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5:13pm

Wed August 8, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Internet's Cat Obsession Justifies Itself In Cancer Ward

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 9:06 am

Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem, 16, received a bone-marrow transplant at Seattle Children's Hospital in 2011 for leukemia and returned in July 2012 for follow-up treatment. On July 25, an artist at the hospital set up a cat photo installation in her room.
Courtesy of Seattle Children's Hospital

11:45am

Wed August 8, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Energy-Efficient Lightbulbs May Have Dark Side When It Comes To Health

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 8:34 pm

Scientists say energy-saving compact fluorescent (left) or light-emitting diode (right) light bulbs can have unsavory health effects.
PRNewsFoto/OSRAM SYLVANIA

Everybody knows that one good way to prevent a sunburn is to stay inside, where you're safe from the sun's ultraviolet rays. Right?

Well, that may not be true anymore if your house is lit with compact fluorescent light bulbs. Last month, researchers from the State University of New York at Stony Brook showed in a paper that tiny defects in the bulbs can let through UV light that can damage skin cells and lead to cancer.

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2:36pm

Tue August 7, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Scientists See Progress In Alzheimer's Despite Growing List of Drug Failures

A PET scan of the brain of a person with Alzheimer's disease.
U.S. National Institute on Aging via Wikimedia Commons

Another once-promising Alzheimer's drug has just been tossed on the pharmaceutical scrap heap.

This time it's a drug called bapineuzumab. Like several previous experimental drugs, it was designed to attack the plaques that build up in the brains of people with Alzheimer's.

And like those earlier drugs, it failed.

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1:31pm

Tue August 7, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Kinesio Tape Plasters Olympians, But Not All The Science Sticks

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 3:21 pm

Germany's Laura Ludwing wears Kinesio tape during a women's beach volleyball match on July 31, 2012, during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Daniel Garcia/AFP Getty Images

9:12am

Tue August 7, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Gaps In Maternity Coverage For Some Women Could Grow Under Health Law

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 9:38 am

Maria Villa has her pregnant belly examined in 2009.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

There's been a lot of controversy over the health care overhaul's requirement that most health plans this month to start covering contraceptive services for women as a free preventive benefit.

But that requirement may prevent some young women from falling into a coverage gap of a different kind: no maternity coverage.

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