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She Wanted To Be The Perfect Mom, Then Landed In A Psychiatric Unit

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Postpartum psychosis is rare but very real, doctors say. And, unlike in some countries, most U.S. moms who need inpatient psychiatric care can't bring along their babies, adding to the trauma.

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Federal Shutdown Has Meant Steep Health Bills For Some Families

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 5:00am

An air traffic controller is just one employee locked into the terms of a health plan because of the ongoing federal shutdown. It's meant his child's hospital bills are "out-of-network."

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Scientists Find Brain Cells That Make Pain Hurt

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 2:01pm

Researchers have pinpointed the neurons that give pain its unpleasant edge. By turning these neurons off in mice, the scientists relieved the unpleasantness of pain without numbing sensation.

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When A Trip To The Doctor Leads To A Chat About Antibiotics

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 4:24pm

The latest NPR-IBM Watson Health Poll finds that medical visits for symptoms of infections are common and that many people get an antibiotic under those circumstances. But a talk is in order first.

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Daily Movement — Even Household Chores — May Boost Brain Health In Elderly

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 4:17pm

Whether it's exercise or housework, older Americans who move their bodies regularly may preserve more of their memory and thinking skills, even if they have brain lesions and other signs of dementia.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Implicates Family Behind Purdue Pharma In Opioid Deaths

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 6:27am

In a detailed memorandum, Attorney General Maura Healey alleges eight Sackler family members and nine Purdue board members or executives played key roles in the nation's deadly opioid epidemic.

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Clinics Struggle To Resolve Fears Over Medicaid Sign-Ups And Green Cards

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 5:00am

Should doctors warn patients of a policy threat that may not come to pass? That's the question pending, as the Trump administration weighs whether to deny green cards to immigrants on Medicaid.

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A Surgeon Reflects On Death, Life And The 'Incredible Gift' Of Organ Transplant

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 1:07pm

Joshua Mezrich has performed hundreds of kidney, liver and pancreas transplants. He shares stories from the operating room in his book, When Death Becomes Life.

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From Couch Potato To Fitness Buff: How I Learned To Love Exercise

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 5:00am

Creating an exercise habit doesn't mean you have to spend hours sweating on a treadmill. Start small, build up slowly and remember that all movement counts — even vacuuming, if you do it vigorously.

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Get Fit — Faster: This 22-Minute Workout Has You Covered

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 7:00am

To stay healthy, we need at least 150 minutes of exercise weekly. This routine, created with a celebrated trainer, hits this goal in 22 minutes a day — cardio, weight training and stretching included.

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Most Federal Workers' Health Coverage To Continue During Shutdown, Even If Pay Stops

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 11:59am

Basic health insurance for most affected federal workers will stay in effect, but circumstances are murkier for contractors.

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Severe Flu Raises Risk Of Birth Problems For Pregnant Women, Babies

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 4:24pm

Pregnant women in intensive care with severe cases of the flu have a higher risk of giving birth to babies prematurely. The risk of breathing problems for the baby is also substantially higher.

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A Drug That Eases Miscarriages Is Difficult For Women To Get

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 11:19am

Despite evidence that mifepristone can help recovery from miscarriages, access to the medicine, which is commonly used to provide abortions, remains limited.

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A Blue Clue In Medieval Teeth May Bespeak A Woman's Artistry Circa A.D. 1000

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 2:05pm

Analysis of fossilized dental tartar of a medieval woman buried in a German monastery reveals specks of blue to be lapis lazuli — a luxurious pigment used to create gorgeous illuminated manuscripts.

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Democrats' Health Care Ambitions Meet The Reality Of Divided Government

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 11:40am

Congressional Democrats want to protect health coverage and protections of the Affordable Care Act. With the Senate in Republican hands, House Democrats will hold hearings and may turn to the courts.

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Where U.S. Battles Over Abortion Will Play Out In 2019

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 5:00am

Expect more aggressive regulatory action from the Trump administration while skirmishes continue in Congress and statehouses across the U.S. Many of these policies will ultimately land in court.

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Prescription Drug Costs Driven By Manufacturer Price Hikes, Not Innovation

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 5:04pm

A recent study shows the cost of brand-name drugs is rising — not because of expensive new therapies entering the market but because manufacturers are raising prices on existing drugs.

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Childbirth Injury Led A New Mom To Start A Parenting Podcast 'To Feel Less Alone'

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 4:27pm

Hillary Frank struggled after a childbirth injury left her in chronic pain for months. Her podcast The Longest Shortest Time, and her book Weird Parenting Wins aim to give other parents a voice.

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Alzheimer's Disease May Develop Differently In African-Americans, Study Suggests

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 11:01am

Black Americans are more likely than whites to develop Alzheimer's. Yet black people studied appeared to have lower levels of a toxic substance associated with the disease, researchers say.

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Extreme Temperatures May Pose Risks To Some Mail-Order Meds

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 4:55am

Loretta Boesing is on a mission to make sure prescription drugs delivered by mail are safe and effective. The life of her son — and others who order medicine by mail — could depend on it, she says.

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