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Heat On White House To Scrap Redo Of Human Research Rules

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 4:32pm

The Obama administration's controversial proposal to revise human research rules is flawed and should be scrapped, says a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Chicago Residents Fight Crime One Vacant Lot At A Time

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 4:28pm

A Chicago program announced two years ago that allows homeowners in impoverished neighborhoods to buy vacant lots on their block for a dollar is off to a very slow start. Residents hoping to spruce up the lots, plant community gardens or turn them into gathering places are frustrated by slow city bureaucracy.

A Hospital Offers Frequent ER Patients An Out — Free Housing

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:03pm

Glenn Baker is what hospitals call a superutilizer, coming into the ER again and again with multiple health issues made worse by homelessness. So a Chicago hospital decided to offer him a home.

Feds Want To Speed Up Medicare Appeals, But Backlog Will Still Last Years

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 1:09pm

A Department of Health and Human Services proposal and an increase in funding could reduce the backlog in appeals of denied Medicare claims by 2021, six years sooner than without the changes.

NPR Politics Lunchbox: Concerns in Cleveland, 'Funny-Looking People'

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:43pm

Our favorite 2016 news and stories of the day curated from NPR and around the web.

Virtual Reality Aimed At The Elderly Finds New Fans

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 7:30am

Some doctors are finding that virtual travel — to Venice, a Hawaiian beach or Africa — can open new worlds to people confined by low mobility, dementia or depression.

Doctors At Southern Hospitals Take The Most Payments From Drug, Device Companies

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 5:00am

A hospital's location and whether it is for-profit make a big difference in the share of its doctors taking industry payments like meals, travel and speaking fees. Check out the ProPublica analysis.

States Offer Privacy Protection For Young Adults On Parents' Health Plan

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 10:59am

When children up to the age of 26 can stay on the family health insurance plan, it can be difficult for them to keep their medical information private from Mom and Dad.

Texans React To Supreme Court's Ruling On State Abortion Law

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 4:28pm

People in Texas react to the Supreme Court's decision Monday overturning a state law cutting the number of health clinics that perform abortions.

Supreme Court Texas Abortion Ruling Threatens Other State Laws

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 4:28pm

The Supreme Court's decision striking down Texas laws limiting abortion access could have significant impacts in other states.

Supreme Court Overturns Texas Law Restricting Abortion

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 4:28pm

The Supreme Court ruled Monday on a case out of Texas with major implications for access to abortion services.

How FluMist Slipped From Preferred To Passe

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 4:21pm

A CDC advisory panel concluded the nasal spray vaccine is so ineffective that it shouldn't be used by anyone during the 2016-2017 flu season. Until 2015, the spray was the top choice for kids.

Fallout From Supreme Court Ruling Against Texas Law's Abortion Restrictions

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 12:35pm

While Texas' law governing clinics that perform abortions was among the most restrictive, many other states have laws with some of the same provisions.

Supreme Court Finds Texas Law On Abortion Providers Unconstitutional

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 12:30pm

The 2-year-old law required clinics that provide abortions to have surgical facilities and doctors to have hospital admitting privileges; the justices reversed a federal appeals court decision, 5-3.

Inside A Secret Government Warehouse Prepped For Health Catastrophes

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 4:56am

More than $7 billion in drugs, vaccines and supplies are stashed in warehouses to be tapped in case of a pandemic or an attack with chemical, biological or nuclear weapons. NPR got a peek at one.

Minnesota's Largest Health Insurer Will Drop Individual Plans

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 2:24pm

More than 100,000 Minnesotans will need to look for new insurance for 2017. Blue Cross Blue Shield is pulling back from the state's market for individual policies, citing heavy losses.

Changes For Colon Cancer Screening: 5 Things To Know Now

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 12:03pm

A federal task force expanded the list of recommended colorectal cancer screening tests. Here's the lowdown on the tests and how they might be covered now and in the future by health insurance.

The Challenge Of Taking Health Apps Beyond The Well-Heeled

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 8:58am

A nutrition app may not be the top priority for someone who struggles to pay for groceries. But cellphones have the potential to improve the health of people with low incomes, if they can get them.

House Speaker Paul Ryan Reveals GOP Health Care Plan

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 4:39pm

House Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled the health care component of congressional Republicans' policy agenda Wednesday, a long-awaited alternative to the Affordable Care Act.

A Small Town Bands Together To Provide Opioid Addiction Treatment

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 12:40pm

After four or five of his patients died from opioid overdoses in one month, Craig Smith, a family doctor in Bridgton, Maine, realized he couldn't wait for someone else to offer addiction treatment.