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After The Cranberries And Pie, Take Time To Talk About Death

10 hours 34 min ago

Advance directives don't guarantee that a person's wishes for end-of-life care will always be honored. Some states let people use physician orders that override legal requirements to perform CPR.

Sweet Name Of Kids' Clinic Gives Some People Heartburn

12 hours 52 min ago

The Krispy Kreme Challenge Children's Specialty Clinic gets its name from a student-run charity race in Raleigh, N.C., that has already raised $1 million for kids. Still, some find the name unhealthy.

Many Health Co-Ops Fold, Others Survive Startup Struggles

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 4:41am

Establishing a member-owned, nonprofit health co-op from scratch is tough; 12 of 23 that tried under Obamacare have closed after just one year. Sick patients poured in, and promised subsidies didn't.

To Reduce Infant Deaths, Doctors Call For A Ban Of Crib Bumpers

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 12:37pm

Those adorable padded bumpers shown in baby-gear catalogs can be a hazard, and researchers say babies continue to suffocate even though a federal agency has told parents not to use them.

Premiums Rise Faster For Flexible Health Plans Than For HMOs

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:48am

The cost of health plans that allow more choices of doctors and hospitals is rising almost twice as much as those with rigid networks, finds an analysis of markets around the country.

Worried About The Flu Shot? Let's Separate Fact From Fiction

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 1:57pm

If you've ever wondered if the flu shot can give you the flu, you're not alone. We fact check the most common flu myths for you and provide the lowdown on this year's vaccine.

Mendocino Coast Fights To Keep Its Lone Hospital Afloat

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 3:30pm

Tourists love California's Mendocino coast for its redwoods, surf and charm. But the battle to keep the area's only hospital afloat is pitting hospital administrators and doctors against each other.

Gratitude Is Good For The Soul And Helps The Heart, Too

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 3:54am

This Thursday, people all over the country will sit around the dinner table discussing what they're thankful for. And being grateful may also reduce the risk of heart disease.

When A Stranger Leaves You $125 Million

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 8:01am

A Seattle businessman left most of his fortune to a blindness organization he never contacted in life. Why the gift? Maybe, the evidence hints, to help others take the psychological leap he couldn't.

A Doctor Wrestles With Whether To Keep Wearing His White Coat

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 7:03am

Putting on the white coat for the first time has become a rite of passage for medical students. Now some doctors want to retire white coats, despite their symbolism, because they might spread germs.

When Drug Treatment For Narcotic Addiction Never Ends

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 4:10pm

Medicines that help users wean themselves from opioid drugs can be prescribed in a doctor's office or clinic. But some clients question whether the clinics always have their best interests at heart.

Drug Treatment Slots Are Scarce For Pregnant Women

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 4:52pm

Tennessee's "fetal assault" law is designed to push pregnant women into drug treatment programs. But there are not enough of those programs available for the people who need them.

Brand-Name Drugs Can Raise Costs Without Boosting Patient Satisfaction

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 2:13pm

The website Iodine has collected data about consumers' experience with prescription drugs that show generics scored highest among people who take medicines in three popular categories.

UnitedHealth Group Says It May Quit Offering Coverage On Obamacare Exchanges

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 1:12pm

The company says it's losing money on the exchanges, which are an integral part of the Affordable Care Act.

Cancer Society Asks Regulators To Limit Insurers' Charges For Key Drugs

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 10:41am

Many covered medicines come with high out-of-pocket costs for patients, the American Cancer Society says in a report that calls for restrictions on the tabs insurers can pass along to patients.

In Tennessee, Giving Birth To A Drug-Dependent Baby Can Be A Crime

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 3:22pm

The state's "fetal assault" law punishes women whose babies are born with drug withdrawal symptoms. Proponents say the law spurs women to seek treatment, while opponents say it deters them.

Now There's A Health Plan That Zeros In On Diabetes Care

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 9:44am

The insurer is rolling out a specialized gold-level plan geared to people with diabetes. Aetna says it's aiming to keep down the cost for diabetes care. But it's unclear if the plans are a good buy.

Emergency Doctor: Paris Hospital Saw Unanticipated Number Of Gunshot Victims

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 4:26pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to an emergency doctor who was on the front line of dealing with casualties from the Paris attacks. He says on a normal weekend his ER will usually handle injuries from a car crash, and maybe once a year they will handle a gunshot victim. Friday night, he had 27 patients with gunshot wounds. All of his patients survived that evening.

In Caring For Sickest Babies, Doctors Now Tap Parents For Tough Calls

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 4:30am

Doctors were once unquestioned authorities on how aggressively to treat the sickest and most premature babies. Then parents started pushing back for more say. The responsibility can be excruciating.

Say Yes To Down Dog: More Yoga Poses Are Safe During Pregnancy

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 4:29am

Moms-to-be who practice prenatal yoga say it reduces stress, anxiety and even pain. A study finds that even poses once thought to be off limits to pregnant women are safe.