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Illinois House Leaders Override Governor's Veto On Heroin Addiction Bill

2 hours 36 min ago

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner partially vetoed the Heroin Crisis Act, which would have cleared the way for Medicaid to fund addiction treatments.

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Spreading The Word: Obamacare Is For Native Americans, Too

8 hours 5 sec ago

Many Native Americans rely entirely on free care from the financially strapped Indian Health Service. Advocates say signing up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act can broaden their choices.

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California Moves To Stop Misuse Of Psychiatric Meds In Foster Care

11 hours 34 min ago

There's ample evidence that children in foster care often get powerful psychiatric medications when other treatments would be safer and more effective. But those treatments can be hard to get.

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Pope Francis Announces Window To Forgive Women Who Had Abortions

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 4:29pm

Pope Francis is giving all priests a window of discretion to forgive women who have had abortions. The window is during the upcoming holy year, which will begin in December.

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Fishing, Cooking And A Yup'ik Upbringing Made Alaska's Health Commissioner

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 4:47am

Alaska's health commissioner spends her summers working on policy issues by day and fishing for salmon for the winter on nights and weekends with her family who belong to the Yup'ik people.

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Some Veterans Affairs Reforms Undermine Medical Recruitment Efforts

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 4:33pm

The Department of Veterans Affairs is suffering a shortfall of physicians, especially in mental health. A steady flow of scandals and attempts at strict reform by Congress may be hurting recruitment.

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Bucking Trend, Ohio Doctor Opens Clinic That Provides Abortion Services

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 3:32pm

Ohio has put many restrictions on abortion. Since 2010, about half the clinics performing the procedure in the state have closed. But Dr. David Burkons sees offering abortion as part of patient care.

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Poll Finds Most Women Believe Mammograms Should Be Done Annually

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 9:40am

While the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says most women should get screening mammograms every two years, an NPR-Truven Health Analytics poll finds women think they should go every year.

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Help Wanted: Last Pediatrician On Mendocino Coast Retires

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 1:23pm

For 35 years, Dr. Bill Mahon has tended newborns and broken bones, given kids checkups and spinal taps. But luring new doctors with big debt and urban dreams to the redwoods is harder than it sounds.

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Abortion Foes Scour Clinics' Trash For Discarded Records

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:03am

Garbage has become an unlikely battleground in the abortion debate, as anti-abortion groups seek evidence of privacy violations in clinics' dumpsters.

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Illicit Version Of Painkiller Fentanyl Makes Heroin Deadlier

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 2:41pm

U.S. drug officials have traced a sharp spike in the already climbing death toll from heroin overdoses to an additive — acetyl fentanyl. The fentanyl is being cooked up in clandestine labs in Mexico.

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Texting Helps Low-Income Diabetes Patients Manage Insulin Dosing

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:52pm

Many low-income patients can't make multiple visits to the doctor, which is a problem if you're a diabetic trying to get insulin dosing just right. A text-based system made remote reports possible.

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Why Your Doctor Won't Friend You On Facebook

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:35pm

Public professional Facebook pages focused on medicine are catching on. But doctors aren't ready to share vacation photos and other more intimate details with their patients.

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Katrina Shut Down Charity Hospital But Led To More Primary Care

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 12:40pm

More than 70 percent of New Orleans residents say some progress has been made in the availability of medical services since the storm. Still, most say care for the poor continues to lag.

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Kansas Town Takes Dental Care To School

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 10:38am

When parents register their kids at schools serving the poorest students in Olathe, Kan., they are asked an unusual question: Does your child have a dentist?

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How Well Do War And Women's Health Mix?

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 5:29pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Col. Anne Naclerio, a medical doctor with the Army, about the simple steps that can be taken to help women before and during deployment to war zones.

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Explosion Of New Cancer Treatments Presents A 'Very Exciting Time'

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 4:32pm

In light of former President Jimmy Carter's diagnosis, NPR's Audie Cornish asks Dr. Elizabeth Buchbinder of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute about promising new treatments for melanoma.

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Study Suggests Some Treatment For Early Breast Cancer Is Unnecessary

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 4:32pm

A new study renews questions about how aggressively doctors should treat a very early form of breast cancer or pre-cancer.

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Price Rises For Ticket To A Quicker Drug Review By FDA

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 3:20pm

A voucher that can get a drug through the Food and Drug Administration faster was created to reward companies that develop medicines for neglected diseases. The market for vouchers is heating up.

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Medicare Says Doctors Should Get Paid To Discuss End-Of-Life Issues

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 4:48am

After a six-year delay, Medicare proposes to reimburse doctors who hold end-of-life discussions with Medicare patients. The federal program is now soliciting public comments on the idea.

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