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'Body Brokers' Get Kickbacks To Lure People With Addictions To Bad Rehab

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:29pm

In South Florida, people with health insurance are the target of "body brokers" who can earn lucrative kickbacks — $500 per week — for referring vulnerable patients to centers that bilk insurers.

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CBO Predicts Rise In Deficit If Trump Cuts Payments To Insurance Companies

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:14pm

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that ending what's known as cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers will raise the deficit $194 billion over 10 years.

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Can My Boss Make Me Pay The Tax On My Great Health Plan? Maybe Yes

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 2:17pm

Since Congress hasn't passed a fix, employers who offer generous health care plans may look to shift the tax burden to employees if the so-called "Cadillac tax" kicks in.

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Can My Boss Make Me Pay The Tax On My Great Health Plan? Maybe Yes

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 2:17pm

Since Congress hasn't passed a fix, employers who offer generous health care plans may look to shift the tax burden to employees if the so-called "Cadillac tax" kicks in.

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In The Event Of A Nuclear Blast, Don't Condition Your Hair

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 1:37pm

That advice came in guidelines issued to residents of Guam on how to prepare for a missile threat on the island. The reason is conditioner can trap radioactive particles in strands of hair.

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6,000-Year-Old Knee Joints Suggest Osteoarthritis Isn't Just Wear And Tear

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 5:00am

Even after a Harvard team took into account differences in age and weight among ancient specimens and knees today, they found that modern humans tend to have more osteoarthritis.

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Poet Imagines Life Inside A 1910 Institution That Eugenics Built

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 3:25pm

Molly McCully Brown, who has cerebral palsy, says that if she'd been born in a different era, she might have been sent to the "Virginia State Colony," an early landmark of the U.S. eugenics movement.

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Trump Administration Extends Deadline For Insurers To Decide On Obamacare Markets

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 1:10pm

The extension leaves time for President Trump to decide whether to continue crucial payments to insurers and for insurers to figure out how they would operate without them if they were to disappear.

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Work Can Be Stressful, Dangerous And Sometimes Great

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 9:58am

America's workers are subject to more physical harm and emotional stress than you might think, but many of these challenges can be mitigated by a good boss and good friends.

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Navigating The 'Aisle Of Confusion' To Whiten Your Teeth

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 4:58am

The whiter the smile the more attractive the person, research finds. Both men and women say white teeth matter when choosing a mate. This may be why whitening teeth is a $3.2 billion industry.

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You Can Order a Dozen STD Tests Online — But Should You?

NPR Health Blog - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 5:00am

It sounds so simple: Order a kit online, test for sexually transmitted diseases in the privacy of home and mail it back. But deciding what to test for and who gets tested is far from easy.

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VIDEO: Where Mastectomy Scars Raged, A Tattoo Garden Blooms

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

Nicole O'Hara was 29 when she had a double mastectomy after a cancer diagnosis. She chose to cover the scars with a tattoo that blooms like her garden, with apple blossoms, bluebells and heather.

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From Alaska To Florida, States Respond To Opioid Crisis With Emergency Declarations

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 4:43pm

President Trump announced Thursday that his administration plans to declare a national emergency to deal with the opioid epidemic. Six states have already taken this step.

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Netflix, ABC Portrayals Of Autism Still Fall Short, Critics Say

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:06am

Two new TV series feature main characters who have autism. While some are applauding the fresh take on the disorder, others worry that the shows send the wrong messages.

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What Could Happen If Trump Formally Declares Opioids A National Emergency

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 7:31am

The president has already called the opioid crisis an emergency. If he makes it official through a formal declaration, more money and personnel could be available to deal with the epidemic.

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Nearly 1 In 5 Hospice Patients Discharged While Still Alive

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 4:34am

The hospices that discharge the most patients before their death also make the most money, a recent study shows.

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People Back Editing Genes To Treat Disease, But Are Wary Of Inheritable Changes

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 6:11pm

Scientists are getting closer to being able to alter people's genes permanently. A survey found that people are more cautious about changes that could be passed on to future generations.

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A 'Vaccine For Addiction' Is No Simple Fix

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 5:15pm

Scientists are trying to develop a vaccine to block the euphoria of heroin without interfering with other pain relief. The Trump administration hopes the approach might help with the opioid epidemic.

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Widowed Early, A Cancer Doctor Writes About The Harm Of Medical Debt

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 11:45am

A decade after the death of her husband, Fumiko Chino is studying the strain that uncovered medical costs put on cancer patients, even those who have insurance.

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Beach Town Tries To Reverse Runaway Growth Of 'Sober Homes'

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 7:25am

Some local and state officials in South Florida are calling for more regulation of addiction recovery residences to help combat insurance scams.

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