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Hospitals Struggle To Beat Back Serious Infections

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 4:05pm

About 75,000 patients a year die from infections they caught in the hospital. A Kaiser Health News analysis finds that nearly 700 hospitals across the nation have higher than expected infection rates.

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More Insurers Put Spending Limits On Medical Treatments

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:14am

To contain costs, some plans are capping how much they will pay for certain routine procedures, such as knee replacements. Patients can be on the hook for anything over the limit.

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Liberians Wonder If Duncan's Death Was A Result Of Racism

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 7:03am

Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national, died of Ebola in an American hospital. But white American patients have survived. Some Liberians believe racism is the reason for Duncan's demise.

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Getting Medical Advice Is Often Just A Tap Away

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 5:07pm

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with infectious disease specialist and HealthTap member Dr. Jonathan Po about telemedicine and hypochondria in a time of heightened health concern.

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California Nurses' Union Pulls Ebola Into Contract Talks

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:04pm

Ebola training, staffing and protective gear are bargaining chips as nurses in California hammer out a new contract with Kaiser Permanente. Their requests mirror the concerns of nurses nationwide.

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Spike In ER, Hospital Use Short-Lived After Calif. Medicaid Expansion

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:02pm

Previous research found that going on Medicaid increased a poor person's use of costly emergency room visits. Now an analysis suggests that initial spike in ER visits quickly tapers off.

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Poll: Majority Of Americans Worried About U.S. Ebola Outbreak

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 2:04pm

More than half of Americans polled said they were concerned about an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. within a year. When asked the same question in August, 39 percent of people expressed the same concern.

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Despite Legal Reprieve On Abortion, Some Texas Clinics Remain Closed

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:37am

Texas clinics that provide abortion services were surprised by a ruling from the high court this week that allows them to reopen. But the bruising legal battle may have already changed the landscape.

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Ebola In The United States: What Happened When

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:51pm

Taming Ebola virus is now a challenge for the American health care system. We track the U.S. experience with Ebola from the discovery of a strain in laboratory monkeys in 1989 to the current outbreak.

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California Ballot Measure Pits Doctors Against Lawyers

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:07pm

Proposition 46 tackles painkiller abuse, malpractice caps and mandatory drug and alcohol testing of doctors. Backers say the law would enhance patient safety, but doctors say the cost is too high.

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Nurses Want To Know How Safe Is Safe Enough With Ebola

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:22pm

It's not clear how Dallas nurse Nina Pham became infected with Ebola virus while working in the intensive care unit. Nurses at many hospitals say they haven't had enough training to deal with Ebola.

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Health Premiums And Costs Set To Rise For Workers Covered At Work

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:28am

As many companies provide employees with their coverage details this fall, premiums are expected to increase modestly. Surcharges for spousal coverage and health savings accounts are also on the rise.

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U.S. Hospitals Redouble Efforts To Prep For Ebola

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 4:13pm

Another Ebola infection in Dallas has raised some concern among nurses and other health workers in hospitals around the country who worry they may not be equipped to deal with the crisis.

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A Benefit For Rural Vets: Getting Health Care Close To Home

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:21am

Veterans in some rural areas have to travel hundreds of miles on empty interstates to get health care, losing a day of work or sometimes two. A new program lets them see nearby doctors instead.

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Training Is Key In Lowering Risk For Health Care Workers Treating Ebola

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 4:54pm

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Dr. Suzanne Donovan, an infectious disease specialist at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, about the risk of infection for health care workers treating Ebola patients.

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Lawmakers Grill Dallas Health Officials On Ebola Response

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 7:42am

The WHO says the Ebola virus has claimed more than 4,000 lives. In Dallas on Friday, members of Congress pressed public health officials on their handling of the first Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S.

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Hospital: Condition Of Spanish Nurse With Ebola Is Deteriorating

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 8:52am

The hospital declined to elaborate on details of Teresa Romero Ramos, 44, who was admitted earlier this week after apparently contracting the disease from a patient she was treating.

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A Strong Voice From The Ebola Front: Lorenzo Dorr

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 4:23pm

Drugs are in short supply. So is protective gear. Muddy roads may be impassable. But community health worker Lorenzo Dorr continues his efforts to keep Ebola in check in remote parts of Liberia.

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Texas Officials Say They Will Cremate Ebola Patient's Remains

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 2:20pm

As relatives grieve, public health officials are setting in place a plan to safely care for the remains of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan. Cremation or burial are both acceptable, the CDC says.

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Spanish Nurse Says She Reported Her Ebola Symptoms Several Times

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:02am

A Spanish-language newspaper reports that Teresa Romero Ramos told authorities on three separate occasions before her quarantine that she had a fever.

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