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Diabetes Technology Moves Closer To Making Life Easier For Patients

NPR Health Blog - 6 hours 20 min ago

While the technology is moving rapidly, insurance, regulatory, and supply challenges make it harder for patients to quickly access the latest medical advances to manage their condition.

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Drug Companies Make Eyedrops Too Big, And You Pay For The Waste

NPR Health Blog - 15 hours 9 min ago

When eyedrops dribble down your face, it's not your fault. Drugmakers have long known that their drops of medicine exceed the capacity of the human eye. Why didn't companies make the drops smaller?

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Trump Warns Against 'Bailouts' For Insurance Companies In Bipartisan Health Care Deal

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 5:31pm

The deal from the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate health committee is aimed at stabilizing insurance markets. The president had encouraged the short-term fix on Tuesday.

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Scientists Push To House More Lab Monkeys In Pairs

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 4:59pm

Enhancing a research monkey's life by housing it with a pal often doesn't hurt the study, says a researcher who's done it. In her own experience, she says, "it actually helped to improve the science."

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Search Of DNA In Dogs, Mice And People Finds 4 Genes Linked To OCD

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:04am

Scientists looking for genetic factors behind obsessive compulsive disorder looked for clues in the DNA of humans and two animal species. Genes active in a particular brain circuit emerged.

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If You Want An IUD, Take Note Of Trump's New Birth Control Policy

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 5:00am

Some employers may now opt to claim a religious or moral exemption when it comes to paying for birth control, and women could end up sharing the cost with employers that scale back coverage.

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Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 3:04pm

"Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," says sleep scientist Matthew Walker. His new book is Why We Sleep.

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Studies Skewed By Focus On Well-Off, Educated Brains

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 1:56pm

What does a "normal" brain look like? Something a lot different when researchers make sure that study participants reflect the race, education and income levels of the U.S. at large.

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Mindfulness Apps Aim To Help People Disconnect From Stress

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 4:55am

Finding inner calm hard to come by? Some people use their device obsession to help them disconnect. The apps aren't a quick fix, therapists say, but might help you stick to a mindfulness practice.

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Floating Away Your Anxiety And Stress

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 4:55am

Americans' stress levels rose significantly over the past year, according to the American Psychological Association. A doctor tries float therapy to see if it can help him feel less stressed out.

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As She Evacuated Patients From The Hospital, Her Home Burned

NPR Health Blog - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 8:02am

On extremely short notice, two hospitals had to evacuate all their patients as wildfires spread rapidly through Santa Rosa, Calif., last Sunday and Monday. One nurse on duty tells her story.

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'Quackery' Chronicles How Our Love Of Miracle Cures Leads Us Astray

NPR Health Blog - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 8:02am

Tobacco enemas? Mercury pills? Ice pick lobotomies? A new book explains how throughout history, miracle "cures" often didn't just fail to improve people's health, they maimed and killed.

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Trump Decision to End Insurance Subsidies Sparks Outrage, Lawsuits

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:38am

Several state attorneys general say they'll sue to protect the subsidies that help defray costs for low-income consumers. Many physician groups say they oppose the administration's action.

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A School For Kids With Autism Copes With Fire's Physical And Emotional Damage

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 7:00am

Dealing with a fire or other natural disaster is hard on anyone, from evacuation to aftermath. And people with physical or developmental disabilities have particular needs, say emergency planners.

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New Rule On Moral Objections To Contraception Aimed At 2 Groups

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 6:00am

The administration's decision to allow some employers to bypass a requirement to provide no-cost contraceptives to women on moral grounds would benefit specific anti-abortion groups.

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'The Butchering Art': How A 19th Century Physician Made Surgery Safer

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 5:28pm

Before surgeons accepted germ theory, operations often killed patients. All Things Considered host Robert Siegel talks with the author of a new biography of antiseptic advocate Joseph Lister.

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Halt In Subsidies For Health Insurers Expected To Drive Up Costs For Middle Class

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 9:52am

The administration's move late Thursday was the second swipe that day at the insurance markets created by the Affordable Care Act.

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This Week's Air Quality Is Worst On Record For San Francisco Bay Area

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 5:31pm

As wildfires spread through Northern California counties, clouds of smoke and ash are spreading, too, far beyond the flames. Air quality officials have a database that's searchable by ZIP code.

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FDA Panel Endorses Gene Therapy For A Form Of Childhood Blindness

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 3:43pm

After many setbacks for genetic therapies, advisers to the Food and Drug Administration recommended approval of the first gene treatment for an inherited form of blindness.

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Tiny, Transparent Worm Challenges Notions About Sex

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 5:00am

Scientists have found a group of worms that haven't reproduced sexually for 18 million years. Normally that would be a recipe for quick extinction, but these little guys seem none the worse for wear.

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