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Be Smart: A Partial Eclipse Can Fry Your Naked Eyes

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 5:11pm

And telescopes and binoculars only amplify the risk to your eyes from looking at the sun, doctors say. So even if you're not in the "path of totality," take precautions if you plan to watch.

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Exclusive: Inside The Lab Where Scientists Are Editing DNA In Human Embryos

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 5:00am

NPR gets exclusive access to a lab in Portland, Ore., where scientists have begun editing the DNA in human embryos to try to prevent genetic diseases.

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Many Nurses Lack Knowledge Of Health Risks To Mothers After Childbirth

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 5:00am

A nationwide survey shows that postpartum nurses often fail to warn mothers about potentially life-threatening complications following childbirth, mainly because they need more education themselves.

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Often Missing From The Current Health Care Debate: Women's Voices

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 1:33pm

When leaders in Washington discuss the future of American health care, women are not always in the room. Here, eight women from around the country share their personal stories, fears and hopes.

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After Charlottesville, A Doctor Reflects On Hateful Patients And His Own Biases

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:47pm

Medical professionals take pride in their commitment to care for all patients. But that pride doesn't shield them from the difficult ones.

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'Body Brokers' Get Kickbacks To Lure People With Addictions To Bad Rehab

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:29pm

In South Florida, people with health insurance are the target of "body brokers" who can earn lucrative kickbacks — $500 per week — for referring vulnerable patients to centers that bilk insurers.

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CBO Predicts Rise In Deficit If Trump Cuts Payments To Insurance Companies

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:14pm

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that ending what's known as cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers will raise the deficit $194 billion over 10 years.

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Can My Boss Make Me Pay The Tax On My Great Health Plan? Maybe Yes

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 2:17pm

Since Congress hasn't passed a fix, employers who offer generous health care plans may look to shift the tax burden to employees if the so-called "Cadillac tax" kicks in.

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Can My Boss Make Me Pay The Tax On My Great Health Plan? Maybe Yes

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 2:17pm

Since Congress hasn't passed a fix, employers who offer generous health care plans may look to shift the tax burden to employees if the so-called "Cadillac tax" kicks in.

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In The Event Of A Nuclear Blast, Don't Condition Your Hair

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 1:37pm

That advice came in guidelines issued to residents of Guam on how to prepare for a missile threat on the island. The reason is conditioner can trap radioactive particles in strands of hair.

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In The Event Of A Nuclear Blast, Don't Condition Your Hair

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 1:37pm

That advice came in guidelines issued to residents of Guam on how to prepare for a missile threat on the island. The reason is conditioner can trap radioactive particles in strands of hair.

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6,000-Year-Old Knee Joints Suggest Osteoarthritis Isn't Just Wear And Tear

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 5:00am

Even after a Harvard team took into account differences in age and weight among ancient specimens and knees today, they found that modern humans tend to have more osteoarthritis.

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Poet Imagines Life Inside A 1910 Institution That Eugenics Built

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 3:25pm

Molly McCully Brown, who has cerebral palsy, says that if she'd been born in a different era, she might have been sent to the "Virginia State Colony," an early landmark of the U.S. eugenics movement.

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Trump Administration Extends Deadline For Insurers To Decide On Obamacare Markets

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 1:10pm

The extension leaves time for President Trump to decide whether to continue crucial payments to insurers and for insurers to figure out how they would operate without them if they were to disappear.

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Work Can Be Stressful, Dangerous And Sometimes Great

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 9:58am

America's workers are subject to more physical harm and emotional stress than you might think, but many of these challenges can be mitigated by a good boss and good friends.

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Navigating The 'Aisle Of Confusion' To Whiten Your Teeth

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 4:58am

The whiter the smile the more attractive the person, research finds. Both men and women say white teeth matter when choosing a mate. This may be why whitening teeth is a $3.2 billion industry.

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You Can Order a Dozen STD Tests Online — But Should You?

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 5:00am

It sounds so simple: Order a kit online, test for sexually transmitted diseases in the privacy of home and mail it back. But deciding what to test for and who gets tested is far from easy.

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VIDEO: Where Mastectomy Scars Raged, A Tattoo Garden Blooms

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 5:00am

Nicole O'Hara was 29 when she had a double mastectomy after a cancer diagnosis. She chose to cover the scars with a tattoo that blooms like her garden, with apple blossoms, bluebells and heather.

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From Alaska To Florida, States Respond To Opioid Crisis With Emergency Declarations

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 4:43pm

President Trump announced Thursday that his administration plans to declare a national emergency to deal with the opioid epidemic. Six states have already taken this step.

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Netflix, ABC Portrayals Of Autism Still Fall Short, Critics Say

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:06am

Two new TV series feature main characters who have autism. While some are applauding the fresh take on the disorder, others worry that the shows send the wrong messages.

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