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Medical Errors Are No. 3 Cause Of U.S Deaths, Researchers Say

4 hours 21 min ago

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.

An Online Program May Help Prevent Depression In Some People

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.

Politics In Real Life: Rising Health Care Costs Weigh On Voters

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.

Critical Drugs For Hospital ERs Remain In Short Supply

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.

Hospital Bombings Highlight Challenges Health Care Providers Face In War Zones

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.

Feds Act To Help More Ex-Inmates Get Medicaid

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.

To Lure Patients, Pennsylvania Hospital Refunds Unhappy Customers

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.

U.S. Doctors Prepare For Arrival Of Zika Virus

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.

Teen Birth Rates Plummet For Hispanic And Black Girls

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.

That Surgery Might Cost You A Lot Less In Another Town

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.

Ruling May Help Patients Keep More Of The Winnings When They Sue

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.

Only Human: A Birth That Launched The Search For A Down Syndrome Test

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.

Lesson Learned For Baltimore's Health Commissioner: 'I Like A Fight'

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.

Students Rally To Save Program That Produces Primary Care Doctors

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.

Pastoral Medicine Credentials Raise Questions In Texas

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.

Thousands Leave Maryland Prisons With Health Problems And No Coverage

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.

More Marketplace Health Plans Ease Access To Some Expensive Drugs

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.

Overcrowding Forces Tennessee VA Clinic To Stop Accepting New Patients

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.

For Voters In Appalachian Region, Medical Care Is A Big Issue

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.

Some Firms Save Money By Offering Employees Free Surgery

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.