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Texas Disability Group Wants Victims' Voices Heard In Gun Debate

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:04:15 -0400

Advocates in Texas wants to help people who've been disabled by gun violence talk to lawmakers. Victims say they have a big stake in how guns are regulated.

How Medicare's Conflicting Hospitalization Rules Cost Me Thousands Of Dollars

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:48:52 -0400

NPR correspondent Alison Kodjak's mom was admitted to the hospital for four nights after a fall. Because the hospital said she was an outpatient, Medicare wouldn't pay for her rehabilitative care.

Can Triage Nurses Help Prevent 911 Overload?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:00:00 -0400

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.

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

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:25:00 -0400

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.

New York City Mice Carry Bacteria That Can Make People Sick

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:04:00 -0400

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.

Medicare Advisers Recommend Payment Cuts To Many Free-Standing ERs

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 05:00:29 -0400

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.

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

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:01:00 -0400

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

Merck Immunotherapy Drug Shines In Lung Cancer Study

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:43:00 -0400

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.

Drug Test Spurs Frank Talk Between Hypertension Patients And Doctors

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 05:00:00 -0400

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.

New Medicaid Requirements Signals Trump Crackdown On Public Assistance Programs

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 16:50:34 -0400

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.

Canada To Measure Marijuana Use By Testing Sewage

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:14:07 -0400

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

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

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 05:00:00 -0400

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.

Senate Bill Aims to Broaden Access To Hearing Services

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:00:00 -0400

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.

Kenyan Woman Abused By Nurses During Childbirth Wins Landmark Case

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:48:00 -0400

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.

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

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 11:47:00 -0400

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.