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VIDEO: For LSD, What A Long Strange Trip It's Been

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 12/16/2017 - 7:00am

It's been reviled and revered, criminalized and exploited by the CIA. And now and other psychedelic drugs are being tested as legitimate medical treatments. NPR's original animation tells the tale.

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Reverberations Of War Complicate Vietnam Veterans' End-Of-Life Care

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 12/16/2017 - 7:00am

For Vietnam veterans who have lived a lifetime with the memories of war, what some say they want in death is often more nuanced and complicated than a civilian's desire.

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Want Help Explaining A Medical Procedure? Ask A 9-Year-Old

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 7:18am

Much of the information doctors hand patients before surgery is too complex and hard to understand. So British researchers asked 9-year-olds to rewrite a brochure about a hip replacement.

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Teens: Pretty Sober, Except For Marijuana And Vaping

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 11:34am

A national survey finds teen substance abuse at the lowest levels since the early 1990s. But marijuana use hasn't declined, and the number of teenagers who are vaping is rising quickly.

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Heading North: American Doctors Report Back From Canada

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 9:50am

Advocates for single-payer health care in the U.S. often look to Canada as a model. But some American doctors practicing there wonder whether the U.S. is ready to call health care a right.

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Consumers Hunting For Health Insurance Find High Prices — And Some Great Deals

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 5:07am

Shop around. That's the advice of health insurance navigators for people seeking health policies on the Affordable Care Act's state and federal exchanges. Premiums have climbed but so have subsidies.

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HealthCare.gov Enrollment Ends Friday. Sign-Ups Likely To Trail Last Year's

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 4:03pm

A shorter enrollment period and big cuts in the federal budget for outreach are taking a toll, say those helping with health insurance sign-ups. Deadlines for most state exchanges are a little later.

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Why Do So Many People Hate Obamacare So Much?

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:48am

Some knocks on the Affordable Care Act are ideological. Others are misunderstandings. People who make too much to qualify for subsidies to defray their mandated insurance purchases have suffered.

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Forum: Examining Discrimination Against Native Americans

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:11am

How do Native Americans experience discrimination in daily life? Experts in Native American issues discuss the results of an NPR poll showing widespread discrimination across the nation.

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Deadline Is Friday For Most ACA Insurance Sign-Ups, With Important Exceptions

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 5:00am

Some people looking for 2018 insurance under the Affordable Care Act may have a little longer to sign up — for example, in states and U.S. territories hit by this year's hurricanes.

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Native Americans Feel Invisible In U.S. Health Care System

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 5:00am

About a quarter of Native Americans report experiencing discrimination in health care, according to a poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Parents Worry Congress Won't Fund The Children's Health Insurance Program

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 4:58am

The federal funding of the program lapsed in September. States have been burning through leftover funds, or borrowing from other accounts, as they wait for Congress to act before the end of January.

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Could Probiotics Protect Kids From A Downside Of Antibiotics?

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 5:16am

Many marketing claims about the potential benefits of probiotics have raced ahead of the science, say researchers who are now trying to catch up. One NIH study is investigating kids' gut microbes.

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Window Blind Cords Still Pose A Deadly Risk To Children

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:02am

Nearly one child a month dies after being entangled in window blind cords, despite years of effort to reduce the toll. A new industry standard to remove most corded blinds from the market may help.

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This Year, Consider Giving Presence Instead Of Presents

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 7:02am

Science says consciously spending time with our loved ones is more important to them than receiving expensive presents.

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Doubts Rise About Sen. Collins' Strategy To Shore Up Insurance Market

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 7:01am

Even if the Republican from Maine can get her party to go along, her suggestions to bolster the individual insurance market may be too little, too late.

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In The U.S., Flu Season Could Be Unusually Harsh This Year

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:32pm

Health officials fear the U.S. may have a nasty flu season because the main flu virus circulating this year tends to hit people hard and the flu vaccine may be weaker than normal.

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Adults Can Get Type 1 Diabetes, Too

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 5:00am

It used to be called juvenile diabetes because it was thought to often start in childhood. But adults are just as likely to be diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Not knowing that can delay treatment.

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Why Your Brain Has Trouble Bailing Out Of A Bad Plan

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:49pm

Researchers say it takes a lot of brainpower to stop an action, once it's underway. A study found that when people have to change a planned movement, 11 different brain areas have to get involved.

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Researchers Look For Gun Violence Clues In Google Searches And Background Checks

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 2:01pm

After the 2012 mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., there was a spike in gun sales. A study examined the spike and links increased gun exposure to more accidental firearm deaths.

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