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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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