struggle To Find Specialists http://wrkf.org/post/patients-low-cost-insurance-struggle-find-specialists The <a href="http://hopechc.org/">Hope Clinic</a> in southwest Houston is in the very heart of Asia Town, a part of the city where bland strip malls hide culinary treasures — Vietnamese pho, Malaysian noodles, Sichuan rabbit and bubble tea.<p>Inside the clinic, internist Charu Sawhney sees patients from many countries and circumstances. She's a big believer in the Affordable Care Act since most of her patients have been uninsured. She actively pushed many of them to sign up for the new plans.<p>But now she's seeing something she didn't expect. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Carrie Feibel 29488 at http://wrkf.org Patients With Low-Cost Insurance Struggle To Find Specialists Want More Stress In Your Life? Try Parenting A Teenager http://wrkf.org/post/want-more-stress-your-life-try-parenting-teenager If anyone can handle the stress of parenting in the teen years, you'd think it would be a high school teacher.<p>That's how Amy Myers felt. She teaches high school English in a suburb of Boise, Idaho, where she says she has "pseudo parented" about 3,000 teenagers "who I have talked to, given advice to, guided, directed, even lectured about teenage issues," she says.<p>So Myers, 41, felt pretty prepared for her own children's teenage years. That is until her oldest son, Kamron, turned 15. Suddenly, their close relationship turned sour. "Everything I demanded, he fought back. Advice? Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:28:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 29453 at http://wrkf.org Want More Stress In Your Life? Try Parenting A Teenager Stroke Rate May Be Declining In Older Adults http://wrkf.org/post/stroke-rate-may-be-declining-older-adults Stroke is the fourth highest cause of death among adults in the U.S. But among people older than 65, stroke rates may be going down, a study published Tuesday suggests. And compared with 10 or 20 years ago, more of those hit with a stroke are surviving.<p>In 1987, researchers from several universities recruited a group of 14,300 healthy adults who were above the age of 45, then kept track of their medical progress for 24 years. To see whether stroke rates were increasing or decreasing, the scientists compared people within the same age groups. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:24:00 +0000 Maanvi Singh 29445 at http://wrkf.org Stroke Rate May Be Declining In Older Adults This Is Your Stressed-Out Brain On Scarcity http://wrkf.org/post/your-stressed-out-brain-scarcity Being poor is stressful. That's no big surprise.<p>In <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/07/327322187/stressed-out-americans-tell-us-about-stress-in-their-lives">a poll</a> by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, 1 in 3 people making less than $20,000 a year said they'd experienced "a great deal of stress" in the previous month. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 editor 29381 at http://wrkf.org This Is Your Stressed-Out Brain On Scarcity Why A Spoonful Of Medicine Can Be A Big Safety Risk For Kids http://wrkf.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 18:11:00 +0000 Kara Manke 29370 at http://wrkf.org Why A Spoonful Of Medicine Can Be A Big Safety Risk For Kids Putting a Life-Saving Drug in More Hands - Legal or Not http://wrkf.org/post/putting-life-saving-drug-more-hands-legal-or-not <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Heroin-related deaths in East Baton Rouge Parish spiked last year - the Coroner's office recorded 35 fatalities. Only Jefferson and Orleans Parish had as many.</span></p><p>To try to stop the deaths, a new law will allow not just paramedics, but all first responders to carry the drug Narcan - which can reverse the effects of an opiate overdose within seconds.</p><p>But some activists say the law doesn't go far enough. They say they'll keep distributing Narcan themselves directly to drug users illegally.</p><p><br /> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:36:40 +0000 Ann Marie Awad 29198 at http://wrkf.org Putting a Life-Saving Drug in More Hands - Legal or Not To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park http://wrkf.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 08:29:00 +0000 editor 29340 at http://wrkf.org To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park Doctors Face Ethical Issues In Benching Kids With Concussions http://wrkf.org/post/doctors-face-ethical-issues-benching-kids-concussions Doctors have gotten much better at diagnosing and treating sports-related concussions, which is a good thing since Americans suffer up to 4 million sports-related concussions a year.<p>But we're not so good at is following their advice.<p>Student athletes and parents sometimes balk at doctors' recommendations to avoid play until concussion symptoms are gone, or to cut back on schoolwork. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Nancy Shute 29212 at http://wrkf.org Doctors Face Ethical Issues In Benching Kids With Concussions Why HIV Spreads Less Easily In Heterosexual Couples http://wrkf.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 29208 at http://wrkf.org Why HIV Spreads Less Easily In Heterosexual Couples