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Chemo Scrambled My Brain

NPR Health Blog - 3 hours 22 min ago

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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'Send Me A Friend': Anders Osborne Helps Musicians Stay Sober On Tour

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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Hispanic Men Often Put Off Medical Care, Bringing Bigger Trouble

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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GOP Plan To Trim Insurance Benefits Might Not Tame Premiums

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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Don't Give Kids Cough Syrup Or Pain Meds That Contain Codeine, FDA Says

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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New GOP Health Proposal Could Ditch Protections For People Who Are Sick

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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Electrical Stimulation To Boost Memory: Maybe It's All In The Timing

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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How Do Former Opioid Addicts Safely Get Pain Relief After Surgery?

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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Many Veterans Gained Health Care Through The Affordable Care Act

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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Trump Extends Troubled VA Program That Pays Private Doctors

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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Human Umbilical Cord Blood Helps Aging Mice Remember, Study Finds

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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FDA Approval Of Hepatitis C Drugs For Kids Is Likely To Speed Treatment

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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Secret Data On Hospital Inspections May Soon Become Public

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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Nonprofit Working To Block Drug Imports Has Ties To Pharma Lobby

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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Home-Based Drug Treatment Program Costs Less And Works

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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Untangling The Mystery Of Why Shoelaces Come Untied

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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'Powwow Sweat' Promotes Fitness Through Traditional Dance

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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'When I Was Your Age' And Other Pitfalls Of Talking To Teens About Stress

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.

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The Poetic Intimacy Of Administering Anesthesia

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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U.S. Health Care Wrestles With The 'Pre-Existing Condition'

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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