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Scientists Start To Tease Out The Subtler Ways Racism Hurts Health

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 8:07am

The biological effects of lifelong exposure to racism or other sorts of discrimination can be complicated, scientists say, but likely tap into the same mechanisms as other types of chronic stress.

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Medicaid Expansion Takes A Bite Out Of Medical Debt

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 2:17pm

Medical debt is down across the country. In states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the reduction is sharper.

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In The Age Of Legalization, Talking To Kids About Marijuana Gets Tougher

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 5:01am

Now that recreational marijuana use in California and other states is legal for adults and marketers are ramping up ads, youth drug educators fear that kids may think it's safe for them to light up.

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Algae Toxins In Drinking Water Sickened People In 2 Outbreaks

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 4:16pm

In Ohio, more than 100 people got sick in 2013 and 2014 when municipal drinking water was contaminated with toxins from algae blooms in Lake Erie. The CDC says these are the first known instances.

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Algae Toxins In Drinking Water Sickened People In 2 Outbreaks

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 4:16pm

In Ohio, more than 100 people got sick in 2013 and 2014 when municipal drinking water was contaminated with toxins from algae blooms in Lake Erie. The CDC says these are the first known instances.

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CBO: Repealing Health Coverage Mandate Would Save $338 Billion

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 5:52pm

Republicans have been toying with repealing the Affordable Care Act insurance mandate in their tax bill. The Congressional Budget Office says that would save money but make coverage much more costly.

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After Maine Voters Approve Medicaid Expansion, Governor Raises Objections

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 5:12pm

Republican Gov. Paul LePage vetoed Medicaid expansion several times before, so advocates took the measure to the ballot box. Now the governor is placing financial conditions on moving ahead.

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EPA Approval Of Bacteria To Fight Mosquitoes Caps Long Quest

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 2:30pm

Scientists have long sought a way to fight mosquito-borne viruses without pesticides. For researchers like Scott O'Neill, the Wolbachia bacteria offered that chance. But they had to prove it.

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Genetically Altered Skin Saves A Boy Dying Of A Rare Disease

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 1:28pm

An inherited disease called epidermolysis bullosa destroyed the 7-year-old's skin. Scientists grew new skin in the lab without the genetic flaw, and replaced 80 percent of his skin. He is thriving.

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You Can Get Your DNA Tested At An NFL Game. Should You?

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 5:00am

Companies distributing genetic tests at pro sports events say they can help people make the most of exercise and nutrition. But regulators say some are medical tests that could land people in trouble.

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Texas Shooter's History Raises Questions About Mental Health And Mass Murder

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 6:17pm

President Trump says the Texas shooting shows that mental health is a "problem of the highest order." This comes amid a debate about mental illness, guns, and his own record on mental health programs.

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Maine Voters Will Decide If They Want More Access To Medicaid

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 5:05am

The state of Maine has wrestled for years over whether expanding its low-income health insurance program would help more people or be a budget buster. Now they're going to take it to a vote.

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Maine Voters Will Decide If They Want More Access To Medicaid

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 5:05am

The state of Maine has wrestled for years over whether expanding its low-income health insurance program would help more people or be a budget buster. Now they're going to take it to a vote.

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Voters Confused By Ohio's Ballot Question On Drug Prices

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 5:02am

Ohio voters are being asked by a ballot initiative to consider making a law that would require the state to pay no more for prescription drugs than the federal Department of Veterans Affairs does.

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Voters Confused By Ohio's Ballot Question On Drug Prices

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 5:02am

Ohio voters are being asked by a ballot initiative to consider making a law that would require the state to pay no more for prescription drugs than the federal Department of Veterans Affairs does.

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In Texas And Beyond, Mass Shootings Have Roots In Domestic Violence

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 4:53am

The man who police say killed 26 people in a small Texas church on Sunday had a record of domestic violence, making him sadly typical. Many suspects of mass shootings have similar histories.

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In Texas And Beyond, Mass Shootings Have Roots In Domestic Violence

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 4:53am

The man who police say killed 26 people in a small Texas church on Sunday had a record of domestic violence, making him sadly typical. Many suspects of mass shootings have similar histories.

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A Quest: Insulin-Releasing Implant For Type-1 Diabetes

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 4:16pm

People who have Type-1 diabetes would love to be free of insulin injections and pumps. Researchers in San Francisco are now testing in animals an implantable pouch of living, insulin-releasing cells.

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A Quest: Insulin-Releasing Implant For Type-1 Diabetes

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 4:16pm

People who have Type-1 diabetes would love to be free of insulin injections and pumps. Researchers in San Francisco are now testing in animals an implantable pouch of living, insulin-releasing cells.

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Sleepless Night Leaves Some Brain Cells As Sluggish As You Feel

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 3:20pm

Scientists have found an underlying reason why it's dangerous to drive when you're sleepy. Brain recordings show cells involved in perception fire more slowly in somebody who has been up all night.

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