Grandma was right: Sunshine helps kill germs indoors
An Oregon study finds that rooms exposed to daylight have fewer germs. In fact, the study showed that the lit rooms had about half the viable bacteria (those that are able to grow), compared with dark rooms. Read more
The flu nearly killed him. Get a flu shot, he says now
An estimated 80,000 Americans died of the flu last winter, according to initial estimates from CDC. It was the highest number of flu related deaths in decades, and Charlie Hinderliter was nearly among them. Now, after 58 days in the hospital, a week in a medically induced coma, two surgeries... Read more
New, cheaper insurance policies may have big gaps
If you’re looking for cheaper health insurance, a whole host of new options hit the market starting Tuesday. But buyer beware!  If you get sick, the new plans – known as short-term, limited duration insurance — may not pay for the medical care you need. Read more
Children caring for parents: Trials and rewards
Caring for a sick parent can be overwhelming for siblings. Often, family dynamics beneath the surface “will basically be put on steroids and brought way out in the open because this process is so stressful,” says Anne Tumlinson, who runs a Washington D.C.-based research firm on aging and who writes... Read more
Brain injury warning signs that parents should look for
A high school football player’s death after a game is sending shock rippling through the state, as parents wonder how to protect their student-athletes. Dr. Thomas Burns studies concussions and said most students will fully recover from a concussion within two weeks, whereas a traumatic brain injury can lead... Read more

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