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Getting Dental Care Can Be A Challenge For People With Disabilities

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:37:00 -0400

People with serious disabilities and their caregivers often struggle to find dentists who have the ability and desire to take care of their teeth. Cost is another issue.

How Does Our Brain Get Rid Of Toxins?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Neuroscientist Jeff Iliff talks about his research, which explores how the brain naturally flushes out toxins during sleep.

How Can Your Home Make You Sick?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

When Dr. Rishi Manchanda worked in a clinic in South Central Los Angeles, he saw that patients were getting sick because of toxic living conditions — so he tried a unique treatment approach.

How Do Toxins From Plastics Find Their Way Into Our Food?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Ocean advocate Emily Penn has seen first hand how much plastic ends up in the oceans. She explains how the toxins from plastic makes their way into our food chain and how we might be able to stop it.

How Do Common Chemicals Affect Frogs, Rats — And Maybe Us?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Biologist Tyrone Hayes talks about the concerning effects of the herbicide atrazine, which is part of a group of chemicals that are found in everyday food and household products.

Watchdog: EPA Action To Protect Flint Residents From Lead Was Delayed 7 Months

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:37:00 -0400

The agency had enough information to see the danger and the authority to intervene earlier, the inspector general's report states. "These situations should generate a greater sense of urgency."

Experts Say It Could Be A Make Or Break Year For Obamacare

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

President Obama traveled to Florida Thursday to encourage more people to sign up for Obamacare when the enrollment window opens next month. The president's signature health care law has helped cut the uninsured rate to record lows. But it's showing some cracks, and many young people are reluctant to sign up.

Will A Study Save Victims Of Violence, Or Gamble With Their Lives?

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:14:00 -0400

Victims of a shooting or stabbing in Philadelphia may soon become part of a study to figure out what kind of care is better--going straight to a hospital or getting more care at the scene.

STD Infections Rise To New Highs After States Close Health Clinics

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:33:00 -0400

The CDC reports a sharp rise in infections of sexually transmitted diseases, and says lack of funding for state and local health clinics that help prevent spread of the diseases is a key factor.

Fall Enrollment Efforts Could Be Pivotal For Federal Health Law

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:35:00 -0400

Federal health officials expect the number of people who buy health plans on state and federal exchanges to grow by 1 million people for 2017, though premiums are going up, too.

Emergency Room Use Stays High In Oregon Medicaid Study

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:45:00 -0400

Health officials hoped giving more people health insurance would curtail their use of expensive emergency rooms for routine medical care. But data from Oregon suggest their overall ER use didn't drop.

Small Savings For Drugs Made To Mimic Biotech Blockbusters

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:48:00 -0400

Pfizer is poised to start selling Inflectra, its version of the blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug Remicade. But the price of Inflectra is only 15 percent less.

Who Will Be The Next Leader Of WHO?

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:41:00 -0400

A former punk rocker, a former mayor and a multilingual epidemiologist are among the six nominees vying for the top job at the World Health Organization.

7 Insurers Alleged To Have Discriminated Against HIV Patients

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:20:00 -0400

The plans sought to discourage costly HIV patients by not including their drugs on approved lists or by requiring substantial cost sharing, a Harvard Law School group says in federal complaints.

Nursing Home Group Sues U.S. Government Over New Lawsuit Rule

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:29:00 -0400

The American Health Care Association is seeking to overturn a rule that protects the right of patients and their families to sue nursing homes in court. The rule is set to go into effect Nov. 28.