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Rural Hospitals Struggle To Stock Expensive Drugs That Could Save Lives

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 4:35pm

A federal drug program blocks rural hospitals from getting discounts on rare-disease drugs, forcing staff to cut back on supplies of lifesaving medicines.

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Get Ready! Medicare Will Mail New Cards to 60 Million People

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 5:19pm

The federal health program for seniors and the disabled is removing Social Security numbers from the ID cards of 60 million people in an effort to prevent identity theft

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Efforts To Prevent Misuse Of Biomedical Research Fall Short

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 3:04pm

The National Academies of Sciences says not enough has been done to keep legitimate research on pathogens and toxins from being misappropriated and turned into biological weapons.

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If You Think Everyone Else Has More Friends, You're Not Alone

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 10:25am

Many first-year college students think their peers have more friends than they do, a study finds. But that can actually help motivate students to make new connections.

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Air Pollution From Industry Plagues Houston In Harvey's Wake

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 5:00am

Flooding in Houston and utility outages led to belches of fumes from refineries and other industrial sites. Residents of a region already struggling with air pollution wonder: Is it safe to breathe?

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Montanans Pitch In To Bring Clean Air To Smoky Classrooms

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 1:54pm

Montana has recently pushed all their young students indoors because of the unprecedented level of smoke from wildfires. Some community groups are now collaborating to clean up that indoor air.

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FDA Moves To Rein In Drugmakers' Abuse Of Orphan Drug Law

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 1:20pm

Following an investigation by Kaiser Health News and NPR, the Food and Drug Administration has moved to close a loophole that lets drugmakers skip pediatric testing of drugs to treat rare diseases.

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Pet Store Puppies Linked To Campylobacter Outbreak In People

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 3:40pm

Adorable fuzzy puppies aren't usually thought of as disease vectors. But they come with germs, too. It's not clear how pet store puppies caused dozens of humans to get sick with Campylobacter.

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For Many Women, Cervical Cancer Screening May Get A Lot Simpler

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 11:29am

For decades the Pap test was the only option for cervical cancer screening. Now there's the HPV test, too. A federal task force says that for most women, either test will do just fine.

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What To Do When Your Health Insurance Won't Pay The Bills

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 5:03am

Insurers can reduce benefits or change how much they are willing to pay for services, but they are generally supposed to give customers 60 days' notice.

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Sept. 11 First Responder Fights On Behalf Of Others Who Rushed To Help

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 3:16pm

Demolition supervisor John Feal was working at ground zero 16 years ago when an 8,000-pound piece of steel crushed his foot. After being denied medical compensation, he became an advocate for others.

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R&D Costs For Cancer Drugs Are Likely Much Less Than Industry Claims, Study Finds

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 1:10pm

Industry says it costs about $2.7 billion to bring a cancer drug to market. But oncologists who ran the numbers put the average closer to $650 million. Drugs are priced way too high, the doctors say.

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Is All That Wildfire Smoke Damaging My Lungs?

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 4:53am

Forest fires have brought a smoky haze to the West, along with stinging eyes, sore throats and headaches to people far from flames. Unseen particles of ash also make it hard for some to breathe.

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Drug For 'Neglected' Chagas Disease Gains FDA Approval Amid Price Worries

NPR Health Blog - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 6:00am

U.S. doctors treating Chagas disease have long wanted FDA approval for a treatment that's widely used in Latin America. But when Martin Shkreli took interest, those doctors panicked — then mobilized.

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For Teens Knee-Deep In Negativity, Reframing Thoughts Can Help

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 09/09/2017 - 5:00am

Irritation and gloom may seem like the default mode for teenagers, but parents can help them gain a more realistic and resilient way of thinking. A clinical psychologist explains how.

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Dental Schools Add An Urgent Lesson: Think Twice About Prescribing Opioids

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 3:48pm

Opioid painkillers prescribed by dentists have helped fuel the nation's addiction epidemic. Dental schools are teaching the next generation of dentists that there are other ways to treat pain.

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Why Do People Stop Taking Their Meds? Cost Is Just One Reason

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 11:43am

The latest NPR-Truven Health Analytics poll finds that one-third of people say they're stopped taking a prescription drug without telling their doctor. And that could be putting their health at risk.

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Governors Sound Off On How To Fix Health Insurance

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 5:20pm

Senators holding hearings this week are looking for quick tweaks that will stabilize the insurance markets and make policies cheaper. Some governors want more federal money and more flexibility.

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Will Congress Continue Health Care For 9 Million Children?

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 5:38pm

The popular Children's Health Insurance Program is up for renewal Sept. 30. Policy analysts say it's unclear whether a deeply divided Congress facing major deadlines will get the job done.

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When It Comes To Romantic Attraction, Real Life Beats Questionnaires

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 12:41pm

Questionnaires of the sort used by dating apps don't come close to predicting initial attraction compared with meeting someone in real life, a study finds. The ineffable mystery of romance remains.

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