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Today โ€” March 23rd 2019NPR Health Care

Are The Risks Of Drugs That Enhance Imaging Tests Overblown?

By Clayton Dalton
Contrast agent, a drug that enhances CT scans, is sometimes skipped because of concerns about side effects.

A contrast agent doesn't make you feel better or treat what's ailing you. But by making CT scans clearer, contrast might be crucial in helping your doctor make the right diagnosis.

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  • March 23rd 2019 at 12:15
Yesterday โ€” March 22nd 2019NPR Health Care

Controversial 'Abortion Reversal' Regimen Is Put To The Test

By Mara Gordon
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology says suggestions that a medical abortion can be reversed after more than an hour has passed aren

Several states require doctors who perform medical abortions to tell their patients the procedure can be "reversed" with progesterone. There's an absence of evidence to support that contention.

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  • March 22nd 2019 at 14:55

It Will Take More Than Transparency To Reduce Drug Prices, Economists Say

By Alison Kodjak
One of the Trump administration

The Trump administration wants to increase transparency in prescription drug pricing. But health economists say the administration's call to tie prices to what other nations pay might work better.

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  • March 22nd 2019 at 10:00
Before yesterdayNPR Health Care

Fentanyl-Linked Deaths: The U.S. Opioid Epidemic's Third Wave Begins

By Martha Bebinger
Authorities intercepted a woman using this drug kit in preparation for shooting up a mix of heroin and fentanyl inside a Walmart bathroom last month in Manchester, N.H. Fentanyl offers a particularly potent high but also can shut down breathing in under a minute.

Overdose deaths involving fentanyl are rising — up 113 percent on average each year from 2013 to 2016. Dealers are adding cheap fentanyl to the illicit drug supply, and some users get it accidentally.

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  • March 21st 2019 at 05:02

FDA Approves Drug That Could Help Women With Postpartum Depression

By Rhitu Chatterjee

The first drug for severe postpartum depression has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Thousands of women could benefit from the drug, but there are drawbacks, including a $35,000 price tag.

  • March 20th 2019 at 23:03

Health Plans For State Employees Use Medicare's Hammer On Hospital Bills

By Julie Appleby
The new strategy of some health plans for state employees is to pay hospitals a certain percentage above the basic Medicare reimbursement rate. It allows hospitals a small profit, the states say, while reducing costs to states and patients.

Some states have begun using Medicare reimbursement rates to recalibrate how they pay hospitals. If the gamble pays off, more private-sector employers could start doing the same thing.

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  • March 20th 2019 at 10:00

'Mother Jones' Investigation Takes A Look At The World Of Drug Treatment Programs

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Mother Jones reporter Julia Lurie about the loosely regulated rehab industry, and how it shuffles people in and out of treatment programs and cashes in on insurance money.

  • March 19th 2019 at 21:36

Aspiring Doctors Seek Advanced Training In Addiction Medicine

By Will Stone
Dr. Hillary Tamar, who

Once a tiny specialty that drew mostly psychiatrists, addiction medicine is expanding its accredited training to include residents from specialties like family medicine who see it as a calling.

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  • March 19th 2019 at 19:12

Why The Promise Of Electronic Health Records Has Gone Unfulfilled

By Fred Schulte
The reality of electronic medical records has yet to live up to the promise.

The government used a 2009 financial stimulus package to move the country from paper medical charts to electronic records. Care was supposed to get better, safer and cheaper. It hasn't worked out.

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  • March 18th 2019 at 20:15

Former Physician At Rikers Island Exposes Health Risks Of Incarceration

By Dave Davies
Dr. Homer Venters, the former head of New York City

Dr. Homer Venters describes a number of traumatic outcomes related to subpar medical care inside the New York City jail complex, including the death of a man who was denied insulin during intake.

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  • March 18th 2019 at 19:41

Ending HIV In Mississippi Means Cutting Through Racism, Poverty And Homophobia

By Ari Shapiro
Shawn Esco brings his dog Nibbler to a park in Jackson, Miss. He

More than half the new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. are in Southern states, where the rates among gay and bisexual black men remain stubbornly high, despite the existence of medicine to stop the virus.

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  • March 16th 2019 at 12:13

Trump Administration Cuts The Size Of Fines For Health Violations In Nursing Homes

By Jordan Rau
Federal records show that the average fine for a health or safety infraction by a nursing home dropped to $28,405 under the Trump administration, down from $41,260 in 2016, President Obama

Inspectors are citing facilities more often than during the Obama administration. But in response to industry prodding, the average fine is nearly a third lower, and the total assessed is down.

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  • March 15th 2019 at 10:00

Why An ER Visit Can Cost So Much โ€” Even For Those With Health Insurance

By Terry Gross

Vox reporter Sarah Kliff spent over a year reading thousands of ER bills and investigating the reasons behind the costs, including hidden fees, overpriced supplies and out-of-network doctors.

  • March 13th 2019 at 18:27

Opioid Litigation Brings Company Secrets Into The Public Eye

By Brian Mann
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Lawsuits over the way drugmakers have marketed opioids are already putting a dent in companies' reputations. Litigation has forced the release of internal documents that are shifting the narrative.

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  • March 13th 2019 at 10:01

Physician Discusses Treatment Of 6-Year-Old Boy In 2017 Tetanus Case

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Dr. Carl Eriksson, assistant professor of pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, about treating a case of tetanus in a 6-year-old boy.

  • March 12th 2019 at 22:25

Are Doctors Overpaid?

By Greg Rosalsky
05 February 2019, Lower Saxony, Hannover: Medical students practice in the "Skills Lab" of the Hannover Medical School.

It's Match Week, when med students apply for residencies. An economist argues this residency system is a key reason why U.S. doctors are paid around twice much as doctors in other rich nations.

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  • March 12th 2019 at 15:19

Fresh Challenges To State Exclusions On Transgender Health Coverage

By Keren Landman
Anna Lange, who works for the sheriff

Although federal law prohibits health insurance plans from discriminating against transgender individuals, a Georgia county specifically excludes trans-related health care from coverage.

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  • March 12th 2019 at 10:15

U.S. Hospitals And Insurers Might Be Forced To Reveal The True Prices They Negotiate

By Alison Kodjak
The Trump administration aims to boost competition among hospitals and cut costs by letting consumers see how widely prices can vary for the same medical or surgical procedure. But health economists say patients typically have little choice in choosing their hospital.

A little-noticed Trump administration proposal would require hospitals, doctors and insurers to post the true, negotiated price for a medical procedure or service, as opposed to the "list" price.

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  • March 11th 2019 at 20:59

How Much Difference Will Eli Lilly's Half-Price Insulin Make?

By Bram Sable-Smith
Eli Lilly and Company, based in Indianapolis, is rolling out a half-price version of its insulin Humalog that will be sold as a generic.

The Indianapolis-based drugmaker said Monday that it would offer a generic version of Humalog insulin, one of its best-selling medicines. The move could help blunt criticism about high prices.

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  • March 10th 2019 at 13:11

Cancer Leads Athlete To Tough Choice

By Bradley Campbell
BrittLee Bowman competes during a recent cyclecross race. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and faced a decision on how to treat it.

Cyclocross racer BrittLee Bowman chose a double mastectomy when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at 34.

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  • March 9th 2019 at 14:21
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