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If not for flawed classification of deaths, medical mistakes would be the third leading cause of U.S. deaths, Johns Hopkins researchers say. They're calling on the CDC to track deaths from errors.
11 hours 45 min ago
People were asked to do six 30-minute sessions that included cognitive behavioral therapy and problem-solving therapy. They were less likely to develop major depression than other people at risk.
18 hours 16 min ago
When Renee Powell's premiums exceeded her mortgage payments, it was upsetting. But it's just one way health care costs rise for many voters.
Mon, 05/02/2016 - 4:18pm
The shortages for hospital emergency rooms have persisted even after Congress gave the Food and Drug Administration more power in 2012 to respond when drug supplies are low.
Fri, 04/29/2016 - 4:24pm
NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Jonathan Whittall, head of humanitarian analysis for Doctors Without Borders, about how bombings of hospitals affect relief organizations in war zones.
Fri, 04/29/2016 - 10:42am
To reduce recidivism and promote health, the Department of Health and Human Services is taking steps to make it easier for ex-prisoners to sign up for or restart Medicaid coverage.
Fri, 04/29/2016 - 5:30am
As patients increasingly have more choice in hospitals, hospitals look to stand out. Geisinger Health is taking cue from retail and refunding unsatisfied customers. Experts say that's smart business.
Thu, 04/28/2016 - 4:29pm
NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Dr. Umair Shah, executive director of public health and environmental services in Harris County, Texas, about what they're doing to prepare their community for Zika, and how they're paying for it.
Thu, 04/28/2016 - 1:08pm
Teenagers are having less sex and getting better about using contraceptives, a survey finds. Economic hard times also make it less likely that teens will want to become parents so early in life.
Wed, 04/27/2016 - 4:20pm
You may be paying $38,000 more for that knee replacement than someone in another state, or even a few hundred miles down the road. And there doesn't seem to be any method to this madness.
Wed, 04/27/2016 - 5:00am
When someone's been hurt and gets cash as part of a legal decision, health plans routinely demand to be reimbursed for medical costs they covered. But a Supreme Court ruling may hinder that strategy.
Tue, 04/26/2016 - 7:17am
After Stanford scientist Lee Herzenberg gave birth to a son with Down syndrome, she and her husband worked to find a noninvasive test that would help mothers learn about the health of the fetus.
Mon, 04/25/2016 - 4:08pm
A year after Baltimore erupted in violence over the death of Freddie Gray, Dr. Leana Wen, the city's health commissioner, talks about progress and setbacks in dealing with issues the unrest exposed.
Mon, 04/25/2016 - 1:01pm
An unusual medical education program at the University of California, Berkeley is known for producing primary care doctors, unlike other schools. But it could be axed due to budget shortfalls.
Mon, 04/25/2016 - 4:49am
They're called doctors of pastoral medicine and tout certificates to prove it. But they don't have real medical degrees, and critics worry that patients don't understand what those titles really mean.
Sun, 04/24/2016 - 8:26am
Maryland's prisons and jails release thousands of inmates each year without helping them enroll in Medicaid, jeopardizing their health and putting communities at greater risk.
Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:21pm
Complaints from patient groups and increased regulatory oversight appear to be leading to changes in the way some marketplace health plans cover expensive drugs.
Fri, 04/22/2016 - 4:39am
The growing veterans population in places like Clarksville, Tenn., is straining resources at VA clinics and making it difficult for vets to get nearby medical care.
Thu, 04/21/2016 - 4:59am
Tennessee's alternative to Obamacare is faltering. Steve Inskeep talks to Knoxville's mayor about health and political issues. Chris Green of Berea College weighs in on the area's political leanings.
Wed, 04/20/2016 - 3:55pm
The idea is this: Negotiate a flat price with a few hospitals to cover surgery, physical therapy and certain other treatments. Companies save money and hospitals gain patients.