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Pregnant Women Should Still Get The Flu Vaccine, Doctors Advise

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:35:00 -0400

Researchers and physicians say a study suggesting a link between the flu vaccine and miscarriage in a limited population is cause for more research, not a reason to change vaccination recommendations.



This Test Can Determine Whether You've Outgrown A Food Allergy

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:34:00 -0400

Food allergies are tricky to diagnose, and many kids can outgrow them, too. A test called an oral food challenge is the gold standard to rule out an allergy. It's performed under medical supervision.



Biggest Flash Points In The Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 06:00:14 -0400

The bill would make big changes to the nation's health care system by rolling back key requirements of Obamacare, including that insurers not charge more to people with pre-existing conditions.



Transgender Hockey Player Postpones Hormone Treatment To Keep Playing

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 05:00:14 -0400

Sports leagues have struggled with how to define gender when it comes to deciding who can play. Pro hockey player Harrison Browne has decided to postpone hormone therapy for one more year on the ice.



Cancer Patient Says Condition Will Dictate Life Choices With ACA Repeal

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:01:18 -0400

At the age of 29, Molly Young was diagnosed with breast cancer. The Affordable Care Act has been paying for her treatments. NPR's Michel Martin talks with Young about how she would fare under the new GOP plan.



5 Americans Talk About How A Health Law Overhaul Would Affect Them

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:50:00 -0400

All year, NPR member station reporters around the country have asked people how they would be affected by proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Here are five of those stories.



Another Good Reason Not To Pee In The Pool

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:46:00 -0400

Urine, sweat and sunscreen interact with chlorine in pools to create irritating chemicals called chloramines. Those chemicals sickened dozens of swimmers and staff at an Ohio water park.



Graham-Cassidy Health Bill Would Shift Funds From States That Expanded Medicaid

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:42:00 -0400

The bill's sponsors say their plan to reallocate federal health funding among states is more equitable. It also would cause largely Democratic states to lose funding while Republican states gain.



Women With Opioid Addiction Live With Daily Fear Of Assault, Rape

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:01:00 -0400

Such attacks among women and some men with an opioid addiction often go unreported because the victims fear retaliation from drug dealers or charges from police.



Many Nursing Homes Aren't Prepared For Even Basic Emergencies

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:12:00 -0400

The deaths of eight residents in a Florida nursing home showed how even seemingly mundane things like failing to maintain climate control can be deadly. Emergency preparation enforcement can be lax.



When Irma Arrived, Most Florida Health Care Facilities Were Ready

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:13:10 -0400

Eight deaths at a Florida nursing home got a lot of media attention. But a tour of other health care centers in the Miami area found mostly good care after Hurricane Irma struck.



As Federal Government Cuts Obamacare Ads, Private Insurer Steps Up

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:06:00 -0400

The federal government has cut advertising for the Affordable Care Act's enrollment period by 90 percent. So insurer Oscar Health has started its own campaign in New York and five other states.



Beans Add Healthy Fiber And Protein To Gluten-Free Pastas

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Pastas made from starches like rice are a boon for those with celiac disease and wheat allergies. The downside: Many spike blood-sugar levels. What to do? Look toward bean-based options.



Teen Wants A Tattoo? Pediatricians Say Here's How To Do It Safely

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:04:00 -0400

For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics has weighed in on what teens and young adults (and their doctors and parents) need to know about safely getting piercings and tattoos.



Xanax Or Zoloft For Moms-To-Be: A New Study Assesses Safety

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:04:00 -0400

Is it OK to take antidepressants or anxiety medicine during pregnancy? Recent research suggests women who need treatment can take these drugs. Doctors recommend the lowest effective dose.