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Under A Trump Proposal, Lawful Immigrants Might Shun Medical Care

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 5:00am

A proposed change in immigration policy from the Trump administration could make it harder for immigrants to obtain a green card if family members use Medicaid, WIC or other federal medical benefits.

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Tobacco Smoke Residue Can Become Airborne Again Indoors

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 2:43pm

Researchers have found that residue stuck on smokers' clothes, furniture or other surfaces can become airborne and pollute indoor air.

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Why Can't Medicare Patients Use Drugmakers' Discount Coupons?

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 5:00am

U.S. law prohibits people on Medicare from using the discount coupons the makers of expensive medicines offer. The law aims to reduce federal drug spending and Medicare fraud, but can feel unfair.

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Artificial Intelligence Takes Scientists Inside Living Human Cells

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 3:01am

Diseases like cancer involve changes that occur inside a cell — and usually out of sight. A new technology can reveal a cell's inner workings, using inexpensive graphics processors from video games.

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Administration Rejects Proposal For Lifetime Medicaid Cap

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 4:58pm

The Trump administration laid out limits on how much flexibility it would allow states in running Medicaid. Work requirements are in and lifetime caps are out.

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For Babies Of The Opioid Crisis, Best Care May Be Mom's Recovery

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 4:30pm

Early findings on infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome are reassuring, and doctors are optimistic that normal development can continue. Making sure parents are treated for addiction is key.

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Farm Bill Could Undo Part Of The Affordable Care Act

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 5:00am

A provision now in the House's bill would help agricultural groups set up association health plans. Such plans, favored alternatives of the GOP, aim to reduce health care costs for small groups.

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Listless And Lonely In Puerto Rico, Some Older Storm Survivors Consider Suicide

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 4:34pm

The electricity is back on across much of the island, but the disruption to community spirit continues. Isolation, anxiety and depression are up, as are suicides, especially among older adults.

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Reversing An Overdose Isn't Complicated, But Getting The Antidote Can Be

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 5:01am

The U.S. surgeon general has recommended that naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug, be widely available to consumers. But there are several barriers to consumers' ability to acquire it.

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Lyme Disease Is On The Rise Again. Here's How To Prevent It

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 5:00am

The tick-borne illness is spreading north and south — about 300,000 U.S. cases a year. As scientists work on better diagnostic tests and surveillance tools, you can take steps to cut your risk.

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Telemedicine Takes Transgender Care Beyond The City

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 05/05/2018 - 9:01am

In rural areas, doctors and nurses competent in transgender care are hard to find. It can also be a challenge to locate providers who offer respectful care for issues unrelated to gender identity.

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Big Jump Seen In Number Of Inmates Prescribed Psychiatric Drugs In California

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 5:00am

Amid a severe shortage of psychiatric beds and community-based treatment throughout the state and nation, county jails have become repositories for people in the throes of acute mental health crises.

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Sprained Your Ankle? The Cost Of A Walking Boot Could Sprain Your Wallet

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 5:00am

Your health insurance plan might not cover items such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, boots and braces. The cost is small compared with many medical bills, but adds up if you pay out-of-pocket.

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Federal Government Sends Warning To Vaping Companies

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 5:09am

The federal government issued warnings to companies that sell vaping liquids, saying they are in violation of federal regulations due to packages that appear to market to children or teens.

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Questions Raised About Study Of Device To Ease Opioid Withdrawal

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 5:09am

As the nation grapples with a crisis of opioid addiction, a medical device called the Bridge is being touted as a way to help people through the symptoms of withdrawal. Does it work?

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Experimental Lung Treatment Could Make Breathing Easier

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 4:49pm

Lung surfactant coats tiny air sacs in the lung. Without it, every breath is a struggle, like blowing up millions of little balloons. With surfactant, breathing is as easy as blowing soap bubbles.

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When Inmates Need A Specialist, They Often See The Doctor By Video

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 2:17pm

Corrections officials are increasingly using remote appointments to handle specialized needs, such as psychiatric, cancer and cardiac care.

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Americans Are A Lonely Lot, And Young People Bear The Heaviest Burden

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 6:01am

A nationwide survey by health insurer Cigna finds that loneliness is widespread in America. Millennials and people in Generation Z tend to feel lonelier than retirees.

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Report To Army Finds Blast From Some Weapons May Put Shooter's Brain At Risk

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 5:01am

Service members who fire certain weapons can get concussion-like symptoms from the blasts, an Army-commissioned report finds. It urges taking measures to cut the risk of lasting brain damage.

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'Failing Patients': Baltimore Video Highlights Crisis Of Emergency Psychiatric Care

NPR Health Blog - Sun, 04/29/2018 - 8:10am

A viral video is drawing attention to a problem in hospital emergency rooms across the country. More and more patients with urgent psychiatric conditions aren't receiving the care they need.

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