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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.