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Google Searches For Ways To Put Artificial Intelligence To Use In Health Care

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 2:42pm

The search giant's push into artificial intelligence as a tool for health improvement is a natural evolution for a company that has developed algorithms that reach deep into our lives through the Web.

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Amid Rural Doctor Shortage, Dozens Of Medical Workers Charged In Opioid Crackdown

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 5:23pm

A recent opioid sting caught 60 people, including doctors, accused of enabling addicts. Physician Stephen Loyd tells NPR's Sacha Pfeiffer how the sting could affect addicted patients.

Prison For Forced Addiction Treatment? A Parent's 'Last Resort' Has Consequences

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 7:10am

Thousands of Massachusetts residents have been committed to treatment for addiction against their will. Some families say locking up addicts in prison isn't treatment. Others say it saves lives.

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'This Is Morally Wrong': Biden Supports Striking Massachusetts Grocery Workers

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 4:40pm

Thirty-one thousand Stop & Shop workers are striking in New England over proposed changes to wages and benefits. Eight days in, the strike has shuttered some stores and slowed business at others.

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High-Deductible Health Policies Linked To Delayed Diagnosis And Treatment

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 5:00am

Her employer offered only a high-deductible health plan; that meant she'd have to pay up to $6,000 out of pocket each year. Advocates for patients say this sort of underinsurance is snatching lives.

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How Well Do Workplace Wellness Programs Work?

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:31am

These job-based programs can motivate employees to make some changes in behavior, research finds, but they don't seem to move the dial on workers' health status or employer spending on health care.

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How Philadelphia Mandated Vaccinations In 1991

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 8:03am

NPR's Sacha Pfeiffer speaks with Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, about the last time the U.S. mandated measles vaccinations.

Examining Sanders' Medicare-For-All Proposal

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 8:16am

Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, describes the latest Medicare-for-all bill by Sen. Bernie Sanders and the options for single-payer coverage proposed by lawmakers.

Republican State Lawmakers Split Over Anti-Abortion Strategy

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 6:06pm

Ohio is the latest Republican-led state to pass a ban on abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. But Tennessee this week backed off a similar bill, fearing costly legal battles. What now?

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Watchdogs Cite Lax Medical And Mental Health Treatment Of ICE Detainees

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 12:27pm

The Adelanto ICE Processing Center houses nearly 2,000 people in California. Federal, state and watchdog reviews say the Florida-based firm that runs Adelanto fails to provide adequate health care.

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The Issue Of Medicare For All Is Dominating The 2020 Democratic Field

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 4:24pm

Several 2020 Democratic candidates support Medicare for All, but what would that proposal look like in action?

Medicare For All Dominates Democrats' Health Care Debates

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 5:12am

Democrats are offering competing plans to provide universal health care coverage, all of which are variations on the Medicare-for-all plan that Sen. Bernie Sanders has introduced.

As Sanders Calls For 'Medicare-For-All,' A Twist On That Plan Gains Traction

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 5:00am

"Medicare for America" would stop short of a full-blown expansion of Medicare. It would include copays from patients and a role for insurers. Could it survive health care's politics?

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British Drug Maker Indivior Indicted On Fraud And Conspiracy Charges In The U.S.

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 5:47pm

The federal government is charging the maker of the addiction drug Suboxone with fraud and conspiracy in marketing the drug to doctors.

Feds Charge 24 In Alleged $1.2 Billion Medicare Fraud Scheme

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 8:04am

Prosecutors allege doctors got kickbacks for prescribing unneeded back, shoulder, wrist and knee braces to elderly and disabled patients and charging the government's Medicare program.

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Porcupine Barbs For Better Wound Healing

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 9:01am

Surgeons would love to find a replacement for surgical staples — one that doesn't aggravate wounds on the way in and out. Bioengineers think they've found the right model — a porcupine's quill.

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How HHS Secretary Reconciles Proposed Medicaid Cuts, Stopping The Spread Of HIV

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 5:46pm

As head of the Department of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar is charged with making Trump's plan to end HIV in the U.S. by 2030 work. "We have an historic opportunity," he tells NPR.

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Drug Industry Middlemen To Be Questioned By Senate Committee

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 4:50pm

The Senate Finance Committee will hear Tuesday from executives from the biggest pharmacy benefit managers. Confidential rebates paid to the PBMs are expected to draw scrutiny.

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Facing Escalating Workplace Violence, Hospital Employees Have Had Enough

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 4:26pm

U.S. hospitals are under mounting pressure to address violence against health care staff by patients and visitors. Nearly half of emergency doctors say they've been physically assaulted at work.

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Economic Ripples: Hospital Closure Hurts A Town's Ability To Attract Retirees

Sun, 04/07/2019 - 7:33am

Celina, Tenn., has long lured retirees, with its scenic hills and affordability. These newcomers help fuel the local economy. But a recent hospital closure makes the town a harder sell.

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