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43 Percent Of Children Who Died From Car Crashes Were Improperly Restrained

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:03pm

A review of child deaths after fatal car crashes found wide variations by state and region, and suggests state authorities could radically decrease child deaths by changing traffic safety laws.

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Medical Research, Health Care Face Deep Cuts In Trump Budget

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:00pm

The administration's proposed budget would cut billions out of health programs at the NIH, CDC and FDA, as well as Medicaid services for children, the elderly and disabled.

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GOP Bill Could Undercut Some Coverage In Job-Based Insurance

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 5:00am

If states opted to change so-called essential health benefits, as the current health care bill allows, out-of-pocket spending limits and caps on coverage in large group insurance plans could weaken.

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Face-To-Face Sleep Education Plus 'Baby Boxes' Reduces Bed Sharing

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 5:39pm

The two-pronged approach to promoting safe sleep led to a 25 percent drop in the risky practice of bed sharing with babies in the first eight days of life, a study found. But more research is needed.

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As GOP Tarries On Health Bill, Funding For Children's Health Languishes

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 5:00am

The delay in coming up with a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act is making it hard for Congress to reauthorize funding for health care for 9 million children through the popular CHIP program.

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Tips For Staying Healthy When Traveling Abroad

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 5:00am

Two travel tips are often overlooked by clinicians, and can be especially helpful when people are headed to places with less-than-ideal plumbing and sewage systems.

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Pediatricians Advise No Fruit Juice Until Kids Are 1

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:02am

Older kids should limit the amount of juice they drink too. Whole fruit is better than juice because it contains fiber, which slows the absorption of sugar and fills you up the way juice doesn't.

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Why Brain Scientists Are Still Obsessed With The Curious Case Of Phineas Gage

NPR Health Blog - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 5:00am

In 1848, a railroad worker survived an accident that drove a 13-pound iron bar through his head. The injury changed his personality, and our understanding of the brain.

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Scientists One Step Closer To 3-D-Printed Ovaries To Treat Infertility

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 6:00am

Researchers printed gelatin scaffolds into which they placed ovarian tissue, and then implanted the new organs in mice. Three out of seven female mice produced healthy offspring using the technology.

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Poll: Doctors Are Still Prescribing Lots Of Opioids For Low Back Pain

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 12:44pm

More than half of Americans suffer lower back pain each year, the latest NPR/Truven Health Analytics survey finds. And they're often not going for treatments recommended as safest and most effective.

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Women Opt To Skip Pelvic Exams When Told They Have Little Benefit

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 4:50pm

OB-GYNs and primary doctors disagree on whether women need a pelvic exam every year. When women were told a medical society recommended against it, they were much less likely to have the exam.

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Is 'Internet Addiction' Real?

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 5:00am

What started out as web surfing by a healthy teen descended into online obsession and isolation. Was it depression, internet addiction or both? Whatever you call it, rehab is now part of the answer.

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Orangutan Moms Are The Primate Champs Of Breast-Feeding

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 2:49pm

Orangutans breast-feed up to nine years, longer than any other primate. That may help offspring survive food shortages. But humans may have gained a survival advantage from weaning earlier.

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Common Lead Test Can Give False Results, FDA Warns

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 1:12pm

Common blood tests for lead can give falsely-low results in certain cases, according to a new warning from the Food and Drug Administration.

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Secret To Maine's Touted High-Risk Pool? Enough Money

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 10:51am

GOP legislators say Maine's "invisible high-risk pool" was a good model for how to insure people who have pre-existing conditions. Critics say Maine's program was much better funded than the GOP plan.

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From A Millennial To Her Peers: Want to Help The Underserved? Sign Up For Insurance

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 5:00am

A law student was touched when she had a seizure during a big exam and classmates dropped everything to help. But if you really want to help sick people, she says, "you'll sign up for health care."

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Texas Wants To Set Its Own Rules For Federal Family Planning Funds

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 9:58pm

In 2011, Texas gave up millions in federal Medicaid funding so it could exclude Planned Parenthood, which counts abortion among the procedures it provides, from its women's health program.

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Texas Wants Medicaid Funds, Right To Keep Planned Parenthood From Getting Any

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 9:58pm

In 2011, the state gave up millions in federal Medicaid funding so it could exclude the chain of clinics, which counts abortion among the procedures it provides, from its women's health program.

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Candidates Confront GOP Health Care Bill In Montana Special Election

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 4:00pm

Health care is on the minds of many potential voters in Montana, but the House health bill itself is unlikely to sway entrenched Republican voters in the special election next week.

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An Experiment Helps Heroin Users Test Their Street Drugs For Fentanyl

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 3:58pm

Some people on heroin die because the drug was laced with something much stronger — like fentanyl. A few needle exchange programs give users test strips to check their drug's content before injecting.

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