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Congress Ends Spat, Agrees To Fund $1.1 Billion To Combat Zika

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:56:00 -0400

The deal to fight the mosquito-borne virus came after lawmakers dropped a controversial provision to block payments to Planned Parenthood for women's health care.

#DearWashington: Readers Share Personal Concerns This Election

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:03:00 -0400

NPR is asking audiences to share something that they want their leaders in Washington to know about why this election matters to them.

A Look At How The Revolving Door Spins From FDA To Industry

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:48:00 -0400

About 27 percent of Food and Drug Administration reviewers who approved hematology-oncology drugs from 2001 through 2010 left to work for the industry they previously regulated, an analysis found.

Chill Out: Stress Can Override Benefits Of Healthful Eating

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:02:00 -0400

Stress takes a toll on our bodies. And a new study suggests stress can diminish the benefits of more healthful food choices. But experts say a range of strategies can help people cope with stress.

Would California's Proposed Tobacco Tax Hike Reduce Smoking?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:13:00 -0400

When New York increased its cigarette tax, smoking rates declined. California's proposed increase of $2 a pack may, too, say researchers. The higher the tax, the more likely people are to quit.

Expansion Proposed For Women's Health Services Without A Copay

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:00:00 -0400

The list of preventive services that insurers would cover without a copay could grow to include mammograms for younger women and perhaps even vasectomies for men.

Fact Check: Trump And Clinton Debate For The First Time

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:48:00 -0400

NPR reporters and editors annotated Monday night's debate as it happened. Read the final fact check, analysis and context here.

Medications Can Help People Stop Abusing Alcohol, But Many Don't Know That

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:54:00 -0400

It is still rare for a person struggling with alcohol abuse to be prescribed naltrexone or acamprosate, two medications that have been proven to help. Efforts are underway to change that.

War Studies Suggest A Concussion Leaves The Brain Vulnerable To PTSD

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:39:00 -0400

Troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are far more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder if they have suffered a concussion. The reason may be a change in the brain's fear circuits.

King County In Seattle Wants To Open Legal Heroin Clinics To Combat Epidemic

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:35:00 -0400

A Washington state county is floating the idea of supervised clinics where people can inject heroin. King County's health officer Jeff Duchin tells NPR's Rachel Martin why he thinks it's a good idea.

Deadly Opioid Overwhelms First Responders And Crime Labs in Ohio

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:35:00 -0400

Carfentanil, a potent variation on fentanyl, is being blamed for a wave of opioid overdoses. In Cincinnati, the coroner, crime lab and first responders are struggling to keep up.

Doctor Confesses: I Lied To Protect Colleague In Malpractice Suit

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:00:00 -0400

A surgeon who lied on the witness stand about his partner's skills is haunted by the deception nearly two decades later. Now retired from medicine, the regretful witness is a patient advocate.

Mylan CEO Claims EpiPens Aren't As Profitable As Everyone Thinks

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:31:00 -0400

In testimony prepared for a congressional hearing, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch says the company makes about $50 in profit on each EpiPen. Analysts say it's still a hefty margin.

Doctors Who Treat Opioid Addiction Often See Very Few Patients

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:01:00 -0400

It can be very hard to find medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, but most doctors who provide it do so for just a small number of patients, a study finds.

Weight Loss On Your Wrist? Fitness Trackers May Not Help

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:19:00 -0400

Researchers were surprised that the young adults given fitness trackers lost less weight than their peers who didn't have the gizmos. Maybe they're not as motivating as we hope.