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Morning Sickness Pill Gets Second Look From Persistent Researchers

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 01/06/2017 - 4:20pm

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says pregnant women with morning sickness shouldn't reach hastily for the pill bottle. Controversy over one medicine called Diclegis continues.

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Medicare Failed To Recover Up To $125 Million In Overpayments From Private Insurers

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 01/06/2017 - 5:00am

Audits show Medicare potentially overpaid five insurance plans by $128 million, yet the government recovered only $3 million. The finding adds to questions about oversight of Medicare Advantage plans.

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Poll: Most Americans Say Don't Repeal Obamacare Without A Replacement

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 01/06/2017 - 3:01am

A poll finds that 75 percent wants Congress to either leave the law alone or wait to repeal it until they have a new law. For most people, controlling high health care costs is top priority.

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Brain Area That Recognizes Faces Gets Busier And Better In Young Adults

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 2:24pm

From birth through age 30 or so, our ability to recognize faces keeps improving, research shows. At first, kids discern adult faces better than other kids' mugs. Not so after adolescence.

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Blind Art Lovers Make The Most Of Museum Visits With 'InSight' Tours

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 4:58am

"Sight isn't the only pathway to understand art," says Carol Wilson of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. There, specially trained docents lead tours using sound, description — and even touch.

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Dust To Dust: Scientists Find DNA Of Human Ancestors In Cave Floor Dirt

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 11:38am

Anthropologists in Germany say they may not need old bones to recover ancient DNA. They just analyze dust from the floor of caves where Neanderthals and other now-extinct human relatives once resided.

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Do Anti-Snoring Gadgets Really Work?

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 5:00am

Your noisy roommate probably won't like paying cold cash to get electric shocks. And that may not stop the snoring, sleep doctors say. Fortunately, there are other ways to turn down the volume.

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Republicans Take The First Step To Repeal Obamacare

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 01/03/2017 - 5:12pm

Senate Republicans introduced a budget resolution that starts the process to defund key chunks of the Affordable Care Act. President-elect Donald Trump says he'll sign a bill.

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Learning German In The Name Of Science And Cross-Cultural Collaboration

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 01/03/2017 - 2:27pm

Ninety young Syrian refugees are teaming up with neuroscientists in Leipzig to figure out the quickest and best way to teach German as a second language. Vocabulary first, or grammar early on, too?

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Obamacare Plans Don't Always Include Top Cancer Centers

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 01/03/2017 - 10:35am

In a number of states, including big ones such as New York and Texas, leading cancer centers like Memorial Sloan Kettering aren't included in insurers' networks. What's a patient's recourse?

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Child Care Scarcity Has Very Real Consequences For Working Families

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 01/03/2017 - 7:00am

In much of the U.S., demand for licensed infant care outstrips supply. Parents face lengthy waitlists, hefty waitlist fees, and few good options when returning to work after the birth of a baby.

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Obamacare Is First Item On Congress' Chopping Block

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 01/02/2017 - 5:02am

Republicans in Congress have vowed to repeal the health care law as soon as they get back to work. But they don't have a replacement ready, and insurers fear that could cause the market to collapse.

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Is The Warning That Creatine's Not For Teens Getting Through?

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 01/02/2017 - 12:02am

Researchers who surveyed 244 shops across the U.S. found that, despite label warnings, two thirds would recommend the dietary supplement to a 15-year-old football player trying to gain muscle.

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Easing Old People's Loneliness Can Help Keep Them Healthy

NPR Health Blog - Sun, 01/01/2017 - 8:35pm

Little Brothers, which operates in San Francisco and several other cities, sends volunteers to brighten up the lives of isolated elderly people, helping them reduce the risk of serious illness.

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For Veterans, Trauma Of War Can Persist In Struggles With Sexual Intimacy

NPR Health Blog - Sun, 01/01/2017 - 9:02am

What happens to sexual relationships after service members return from combat? Former Marine Chuck Rotenberry and his wife, Liz, open up about their struggles with sex and his PTSD.

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Unexpected Risks Found In Replacing DNA To Prevent Inherited Disorders

NPR Health Blog - Sun, 01/01/2017 - 5:00am

In 2016, scientists combined the genes of three people in an effort to make a baby free of an inherited disease. But the process doesn't wipe out all faulty mitochondria, and could pose new risks.

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A Skeptic Fact-Checks Yoga's Health Claims And Goes With The Om

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 12/31/2016 - 10:00am

Yoga has been promoted as the cure for many ills, from diabetes to insomnia. Scientific proof is mixed. But this skeptic says if yoga makes climbing the stairs hurt less, that's good enough.

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From Psychedelics To Alzheimer's, 2016 Was A Good Year For Brain Science

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 12/31/2016 - 5:00am

A woman with ALS was able to type just by thinking about the letters, and people with cancer found their anxiety and depression erased by a single encounter with magic mushrooms.

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In Puerto Rico, A Woman Infected With Zika Prays For A Healthy Baby

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 12/30/2016 - 11:00am

Puerto Rico has experienced many more cases of Zika virus than the continental U.S. But health and educational services are scarce on the islands for children born with disabilities.

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The Wrong Eating Habits Can Hurt Your Brain, Not Just Your Waistline

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 12/30/2016 - 5:00am

A diet high in saturated fats and sugars can affect the parts of the brain that are important to memory. Diet-linked brain changes can also make people more likely to crave unhealthful food.

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