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Yesterday โ€” September 19th 2018NPR Health Care

Myth And Reality About Hurricane Risks For Expectant Mothers

By Rachel D. Cohen
Preparing for a natural disaster becomes even more complicated when you

Research suggests that floods and other environmental disasters can raise the risk for spontaneous miscarriages, preterm births and low-birth-weight infants. Doctors say it pays to be prepared.

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  • September 19th 2018 at 18:36

County Jails Struggle To Treat Mentally Ill Inmates

By Christine Herman
Lt. Ryan Snyder, who works at the Champaign County jail in Illinois, says it

Getting mental health treatment to inmates who need it requires money and unprecedented collaboration between state and county departments of criminal justice and social services. Is it working?

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  • September 19th 2018 at 11:00
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Doctors Today May Be Miserable, But Are They 'Burnt Out'?

By Mara Gordon
Physicians face long hours, frustrating paperwork and sometimes difficult patients. But researchers aren

There's a lively debate going on in the medical community about physician burnout. Who has it? How bad is it? Is it even real?

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  • September 18th 2018 at 18:06

As Injuries Continue, Doctors Renew Call For Ban On Infant Walkers

By Ronnie Cohen
Skull fractures, concussions and broken bones are common injuries when children not yet able to walk use infant walkers and fall down stairs.

Despite improved safety standards over the years, more than 230,000 children under 15 months old were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to infant walkers from 1990 through 2014.

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  • September 17th 2018 at 06:01

To Manage Dementia Well, Start With The Caregivers

By Lauren Gravitz
illustration of hands holding a head

A new approach to helping Alzheimer's and dementia patients starts with training caregivers, teaching them to respond to their loved ones' needs with insight and creativity.

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  • September 15th 2018 at 18:38

New Medicare Advantage Tool To Control Drug Prices Could Narrow Choices

By Susan Jaffe
Health insurers who offer Medicare Advantage plans have permission to soon require patients to try less expensive alternatives to some before receiving pricier drugs.

Federal officials will allow private Medicare insurance plans to require patients who are candidates for certain expensive drugs to try cheaper drugs first.

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  • September 13th 2018 at 21:19

Insurer To Purdue Pharma: We Won't Pay For OxyContin Anymore

By Blake Farmer
Despite abuse deterrent formulation, Purdue Pharma

Embattled drugmaker Purdue Pharma defends OxyContin as some insurers are dropping the drug in favor of other abuse-deterrent opioid painkillers.

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  • September 12th 2018 at 22:12

A Setback For Massachusetts In States' Drive To Contain Medicaid Drug Spending

By Martha Bebinger
Massachusetts wanted to negotiate prices and stop the use of some of the most expensive drugs in its Medicaid program. The federal government said no.

Massachusetts planned to exclude expensive drugs that weren't proven to work better than existing alternatives from its Medicaid plan. Medicaid drug spending had doubled in five years.

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  • September 12th 2018 at 23:02

Insurers Move Against OxyContin

By Blake Farmer
Oxycodone has a high abuse potential and is prescribed for moderate to high pain relief associated with injuries, bursitis, dislocation, fractures, neuralgia, arthritis, and lower back and cancer pain.

Health insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee will stop covering OxyContin prescriptions next year. Instead, they'll promote the prescribing of two "abuse deterrent" alternatives.

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  • September 12th 2018 at 22:12

Many 'Recovery Houses' Won't Let Residents Use Medicine To Quit Opioids

By Nina Feldman
Barb Williamson runs several sobriety houses in Pennsylvania, commercially run homes where residents support each other in their recovery from opioid addiction. Initially, she says, she saw the use of Suboxone or methadone by residents as "a crutch," and banned them. But evidence the medicines can be helpful changed her mind.

Evidence shows the drugs methadone and buprenorphine can help people recover from opioid use disorder by reducing withdrawal symptoms and cravings. So why do many sobriety facilities ban their use?

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  • September 12th 2018 at 11:11

More Older Americans Are Turning To Marijuana

By Mara Gordon
Baby boomers who use marijuana seem to be using it more often than in previous years, a recent survey finds — 5.7 percent of respondents ages 50 to 64 said they

As marijuana gains popularity among people 65 and older, geriatricians call for more research on how it affects elderly patients. Shifts in metabolism as we age can intensify any drug's side effects.

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  • September 12th 2018 at 11:00

East Coast Scientists Win Patent Case Over Medical Research Technology

By Richard Harris

Scientists affiliated with Harvard and MIT have been battling with colleagues at University of California, Berkeley over who deserves patents for a revolutionary technology used in medical research. On Monday, the east coast scientists won their case in a federal appeals court.

  • September 10th 2018 at 23:48

The Remedy For Surprise Medical Bills May Lie In Stitching Up Federal Law

By Michelle Andrews
The total bill for Drew Calver

Gaps in a wide-ranging law covering employee benefits can blindside consumers whose health coverage is provided by company and union health plans that pay claims out of their own funds.

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  • September 10th 2018 at 11:00

Infectious Theory Of Alzheimer's Disease Draws Fresh Interest

By Bret Stetka
The search for the cause of Alzheimer

Money has poured into Alzheimer's research, but until very recently not much of it went toward investigating infection in causing dementia. A million dollar prize may lead more scientists to try.

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  • September 9th 2018 at 13:30

Discreetly Tracking Down Sex Partners To Stop A Surge In STDs

By Kristian Foden-Vencil
Mary Horman (left), a registered nurse for Clackamas County, and Liz Baca, a disease intervention specialist for the county, search for the right address in an Oregon neighborhood. Part of their job is to get information to people who may have a serious, treatable infection, yet not realize it.

In response to a spike in syphilis and gonorrhea cases, one Oregon county is sending medical sleuths to break the bad news in-person. Some people have no idea they've been exposed to an infection.

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  • September 8th 2018 at 14:04

What's The Evidence That Supervised Drug Injection Sites Save Lives?

By Elana Gordon
Supervised injection sites, like Insite in Vancouver, Canada, provide drug users with clean needles and other supplies to help prevent the spread of disease.

Proposals in several cities to offer drug users access to a safe space to consume drugs have caused a political stir, but what do we really know about the effectiveness of safe injection sites?

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  • September 7th 2018 at 20:40

Michelle Knox: Can Talking About Death Take Fear And Stress Out Of The Inevitable?

By NPR/TED Staff
Michelle Knox on the TED stage.

How can we better cope with grief? After observing funerals around the world, banker and travel blogger Michelle Knox suggests we talk about death with our loved ones — especially when we're healthy.

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  • September 7th 2018 at 15:54

Hospitals Prepare To Launch Their Own Drug Company To Fight High Prices And Shortages

By Alison Kodjak
Intermountain Healthcare, whose Intermountain Medical Center Patient Tower in Murray, Utah, is seen here, is a leader in the generic drug company being launched by hospitals.

A consortium of hospital systems and three foundations is moving ahead with a nonprofit drugmaker that would produce some of the generic medicines health care facilities need the most.

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  • September 6th 2018 at 11:17

Federal Judge In Fort Worth Hears Latest Challenge To The Affordable Care Act

By Ashley Lopez

Oral arguments got underway Wednesday in Texas v. United States, the lawsuit brought by 20 GOP state attorneys general versus the federal government.

  • September 6th 2018 at 00:04

What A Ruling In Texas v. United States Could Mean For Health Care

By Julie Rovner

Kaiser Health News reporter Julie Rovner speaks with NPR's Ari Shapiro about what was at stake during the faceoff between state Republican and Democratic attorney generals over the Affordable Care Act in a Texas courtroom.

  • September 5th 2018 at 23:55
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