Writer and editor for Shots, NPR's health blog. Ex-WSJ. My fixations manifested here, including @jhumenslacrosse & Dobermans. (PR folks, no pitches, pls.)

New flu strains and old antibodies: How sinful is 'original antigenic sin'?

eurekalert.org — Immune memory ensures a quick, specific response to previously encountered pathogens. However, for rapidly evolving pathogens like influenza virus, there is concern that recalled ('old') antibodies dominate and compromise the response against a changed ('new') infectious strain. A mouse study published on Aug.

Aetna CEO To Justice Department: Block Our Deal And We'll Drop Out Of Obamacare

kpbs.org — It's not often during the midst of an antitrust fight that the public gets a look at the gamesmanship that's happening behind the scenes. But thanks to the Huffington Post's Jonathan Cohn and Jeff Young, we got a glimpse at how health insurer Aetna is making its case to acquire rival Humana - and new insight into Aetna's decision announced Tuesday to pull out of Obamcare exchanges in 11 states.

Aetna CEO To Justice Department: Block Our Deal And We'll Drop Out Of Obamacare

wdiy.org — It's not often during the midst of an antitrust fight that the public gets a look at the gamesmanship that's happening behind the scenes. But thanks to the Huffington Post's Jonathan Cohn and Jeff Young, we got a glimpse at how health insurer Aetna is making its case to acquire rival Humana - and new insight into Aetna's decision announced Tuesday to pull out of Obamcare exchanges in 11 states.

Aetna Withdrawal From Obamacare Exchanges Seen In New Light : Shots

npr.org — It's not often during the midst of an antitrust fight that the public gets a look at the gamesmanship that's happening behind the scenes. But thanks to the Huffington Post's Jonathan Cohn and Jeff Young, we got a glimpse at how health insurer Aetna is making its case to acquire rival Humana - and new insight into Aetna's decision announced Tuesday to pull out of Obamcare exchanges in 11 states.

Where There's 'Sexting,' There May Be Sex

npr.org — How many teens are sending sexual photos or texts by phone? And what else are they doing? Researchers surveyed nearly 2,000 high schoolers in Los Angeles to find out. Among kids who had cellphones or access to them (and that cover almost all of them), about 15 percent reported "sexting."

FDA: 'Ninja Mojo' And 'Love Rider' Contain Hidden Drugs : Shots

npr.org — Even before the Food and Drug Administration's latest safety warning to men about dietary supplements that claim to enhance sexual performance, there were clues of trouble. The label for Ninja Mojo, for instance, misspells herbal as "harbal" and says buyers of it should "keep out of reach form [sic] children."

Feds Broaden Medicare Fraud Fight

npr.org — Miami Medicare Vice was such a hit, the feds are taking specialized strike forces to fight health fraud on the road. Teams of Medicare fraud busters that debuted in South Florida two years ago and rolled into Los Angeles last year will soon descend on Detroit and Houston.

Vaccinations Can Be Money-Losers For Doctors

npr.org — Vaccines vanquished smallpox and have the polio virus on the run. And immunizations recommended routinely in the U.S. help protect people from chickenpox and cervical cancer. But many doctors who administer the vaccinations lose money on them, according to new data from athenahealth, a company that helps doctors with electronic billing and medical records.

Poll: Nearly 1 In 4 Americans Reports Having Had A Concussion

wlrn.org — Concussions have become part of the daily news. But how much have these brain injuries become part of daily life? To find out, we asked people across the country about concussions in the latest NPR-Truven Health Analytics Health Poll.

Radiometric Correction of Airborne Radar Images Over Forested Terrain With Topography

ieeexplore.ieee.org — Radiometric correction of radar images is essential to produce accurate estimates of biophysical parameters related to forest structure and biomass. We present a new algorithm to correct radiometry for 1) terrain topography and 2) variations of canopy reflectivity with viewing and tree-terrain geometry.
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Aug 29, 2016

RT @alikodjakNPR: So Mylan responds to critique over the high price of EpiPen by going into competition with itself.  https://n.pr/2bLHuZU  @NPR @NPRhealth

Aug 29, 2016

@Eri_Barrister, a while back @HopkinsLaxPhan had the skinny and posted how many seconds before the game. Math was too hard for me.

Aug 19, 2016

RT @shrinkrapdinah: I'm a psychiatrist if Baltimore City & I don't call the police for my patients because I worry they'll be killed: https…


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