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'Interlaced Fingers' Traces Roots Of Racial Disparity In Kidney Transplants

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 6:03pm

When Dr. Vanessa Grubbs fell in love with a man whose kidneys were failing, he'd been waiting for a transplant for years. Her book explores the ways racial inequity is embedded in the system.

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More Than Memory: Coping With The Other Ills Of Alzheimer's

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 8:01am

Many people with Alzheimer's suffer medical and mental health issues that have nothing to do with memory loss, including slow healing, incontinence, paranoia and depression.

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What The Man Who Ran Obamacare Thinks About The Republican Health Care Plan

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 3:50pm

Andy Slavitt was acting administrator of the the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services until January. He calls the new Senate health care bill "the ugly step-sibling" of the House bill.

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Efforts Increase To Bring Health And Other Benefits To Independent Workers

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:48am

The vast majority of the estimated 54 million to 68 million contingent or independent workers in the U.S. don't receive employee benefits, though some firms and lawmakers are trying to change that.

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Efforts Increase To Bring Health And Other Benefits To Independent Workers

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:48am

The vast majority of the estimated 54 million to 68 million contingent or independent workers in the U.S. don't receive employee benefits, though some firms and lawmakers are trying to change that.

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Could The Best Memory System Be One That Forgets?

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:46am

Forget thinking about forgetting as failure. Researchers now say that ridding our brains of irrelevant details and outdated information helps us better navigate our ever-changing world.

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OB-GYNs Give Women More Say In When They Have Mammograms

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 5:06pm

Updated guidelines on mammograms from the nation's gynecologists are intended to incorporate recommendations from three other medical societies and consider women's preferences, too.

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CHART: Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:59pm

Senate Republicans are calling their health care bill the Better Care Reconciliation Act. It shares many provisions with the House's American Health Care Act, but goes further in cutting Medicaid.

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Forget Freud: Dreams Replay Our Everyday Lives

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:05am

Sigmund Freud thought dreams were all about wish fulfillment and repressed desire. But scientists now think they're linked to memory processing and consciousness. And they're often quite mundane.

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Republicans' Proposed Medicaid Cuts Would Hit Rural Patients Hard

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 5:00am

Hundreds of rural hospitals are on the brink of closing. The House Republican health plan drastically reduces one of their key sources of funding and the Senate bill is expected to do the same.

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'Combat Medicine:' Afghanistan Vet Seeks To Help Others Through Hip-Hop

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 5:00pm

A new hip-hop album by a veteran of the war in Afghanistan drops Wednesday. His target audience: fellow vets suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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CEOs Say They'll Sell Health Insurance Next Year, But Are Flying Blind

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:52pm

Health insurers have to let the government know Wednesday if they'll be selling policies on the federal exchange next year. But Congress has yet to tell them what those policies will cover.

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Survivors Of Childhood Diseases Struggle To Find Care As Adults

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 5:00am

A few decades ago, babies born with conditions such as congenital heart disease or cystic fibrosis often didn't survive past childhood. Now many live longer, but adult medicine has not kept pace.

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A Pioneer In 'Flat-Fee Primary Care' Had To Close Its Clinics. What Went Wrong?

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 3:38pm

Many patients liked the Qliance approach, which gave them unlimited access to a provider for a modest fee and freed doctors from insurance paperwork. But critics say the approach may not be viable.

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Study Finds Yoga Can Help Back Pain, But Keep It Gentle, With These Poses

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 5:00am

A yoga class designed specifically for lower back pain can be as effective as physical therapy in easing pain, the study says. The class and teacher manuals are available online, for free.

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A Couple's Quest To Stop A Rare Disease Before It Takes One Of Them

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 11:35am

Twenty years. That's how long two grad students, Sonia Vallabh and Eric Minikel, think they have before a deadly disease envelops Sonia's brain. The Massachusetts couple is now racing to find a cure.

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Can You Find The Defibrillator At Work? Half Of People Say No

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 11:17am

People who work in the hospitality and service industries were even less likely to know where to find an AED, according to a new survey. The devices can restart someone's heart after cardiac arrest.

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This Father's Day, Remembering A Time When Dads Weren't Welcome In Delivery Rooms

NPR Health Blog - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 5:00am

For many fathers, the birth of a child is a hugely emotional moment. But not that long ago, few fathers were allowed to participate in the process.

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Alzheimer's Starts To Steal The Joy Of Being A Grandfather

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 5:00am

When Greg O'Brien found out he'd be a grandfather, he was excited. He was also sad. His granddaughter, he knew, would never know the real him.

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Research Finds Dressmakers Have Good Eyes, And Not Just For Style

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 12:56pm

In a study of people from a variety of professions, dressmakers were found to have superior 3-D vision. Could their endless hours of delicate handwork be honing eyesight?

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