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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner partially vetoed the Heroin Crisis Act, which would have cleared the way for Medicaid to fund addiction treatments.
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Many Native Americans rely entirely on free care from the financially strapped Indian Health Service. Advocates say signing up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act can broaden their choices.
11 hours 34 min ago
There's ample evidence that children in foster care often get powerful psychiatric medications when other treatments would be safer and more effective. But those treatments can be hard to get.
Tue, 09/01/2015 - 4:29pm
Pope Francis is giving all priests a window of discretion to forgive women who have had abortions. The window is during the upcoming holy year, which will begin in December.
Tue, 09/01/2015 - 4:47am
Alaska's health commissioner spends her summers working on policy issues by day and fishing for salmon for the winter on nights and weekends with her family who belong to the Yup'ik people.
Mon, 08/31/2015 - 4:33pm
The Department of Veterans Affairs is suffering a shortfall of physicians, especially in mental health. A steady flow of scandals and attempts at strict reform by Congress may be hurting recruitment.
Mon, 08/31/2015 - 3:32pm
Ohio has put many restrictions on abortion. Since 2010, about half the clinics performing the procedure in the state have closed. But Dr. David Burkons sees offering abortion as part of patient care.
Fri, 08/28/2015 - 9:40am
While the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says most women should get screening mammograms every two years, an NPR-Truven Health Analytics poll finds women think they should go every year.
Thu, 08/27/2015 - 1:23pm
For 35 years, Dr. Bill Mahon has tended newborns and broken bones, given kids checkups and spinal taps. But luring new doctors with big debt and urban dreams to the redwoods is harder than it sounds.
Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:03am
Garbage has become an unlikely battleground in the abortion debate, as anti-abortion groups seek evidence of privacy violations in clinics' dumpsters.
Wed, 08/26/2015 - 2:41pm
U.S. drug officials have traced a sharp spike in the already climbing death toll from heroin overdoses to an additive — acetyl fentanyl. The fentanyl is being cooked up in clandestine labs in Mexico.
Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:52pm
Many low-income patients can't make multiple visits to the doctor, which is a problem if you're a diabetic trying to get insulin dosing just right. A text-based system made remote reports possible.
Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:35pm
Public professional Facebook pages focused on medicine are catching on. But doctors aren't ready to share vacation photos and other more intimate details with their patients.
Mon, 08/24/2015 - 12:40pm
More than 70 percent of New Orleans residents say some progress has been made in the availability of medical services since the storm. Still, most say care for the poor continues to lag.
Fri, 08/21/2015 - 10:38am
When parents register their kids at schools serving the poorest students in Olathe, Kan., they are asked an unusual question: Does your child have a dentist?
Thu, 08/20/2015 - 5:29pm
NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Col. Anne Naclerio, a medical doctor with the Army, about the simple steps that can be taken to help women before and during deployment to war zones.
Thu, 08/20/2015 - 4:32pm
In light of former President Jimmy Carter's diagnosis, NPR's Audie Cornish asks Dr. Elizabeth Buchbinder of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute about promising new treatments for melanoma.
Thu, 08/20/2015 - 4:32pm
A new study renews questions about how aggressively doctors should treat a very early form of breast cancer or pre-cancer.
Wed, 08/19/2015 - 3:20pm
A voucher that can get a drug through the Food and Drug Administration faster was created to reward companies that develop medicines for neglected diseases. The market for vouchers is heating up.
Tue, 08/18/2015 - 4:48am
After a six-year delay, Medicare proposes to reimburse doctors who hold end-of-life discussions with Medicare patients. The federal program is now soliciting public comments on the idea.