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Ship That Breast Milk For You? Companies Add Parent-Friendly Perks

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 4:54pm

Forget paid parental leave. Some companies offer compensation for surrogacy and adoption, or are helping traveling moms ship breast milk. The benefits are a relatively cheap way to recruit and retain.

Is Virginia Health Insurer's Decision To Drop Bronze Plans An Omen?

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 10:57am

Bronze plans provide the least generous coverage of the four tiers on insurance marketplaces, paying 60 percent of benefits, on average, compared with 70 percent for the more popular silver plans.

GOP Congressman Defends House Zika Funding Package

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:37pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma about why the House funding package is enough for now to confront the spread of the Zika virus in the U.S.

Doctors Discover First U.S. Case Of Bacteria Resistant To Last Resort Antibiotics

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:37pm

Doctors are reporting the first case in the U.S. of a bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics often used as a last resort. The germ was found in a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman with a urinary tract infection.

'High Highs And Deep Lows': 5 Days With Doctors Without Borders In South Sudan

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:37pm

In the past year, dozens of hospitals run by the medical aid group Doctors Without Borders, also known as MSF, have been attacked. NPR spends a week with two doctors in a hospital inside an enormous refugee camp in South Sudan to find out why they work in dangerous places, and what the work is like.

To Kill Mosquitoes That Spread Zika, Strike Before They Fly

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 3:10pm

Cities and towns are preparing for mosquito season and the threat of the Zika virus by spreading pesticides. It worked for the West Nile virus but may not be as effective for controlling Zika.

It's Still Hard To Get Birth Control Pills In California Without A Prescription

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 5:00am

California law now permits pharmacists to sell many types of hormonal birth control methods without a doctor's OK. But good luck finding a drugstore that will dispense the contraceptives that way.

Online Eye Exam Site Makes Waves In Eye Care Industry

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 4:54am

Need a vision test? Now you can do it online with a computer and a smartphone. The site has attracted a lot of attention in the tech world, but eye care professionals have concerns.

Baby Boomers Will Become Sicker Seniors Than Earlier Generations

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:01am

The seniors of tomorrow will have much higher rates of diabetes and obesity than the seniors of today, according to a data analysis. That means higher medical bills for them — and for taxpayers, too.

WHO Plans To Reshape Itself To Better Handle International Outbreaks

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 7:14pm

Health officials have warned for years that the world is not ready for the next big pandemic. Leaders at the World Health Organization are meeting this week to try to change that.

Small Ohio Town Passes Progressive Parental Leave Policy

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 4:32pm

The Village of Newburgh Heights, outside Cleveland, is a working class community of about 2,500 residents.

Former White House Ebola Czar Urges Congress To Act Faster On Zika

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 4:32pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Ron Klain, former White House Ebola response coordinator, about his op-ed piece in the Washington Post about the Zika virus. He says the U.S. needs to create a public health emergency management agency, like FEMA for health emergencies, so our country is ready to act quickly without having to wait for Congress.

To Cut Wait Times, VA Tries MinuteClinics In Northern California

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 11:55am

Veterans can visit 14 CVS MinuteClinics in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento, Calif., for simple care, lab tests and prescriptions. Will the experiment work well enough to go nationwide?

Doctor Yearns For Return To Time When Physicians Were 'Artisans'

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 9:38am

Dr. Abraham Nussbaum, author of a book examining the drive toward standardized quality measures and checklists, says he fears medicine is becoming just another job and not the calling it should be.

Hospitals Struggle With How To Innovate In Age Of New Technology

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 4:28pm

A growing number of hospitals offer state of the art technology. But what that means varies widely from hospital to hospital and in fact, many hospitals continue to grapple with how to upgrade and innovate in traditional systems. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Dr. Neal Sikka, who works on innovation and technology at George Washington University Hospital.

Inventing A Machine That Spits Out Drugs In A Whole New Way

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 3:12pm

A refrigerator-sized machine could someday make lifesaving drugs on site when outbreaks occur or where medicine is in short supply, like on the battlefield.

Oklahoma Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Criminalize Performing Abortions

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 6:37pm

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a controversial abortion bill Friday. The measure would have made it a felony for doctors to perform abortions.

Oklahoma Governor Faces Tough Decision On 'Sweeping' Anti-Abortion Bill

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 4:28pm

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has a few more days to decide what to do with a bill on her desk that would make it a felony for doctors to perform abortions. Opponents call the bill "sweeping and unprecedented."

People With HIV Are Less Likely To Get Needed Cancer Treatment

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 10:37am

A third of patients with HIV and lung cancer failed to receive treatment for the cancer, compared with 14 percent of those who were HIV-negative. It's one example among many of disparate treatment.

FDA Considering Pricey Implant As Treatment For Opioid Addiction

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 4:40am

The FDA could soon approve an implantable form of a drug used to treat opioid addiction. While the approach helped patients avoid relapse in tests, its price may be prohibitive for some, doctors say.