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Los Angeles Health Clinic 'A Microcosm' Of The Nation's Anxieties

NPR Health Blog - 4 hours 41 min ago

A South LA clinic started by Muslim doctors and students has served mostly low-income Latino and African-American patients for 20 years. Staff and patients now say they worry about their future.

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March Madness Vasectomies Encourage Guys To Take One For The Team

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 3:04pm

Some urologists use March Madness as an opportunity to market vasectomy services, offering men the excuse to sit on the sofa for three days to watch college basketball while they recover.

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Insurance Companies Could Profit From Fewer Customers Under GOP Plan

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:16pm

As House Republicans and the White House try reach a deal on a plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, much of the insurance industry likes what it's seeing.

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Letting States Decide Health Coverage Could Make It Harder To Buy

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:01am

House Republicans altered their health care bill to let states decide what coverage is required. That would make it harder to buy coverage for childbirth or chronic illness, analysts say.

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GOP Resurrects A Bill From 2003 To Help Small Firms Buy Health Insurance

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 5:00am

House Speaker Paul Ryan supports a bill that would allow "association health plans" to be sold nationally to small businesses. But critics say such plans tend to be skimpy and not well-regulated.

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Cancer Is Partly Caused By Bad Luck, Study Finds

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:00pm

Researchers have long known behavior, environment and genetics play a role in cancer. A study in Science finds luck is also a major factor. Nearly two-thirds of cancer mutations arise randomly.

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GOP Health Bill Changes Could Kill Protections For Those With Pre-Existing Conditions

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:00pm

House Republicans are considering a deal that would remove the requirement that health insurance plans cover 10 essential health benefits, hoping to secure the votes of conservative lawmakers.

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The Forces Driving Middle-Aged White People's 'Deaths Of Despair'

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 5:00am

Middle-aged white people without college degrees are increasingly likely to die of suicide or drug and alcohol abuse. The lack of a pathway to solid jobs is one reason, two economists say.

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Doctor Turns Up Possible Treatment For Deadly Sepsis

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:01am

Research hasn't yet confirmed the early hints that a mix of IV vitamins and steroids might stop the fatal organ failure of sepsis. But an effective treatment for sepsis would be a really big deal.

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Social Media, Math And The Mystery Of A Mumps Outbreak

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 7:35pm

Since August 2016, there have been nearly 3,000 cases of mumps diagnosed in Arkansas. A epidemiologist explains how her team used online data and mathematical modeling to understand the outbreak.

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Limits In GOP Plan Could Shrink Seniors' Long-Term Health Benefits

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 3:50pm

Caps in the GOP health plan have huge implications for people over 65. In addition to helping low-income seniors with long-term care, Medicaid helps pay for some of their Medicare premiums and copays.

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Breast Implants Linked To Rare Blood Cancer In Small Proportion Of Women

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 2:06pm

The FDA says breast implants with textured surfaces are linked to at least 203 cancer cases, and that nine women have died. Nearly 300,000 people get breast implants each year in the U.S.

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A Smartphone Can Accurately Test Sperm Count

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 2:01pm

Measuring the quality of those little swimmers usually requires a trip to the doctor. Researchers have come up with a smartphone accessory that would let men do that at home in less than five seconds.

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GAO Will Investigate Skyrocketing Prices For Orphan Drugs

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:29am

The Orphan Drug Act was created to help patients with rare diseases get life-saving medications. But soaring prices suggest the law is being manipulated to increase profits.

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Repeal Of Health Law Could Force Tough Decisions For Arizona Republicans

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 4:30am

The state expanded Medicaid under a Republican governor a few years ago, extending health coverage to hundreds of thousands of Arizonans. But the GOP plan in Congress would cut much of that funding.

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It's Not Clear How Many People Could Actually Work To Get Medicaid

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 4:59pm

Audie Cornish talks with health policy researcher Leighton Ku about the GOP proposal that would let states require able-bodied Medicaid recipients to work.

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Medicaid Work Requirement Wouldn't Shrink Spending Much

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 2:21pm

Most of the people on Medicaid are elderly, disabled or children, so a GOP proposal to require able-bodied recipients to work probably won't add up to big cost savings, analysts say.

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Exercising While Pregnant Is Almost Always A Good Idea

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 11:02am

Women often worry that exercise is dangerous during pregnancy, but the data shows it's almost always good for both mother and the developing fetus. As with so many things, moderation is key.

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Harvard Scientists Call For Better Rules To Guide Research On 'Embryoids'

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 8:01am

Some recent studies in synthetic biology, they say, raise new questions about the ethical limits of creating entities that might feel pain or resemble human embryos — or mimic humans in other ways.

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Doctors Consider Ethics Of Costly Heart Surgery For People Addicted To Opioids

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 5:00am

A troubling trend has followed the opioid epidemic: People who use intravenous drugs are getting heart infections, driving up hospital bills and stirring an ethical debate among doctors.

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