Health

Nurses Strike For Better Ebola Preparedness

November 12, 2014
Nurses carry signs as they strike outside of Kaiser Permanente hospital on November 11, 2014 in San Francisco, California joining 18,000 Kaiser Permanente nurses who are staging a two-day strike amidst contract negotiations and to demand better training and optimal safeguards for treating ebola. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Up to 18,000 Kaiser Permanente nurses in California are timing their strike to coincide with nurse protests across the nation.

New York Ebola Doctor Released

November 11, 2014
Dr. Craig Spencer smiles during a news conference November 11, 2014 at Bellevue Hospital in New York. After being treated at Bellevue for Ebola, Spencer, a 33-year-old New York doctor who became America's last known Ebola case, has been declared free of the virus and was discharged. The United States has treated nine victims of the virus, which spreads through contact with infected bodily fluids. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

After sending the Big Apple into a frenzy last month, Dr. Craig Spencer has been released from the hospital, Ebola-free.

ACA Open Enrollment Starts This Week

November 10, 2014
Open enrollment for health care plans under the Affordable Care Act starts on Saturday, Nov. 15. Pictured is a screenshot from HealthCare.gov.

Open enrollment for health care plans under the Affordable Care Act starts on Saturday. Already, you can shop for plans on HealthCare.gov.

Bariatric Surgery May Alter Taste Buds

November 7, 2014
Surgeons perform post-bariatric surgery on Yuli Cruz (unseen) at a clinic center in Cali, Colombia, on October 16, 2014. Cruz is undergoing a post-bariatric surgery to remove excess skin after bariatric surgery made her lose about 110 pounds. (Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images)

A leading specialist discusses some of the newest thinking and approaches – from surgery to public policy – to treat and prevent obesity.

Study: Happiness May Be Linked To Age

November 7, 2014
A new study finds that happiness nosedives as you hit middle age - but only if you live in the affluent West, according to experts. (Image via BBC News)

A new study finds that happiness nosedives as you hit middle age – but only if you live in the affluent West, according to experts.

President Obama Requests $6 Billion To Fight Ebola

November 6, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference in the East Room of the White House on November 5, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Obama held the press conference one day after his Democratic party was defeated in midterm elections. President Obama congratulated his Republican opponents Wednesday on their midterm election victory and promised to work constructively with them in Congress for the next two years. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The president is asking Congress for money to help fight the Ebola epidemic. We take a look at what the funds will go toward.

Scientists Develop New Ways To Tailor Cancer Treatment

November 6, 2014
Dr. Christian Hinrichs, assistant clinical investigator at the Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland, works in his lab to develop advanced procedures to cure cancer, May 29, 2014. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Researchers are gaining a new understanding of how cancer cells operate, and that’s leading to new therapies.

Study Shows Overnight Shifts May Affect Brain Power

November 4, 2014
A new study finds that longterm shift work, such as driving a cab, caring for patients at a hospital or working as a janitor, can cause cognitive deficiencies. Pictured, registered nurse Tung Tran hangs an I.V. bag for a patient at the University of Miami Hospital's Emergency Department on April 30, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Researchers studied day and night workers over a 10-year period and found shift work was associated with impaired cognition.

What Brittany Maynard’s Death Might Mean For The Right-To-Die Movement

November 3, 2014
Brittany Maynard, 29, was surrounded by family and friends on Nov. 2, 2014, when she took lethal medication prescribed by a doctor, according to Sean Crowley, a spokesman from the group Compassion & Choices. (Maynard Family via AP)

The 29-year-old moved to Oregon after being diagnosed with brain cancer so she could take advantage of the state’s Death with Dignity law.

Innovation In The Battle Against Ebola

November 3, 2014
Kenyan medical workers learn how to handle an infected Ebola patient at the Kenyatta national hospital in Nairobi on October 28, 2014. (Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images)

A physician at Columbia University teamed up with students to develop better gear for healthcare workers.

Defense Department Invests In Brain Implants For Depression, PTSD

October 31, 2014
Liss Murphy, who had surgery to implant Deep Brain Stimulation for depression in 2006 and got much better, on Cape Cod in summer, 2014, with husband Scott, son Owen and sheepdog Ned. (Courtesy)

WBUR’s Carey Goldberg met up with the scientists and engineers who are taking on the challenge some call “a moon shot for the mind.”

Ebola Expert Answers Nagging Questions About The Virus

October 31, 2014
Dr. Ian Lipkin is an infectious disease expert. (Columbia University)

Why didn’t Thomas Eric Duncan’s family contract Ebola? That’s one of several questions we posed to Dr. Ian Lipkin.

Can States Force People Into Quarantine?

October 30, 2014
Nurse Kaci Hickox leaves her home on a rural road in Fort Kent, Maine, to take a bike ride with her boyfriend Ted Wilbur, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. The couple went on an hour-long ride followed by a Maine State Trooper. State officials are going to court to keep Hickox in quarantine for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10. Police are monitoring her, but can't detain her without a court order signed by a judge. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

Maine officials are going to court to keep Kaci Hickox in quarantine for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola.

Reporter Takes Rare North Korea Road Trip

October 30, 2014
In this June 20, 2014 photo, young North Korean schoolchildren help to fix pot holes in a rural road in North Korea's North Hamgyong province. (David Guttenfelder/AP)

Eric Talmadge’s stories appear as North Korea today declared a 21-day quarantine on foreigners in the country.

A Computer Model Forecasts Ebola’s Future Path

October 30, 2014
Northeastern University has developed a modeling approach aimed at assessing the epidemic's progression in West Africa and its international spread. (mobs-lab.org)

With the virus in Africa, the U.S. and Europe, experts have created a computer model to predict where it could go next.

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