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Spending Bill Lets CDC Study Gun Violence; But Researchers Are Skeptical It Will Help

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 12:17pm

In 1996, Congress limited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's ability to study gun control. That will change with the new budget, but gun violence researchers aren't impressed.

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How Social Media Can Reveal Overlooked Drug Reactions

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 11:28am

Even big clinical studies can miss important drug side effects. Researchers, doctors and drugmakers are looking at patients' experiences posted on social media for clues on problems that were missed.

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For One Father And Son In Puerto Rico, A Storm Was Just The Latest Trial

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 3:46pm

The Martinez family has been waiting more than a year for a neurologist to diagnose the son's condition. He needs a diagnosis to be eligible for the health care he needs, but can't get an appointment.

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Medical Research, Drug Treatment And Mental Health Are Winners In New Budget Bill

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 3:45pm

There's no sign of a plan to stabilize the Affordable Care Act marketplaces in the new budget bill, but the agreement does provide a lot more money for other things in health care.

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Omissions On Death Certificates Lead To Undercounting Of Opioid Overdoses

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 10:30am

Standards for how to investigate and report on overdoses vary widely across states and counties. As a result, opioid overdose deaths often go overlooked in the data reported to the federal government.

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Invisibilia: We All Think We Know The People We Love. We're All Deluded

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 5:00am

This episode of the Invisibilia podcast explores how people often perceive the wishes and motives of others incorrectly, as in the case of two Taiwanese brothers and their mother's tenant.

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Research Misconduct Allegations Shadow New CDC Director

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 6:32pm

Critics say the Trump administration failed to properly vet Dr. Robert Redfield. Sen. Patty Murray says a past research controversy suggests a "pattern of ethically and morally questionable behavior."

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Why An Imperfect HIV Vaccine Could Be Better Than None At All

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 1:22pm

Public health interventions and antiviral drugs have put HIV on the ropes in the U.S. But it's unlikely that infections can be wiped out without a vaccine.

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Forum: How Discrimination Damages Health In LGBTQ Communities

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 10:41am

How do LGBTQ adults experience discrimination and how does it impact their health? Join us for a discussion with experts in a webcast from Harvard's Chan School of Public Health at noon ET Wednesday.

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Clash Over Abortion Stalls Health Bill, Again

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 5:00am

As Congress considers a bipartisan bill to keep premium prices down on the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces, a long-standing fight over abortion reappears.

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Civil Rights Chief At HHS Defends The Right To Refuse Care On Religious Grounds

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 3:38pm

Roger Severino created a new division in the Department of Health And Human Services to guard the religious rights of health care workers. That worries some advocates for women and LGBTQ people.

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Reporter's Notebook: Theranos And The Mysterious Walgreens Fire Alarm

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 2:58pm

A journalist who was interviewing patients about tests that supposedly required only a few drops of blood ran into trouble with representatives from Theranos, the company behind the technology.

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Shingles Is Nasty, And The New Vaccine Works Well. Why Do Adults Avoid Shots?

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 5:00am

Beyond annual flu shots, older adults need protection against shingles, pneumonia, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, federal health officials say. But many aren't getting vaccinated.

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Black And Latino Children Are Often Overlooked When It Comes To Autism

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 3:24pm

Research suggests that African-American and Latino children with autism are diagnosed later in life because of healthcare provider bias and families' lack of access to care, among other reasons.

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Lawmakers Weigh Pros And Cons Of Mandatory Screening For Postpartum Depression

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 5:01am

California's legislature will soon take up a bill requiring doctors to screen new mothers. Many doctors oppose the idea, and similar laws elsewhere haven't increased the number of moms treated.

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Are There Risks From Secondhand Marijuana Smoke? Early Science Says Yes

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 5:00am

Now that marijuana is legal in more than 20 states, we all may be exposed to more marijuana on the street. Researchers warn that secondhand smoke from pot poses risks to the heart, lungs and arteries.

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For Compulsive Hair Pullers And Skin Pickers, There Is Need For More Help

Sat, 03/17/2018 - 6:00am

This writer has struggled with compulsive hair pulling and skin picking since she was young. For her and others who suffer, there are only mildly effective treatments, though new efforts are underway.

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Landmark Report Concludes Abortion In U.S. Is Safe

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 11:00am

The report says many state laws that make it harder for women to get abortions don't have a medical purpose and can make outcomes worse.

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Financial Side Effects From A Prescription For Toenail Fungus

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 5:00am

A prescription for a drug called Kerydin depleted one woman's health reimbursement account without her even knowing it. When should health care providers broach costs with patients?

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Biologists Trace Genetic Roots Of Evolution, One Cell At A Time

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 2:01pm

E.coli bacteria, each cell trapped in a tiny tube, are giving researchers the chance to study the pace and effects of single genetic mutations. Most mutations, the scientists find, aren't harmful.

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