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As Rain Keeps Falling, Sierra Leone Scrambles To Find Mudslide Survivors

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:23:00 -0400

Idalia Amaya, an emergency response coordinator for Catholic Relief Services, says the top priority is rescuing people trapped in their homes under the mud.

Many Nurses Lack Knowledge Of Health Risks To Mothers After Childbirth

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0400

A nationwide survey shows that postpartum nurses often fail to warn mothers about potentially life-threatening complications following childbirth, mainly because they need more education themselves.

Federal Appeals Court Says Arkansas Can Block Medicaid Payments To Planned Parenthood

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:45:15 -0400

It reversed earlier injunctions that forbade the state from suspending payments to the medical provider over a controversial leaked video of Planned Parenthood staff.

Often Missing From The Current Health Care Debate: Women's Voices

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:33:00 -0400

When leaders in Washington discuss the future of American health care, women are not always in the room. Here, eight women from around the country share their personal stories, fears and hopes.

Hippos, Anthrax And Hunger Make A Deadly Mix

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:17:28 -0400

In Zambia, some people were so hungry that they risked their health to eat hippo meat infected with anthrax. Researchers say it reveals how food insecurity can spread disease.

Health Insurance CEO On New CBO Report

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:04:00 -0400

Independence Blue Cross President and CEO Daniel Hilferty talks with Ailsa Chang about the Congressional Budget Office's latest report on payments the federal government makes to insurance companies.

'Body Brokers' Get Kickbacks To Lure People With Addictions To Bad Rehab

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:29:00 -0400

In South Florida, people with health insurance are the target of "body brokers" who can earn lucrative kickbacks — $500 per week — for referring vulnerable patients to centers that bilk insurers.

CBO Predicts Rise In Deficit If Trump Cuts Payments To Insurance Companies

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:14:00 -0400

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that ending what's known as cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers will raise the deficit $194 billion over 10 years.

Can My Boss Make Me Pay The Tax On My Great Health Plan? Maybe Yes

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:17:00 -0400

Since Congress hasn't passed a fix, employers who offer generous health care plans may look to shift the tax burden to employees if the so-called "Cadillac tax" kicks in.

Trump Administration Extends Deadline For Insurers To Decide On Obamacare Markets

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:10:00 -0400

The extension leaves time for President Trump to decide whether to continue crucial payments to insurers and for insurers to figure out how they would operate without them if they were to disappear.

Nurse Wins Prize For Research On Benefits Of Faster Tuberculosis Testing

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:02:00 -0400

Chenai Mathabire dreamed of being a model, but life had different plans. She recently won an award for proving that a rapid TB test could be used successfully in clinics across southeastern Africa.

Navigating The 'Aisle Of Confusion' To Whiten Your Teeth

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 04:58:00 -0400

The whiter the smile the more attractive the person, research finds. Both men and women say white teeth matter when choosing a mate. This may be why whitening teeth is a $3.2 billion industry.

You Can Order a Dozen STD Tests Online — But Should You?

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0400

It sounds so simple: Order a kit online, test for sexually transmitted diseases in the privacy of home and mail it back. But deciding what to test for and who gets tested is far from easy.

From Alaska To Florida, States Respond To Opioid Crisis With Emergency Declarations

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:43:00 -0400

President Trump announced Thursday that his administration plans to declare a national emergency to deal with the opioid epidemic. Six states have already taken this step.

What Could Happen If Trump Formally Declares Opioids A National Emergency

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 07:31:00 -0400

The president has already called the opioid crisis an emergency. If he makes it official through a formal declaration, more money and personnel could be available to deal with the epidemic.