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New Rule Preserves Patients' Rights To Sue Nursing Homes In Court

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 2:25pm

A new rule is the most significant overhaul of federal funding regulations for nursing homes in more than two decades. It also requires "nourishing, palatable" food and infection-control plans.

Are Golden Tickets That Speed Drugs Through FDA Worthwhile?

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 2:16pm

A voucher awarded to a company that finds a treatment for a rare childhood disease can be sold to the highest bidder and then used to fast-track the review of another drug. Are the prizes worth it?

Congress Ends Spat, Agrees To Fund $1.1 Billion To Combat Zika

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 3:56pm

The deal to fight the mosquito-borne virus came after lawmakers dropped a controversial provision to block payments to Planned Parenthood for women's health care.

#DearWashington: Readers Share Personal Concerns This Election

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 2:03pm

NPR is asking audiences to share something that they want their leaders in Washington to know about why this election matters to them.

A Look At How The Revolving Door Spins From FDA To Industry

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:48am

About 27 percent of Food and Drug Administration reviewers who approved hematology-oncology drugs from 2001 through 2010 left to work for the industry they previously regulated, an analysis found.

Chill Out: Stress Can Override Benefits Of Healthful Eating

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 6:02pm

Stress takes a toll on our bodies. And a new study suggests stress can diminish the benefits of more healthful food choices. But experts say a range of strategies can help people cope with stress.

Would California's Proposed Tobacco Tax Hike Reduce Smoking?

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 3:13pm

When New York increased its cigarette tax, smoking rates declined. California's proposed increase of $2 a pack may, too, say researchers. The higher the tax, the more likely people are to quit.

Expansion Proposed For Women's Health Services Without A Copay

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 5:00am

The list of preventive services that insurers would cover without a copay could grow to include mammograms for younger women and perhaps even vasectomies for men.

Fact Check: Trump And Clinton Debate For The First Time

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 8:48pm

NPR reporters and editors annotated Monday night's debate as it happened. Read the final fact check, analysis and context here.

Medications Can Help People Stop Abusing Alcohol, But Many Don't Know That

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 2:54pm

It is still rare for a person struggling with alcohol abuse to be prescribed naltrexone or acamprosate, two medications that have been proven to help. Efforts are underway to change that.

War Studies Suggest A Concussion Leaves The Brain Vulnerable To PTSD

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 4:39am

Troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are far more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder if they have suffered a concussion. The reason may be a change in the brain's fear circuits.

King County In Seattle Wants To Open Legal Heroin Clinics To Combat Epidemic

Sun, 09/25/2016 - 8:35am

A Washington state county is floating the idea of supervised clinics where people can inject heroin. King County's health officer Jeff Duchin tells NPR's Rachel Martin why he thinks it's a good idea.

Deadly Opioid Overwhelms First Responders And Crime Labs in Ohio

Sun, 09/25/2016 - 8:35am

Carfentanil, a potent variation on fentanyl, is being blamed for a wave of opioid overdoses. In Cincinnati, the coroner, crime lab and first responders are struggling to keep up.

Doctor Confesses: I Lied To Protect Colleague In Malpractice Suit

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 5:00am

A surgeon who lied on the witness stand about his partner's skills is haunted by the deception nearly two decades later. Now retired from medicine, the regretful witness is a patient advocate.

Mylan CEO Claims EpiPens Aren't As Profitable As Everyone Thinks

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:31pm

In testimony prepared for a congressional hearing, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch says the company makes about $50 in profit on each EpiPen. Analysts say it's still a hefty margin.

Doctors Who Treat Opioid Addiction Often See Very Few Patients

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 12:01pm

It can be very hard to find medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, but most doctors who provide it do so for just a small number of patients, a study finds.

Weight Loss On Your Wrist? Fitness Trackers May Not Help

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 11:19am

Researchers were surprised that the young adults given fitness trackers lost less weight than their peers who didn't have the gizmos. Maybe they're not as motivating as we hope.

Tax Rule Limits Care For Chronic Ills Under High-Deductible Health Plans

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 10:49am

The IRS limits health plans linked to health savings accounts from covering most care until the deductible is paid off. Proposed legislation would expand what's allowed before that happens.

Reporter's Notebook: Pregnant And Caught In Zika Test Limbo

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 8:40am

Pregnant women in South Florida can get free Zika tests through the state's health department. But delays in getting back the results are heightening worries and may affect medical options.

U.N. To Take On Antibiotic Resistance At General Assembly

Sun, 09/18/2016 - 5:21pm

The U.N. General Assembly will devote an entire day to the issue of superbugs and antibiotic resistance. Dr. Keiji Fukuda leads the WHO's work on the issue.