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Talking About Periods in Public

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 19:19:49 -0400

Five people tackle the taboo of periods, simply by talking about them out in the open.

Civil Rights Chief At HHS Defends The Right To Refuse Care On Religious Grounds

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:38:00 -0400

Roger Severino created a new division in the Department of Health And Human Services to guard the religious rights of health care workers. That worries some advocates for women and LGBTQ people.

Reporter's Notebook: Theranos And The Mysterious Walgreens Fire Alarm

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:58:49 -0400

A journalist interviewing patients about medical tests that supposedly required only a few drops of blood ran into trouble with representatives from Theranos, the company behind the technology.

Shingles Is Nasty, And The New Vaccine Works Well. Why Do Adults Avoid Shots?

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 05:00:00 -0400

Beyond annual flu shots, older adults need protection against shingles, pneumonia, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, federal health officials say. But many aren't getting vaccinated.

President Trump Unveils Plan To Fight Opioid Crisis

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:03:00 -0400

An estimated 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in the United States in 2016 — the vast majority of those were from heroin or synthetic opioids. New Hampshire is one of the states hardest hit by the epidemic and on Monday President Trump unveiled his plan to fight the crisis.

Black And Latino Children Are Often Overlooked When It Comes To Autism

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:24:00 -0400

Research suggests that African-American and Latino children with autism are diagnosed later in life because of healthcare provider bias and families' lack of access to care, among other reasons.

More Than A Job: Home Care For A Mom With Alzheimer's Disease

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 18:02:00 -0400

Celina Raddatz worked in eldercare for about 30 years, until her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and she quit her job to take care of her. Now Raddatz works as a paid caregiver for her mother.

Landmark Report Concludes Abortion In U.S. Is Safe

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:00:00 -0400

The report says many state laws that make it harder for women to get abortions don't have a medical purpose and can make outcomes worse.

Financial Side Effects From A Prescription For Toenail Fungus

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 05:00:00 -0400

A prescription for a drug called Kerydin depleted one woman's health reimbursement account without her even knowing it. When should health care providers broach costs with patients?

Revolutionary Pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton Dies At 99

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:13:00 -0400

Pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton revolutionized the way parents interacted with their babies and young children. His career spanned more than half a century and included dozens of books, hundreds of publications and a TV show. He died Tuesday, just shy of his 100th birthday.

SEC Charges Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes With 'Elaborate, Years-Long Fraud'

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 05:24:13 -0400

Holmes and Theranos promised to revolutionize blood testing. The SEC says they raised $700 million by making "false statements about the company's technology, business, and financial performance."

How Many Opioid Overdoses Are Suicides?

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 05:00:00 -0400

Opioid overdoses and related deaths are still climbing, according to U.S. statistics. Teasing out which overdoses are intentional can be hard, but is important for treatment, doctors say.

Virginia Republicans Divided On Medicaid Expansion

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0400

Medicaid expansion is a real possibility in Virginia this year. The matter will be taken up in a special session after lawmakers failed to agree on whether or not to do it in the regular session.

For Aspiring Doctors With Disabilities, Many Medical Schools Come Up Short

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:19:00 -0400

A national survey finds medical schools should do more to help doctors with disabilities thrive. While some schools do make needed accommodations, others need to take basic steps to help.

Lifting Medicare's Annual Limits On Physical Therapy Helps Ease Patients' Pain

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:23:00 -0400

Last month's congressional budget deal included some benefits for Medicare recipients that may reduce their drug expenses and increase the coverage for certain therapies.