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Neurosurgeon: McCain's Recovery From Brain Surgery Might Take Weeks

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 5:55pm

Neurosurgeon Peter Nakaji says that the operation performed on Sen. John McCain to remove a blood clot from his brain gets people home within days, but they still need time to recover.

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Seeking Online Medical Advice? Google's Top Results Aren't Always On Target

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 5:20pm

Google's search results on health issues can be influential, but they can also be unreliable or wrong. The highlighted answer may come from a dubious source while a more credible one is buried below.

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In Massachusetts, Proposed Medicaid Cuts Put Kids' Health Care At Risk

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 4:16pm

Doctors, consumers and politicians say big federal cuts to Medicaid funding would jeopardize the treatment a lot of kids rely on. The state would either have to make up lost funding or cut benefits.

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Forest Bathing: A Retreat To Nature Can Boost Immunity And Mood

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 4:56am

If hiking is about a destination, forest bathing is about an immersion of the senses into the natural world. It's a wellness trend, and studies suggest several health benefits.

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Artificial Sweeteners Don't Help People Lose Weight, Review Finds

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 12:15am

It's easy to think that artificial sweeteners are a health win. But a review of research finds that there's no evidence they help people lose weight, and they may be associated with other problems.

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'Dirt Is Good': Why Kids Need Exposure To Germs

NPR Health Blog - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 5:00am

Should I use antibacterial soaps? How often should I bathe my child? Those are just some of the questions Jack Gilbert, a microbiome scientist, answers in his new book.

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Stress And Poverty May Explain High Rates Of Dementia In African-Americans

NPR Health Blog - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 2:05am

New research finds that African-Americans who grow up in harsh environments and have many stressful experiences are much more likely to develop Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia.

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Moms Of Teens Can Benefit From Social Support, Just Like New Moms

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 07/15/2017 - 5:00am

Social support networks can help mothers of teenagers navigate through difficulties and maintain closeness with their children, researchers have found.

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Doctor Shortage In Rural Arizona Sparks Another Crisis In 'Forgotten America'

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 1:18pm

More than 70 rural U.S. hospitals have closed since 2010, and rural areas are likely to be short 45,000 doctors by 2020. It's one more example of the nation's division between haves and have-nots.

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There's An Amazing New Drug For Multiple Sclerosis. Should I Try It?

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 8:25am

The innovative drug Ocrevus looks as if it could be a game-changer for people with MS. But it's very, very expensive. And as with any new medication, the long-term safety risks are unknown.

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Who's In, Who's Left Out With The Latest Senate Health Care Bill

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:42pm

Tax breaks for the wealthy would be trimmed, and people would get the option to buy bare-bones plans. But big cuts in Medicaid and changes to coverage for pre-existing conditions remain.

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'Extreme' Opioid Use And Doctor Shopping Still Plague Medicare

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 9:31am

One-third of all Medicare recipients were prescribed opioids last year, the HHS inspector general says, with more than half a million getting high doses for at least three months.

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Mobile App Designed To Prevent Pregnancy Gets EU Approval

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 5:03am

For the first time, a medically approved birth control app has been certified as a method of contraception. It relies on math, an algorithm and a woman's body temperature to determine fertility.

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A Birth Control App Gets Certified

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 5:03am

For the first time a medically approved birth control app has been certified as a method of contraception. It relies on math, an algorithm and a woman's body temperature to determine fertility.

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'Living Drug' That Fights Cancer By Harnessing Immune System Clears Key Hurdle

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 6:08pm

An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration recommends the agency, for the first time, approve a new kind of treatment that uses genetically modified immune cells to attack cancer cells.

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Health Insurers Try Paying More Up Front To Pay Less Later

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 4:55pm

Some businesses are keeping costs down for workers by removing deductibles for supplies needed to manage diabetes and other chronic conditions.

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More People Are Making Mistakes With Medicines At Home

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 12:52pm

A study analyzing data from poison control centers finds that the rate of serious medication errors outside health care settings doubled between 2000 and 2012.

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Senate's Health Bill Would Make Life Easier For Some Small Businesses

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 11:05am

Some small businesses buy their health plans through trade associations. The GOP health bills would make those cheaper. But that could also make employer-based insurance more expensive for others.

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In Texas, People With Mental Illness Are Finding Work Helping Peers

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 3:23pm

Giving people who have serious mental illness peer support has proved so helpful that some states are starting to pay these peer specialists to bridge the gap when there aren't enough professionals.

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Credit Agencies To Ease Up On Medical Debt Reporting

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 5:00am

Starting in September, the three main credit agencies will wait 180 days before including medical debt on a credit report, giving consumers time to resolve disputes with insurers.

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