Patti Neighmond http://kasu.org en Chemo Can Make Food Taste Like Metal. Here's Help http://kasu.org/post/chemo-can-make-food-taste-metal-heres-help Cancer patients often lose their appetite because <a href="http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/treatmenttypes/chemotherapy/index">chemotherapy</a> can cause nausea. But it does something else to make food unappetizing – it changes the way things taste.<p><a href="http://www.thesilverpen.com/about-hollye-jacobs/">Hollye Jacobs</a> was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, at the age of 39. As a nurse she expected the extreme nausea that often accompanies powerful chemo therapy drugs. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 07:22:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 42544 at http://kasu.org Chemo Can Make Food Taste Like Metal. Here's Help Casinos, Sites Of Excess, Might Actually Help Families Slim Down http://kasu.org/post/casinos-sites-excess-might-actually-help-families-slim-down Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>When you think about casinos, you probably think about excess: smoke-filled rooms, too much alcohol, and endless buffets filled with piles of high-fat and high sugar foods.<p>But as NPR's Patti Neighmond reports, a new study suggests casinos may actually have a health benefit for children who live in nearby communities.<p>PATTI NEIGHMOND, BYLINE: Children who grow up on Native American tribal lands are at high risk of being overweight or obese. Nationwide, obesity rates among children are high - one in every three kids is overweight or obese. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 41349 at http://kasu.org Of Cigs And Selfies: Teens Imitate Risky Behavior Shared Online http://kasu.org/post/cigs-and-selfies-teens-imitate-risky-behavior-shared-online Teenagers put a lot of stock in what their peers are doing, and parents are forever trying to push back against that influence. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 06:57:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 41313 at http://kasu.org Of Cigs And Selfies: Teens Imitate Risky Behavior Shared Online Teens Who Try E-Cigarettes Are More Likely To Try Tobacco, Too http://kasu.org/post/teens-who-try-e-cigarettes-are-more-likely-try-tobacco-too While electronic cigarettes may be marketed as alternatives that will keep teenagers away from tobacco, a study suggests that may not be the case.<p>Trying e-cigarettes increased the odds that a teenager would also try tobacco cigarettes and become regular smokers, the study found. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:46:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 41192 at http://kasu.org Teens Who Try E-Cigarettes Are More Likely To Try Tobacco, Too Marijuana May Hurt The Developing Teen Brain http://kasu.org/post/marijuana-may-hurt-developing-teen-brain The teenager's brain has a lot of developing to do: It must transform from the brain of a child into the brain of an adult. Some researchers worry how marijuana might affect that crucial process.<p>"Actually, in childhood our brain is larger," says <a href="http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/psychology/faculty/krista-m-lisdahl.cfm">Krista Lisdahl</a>, director of the brain imaging and neuropsychology lab at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:32:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 41048 at http://kasu.org Parents And Teens Aren't Up To Speed On HPV Risks, Doctors Say http://kasu.org/post/parents-and-teens-arent-speed-hpv-risks-doctors-say You would think that a vaccine that could prevent cancer would be an easy sell, but that's hasn't proven to be true so far with the vaccine to prevent cervical cancer.<p>Just 33 percent of girls and less than 7 percent of boys in the U.S. have gotten all three recommended doses of the vaccine to protect against the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv.htm">human papillomavirus</a>, which causes cervical and other cancers. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 40608 at http://kasu.org It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert http://kasu.org/post/takes-more-produce-aisle-refresh-food-desert In inner cities and poor rural areas across the country, public health advocates have been working hard to turn around <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/10/07/230142780/food-truck-pioneer-battles-food-deserts-with-high-cuisine">food deserts</a> — neighborhoods where fresh produce is scarce, and greasy fast food abounds. In many cases, they're converting dingy, cramped corner markets into lighter, brighter venues that offer fresh fruits and vegetables. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:26:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 40230 at http://kasu.org It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert Most Teens Aren't Active Enough, And It's Not Always Their Fault http://kasu.org/post/most-teens-arent-active-enough-and-its-not-always-their-fault Sure, you think, my kid's on a football team. That takes care of his exercise needs, right? Probably not.<p>"There are these bursts of activity," says <a href="http://sallis.ucsd.edu/">Jim Sallis</a>, a professor of family and preventive medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 08:27:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 39932 at http://kasu.org Most Teens Aren't Active Enough, And It's Not Always Their Fault Diabetes, Cost Of Care Top Health Concerns For U.S. Latinos http://kasu.org/post/taking-pulse-latino-health-concerns Latino immigrants in the U.S. say the quality and affordability of health care is better in the U.S. than in the countries they came from, <a href="npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/01/17/263502571/a-new-poll-takes-a-look-at-views-from-latino-america">according to the latest survey by NPR</a>, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. But many report having health care problems.<p>About a third of immigrant respondents (31 percent) said they'd had a serious problem with being able to pay for health insurance in the past 12 months. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:15:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 39417 at http://kasu.org Diabetes, Cost Of Care Top Health Concerns For U.S. Latinos Pain In The Back? Exercise May Help You Learn Not To Feel It http://kasu.org/post/pain-back-exercise-may-help-you-learn-not-feel-it More than 1 in 4 adult Americans say they've recently suffered a bout of low-back pain. It's one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor. And more and more people are being treated for it.<p>America spends <a href="http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=181453">more than $80 billion a year</a> on back pain treatments. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 08:09:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 39127 at http://kasu.org Pain In The Back? Exercise May Help You Learn Not To Feel It Healthful Habits Can Help Induce Sleep Without The Pills http://kasu.org/post/healthy-habits-can-help-induce-sleep-without-pills About one-third of American adults say they have problems falling asleep. And prescriptions for sleeping medications are on the rise, with about 4 percent of people using the drugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>But sleep specialists say people should exercise caution before deciding to take medication to help them sleep.<p>Take the case of Nancy Sherman, a woman in her 60s who lives in Seattle. Sleepless nights started about four years ago when she lived directly above an "end of the line" bus stop. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 07:45:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 38089 at http://kasu.org Healthful Habits Can Help Induce Sleep Without The Pills Teens Who Feel Supported At Home And School Sleep Better http://kasu.org/post/teens-who-feel-supported-home-and-school-sleep-better A teen's relationship — or lack of good relationship — with parents, pals or teachers may have a lot to do with why most kids aren't getting the nine to 10 hours of sleep that doctors recommend. The hormonal disruptions of puberty likely also play a role.<p>That's the word from <a href="http://www.artsci.uc.edu/faculty-staff/listing/by_dept/sociology.html?eid=maumedj">David Maume,</a> a sociologist and sleep researcher at the University of Cincinnati. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 08:14:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 37636 at http://kasu.org Teens Who Feel Supported At Home And School Sleep Better School Stress Takes A Toll On Health, Teens And Parents Say http://kasu.org/post/school-stress-takes-toll-health-teens-and-parents-say When high school junior Nora Huynh got her report card, she was devastated to see that she didn't get a perfect 4.0.<p>Nora "had a total meltdown, cried for hours," her mother, Jennie Huynh of Alameda, Calif., says. "I couldn't believe her reaction."<p>Nora is doing college-level work, her mother says, but many of her friends are taking enough advanced classes to boost their grade-point averages above 4.0. "It breaks my heart to see her upset when she's doing so awesome and going above and beyond."<p>And the pressure is taking a physical toll, too. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 07:53:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 37492 at http://kasu.org School Stress Takes A Toll On Health, Teens And Parents Say Recipe For Strong Teen Bones: Exercise, Calcium And Vitamin D http://kasu.org/post/recipe-strong-teenage-bones-exercise-calcium-and-d It's really only a sliver of time when humans build the bulk of their skeleton. At age 9, the bones start a big growth spurt. And by the time puberty ends, around 14 or 15 years old, the adult-sized skeleton is all but done, about 90 percent complete.<p>But doctors say a lot of children aren't getting what they need to do that. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 07:27:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 36013 at http://kasu.org Recipe For Strong Teen Bones: Exercise, Calcium And Vitamin D Exercise May Help Knees More Than Glucosamine And Chondroitin http://kasu.org/post/exercise-may-help-knees-more-glucosamine-and-chondroitin If you're among the estimated 27 million Americans who suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee or hip, then perhaps you've tried the nutritional supplements glucosamine and chondroitin. They've been marketed for joint health for about 20 years, and sales are still brisk. But do they help?<p>Some horses might say yes. The supplements were first tried in horses, and there's some <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21925689">evidence</a> that the supplements might improve joint function for them.<p>Glucosamine and chondroitin are also marketed to dog owners. But what about us humans? Mon, 14 Oct 2013 07:19:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 35422 at http://kasu.org Exercise May Help Knees More Than Glucosamine And Chondroitin Kombucha: Magical Health Elixir Or Just Funky Tea? http://kasu.org/post/kombucha-magical-health-elixir-or-just-funky-tea Chances are, you've seen it in your local grocery store. Maybe you've even mustered the courage to taste it — or at least take a whiff.<p>Once mostly a product of health food stores and hippies' kitchens, <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/kombucha-tea/AN01658">kombucha tea</a> is now commercially available in many major grocery stores.<p>And people aren't necessarily scooping it up for its flavor. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 07:35:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 34804 at http://kasu.org Kombucha: Magical Health Elixir Or Just Funky Tea? Calling Obesity A Disease May Make It Easier To Get Help http://kasu.org/post/calling-obesity-disease-may-make-it-easier-get-help Under the Affordable Care Act, more insurance plans are expected to start covering the cost of obesity treatments, including counseling on diet and exercise as well as medications and surgery. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 07:22:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 34200 at http://kasu.org Calling Obesity A Disease May Make It Easier To Get Help Sweet Cigarillos And Cigars Lure Youths To Tobacco, Critics Say http://kasu.org/post/sweet-cigarillos-and-cigars-lure-youths-tobacco-critics-say The good news: Cigarette sales are down by about a third over the past decade. Not so for little cigars and cigarillos. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 07:45:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 33268 at http://kasu.org Sweet Cigarillos And Cigars Lure Youths To Tobacco, Critics Say When Treating Abnormal Breast Cells, Sometimes Less Is More http://kasu.org/post/when-treating-abnormal-breast-cells-sometimes-less-more When Sally O'Neill's doctor told her she had an early form of cancer in one of her breasts, she didn't agonize about what she wanted to.<p>The 42-year-old mother of two young girls wanted a double mastectomy.<p>"I decided at that moment that I wanted them both taken off," says O'Neill, who lives in a suburb of Boston. "There wasn't a real lot of thought process to it. I always thought, 'If this happens to me, this is what I'm going to do.' Because I'm not taking any chances. I want the best possible outcome. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 07:25:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 32301 at http://kasu.org When Treating Abnormal Breast Cells, Sometimes Less Is More How To Find A Path Off The Dreaded Diet Plateau http://kasu.org/post/how-find-path-dreaded-diet-plateau Chances are that if you've ever lost weight following a strict diet and exercise regimen, you've also reached the diet plateau. On that lonely plateau, pounds never seem to melt away, no matter how hard you try to shed them.<p>You're not alone. Consider the plight of Susan Carierre. When the 5-foot-6-inch Carriere hit 230 pounds, she decided to enroll in a weight-loss program at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center near her home in Baton Rouge, La.<p>"My weight went up and down for years," says Carriere, 62. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 06:59:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 32006 at http://kasu.org How To Find A Path Off The Dreaded Diet Plateau Patients Seek A Different Approach To Hip Replacement Surgery http://kasu.org/post/patients-seek-different-approach-hip-replacement-surgery Every year more than a quarter of a million Americans have total hip replacement surgery. It's almost always a successful operation that frees patients from what's often described as disabling pain.<p>But in recent years, there's been lots of discussion on the Internet about "anterior approach" hip replacement, a surgical technique that's different than the standard procedure. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 31366 at http://kasu.org Patients Seek A Different Approach To Hip Replacement Surgery Deadly Painkiller Overdoses Affecting More Women http://kasu.org/post/painkiller-overdoses-affecting-more-women Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And let's look now at some disturbing health news. At study out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows women are dying from overdoses of prescription painkillers at a much higher rate than men. [POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: Men still die from these overdoses at a higher rate than women. Women are dying from the overdoses at a much higher rate than ever before.]<p>Over the past decade, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of women overdosing. NPR's Patti Neighmond reports.<p>PATTI NEIGHMOND, BYLINE: CDC director Dr. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 09:26:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 30823 at http://kasu.org Depression May Increase The Risk Of Dementia Later On http://kasu.org/post/depression-may-increase-risk-dementia-later Depression can have physical consequences. Research now suggests that when people get depressed in middle age and beyond, they're more likely to develop dementia in old age.<p>But the link between <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16461859">depression and dementia</a> remains something of a mystery. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 08:45:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 30395 at http://kasu.org Depression May Increase The Risk Of Dementia Later On African-Americans Remain Hardest Hit By Medical Bills http://kasu.org/post/african-americans-remain-hardest-hit-medical-bills For many years, high medical bills have been a leading cause of financial distress and bankruptcy in America. That pressure may be easing ever so slightly, according to a survey released earlier this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>But 1 in 5 Americans still face hardships due to medical costs — and African-Americans continue to be the hardest hit.<p>A poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health found that 24 percent of African-American families say they've had problems paying for needed prescription drugs. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 06:56:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 29717 at http://kasu.org African-Americans Remain Hardest Hit By Medical Bills Overweight People Are More Apt To Ditch Doctors http://kasu.org/post/overweight-people-are-more-apt-ditch-doctors Patients struggling with obesity can have a tough time finding the right doctor, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.<p>"Patients often complain that their primary care doctor is too judgmental or harsh with them about their weight," says Dr. <a href="http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/gim/faculty/Gudzune.html">Kimberly Gudzune</a>, an internal medicine physician at Johns Hopkins. She sees lots of overweight and obese patients who want to lose weight, but feel that their doctor isn't supporting them in that effort. Mon, 27 May 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 29001 at http://kasu.org Overweight People Are More Apt To Ditch Doctors