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Shots - Health News
10:12 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Avoiding The Nursing Home Ups The Risk Of Unwanted Medical Care

Signing out the kind of care you want can help your family make the right medical decisions when the time comes.
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Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 11:01 am

Most older people suffer from cognitive impairment or dementia in the year before death, making it more likely that they will get aggressive medical treatments that they don't want.

And people with dementia who are cared for at home are more likely to get unwanted treatment than if they are in a nursing home, a study finds.

That could be because medical personnel are less likely to know a person's end-of-life wishes of someone who isn't in a facility, the researchers say.

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Shots - Health News
9:32 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Mouthwash And Poor Dental Hygiene May Up The Risk Of Oral Cancer

A recent study reported that poor dental hygiene and excessive use of mouthwash containing alcohol could increase the risk of oral cancer.
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Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 7:57 am

Recent research on oral cancer made headlines — and raised concerns — when scientists reported that poor dental hygiene and excessive use of mouthwash containing alcohol could increase the risk of the disease.

Each year, some 40,000 Americans — and upward of 640,000 people worldwide — are diagnosed with oral cancer, which can occur in the tongue, the floor of the mouth, the gum and the cheek. Deaths from oral cancer in the U.S. last year were estimated at 7,890.

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NPR Story
4:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

In China, Hagel Outlines U.S. Approach To Cybersecurity

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 7:09 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. The United States is trying to learn more about China's military and cyber capabilities. But the United States is trying an unusual approach, following the philosophy that in order to get something, you have to give something. The U.S. is revealing more about what America's cyber forces can do, hoping that China might reveal something too.

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Shots - Health News
2:44 am
Tue April 8, 2014

How Mouse Studies Lead Medical Research Down Dead Ends

I'm not trying to lead you astray. It's just that scientists are not skeptical enough about their mouse studies.
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Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 7:59 am

Most experimental drugs fail before they make it through all the tests required to figure out if they actually work and if they're safe. But some drugs get fairly far down that road, at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars, based on poorly conducted studies at the outset.

Medical researchers reviewing this sorry state of affairs say the drug-development process needs serious improvement.

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Shots - Health News
5:22 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Play It Again And Again, Sam

Rick Blaine, the sentimental tough guy in Casablanca, pined for "As Time Goes By."
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Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 7:57 am

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