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Mileha Soneji: Can Simple Innovations Improve The Lives of Parkinson's Patients?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:19:47 -0500

When designer Mileha Soneji's uncle got Parkinson's, his quality of life deteriorated rapidly. Mileha couldn't cure her uncle's disease, so she designed simple ways to improve his everyday life.

Amos Winter: How Do You Build An All-Terrain Wheelchair For Under $200?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:19:00 -0500

In many countries, uneven and unpaved roads make it hard to get around in a standard wheelchair. MIT engineer Amos Winter describes his design for a lever-powered all-terrain wheelchair under $200.

Canadians Root For An Underdog Health Policy Idea From The U.S.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:00:02 -0500

A center created by the Affordable Care Act to foster innovations in health care is at risk in Donald Trump's U.S. But some Canadian health analysts see it as a model for curbing health care's cost.

House Tax Plan Would Eliminate Medical Expense Deduction

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:00:00 -0500

The House passed its bill to overhaul the tax code. It would eliminate many popular deductions — including the one for medical expenses. The provision isn't included in the current Senate version.

What To Make Of A Head-To-Head Test Of Addiction Treatments

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:22:00 -0500

Researchers found two addiction medicines equally effective once treatment started. But there are fundamental differences in the way treatment begins with each drug, complicating the interpretation.

Remembering Health Care Economist Uwe Reinhardt

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:24:32 -0500

Reinhardt, who died on Monday, helped shape the debate about health care by advocating for individual mandates and universal health care. Originally broadcast in 2009.

What If We Treated Gun Violence Like A Public Health Crisis?

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:58:00 -0500

The law restricts a major government public health agency's research into gun violence, which kills or injures more people than many other infectious diseases.

Health Policy Consultant On How The Senate GOP Tax Bill Could Affect Insurance Costs

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:42:00 -0500

Senate Republicans have proposed attaching a repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate as a way to pay for tax cuts. Health policy consultant Robert Laszewski tells NPR's Kelly McEvers that doing so would increase the cost of insurance for many Americans.

'You're On Your Own': Servicewomen Describe Impact Of Military's Abortion Policy

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:12:00 -0500

Women in the military generally can't get abortions at military facilities or using military health insurance. Researchers interviewed 21 servicewomen who volunteered to talk about their experiences.

Republicans Add ACA Mandate Repeal To Tax Bill

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:11:00 -0500

The Senate version of the GOP tax plan involves repealing the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans think they have the votes to pass the measure.

Hurricane Damage To Manufacturers In Puerto Rico Affects Mainland Hospitals, Too

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:09:00 -0500

The island is a major center for drug and medical device manufacturing. After Hurricane Maria, those products, including small IV bags, are running short throughout the U.S.

Republican Senators Add Repeal Of Individual Health Care Mandate To Tax Bill

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:37:00 -0500

Republican leaders expressed confidence that the measure could pass the Senate. It is likely to face even fewer hurdles in the House, as the GOP aims to pass a tax bill by Christmas.

For Some Native Americans, Uranium Contamination Feels Like Discrimination

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:04:00 -0500

In the Navajo Nation, waste from old uranium mines has proved to be an insidious health hazard. Even spring water has become radioactive.

Several States Roll Back 'Retroactive Medicaid,' A Buffer For The Poor

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:20:17 -0500

Retroactive payments offer protection for poor people who can be enrolled in Medicaid after becoming seriously ill. That process takes time, and the look-back provision helps guarantee coverage.

AARP Foundation Sues Nursing Home To Stop Illegal Evictions

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:20:00 -0500

Gloria and Bill Single lived together in a nursing home until she was evicted without warning. Complaints about illegal evictions from nursing homes are up 73 percent in California since 2011.