Sun September 23, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

The Next Frontier For Elite Med Schools: Primary Care

Originally published on Sun September 23, 2012 3:51 pm

Mount Sinai Medical student Demetri Blanas wants to specialize in family medicine. It is a new specialty offered by his medical school.
Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News

Johns Hopkins, Yale, Harvard, Columbia and Cornell. What do these medical schools have in common?

Beyond their first-rate reputations, they're also on the short list of top U.S. med schools that don't have departments of family medicine. Elite schools have long focused on training specialists and researchers, but with the federal health law's emphasis on primary care, some schools are looking harder at family medicine.

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Sun September 23, 2012

'Freshman 15' Is More Of A 4-Year Phenomenon

Originally published on Sun September 23, 2012 10:43 am



Keeping the weight off can be a challenge for college students, too. Many college freshmen dread that infamous Freshman 15 - the extra pounds that come with a diet of pizza, snacks and sodas. Well, a new study from Auburn University has found that the average college student actually gains about 12 pounds over FOUR years. Sareen Gropper is a nutrition professor at Auburn. She is the co-author of this study. And she joins us from Auburn, Alabama. Professor Gropper, thank you for being with us.

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Sat September 22, 2012

Boulder Debates Making Pearl Street Mall A No-Smoking Zone

Downtown Boulder

The City of Boulder is considering a proposal to ban smoking along the four blocks of the Pearl Street Mall. An open house to give the public more details is scheduled for Wednesday.

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Fri September 21, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Government Officials Retire Chimpanzees From Research

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 4:47 pm

Federally funded chimps at the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana will retire to either a lab in Texas or a chimp sanctuary in Louisiana.
Courtesy of the Humane Society of the United States

One hundred ten chimpanzees will retire from biomedical research, the National Institutes of Health announced today. The move comes as some groups are pushing for a ban on all medical chimp research.

The NIH has been reviewing its chimp research since December. That's when a report from the Institute of Medicine said that there was almost no scientific need for doing biomedical research on chimps.

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Fri September 21, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

On The Road To Polio Eradication In Pakistan

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 2:43 pm

NPR's Jackie Northam travels through the urban slums of Lahore, Pakistan, with Omer Feroze, a "social mobilizer," who works on polio vaccine campaigns.

As one of the last three countries in the world where polio is still endemic, Pakistan has launched an aggressive campaign to eradicate the virus.

It's had good results in many places, but just last week health officials say they discovered three new cases, which they deem a serious setback in their eradication efforts.

Getting the polio vaccine to children in urban slums is a huge challenge for health workers, who face many physical and social barriers.

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