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Advance directives don't guarantee that a person's wishes for end-of-life care will always be honored. Some states let people use physician orders that override legal requirements to perform CPR.
12 hours 52 min ago
The Krispy Kreme Challenge Children's Specialty Clinic gets its name from a student-run charity race in Raleigh, N.C., that has already raised $1 million for kids. Still, some find the name unhealthy.
Thu, 11/26/2015 - 4:41am
Establishing a member-owned, nonprofit health co-op from scratch is tough; 12 of 23 that tried under Obamacare have closed after just one year. Sick patients poured in, and promised subsidies didn't.
Wed, 11/25/2015 - 12:37pm
Those adorable padded bumpers shown in baby-gear catalogs can be a hazard, and researchers say babies continue to suffocate even though a federal agency has told parents not to use them.
Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:48am
The cost of health plans that allow more choices of doctors and hospitals is rising almost twice as much as those with rigid networks, finds an analysis of markets around the country.
Tue, 11/24/2015 - 1:57pm
If you've ever wondered if the flu shot can give you the flu, you're not alone. We fact check the most common flu myths for you and provide the lowdown on this year's vaccine.
Mon, 11/23/2015 - 3:30pm
Tourists love California's Mendocino coast for its redwoods, surf and charm. But the battle to keep the area's only hospital afloat is pitting hospital administrators and doctors against each other.
Mon, 11/23/2015 - 3:54am
This Thursday, people all over the country will sit around the dinner table discussing what they're thankful for. And being grateful may also reduce the risk of heart disease.
Sat, 11/21/2015 - 8:01am
A Seattle businessman left most of his fortune to a blindness organization he never contacted in life. Why the gift? Maybe, the evidence hints, to help others take the psychological leap he couldn't.
Sat, 11/21/2015 - 7:03am
Putting on the white coat for the first time has become a rite of passage for medical students. Now some doctors want to retire white coats, despite their symbolism, because they might spread germs.
Fri, 11/20/2015 - 4:10pm
Medicines that help users wean themselves from opioid drugs can be prescribed in a doctor's office or clinic. But some clients question whether the clinics always have their best interests at heart.
Thu, 11/19/2015 - 4:52pm
Tennessee's "fetal assault" law is designed to push pregnant women into drug treatment programs. But there are not enough of those programs available for the people who need them.
Thu, 11/19/2015 - 2:13pm
The website Iodine has collected data about consumers' experience with prescription drugs that show generics scored highest among people who take medicines in three popular categories.
Thu, 11/19/2015 - 1:12pm
The company says it's losing money on the exchanges, which are an integral part of the Affordable Care Act.
Thu, 11/19/2015 - 10:41am
Many covered medicines come with high out-of-pocket costs for patients, the American Cancer Society says in a report that calls for restrictions on the tabs insurers can pass along to patients.
Wed, 11/18/2015 - 3:22pm
The state's "fetal assault" law punishes women whose babies are born with drug withdrawal symptoms. Proponents say the law spurs women to seek treatment, while opponents say it deters them.
Tue, 11/17/2015 - 9:44am
The insurer is rolling out a specialized gold-level plan geared to people with diabetes. Aetna says it's aiming to keep down the cost for diabetes care. But it's unclear if the plans are a good buy.
Mon, 11/16/2015 - 4:26pm
NPR's Robert Siegel talks to an emergency doctor who was on the front line of dealing with casualties from the Paris attacks. He says on a normal weekend his ER will usually handle injuries from a car crash, and maybe once a year they will handle a gunshot victim. Friday night, he had 27 patients with gunshot wounds. All of his patients survived that evening.
Mon, 11/16/2015 - 4:30am
Doctors were once unquestioned authorities on how aggressively to treat the sickest and most premature babies. Then parents started pushing back for more say. The responsibility can be excruciating.
Mon, 11/16/2015 - 4:29am
Moms-to-be who practice prenatal yoga say it reduces stress, anxiety and even pain. A study finds that even poses once thought to be off limits to pregnant women are safe.