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Today โ€” November 17th 2018NPR Health Care

Migrant Kids Survive Hardship To Reunite With Parents. Then What?

By Rhitu Chatterjee
Migrant children who travel to the United States to be reunited with a parent often make the difficult journey alone. But reunification with a parent after years of separation rarely goes as smoothly as they expect.

Most children moving to the U.S. from Central America come without adults, hoping to join parents or family already living in the U.S. To succeed, psychologists say, these families need support.

(Image credit: Sara Wong for NPR)

  • November 17th 2018 at 13:47
Before yesterdayNPR Health Care

FDA Seeks Ban On Menthol Cigarettes To Fight Teen Smoking

By Rob Stein
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he wants to ban menthol cigarettes because teenagers often become addicted to nicotine by smoking them.

In its latest effort to curb smoking by young people, the FDA wants to outlaw menthol cigarettes. The agency would also restrict sales of flavored e-cigarettes to reduce youth addiction to nicotine.

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  • November 15th 2018 at 17:22

A Search For New Ways To Pay For Drugs That Cost A Mint

By Richard Harris
Expensive gene therapies could change the way we pay for medicines, such as making incremental payments over time.

Installment plans and refunds for treatments that don't work are two options getting more attention as ultra-expensive therapies become more common. The financial strains will only grow.

(Image credit: Katherine Streeter for NPR)

  • November 14th 2018 at 11:01

Childbirth In The Age Of Addiction: New Mom Worries About Maintaining Her Sobriety

By April Dembosky
Nicole and Ben Veum, with their little boy, Adrian. Nicole was in recovery from opioid addiction when she gave birth to Adrian, and she worried the fentanyl in her epidural would lead to relapse, but it didn

Pain medications commonly used in labor present medical and mental challenges for pregnant women recovering from opioid addiction.

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  • November 10th 2018 at 13:54

Another Mass Shooting? 'Compassion Fatigue' Is A Natural Reaction

By Rhitu Chatterjee
Mourners comfort each other Thursday during a vigil at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza for the victims of the mass shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

As the incidents of mass shootings in the U.S. occur, some people are starting to feel numbed by them. Psychologists says this is normal.

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  • November 9th 2018 at 21:00

Forum: The Health And Economic Concerns Of Rural Americans

By Joe Neel
The health and economic concerns of rural Americans. A webcast presented by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and NPR. Noon to 1 p.m., Friday, November 9, 2018.

Join us for a live discussion of major issues facing rural America, based on a recent poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)

  • November 9th 2018 at 16:55

New Medicare Advantage Benefits Are Supposed To Help Seniors Stay Out Of The Hospital

By Susan Jaffe
Services like rides to the doctor or wheelchair ramps are among those that some Medicare Advantage plans will begin to offer next year.

To help seniors stay healthy and independent, some Medicare plans will soon cover things like home-delivered meals or rides to the doctor, but finding plans that include the coverage is not easy.

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  • November 9th 2018 at 11:00

After Midterm Defeat, Advocates For Montana's Medicaid Expansion Turn To Legislature

By Eric Whitney
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, warned that failure of a Medicaid-funding initiative on the ballot could make for a tough legislative session in 2019.

If a funding extension can't be hammered out in the Montana Legislature, the state could be the first to undo an expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

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  • November 8th 2018 at 21:46

A Winning Idea: Medicaid Expansion Prevails In Idaho, Nebraska And Utah

By Alison Kodjak
"Most of us are ecstatic" about Medicaid expansion in Utah, said Grant Burningham, of Bountiful. "We were all together and hugging and kissing last night."

Voters in Idaho, Utah and Nebraska approved ballot initiatives to expand Medicaid, overcoming roadblocks that had kept an estimated 300,000 people from obtaining coverage.

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  • November 7th 2018 at 15:58

Despite Warnings, FDA Approves Potent New Opioid Painkiller

By Jake Harper
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, testifying before a House subcommittee in May. There are "very tight restrictions" being placed on the distribution and use of Dsuvia, Gottlieb said Friday in addressing the FDA

Critics, including some leading anesthesiologists, say the drug is unnecessary, and they worry it will be diverted and abused. The Food And Drug Administration says it is addressing safety concerns.

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  • November 2nd 2018 at 20:05

Big Tobacco Spends Big To Block A Tax And Medicaid Expansion In Montana

By Eric Whitney
Amanda Cahill, a supporter of Montana

If the state's ballot initiative to fund Medicaid's expansion passes, it will mean a $2-per-pack increase in taxes on cigarettes and a new tax on electronic cigarettes.

(Image credit: Corin Cates-Carney/Montana Public Radio)

  • November 2nd 2018 at 10:00

For Cervical Cancer Patients, Less Invasive Surgery Is Worse For Survival

By Richard Harris
Cancer of the cervix is one of the most common cancers affecting women and can be fatal. Here, cervical cancer cells are dividing, as seen through a colored scanning electron micrograph.

Two new studies suggest that minimally invasive surgery for early stage cervical cancer patients leads to death and recurring disease more often than standard surgery through a large incision.

(Image credit: Steve Gschmeissner/Getty Images/Science Photo Library)

  • October 31st 2018 at 23:09

Looking For ACA Health Insurance For 2019? Here's What To Expect

By Alison Kodjak
Open enrollment for 2019 health plans begins Nov. 1 on HealthCare.gov and on most state insurance exchanges.

Throughout the U.S., subsidies are available to reduce the price of 2019 policies sold on state and federal insurance exchanges. But promotion of the insurance is varying widely from state to state.

(Image credit: Healthcare.gov via Screenshot by NPR)

  • October 31st 2018 at 21:51

Language Barrier Means Millions Of Elderly Can't Access Alzheimer's Trials

By Josh Eibelman
Getting people of different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds into clinical trials is not only a question of equity, doctors say. It

In the U.S., Alzheimer's clinical trials are largely limited to fluent English speakers, which leaves millions of patients without the opportunity to participate and scientists without diverse data.

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  • October 31st 2018 at 15:00

Voters In 4 States Set To Decide On Medicaid Expansion

By Alison Kodjak
Grant Burningham, who lives in Bountiful, Utah, worked to get a referendum on Medicaid expansion on the Utah ballot in November.

Ballot initiatives in Utah, Nebraska and Idaho will determine whether to expand Medicaid, after legislators refused to do so. Montanans will vote on whether to keep the state's expansion intact.

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  • October 31st 2018 at 12:18

GOP Revives Medicare Scare Tactics As Election Nears

By Julie Rovner
"Democrats call it

Democrats are hammering Republicans over their efforts to eliminate insurance protections for pre-existing conditions. Republicans are telling seniors their Medicare coverage may be in danger.

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  • October 30th 2018 at 16:16

Bill Of The Month: A $48,329 Allergy Test Is A Lot Of Scratch

By Barbara Feder Ostrov
Janet Winston stands in her rose garden in Eureka, Calif. Testing revealed she is allergic to numerous substances, including linalool. Winston still can handle roses, which contain linalool, but she can

A California college professor never imagined that trying to figure out what was causing her rash could wind up costing so much.

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  • October 29th 2018 at 10:04

2 Moves By Trump This Past Week Could Reshape U.S. Health Insurance In Big Ways

By Julie Appleby
Shelton Allwood joined other demonstrators in Miami last year calling for continued protection for people who have pre-existing medical conditions.

Frustrated that Congress hasn't repealed the Affordable Care Act, the administration continues to make moves that chip away at the ACA's nationwide protections and give states more control.

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  • October 27th 2018 at 13:00

Trump Aims To Lower Some U.S. Drug Spending By Factoring In What Other Countries Pay

By Alison Kodjak
President Trump announces a plan to overhaul how Medicare pays for certain drugs during a Thursday speech at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.

An administration proposal would link what Medicare pays for certain drugs administered in hospitals and doctor's offices to the prices paid in Europe and other advanced economies.

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  • October 25th 2018 at 22:41

Methamphetamine Roils Rural Towns Again Across The U.S.

By Frank Morris
A drug specialist in the Mexican army shows crystal methamphetamine paste seized at a clandestine laboratory in Mexico

Meth is back "with a vengeance," police say. Now made mostly by superlabs in Mexico, it is stronger, cheaper and more prevalent, cutting across demographic barriers and sparking serious crime.

(Image credit: GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • October 25th 2018 at 19:29
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