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Doctors Divided On Perks From Pharmaceutical, Medical Device Companies

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Charles Ornstein of ProPublica about its research into payments doctors receive from drug and device companies.

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Coping While Black: A Season Of Traumatic News Takes A Psychological Toll

Research on the psychological effects of racism, especially on people of color, is still in the early stages. But psychologists warn that events like the Charleston shooting can cause serious stress.

Don't Get Your Kids' Genes Sequenced Just To Keep Up

Just because you can get your children's genome sequenced doesn't mean it's going to do their health any good, a report finds. Most benefits from genetic medicine come from a tight focus.

Your Colonoscopy Is Covered, But The Prep Kit May Not Be

The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to cover a screening colonoscopy without any out-of-pocket costs for the test itself. But there can be surprising costs for consumers anyway.

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A Dose Of Culinary Medicine Sends Med Students To The Kitchen

Aspiring doctors at the University of Chicago are learning how to teach patients about healthy eating. Nutrition advocates say this kind of training is critical to fighting obesity and diabetes.

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Health Officials Announce Return Of Ebola In Liberia

Liberia has gone several months without a case of Ebola, but this week, health officials announced two new cases.

Industry Payments To Doctors Are Ingrained, Federal Data Show

The latest data on payments from drug and device companies to doctors show that many doctors received payments on 100 or more days last year. Some received payments on more days than they didn't.

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How Your Brain Remembers Where You Parked The Car

When people saw photos that linked a famous person with a famous place, it changed the behavior of certain neurons in their brains. And it changed their memories, too.

Antipsychotics Too Often Prescribed For Aggression In Children

Drugs intended to treat psychosis are also used to treat behavioral problems in children with ADHD. Less risky behavioral treatments and medications should be the first choice, researchers say.

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Buy A Meth House Unawares And Pay The Health Consequences

The residue from meth labs can cause health problems, but people aren't always told that the house they're buying is contaminated. An Indiana law requires disclosure but not mandatory testing.

Infants And Inmates

July 1, 2015
In this file photo, a statue stands at the entrance to the women-only Taconic Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills, N.Y., Wednesday, March 28, 2012.  (AP)

Babies born in prison. The numbers are growing. What’s best for baby? We’ll take a closer look.

In Effort To Stem Opioid Crisis, Mass. Congressional Delegation Reaches Across The Aisle

July 1, 2015
Normally adversaries, Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, are requesting a surgeon general report on the U.S. opioid overdose epidemic. (AP)

Democrats from Massachusetts are uniting with Republicans from the Midwest on several bills aimed at stemming the opioid epidemic.

Housing The Homeless With Health Care Dollars

June 30, 2015
Certified medical assistant Michael Thomas checks Nebbitt’s height for his chart. Nebbitt suffers from seizures, heart disease and depression. (Heidi de Marco/KHN).

A multimillion dollar experiment is underway in Los Angeles: using health care dollars to house people who are chronically homeless.

Why Some Boston Parks Will Offer Sunscreen Dispensers

June 29, 2015
A man bathes in the sun on the Boston Common. (Alonso Javier Torres/ Flickr Creative Commons)

If you’re on the Boston Common this week, you might notice some new bright yellow fixtures that are now part of the landscape. They’re sunscreen dispensers.

How Your Gut Bacteria Influences Your Emotions

June 29, 2015
Bacteria under a microscope.

Can bacteria in your gut influence your brain? Your mood? Your emotions? Top scientists say yes.

Hearing Set For Bills To Improve Care For People With Mental Illness

June 28, 2015

One bill would start a test program to provide care for psychiatric patients currently boarding in hospital emergency departments. The second would create a unit for patients who are difficult to manage.

Nearly 2,000 Walk Through The Night To Raise Suicide Prevention Awareness

June 28, 2015

Mike Ruggiero of West Bridgewater walked 16 miles through the night in memory of his mother, who died by suicide.

Week In The News: Obamacare Lives, Confederate Flag Falls, Same-Sex Marriage Becomes A Right

June 26, 2015
President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden speaks, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Washington, after the Supreme Court upheld the subsidies for customers in states that do not operate their own exchanges under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. (AP)

The Confederate Flag and funerals in Charleston. The Marathon bomber speaks. All eyes on the Supreme Court. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Boston Providing Free Sunscreen At City Parks

June 25, 2015
In March, Miami installed several sunscreen dispensers that are similar to those that are coming to Boston this summer. Pictured here, Rachel Gerber, of New York City, uses a sunscreen dispenser in Miami Beach, Florida. (Alan Diaz/AP)

The city is installing 30 free sunscreen dispensers in Millennium Park in West Roxbury, Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain, Boston Common, Christopher Columbus Park in the North End and Memorial Park in East Boston.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Obamacare Challenge

June 25, 2015
Ron Busby of Virginia, left, and other supporters of the Affordable Care Act react as the opinion for health care is reported outside of the Supreme Court. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

In a 6-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act–President Obama’s landmark legislative accomplishment. The ruling is a major victory for President Obama and a major disappointment for critics who have been gunning for Obamacare since the president signed it into law in 2010. They lost the battle against the law for the […]

California Lawmakers Pass Bill Requiring Vaccines For School Entry

June 25, 2015
Christy Pritchard carries her son, Zachary, 3, as she waits to appear before the Assembly Health Committee to voice her opposition to a measure mandating that schoolchildren be vaccinated at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

The bill would get rid of the personal belief exemption, and require all children – except for those with medical wavers – to be vaccinated.

Supreme Court Upholds Nationwide Health Care Law Subsidies

June 25, 2015
The flag flies in the wind in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 22, 2015. (Susan Walsh/AP)

The 6-3 ruling said the subsidies do not depend on where people live. It preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

WWII Vets Never Compensated After Race-Based Mustard Gas Experiments

June 24, 2015
Three test subjects enter a gas chamber, which will fill with mustard gas, as part of the military's secret chemical warfare testing in March 1945. (Courtesy of Edgewood Arsenal)

An investigation by NPR has found that minority soldiers were singled out, and that the VA failed to keep its promise to pay benefits.

Number Of Uninsured Americans Dropped Significantly In 2014

June 23, 2015
Jose Ramirez (left) and Mariana Silva speak with Yosmay Valdivia, an agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, as they discuss plans available from the Affordable Care Act at a store setup in the Mall of the Americas on December 15, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The shift was particularly notable among Americans living near or below the poverty line, and among black Americans.

Governor’s Panel Says To Treat Drug Addiction As A Disease

June 22, 2015
MA Governor Charlie Baker announces his recommendations of his Opioid Working Group along with Attorney General Maura Healey and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders at the State House on June 22, 2015. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Gov. Charlie Baker’s 18-member opioid working group released its recommendations on how to curb the epidemic, which killed more than a thousand people last year

Watch Live: Baker, Healey To Unveil Plan To Fight State’s Opioid Abuse Crisis

June 22, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey will announce the findings and recommendations of the governor’s opioid working group, which convened in February. A surge of overdoses claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people in the state last year.

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