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After Months In Limbo For Children's Health Insurance, Huge Relief Over Deal

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 4:34pm

The Children's Health Insurance Program drew bipartisan support for two decades. After brinkmanship over the federal budget, an agreement to end the shutdown has assured CHIP funding for six years.

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E-Cigarettes Likely Encourage Kids To Try Tobacco But May Help Adults Quit

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 1:40pm

While not as toxic as regular cigarettes, e-cigarettes do pose a health risk and largely contain the addictive substance nicotine, according to a major new health review ordered by the government.

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California Bill Would Mandate On-Campus Access To Abortion Pills

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 11:53am

As restrictions on medication abortion mount in other states, legislation that would require health centers at California public universities to stock abortion pills is moving ahead.

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Part Of Oregon's Funding Plan For Medicaid Goes Before Voters

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 5:01am

Last summer, the Oregon Legislature passed a package of state taxes to cover Medicaid's expanding rolls. But Oregon voters Tuesday could throw a wrench in that plan by refusing some of the taxes.

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Tax Credit Aims To Boost Availability Of Paid Family Leave, But Will It Work?

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 5:00am

Many specialists in family leave policy say the tax credits included in the new federal law are too small to persuade most employers to offer such benefits.

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In Trump's First Year, Anti-Abortion Forces Make Strides

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 10:10am

Opponents of abortion have made significant progress in changing the direction of federal and state policies. The confirmation of judges favored by anti-abortion activists may be the most significant.

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Cancer Patients Get Little Guidance From Doctors On Using Medical Marijuana

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 6:00am

Side effects from cancer treatment lead many patients to ask their physicians about trying marijuana for relief. Even when the answer is yes, the details on what to do next can be sparse.

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When A Tattoo Means Life Or Death. Literally

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 5:00am

A gravely ill man arrives at the hospital, alone and unconscious, with a tattoo across his chest: "Do Not Resuscitate." It sparks deep conversation about end-of-life care in America.

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What Happens When CHIP Funds Run Out

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 6:17pm

One of the central issues of the shutdown battle is the Children's Health Insurance Program. NPR's Michel Martin talks with Alabama CHIP Director Cathy Caldwell about the program, which covers 9 million low-income kids across the U.S.

Missouri Faces Costly Dilemma: How To Treat Inmates With Hepatitis C?

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:04pm

Civil liberties groups in Missouri and at least five other states are suing to get more inmates treated with hepatitis drugs that are highly effective but quite expensive.

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Roger Severino Discusses The HHS Division Of Conscience And Religious Freedom

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:16pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Roger Severino about the new Department of Health and Human Services Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom, which is intended to protect people from discrimination if they refuse to participate in health services, against their beliefs.

Trump Admin Will Protect Health Workers Who Refuse Services On Religious Grounds

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:53am

The Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom is being established to aid health workers with objections rooted in conscience or religion to treating certain people and performing some procedures.

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HHS To Protect Health Workers With Religious Objections

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 5:07am

The Department of Health and Human Services is expected to announce the creation of a new division to protect health workers who object to procedures like abortions for religious reasons.

Home Care Agencies Often Wrongly Deny Medicare Help To The Chronically Ill

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 5:00am

Home health firms sometimes turn away Medicare beneficiaries who have chronic health problems by incorrectly claiming Medicare won't pay for their services, say advocates for patients.

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White House Doctor Says Trump Is In 'Excellent' Physical, Cognitive Health

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 5:17pm

Dr. Ronny Jackson said the president could benefit from losing between 10 and 15 pounds over the coming year as well as beginning an exercise regimen.

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How Active Duty Military Are Navigating Changing Attitudes Toward Marijuana

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:34pm

California is the latest state to begin legal recreational sale of marijuana. That presents a challenge to the thousands of active duty military — and their families — who must navigate changing attitudes toward marijuana use, which is still prohibited under federal law.

As Flu Season Strains Hospitals, Doctor Offers Advice For How To Stay Healthy

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:34pm

An unusually severe flu season has strained hospitals around the country with overflowing emergency rooms. In California alone, at least 42 people have died from the flu. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Dr. Adrian Cotton, chief of medical operations at Loma Linda University Health System, about the influx of patients and what people can do to protect themselves.

When You Need A Mammogram, Should You Get One In '3-D'?

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:51am

A newer type of breast imaging costs more. It's not yet clear if the three-dimensional approach is more effective at catching cancers that will kill.

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For Now, Sequencing Cancer Tumors Holds More Promise Than Proof

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 4:44am

Sequencing the DNA of cancer tumors to help pinpoint treatment is an emerging element of precision medicine. While patients and doctors alike want these tests, they often don't benefit patients.

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The Call-In: The Nursing Industry

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 8:02am

Depending on where you live, nurses can be in short supply. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Peter Buerhaus, a nursing professor at Montana State University, about the changing nursing industry.