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'Powwow Sweat' Promotes Fitness Through Traditional Dance

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 4:46am

Native Americans are 60 percent more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic whites. The Coeur D'Alene Tribe in Idaho is using traditional dance to get fit and lose weight. They call it "Powwow Sweat."

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'When I Was Your Age' And Other Pitfalls Of Talking To Teens About Stress

NPR Health Blog - Sun, 04/16/2017 - 10:00am

Helping teenagers develop cognitive empathy, the ability to understand another person's perspective, can allow them to cope with stress better. But whether they accept help can be all in the phrasing.

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The Poetic Intimacy Of Administering Anesthesia

NPR Health Blog - Sun, 04/16/2017 - 5:00am

An anesthesiologist and poet says her medical work is well-suited to poetry, as patients move in and out of consciousness under the doctor's watch.

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U.S. Health Care Wrestles With The 'Pre-Existing Condition'

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 04/15/2017 - 8:04am

Insurers and politicians struggle constantly to thread the needle between making sure people have good health insurance and figuring out who should pay, especially for those who need a lot of care.

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Tax Day And Health Insurance Under Trump

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 04/15/2017 - 8:04am

To avoid penalties, people who didn't have health insurance in 2016 or who got federal assistance to pay the premiums need to take a little extra care when completing their tax forms this year.

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How A Budget Squeeze Can Lead To Sloppy Science And Even Cheating

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 1:37pm

The hypercompetitive world of biomedical research occasionally drives scientists to cheat. More often, scientists make decisions that undercut their results. That can lead colleagues astray.

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Maps Show A Dramatic Rise In Health Insurance Coverage Under ACA

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 9:37am

The overall increase in the number of Americans with health insurance draws attention to counties where the uninsured rate is still high, many of them in states that chose not to expand Medicaid.

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Get Set For Trump Revisions To Your Affordable Care Act Insurance

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 11:39pm

The Trump administration has finalized a rule that will make big changes in Obamacare health plans and eligibility as soon as this summer. Will it stabilize the insurance marketplace, too?

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What Doesn't Kill You Can Maim: Unexpected Injuries From Opioids

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 1:18pm

Emergency room doctors are just beginning to study a new kind of casualty in the opioid epidemic — patients who survive an overdose, but walk away with brain damage, kidney failure or dead muscle.

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No Ant Left Behind: Warrior Ants Carry Injured Comrades Home

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 2:01pm

Don't call it empathy, scientists say. These termite-eating ants only retrieve injured comrades on the way home from a hunt, not before. But the hurt ants do recover better at home — to fight again.

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What Happens To A Congressman's Health Insurance If Obamacare Goes Down?

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 5:00am

Under the Affordable Care Act, most members of Congress and staff who want to buy health insurance must buy it on the exchange. That requirement is not affected by bills aimed at replacing the ACA.

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Civilians With Severe Burns Treated At Texas Military Hospital

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 4:31pm

The U.S. military's burn center in San Antonio is responsible for treating service members who are badly burned. But, to stay sharp, the medical teams there also treat civilians.

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Top Scientists Revamp Standards To Foster Integrity In Research

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 4:21pm

The National Academy of Sciences has toughened up its guidelines to call cutting corners, dubious statistics and not fully sharing research methods "detrimental" to science.

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Asbestos Deaths Remain A Public Health Concern, CDC Finds

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 1:56pm

Exposure to the tiny fibers in asbestos can lead people who work around the material to develop mesothelioma, a cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen.

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Spinal Manipulation Can Alleviate Back Pain, Study Concludes

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 12:52pm

Physically manipulating the spine appears to offer a modestly effective alternative to medication for lower back pain, according to a new evaluation of scientific studies.

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Federal Task Force Softens Opposition To Routine Prostate Cancer Screening

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 6:01am

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force proposes each man decide with his doctor whether to undergo routine PSA testing, citing recent evidence of benefits and ways to minimize downsides of screening.

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Why Send A Firetruck To Do An Ambulance's Job?

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 4:23am

Chicago's fire department gets 20 times more medical calls than fire calls, but it has twice as many firetrucks as ambulances. Other cities also face this disparity and there are calls for change.

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A 'Hot Zone' In The Brain May Reveal When, And Even What, We Dream

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 1:23pm

When people have dreams, an area near the back of the brain seems to wake up. And specific patterns of brain activity in that area can even reveal what we're dreaming about.

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How U.S. Health Care Became Big Business

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 12:01pm

Writer Elisabeth Rosenthal has worked as a physician and says it's far more lucrative in the U.S. health system to provide a lifetime of treatments than a cure. Her new book is An American Sickness.

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Republicans Now Control Obamacare. Will Your Coverage Change?

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 5:00am

There are many ways beyond legislative repeal that the Trump administration and congressional Republicans could undo the Affordable Care Act — starting with sowing uncertainty about what's next.

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