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Missouri Faces Costly Dilemma: How To Treat Inmates With Hepatitis C?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:04:36 -0500

Civil liberties groups in Missouri and at least five other states are suing to get more inmates treated with hepatitis drugs that are highly effective but quite expensive.

Roger Severino Discusses The HHS Division Of Conscience And Religious Freedom

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:16:34 -0500

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Roger Severino about the new Department of Health and Human Services Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom, which is intended to protect people from discrimination if they refuse to participate in health services, against their beliefs.

Trump Admin Will Protect Health Workers Who Refuse Services On Religious Grounds

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:53:00 -0500

The Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom is being established to aid health workers with objections rooted in conscience or religion to treating certain people and performing some procedures.

HHS To Protect Health Workers With Religious Objections

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:07:00 -0500

The Department of Health and Human Services is expected to announce the creation of a new division to protect health workers who object to procedures like abortions for religious reasons.

Home Care Agencies Often Wrongly Deny Medicare Help To The Chronically Ill

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:00:22 -0500

Home health firms sometimes turn away Medicare beneficiaries who have chronic health problems by incorrectly claiming Medicare won't pay for their services, say advocates for patients.

White House Doctor Says Trump Is In 'Excellent' Physical, Cognitive Health

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:17:04 -0500

Dr. Ronny Jackson said the president could benefit from losing between 10 and 15 pounds over the coming year as well as beginning an exercise regimen.

How Active Duty Military Are Navigating Changing Attitudes Toward Marijuana

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:34:00 -0500

California is the latest state to begin legal recreational sale of marijuana. That presents a challenge to the thousands of active duty military — and their families — who must navigate changing attitudes toward marijuana use, which is still prohibited under federal law.

As Flu Season Strains Hospitals, Doctor Offers Advice For How To Stay Healthy

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:34:00 -0500

An unusually severe flu season has strained hospitals around the country with overflowing emergency rooms. In California alone, at least 42 people have died from the flu. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Dr. Adrian Cotton, chief of medical operations at Loma Linda University Health System, about the influx of patients and what people can do to protect themselves.

When You Need A Mammogram, Should You Get One In '3-D'?

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:51:08 -0500

A newer type of breast imaging costs more. It's not yet clear if the three-dimensional approach is more effective at catching cancers that will kill.

For Now, Sequencing Cancer Tumors Holds More Promise Than Proof

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 04:44:00 -0500

Sequencing the DNA of cancer tumors to help pinpoint treatment is an emerging element of precision medicine. While patients and doctors alike want these tests, they often don't benefit patients.

The Call-In: The Nursing Industry

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 08:02:38 -0500

Depending on where you live, nurses can be in short supply. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Peter Buerhaus, a nursing professor at Montana State University, about the changing nursing industry.

Mapping How The Opioid Epidemic Sparked An HIV Outbreak

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 06:00:20 -0500

Researchers knew the HIV outbreak in the small town of Austin, Ind., was related to IV drug use. Mapping how the virus mutated over time revealed its path — and how it might have been stopped.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin On Requiring Medicaid Recipients To Work

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 07:51:15 -0500

Kentucky is the first state to require Medicaid recipients to work or get job training in order to qualify for aid. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Gov. Matt Bevin about the new requirements.

The Forgotten Needs Of Refugees From Hurricane Irma

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 07:00:00 -0500

Finding a place to live is just the start. A doctor shares his experiences with two hurricane refugees.

New Rules May Make Getting And Staying On Medicaid More Difficult

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:12:00 -0500

Indiana is one of the states poised to get permission to require Medicaid recipients to work. Advocates say work requirements may be good politics but they're bad policy.