Getting Hospice Care Shouldn't Have To Mean Giving Up

Medicare is trying a different approach in one experiment: Some hospice patients will still be able to get treatments aimed at prolonging life.

Time To 'Girl Up:' Teens Fight For The Right To School, Soccer

Sure, they talk about boys. But mainly they talk about girls — and how to bring better education, health care and other opportunities to their sisters in poor and sometimes prejudicial countries.

Athletes Should Fear The Heat More Than The Heart Attack

It's hard not to worry about heart problems when running hard in hot weather. But heat stroke is a far bigger health risk, researchers say. Marathon organizers are trying to make races safer.

All Things Considered

After 5 Weeks Of Haggling, Congress Inks Bipartisan VA Bill

Congress has reached a bipartisan deal to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, after nearly two months of tense negotiations.

Morning Edition

Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication

The militant group threatens to kill parents who immunize their children. As a result, polio has come roaring back in Pakistan. Eradication now hinges on whether the country can control the virus.

Medicare's Costs Stabilize, But Its Problems Are Far From Fixed

Medicare's trust fund is projected to have money until 2030, four years longer than predicted last year. But the fund that pays for disability benefits could run dry just two years from now.

Fast-Food Scandal Revives China's Food Safety Anxieties

A U.S. company that supplies meat to fast-food chains in China has pulled all its products made by a subsidiary. An expose revealed some of the products were mishandled and had expired.

All Things Considered

With Men's Y Chromosome, Size Really May Not Matter

The string of genes that make a man a man used to be much bigger, and some geneticists say it may be wasting away. Back off, others say. Y has been stable — and crucial — for millennia.

Morning Edition

People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer

Do you feel like you wander aimlessly through life, or is there a reason you're here? Psychologists say people with a sense of purpose may stress out less. Or they may lead healthier lives.

Morning Edition

Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health

People sometimes avoid information because they're afraid of bad news. But this "information aversion" can lead people to avoid medical tests that could save their lives.

Google Asks, What Makes Us Healthy? Skeptics Ask, Should Google Be The One To Know?

July 29, 2014
In this photo illustration, the Google logo is reflected in the eye of a girl on February 3, 2008 in London, England. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Google has announced a massive science project, Baseline Study, to provide the most complete possible picture of a healthy human body.

Documentary Highlights Triumphs, Challenges Of Canton’s Matty Christian

July 28, 2014

Matty Christian was born without fully developed arms and legs, but rose above those physical challenges to inspire others.

Project Louise: 6 Ways To Look Forward To Exercising

July 28, 2014
What gets you excited about exercising? (Emilio Morenatti/AP)

You want to get to the gym, you know you should work out more, you hear that it’s good for your body, your brain, your soul. But where’s the time?

Are House Calls Making A Comeback?

July 28, 2014
The house call might be coming back, in a big way. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

Avir Mitra of WHYY reports that due to a growing older population and rising medical costs, the doctor home visit is getting a second look.

New HBO Documentary ‘Love Child’ Looks At Gaming Addiction

July 28, 2014
The HBO documentary "Love Child" tells the story of a South Korean couple whose baby starved to death while they spent up to 12 hours a day taking care of a virtual child. (Courtesy of HBO)

“Love Child” tells the story of a South Korean couple whose baby starved to death while they cared for a virtual child.

Ebola Epidemic Strikes Top Health Worker

July 25, 2014
A picture taken on June 28 shows a member of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) putting on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Conakry, Guinea, where people infected with the Ebola virus are being treated. (Cellou Binani/AFP/Getty Images)

NPR’s Jason Beaubien just returned from Sierra Leone, which along with Guinea and Liberia is suffering from the worst ever Ebola outbreak.

Mass. Agencies To Address Problem Gambling

July 24, 2014

State gambling regulators have signed an agreement with the state’s health and human services agency to address problem gambling.

Federal Health Insurance Exchange Activity Remains High

July 24, 2014
Andres Cuartas sits with an an agent with Sunshine Life and Health Advisors as he purchases a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act, at a store setup in the Mall of Americas on March 31, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

New federal data obtained by ProPublica shows nearly 1 million insurance transactions since mid-April – an unexpectedly high number.

Jury Awards $14M In Death Of Nursing Home Resident

July 24, 2014

A Middlesex County jury has awarded $14 million to the family of a 90-year-old nursing home resident who died in 2008 after being taken to the hospital suffering from a variety of untreated ailments.

Altering Genes In Wild Populations: Boon For Human Health? Or Darwinian Nightmare?

July 23, 2014
Researchers have proposed a way to alter the genes in wild populations. The applications include potential malaria eradication. (Centers for Disease Control)

Researchers want to alter the DNA of entire wild populations — but they’re opening the discussion to the public before they move forward.

New California Football Law Aims To Tackle Brain Injuries Head-On

July 23, 2014
Central Catholic's Reggie Bland (24) in action in a California Interscholastic Federation Division 4 high school football championship game in Carson, Calif., Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP)

Amid concerns about concussions and brain injuries, the law will limit full-contact drills for teams in both public and private schools.

Effects Of Child Abuse And Neglect On The Brain

July 23, 2014
Click to enlarge. (Source: Pat Levitt, 2009)

This is the final piece in a series of reports from WBUR called “Brain Matters: Reporting from the Front Lines of Neuroscience.”

Cleveland Kiosk Delivers Virtual Health Care

July 23, 2014
Medical technician Heather Roberts stands outside the HealthSpot kiosk in Cleveland's Central Promise neighbhorhood. (Sarah Jane Tribble)

The future of health care might be sitting in one of Cleveland’s poorest neighborhoods. It’s an enclosed kiosk where patients see a doctor.

Hospital To Pay $150,000 For Lost Data, Records In Mass.

July 23, 2014

A Rhode Island hospital has agreed to pay $150,000 in Massachusetts after losing backup tapes that contained the personal information of more than 12,000 Massachusetts residents.

‘I'm Not Stupid, Just Dyslexic’

July 22, 2014
In every U.S.classroom, on average, one or two students has dyslexia. The brain-based learning disability often runs in families and can make reading painfully difficult. (Janine/Flickr)

This is the second of a series of reports this week from WBUR called “Brain Matters: Reporting from the Front Lines of Neuroscience.”

Beth Israel Opens Mental Health Notes To Some Patients

July 21, 2014
Austrian psychoanalyst Prof. Sigmund Freud and his dog "Jofi" in his office in Vienna, Austria, in 1937. (AP)

A new pilot program lets some psychiatric patients read their therapists’ notes online. Advocates say it could help with treatment. Others worry it may be harmful.

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