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Yesterday โ€” April 19th 2018NPR Health Care

Can Triage Nurses Help Prevent 911 Overload?

By Selena Simmons-Duffin
Ogechi Ukachu, one of the registered nurses recently hired to help staff D.C.

One in four calls to the Washington, D.C., 911 line isn't an emergency. The city now has triage nurses working with dispatchers to get callers with less urgent needs a same-day clinic visit instead.

(Image credit: Selena Simmons-Duffin/NPR)

  • April 19th 2018 at 11:00
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Merck Immunotherapy Drug Shines In Lung Cancer Study

By Richard Harris
A combination of an immunotherapy drug from Merck and standard chemotherapy led to improved survival for cancer patients.

Research finds that more than two-thirds of lung cancer patients who received Keytruda plus chemotherapy would be alive a year later, compared with about half of people who only got chemotherapy.

(Image credit: Peter Dazeley/Getty Images)

  • April 16th 2018 at 23:43

Federal Appeals Court Finds State's Drug Price-Gouging Law Unconstitutional

By Shefali Luthra
Maryland

Legal analysts say the decision to overturn Maryland's law could slow momentum for other states that are attempting to take action to curb high drug costs.

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  • April 17th 2018 at 18:25

New York City Mice Carry Bacteria That Can Make People Sick

By Rob Stein
Mice may be adorable, but the droppings and the bacteria they contain, not so much.

An analysis of mice in the Big Apple finds that many harbor bacteria that can make humans sick if exposed to the animals' droppings. Some of the bacterial strains were resistant to antibiotics.

(Image credit: Mchugh Tom/Science Source/Getty Images)

  • April 17th 2018 at 16:04

Medicare Advisers Recommend Payment Cuts To Many Free-Standing ERs

By Michelle Andrews
Free-standing ERs tend to have lower standby costs than hospital-based facilities that have to be ready to treat dire injuries. But the free-standing ERs typically receive the same Medicare rate for emergency services.

An agency that advises Congress recommends a 30 percent reduction in some federal reimbursements to free-standing ERs that are within 6 miles of a hospital.

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  • April 17th 2018 at 11:00

Young People More Likely To Shift Toward Supporting Abortion Rights, Poll Finds

By Sarah McCammon
Activists both supporting and opposing abortion rights gathered in front of the the Supreme Court during the March for Life on Jan. 19.

The generational divide uncovered by a survey from the Public Religion Research Institute may be linked to changing attitudes about religion.

(Image credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • April 17th 2018 at 06:01

Merck Immunotherapy Drug Shines In Lung Cancer Study

By Richard Harris
A combination of an immunotherapy drug from Merck and standard chemotherapy led to improved survival for cancer patients.

Research finds that more than two-thirds of lung cancer patients who received Keytruda plus chemotherapy would be alive a year later, compared with about half of people who only got chemotherapy.

(Image credit: Peter Dazeley/Getty Images)

  • April 16th 2018 at 23:43

Drug Test Spurs Frank Talk Between Hypertension Patients And Doctors

By Blake Farmer
The drug test developed by Aegis Sciences checks urine samples to help doctors determine if their patients are taking their blood pressure medicine.

High blood pressure can cause severe health problems, but some of the medications to control it have unpleasant side effects. A new drug test alerts doctors when patients aren't taking their meds.

(Image credit: Blake Farmer/WPLN)

  • April 16th 2018 at 11:00

New Medicaid Requirements Signals Trump Crackdown On Public Assistance Programs

Michel Martin speaks to Diane Rowland from The Kaiser Family Foundation about a new order from President Trump to establish work requirements for recipients of Medicaid and other federal benefits.

  • April 15th 2018 at 22:50

Canada To Measure Marijuana Use By Testing Sewage

By Menaka Wilhelm
University of Puget Sound chemist Dan Burgard keeps a freezer full of archived samples from two wastewater treatment plants in western Washington in case he needs to rerun the samples or analyze a specific drug he didn

People responding to surveys sometimes misstate their drug use. Canada will check wastewater for traces of drugs to more accurately assess consumption.

(Image credit: Dan Burgard)

  • April 13th 2018 at 16:14

Male OB-GYNs Are Rare, But Is That A Problem?

By Alex Olgin
Dr. Katie Merriam, an OB-GYN resident in Charlotte, N.C., says she loves her mostly female work environment but also appreciates having male colleagues.

Women outnumber men in obstetrics and gynecology residencies and medical practices in the U.S. Heads of training programs now wonder if they should go out of their way to recruit more men.

(Image credit: Alex Olgin/WFAE)

  • April 12th 2018 at 11:00

Senate Bill Aims to Broaden Access To Hearing Services

By Michelle Andrews
Under current law, Medicare requires patients to get a referral before seeing an audiologist to diagnose hearing loss.

The measure would remove a potential barrier to getting hearing aids by allowing Medicare beneficiaries to go to an audiologist for a hearing test to diagnose a hearing problem without a referral.

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  • April 11th 2018 at 19:00

Kenyan Woman Abused By Nurses During Childbirth Wins Landmark Case

By Susan Brink
Extreme lack of attention is not unusual in hospitals in poor countries, says Martin Onyango, legal advisor for the Center for Reproductive Rights based in Nairobi.

Josephine Majani passed out searching for help as she delivered her baby on a the floor of a hospital in Kenya. She hopes her case will push for reforms in treatment of women during childbirth.

(Image credit: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

  • April 10th 2018 at 19:48

PrEP Campaign Aims To Block HIV Infection And Save Lives In D.C.

By Selena Simmons-Duffin
At a recent National LGBTQ Task Force conference in Washington D.C., Luis Felipe Cebas (right) from Whitman-Walker Health, talks with Sarah Fleming about PrEP, the pre-exposure drug that can help protect against HIV infection.

PrEP is shorthand for a pill that prevents HIV infection, if taken daily. As Washington, D.C. aims to cut new infections in half by 2020, it hopes to quadruple the number of residents on the medicine.

(Image credit: Tyrone Turner/ WAMU)

  • April 10th 2018 at 17:47

Bill Of The Month: A Tale Of 2 CT Scanners โ€” One Richer, One Poorer

By Alison Kodjak
Why is the price of a CT scan 33 times higher in a hospital emergency room than in an outpatient imaging center just down the street?

Why is the price of a CT scan 33 times higher in a hospital emergency room than in an outpatient imaging center just down the street?

(Image credit: Maria Fabrizio for NPR)

  • April 9th 2018 at 10:53

Could You Fight Off Worms? Depends On Your Gut Microbes

By Nadia M. Whitehead
Photomicrograph of human hookworm rhabditiform larva in its early noninfectious stage, 1979. Image courtesy CDC.

Nearly 25 percent of people are infected with worms. New research suggests that gut microbes may be able to help in waging war against the parasites.

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  • April 7th 2018 at 13:00

For Chronic Pain, A Change In Habits Can Beat Opioids For Relief

By Christine Herman
Physical therapist Ingrid Peele coaches Kim Brown through strengthening exercises to help her with her chronic pain, at the OSF Central Illinois Pain Center in Peoria.

There's a growing consensus among pain specialists that lifestyle changes can be more effective than drugs in managing chronic pain. But the alternative approach requires patient commitment.

(Image credit: Kyle Travers/WFYI)

  • April 6th 2018 at 18:42

In A Border Region Where Immigrants Are Wary, A Health Center Travels To Its Patients

By Kat Chow
Being in rural places means potential patients may often be isolated, low-income and not have easy access to transportation — and therefore difficult to serve.

The staff of a health center in New York State noticed that farm workers were struggling to get to clinics. So the staff decided to bring check-ups to them — through video.

(Image credit: Christina Chung for NPR)

  • April 6th 2018 at 15:04

Surgeon General Urges More Americans To Carry Opioid Antidote

By Rachel Martin
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 15: U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill November 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. Adams testified about community-level health promotion programs and businesses that offer incentives to employees that practice healthy lifestyles.

The drug naloxone can reverse opioid overdoses and save lives. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams says more Americans should have naloxone on hand in case loved ones, friends or neighbors need help.

(Image credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • April 5th 2018 at 06:01

Atlanta Struggles To Fulfill MLK's Legacy In Health Care

By Virginia Anderson
There

Fifty years after the death of Martin Luther King Jr., his hometown still has major racial disparities in mortality and other measures of health.

(Image credit: David Goldman/AP)

  • April 4th 2018 at 16:30
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