Undocumented Immigrants Face Health Care Challenges

March 25, 2016
Repeatedly waiting to start dialysis until a patient is having an emergency can lead to serious, long-term health problems. (iStockphoto)

Reporter Jake Harper of Side Effects Public Media follows a dialysis patient in Indiana whose regular dialysis wasn’t covered by Medicaid so she had to turn to charity care for treatment.

Pitching March Madness As A Great Time To Schedule A Vasectomy

March 24, 2016
Melo Trimble #2 of the Maryland Terrapins shoots in front of Hawaii Warriors defenders during the second round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on March 20, 2016 in Spokane, Washington. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

For years, an Oregon clinic has promoted the tournament as a good time for a vasectomy. Other clinics are jumping on the bandwagon.

Clinical Trials To Test Transplants Using Hepatitis C-Infected Kidneys

March 23, 2016
Dr. Dorry Segev performs arthroscopic surgery during a kidney transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital June 26, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. The US Supreme Court is expected to announce their decision on the US President Barack Obama's healthcare law on June 28. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

This spring, doctors at the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University will try transplanting kidneys from Hep C-infected donors into uninfected patients.

Flu Season Lingers Into Spring

March 23, 2016
The flu season has not abated, even though it is spring. Pictured, Jesus Ortiz gets a flu shot in this 2012 photo. (John Miller/AP/NCOA)

The flu is peaking all around the country, even though it is spring.

Getting Emotions ‘Switched On’ After Decades Of Asperger's

March 22, 2016
John Elder Robison speaks with world-renowned autism spokesperson Temple Grandin in Bakersfield, California in 2011. (

In his new book, John Elder Robison discusses the innovative brain therapy that dramatically changed his life and mind.

Christian Sharing Ministries Provide Alternative To Health Insurance, But Not Without Risks

March 22, 2016
Ten medical schools -- including Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Johns Hopkins -- do not have departments for family medicine. (proimos/Flickr)

Members help cover one another’s medical costs as they arise. There are no guarantees and preventive care is not included.

Is Global Collaboration The Future Of Medicine?

March 21, 2016
Eric Lander is pictured at the Here & Now studios on Mar. 16, 2016. (Jesse Costa)

Eric Lander, founding director of the Broad Institute, a biomedical and genomic research center, discusses the future of medicine.

Transgender Man Embraces Pregnancy

March 21, 2016
Junior Brainard is a transgender man who carried a baby with his partner, Tina Montgomery, who is a transgender woman. (Courtesy of Junior Brainard and Tina Montgomery)

Some people thought it must have been a mistake: why would a trans man want to be pregnant? But Junior didn’t see it that way.

It's Match Day For Medical Students – Including Undocumented Immigrants

March 18, 2016
The ability of undocumented immigrants to pursue careers as doctors in the U.S. could unravel in the coming months. (Dom Smith/STAT)

This is the first year that undocumented immigrants who applied openly to medical school are trying to match for residency.

Why Plumbers Used Lead, And Why Getting Rid Of It Won’t Be Easy

March 17, 2016
Tom Bigley, director of plumbing for the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, holds a piece of lead service line at a training center outside Pittsburgh. Though the center no longer teaches certain skills necessary to work with lead, students still have to know how to recognize and address lead lines because so many homes in the area still have them. (Irina Zhorov/WESA)

The heavy metal hasn’t always been so unpopular. In fact, for decades lead was a desirable plumbing material.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, EPA Administrator Square Off Over Flint

March 17, 2016
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, (R), and Gov. Rick Snyder, (R-MI), are sworn in during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, about the Flint, Michigan water crisis, on Capitol Hill March 17, 2016 in Washington, DC. The committee is examining how lead ended up in the public drinking water in Flint, Michigan. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Snyder told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that a failure of bureaucracy “at all levels” caused the water crisis.

After Cyclist Death, Brother Pushes For Truck Side Guards

March 17, 2016
Dustin Weigl stands next to a Catering on the Charles truck that features side guards aimed at preventing cyclists or pedestrians from being pulled under the truck. Weigl is pushing to get the guards on all trucks. (Robin Young/Here & Now)

Dustin Weigl is calling for new safety standards after his brother was killed by a truck turning right from the left lane.

Vermont Town Copes With Water Contamination

March 16, 2016
Brian Phillips, an environmental scientist, collects water in North Bennnigton for testing. Last week, five wells in North Bennington near the former Chemfab factory tested positive for the suspected carcinogen, PFOA. HOWARD WEISS-TISMAN / VPR

PFOA, a suspected carcinogen, has been found in more than 80 private wells near a former factory in North Bennington.

Dealing With Unwanted Opioids

March 15, 2016
Per the CDC, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for painkillers in 2012, enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills at home. (Ryan Caron King /WNPR)

As overdose deaths rise, people are taking a second look at how doctors prescribe opioids and how the leftover pills are disposed of.

Top NFL Official Admits Link Between Football And CTE

March 15, 2016
Danny Amendola #80 of the New England Patriots is tackled by Ron Parker #38 of the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

What might the admission mean for the future of the game? We talk with Chris Nowinski of the Concussion Legacy Foundation.

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