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Thu, 08/25/2016 - 2:41pm
EpiPen, the new poster child for prescription drug price gouging, may find that offering discount coupons isn't enough to mollify its critics in Congress and online.
Thu, 08/25/2016 - 1:02pm
Fentanyl is showing up in heroin and counterfeit pain pills, and users may not even know they're taking the extremely potent drug.
Thu, 08/25/2016 - 5:00am
A common over-the-counter medication used during procedures might make scopes harder to clean and increase the risk of contamination. It could put people at risk of infection, a small study finds.
Wed, 08/24/2016 - 5:01pm
A genetic test of breast cancer tumors helped identify women whose survival odds would not be greatly improved by chemotherapy. But that test isn't as precise as women and doctors might like.
Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:51pm
Lawmakers are demanding answers as to why the price of EpiPens, which are used to stop life-threatening allergic reaction, keeps going up. The company said Thursday it will reimburse some of the cost.
Tue, 08/23/2016 - 1:01pm
Although a CDC study released Tuesday found that 80 percent of cases develop outside the hospital or at a nursing home, many people still don't know about this lethal medical condition.
Tue, 08/23/2016 - 11:14am
Repeated extensions of drug patents help fend off competitors, researchers say, keeping prices high. And the fact that Medicare and Medicaid can't negotiate for discounts doesn't help, either.
Tue, 08/23/2016 - 8:00am
Hundreds of pharmaceutical and medical device firms have paid doctors for their services even after the doctors were disciplined for serious misconduct by state medical boards, an analysis finds.
Tue, 08/23/2016 - 4:32am
Convenience is in the eye of the generation. Increasingly, corner markets in Japan target the 27 percent of residents over 65 — offering nursing care advice and home delivery of meals and groceries.
Mon, 08/22/2016 - 6:17pm
Mosquito repellent, long-sleeved shirts and pants are part of the plan, as well emails, texts and education about standing water. But controlling the spread of the virus is a major challenge.
Mon, 08/22/2016 - 4:37am
Prescott, Ariz., has become a destination of choice for people trying to get sober, with growing numbers of group homes for recovering addicts. Some residents are calling for regulation of the homes.
Sun, 08/21/2016 - 5:47pm
Young, healthy people referred to as "young invincibles" pose a serious challenge to the success of President Obama's expanded health care coverage, the Affordable Care Act.
Sun, 08/21/2016 - 9:12am
Nearly 27 percent of the people in the country are 65 or older. NPR's Ina Jaffe visited Japan and tells Rachel Martin what she learned about why the population is aging.
Sat, 08/20/2016 - 5:24pm
Parents who lose a child to miscarriage or stillbirth often feel like they're going through it alone. But the experience is actually common in the U.S., and one group is trying to help them cope.
Fri, 08/19/2016 - 11:42am
The lower the household income, the less likely it is for children to receive needed eye exams. The income effect was independent of insurance status, a study found.
Fri, 08/19/2016 - 11:21am
The HPV vaccine prevents cancer, but in a survey most parents said they don't want it to be required for school. They're much happier with a mandate if they're given an opportunity to opt out.
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:24pm
Competition on some exchanges will be diminished next year when three of the nation's largest health insurers drop out. Still, most marketplace consumers won't see any ill effects from the moves.
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 10:27am
La Comunidad, a grassroots effort in Winston-Salem, N.C., offers treatment to a population at high risk of developing diabetes. Group meetings led by non-medical facilitators help reduce costs.
Wed, 08/17/2016 - 1:08pm
A July letter from Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini to the Justice Department said the company would pull back from health insurance exchanges if the government opposed the company's merger with Humana.
Tue, 08/16/2016 - 4:00pm
A special court in Sacramento, Calif., aims to keep families together by getting treatment for parents who have substance abuse problems, instead of sending off their kids to foster care.