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After an incorrect dose of a chemotherapy drug for Crohn's disease caused Anne Webster's bone marrow to shut down, she decided that, if she survived, she'd write about her experience.
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NPR Health Blog - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 8:06am
New Orleans bluesman Anders Osborne is launching a program to help musicians and others in the industry stay sober in work environments that are often centered around drugs and alcohol.
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NPR Health Blog - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 6:00am
Men are more likely than women to put off going to the doctor. Hispanic men can face complications of culture, language and cost that make that even more likely.
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NPR Health Blog - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 5:00am
House Republicans are taking another stab at replacing the Affordable Care Act. But industry analysts say cutting required coverage won't meet their goal of lowering premiums for individual insurance.
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NPR Health Blog - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:55pm
The agency expanded its warnings about prescription cough and pain medications that contain the narcotics codeine or tramadol, saying they can cause dangerously slow breathing in some kids.
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NPR Health Blog - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 1:21pm
The proposal allows states to put people with pre-existing conditions into high-risk pools and get rid of minimum health benefits for health insurance plans if they choose.
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NPR Health Blog - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:01pm
Research in epilepsy has found a key to why small pulses of electricity to the brain sometimes help and sometimes hurt a failing memory. Brains hurt by physical trauma or dementia might benefit, too.
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NPR Health Blog - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 5:00am
Max Baker got treatment for his opioid dependency and kicked the habit. He'd been clean for more than a year when a car accident and subsequent surgery returned him to addiction's spiral.
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NPR Health Blog - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 5:00pm
Almost half a million veterans gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, cutting the number of uninsured vets by 40 percent.
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NPR Health Blog - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 3:45pm
The Veterans Choice program was supposed to make it quicker and easier for vets to see a doctor by paying for private-sector care. But it's ended up being slower and more complicated.
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NPR Health Blog - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 1:03pm
Researchers found that a protein in human umbilical cord plasma improved learning and memory in older mice, but there's no indication it would work in people.
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NPR Health Blog - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 5:00am
Many insurers have required that adults with hepatitis C be very sick before they can get access to expensive drug treatment. But Medicaid has special rules that may get kids and teens access sooner.
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NPR Health Blog - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 1:19pm
The federal government wants to require that private accreditors release reports of problems they find during hospital inspections. Right now, the reports are kept confidential.
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NPR Health Blog - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 5:00am
An organization campaigning against foreign drug imports has deep connections to the lobbying group PhRMA, which includes Eli Lilly, Pfizer and Bayer, an analysis by Kaiser Health News reveals.
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NPR Health Blog - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 2:47pm
Treating addiction is expensive and patients often relapse. A new company is offering better results at a price that's lower in the long run — and clients get treatment right at home.
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NPR Health Blog - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 4:46am
Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have figured out why shoelaces seem to come untied at the worst moments, like when you're running.
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NPR Health Blog - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 4:46am
Native Americans are 60 percent more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic whites. The Coeur D'Alene Tribe in Idaho is using traditional dance to get fit and lose weight. They call it "Powwow Sweat."
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NPR Health Blog - Sun, 04/16/2017 - 10:00am
Helping teenagers develop cognitive empathy, the ability to understand another person's perspective, can allow them to cope with stress better. But whether they accept help can be all in the phrasing.
NPR Health Blog - Sun, 04/16/2017 - 5:00am
An anesthesiologist and poet says her medical work is well-suited to poetry, as patients move in and out of consciousness under the doctor's watch.
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NPR Health Blog - Sat, 04/15/2017 - 8:04am
Insurers and politicians struggle constantly to thread the needle between making sure people have good health insurance and figuring out who should pay, especially for those who need a lot of care.
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