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Discounts Aren't Enough to Halt Outrage At High EpiPen Prices

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.

Illegally Made Fentanyl Seems To Be Fueling A Spike In Overdoses

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.

Gas Relief Drops May Raise Risk Of Contaminated Medical Scopes

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.

Study Of Breast Cancer Treatment Reveals Paradox Of Precision Medicine

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.

EpiPen Manufacturer Says It Will Help With Out-Of-Pocket Costs

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.

Health Officials Struggle To Fight Deadly Sepsis Infections

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.

Tighter Patent Rules Could Help Lower Drug Prices, Study Shows

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.

Doctors Get Disciplined For Misconduct; Drug Firms Keep Paying Them

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.

Beyond Slurpees: Many Japanese Mini-Marts Now Cater To Elders

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.

Miami Schools Take Steps To Protect Returning Students From Zika

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.

A Small Town Struggles With A Boom In Sober Living Homes

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.

The 'Young Invincibles': A Huge Hurdle For Obamacare

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.

How Japan Is Dealing With Impacts Of Supporting The Oldest Population In The World

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.

For Parents Who Have Lost A Baby, Some Help With Their Grief

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.

Insurance Alone Isn't Enough To Make Sure Kids Get Eye Exams

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.

Parents Feel Better About HPV Shots For Preteens If They Can Opt Out

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.

Where Insurers' Exits Are Hurting Obamacare Exchanges — And Where They Aren't

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.

To Fight Off Diabetes, Latina Women Find Power In A Group

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.

Aetna CEO To Justice Department: Block Our Deal And We'll Drop Out Of Obamacare

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.

California Court Helps Kids By Healing Parents' Addictions

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.