Last Build Date: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:43:00 -0500Copyright: Copyright 2016 NPR - For Personal Use Only
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:43:00 -0500A fund guaranteeing health coverage and pensions to retired mine workers is about to run dry. Congress has been reluctant to pick up the tab. Democrats from coal country say it's time to act.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:02:00 -0500Overall, U.S. life expectancy dipped in 2015 — the first drop since 1993. That's because the death rate went up between 2014 and 2015, driven by an increase in mortality among people younger than 65.
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:29:00 -0500This study doesn't prove that optimism actually causes better health or postpones death. But it joins a growing body of evidence suggesting that they're fellow travelers.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:01:00 -0500An analysis of car accidents found that drivers who slept only five or six hours in the previous 24 had nearly twice the accident rate of drivers who slept a full seven hours or more.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:17 -0500In Liberia, a team of epidemiologists have to delay a criminal investigation, look the other way on illegal drug use and build trust to stop an outbreak of Ebola.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:39:00 -0500A decade after HPV vaccine was introduced in the U.S., many doctors still hesitate to routinely recommend that children get vaccinated against the cancer-causing virus.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:39:00 -0500Each year, millions of Americans leave jail or prison. When they do, they're likely to have a hard time managing their health. Some clinics are trying to provide ex-inmates with better, cheaper care.
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:41:00 -0500Researcher Sara Nash tells NPR's Ailsa Chang why it's never to late to quit smoking. She's one of the authors of a new NIH-AARP study.
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:04:00 -0500There's a plethora of projects to gather data about the brain, various kinds of cancer and every type of cell in the body. But researchers are struggling to keep up with the information explosion.
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 04:51:00 -0500Medical researchers are no longer ignoring the people who have the most to gain — or lose. But as patient advocates become more influential, they risk being co-opted by the biomedical industry.
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:46:00 -0500The prevalence of Alzheimer's and other dementias declined by almost 3 percent from 2000 to 2012, a study finds. That could be a result of people getting more education, and better health overall.
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 04:53:00 -0500Loneliness and social isolation can affect health for the worse. A California hospital is training volunteers to provide companionship and friendly assistance.
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 04:52:00 -0500Lung cancer affects mostly older people, but they're often not offered surgery as a treatment. A study finds that most older people can tolerate surgery, and that it extends lives.
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:45:55 -0500Entomologist Marcel Dicke wants us to reconsider our relationship with insects, promoting bugs as a tasty — and ecologically sound — alternative to meat in an increasingly hungry world.
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:45:55 -0500Sugar is a major culprit in diseases such as obesity, diabetes and dementia—and because it's in almost everything we consume, Dr. Robert Lustig says it's time to get more proactive.