Treating The Poor In India Made Him A Better Cancer Doc In The U.S.

Journalist Ankita Rao asked her father, a doctor, to spend time with her in India, volunteering at a medical clinic. Then she interviewed him about the experience.

Weekend Edition Saturday

What Will News Of Frank Gifford's CTE Mean For Football?

NPR's Scott Simon and Bloomberg View's Kavitha Davidson discuss the late Frank Gifford, concussions and the debate over locker room interviews.

End Of Medicare Bonuses Will Cut Pay To Primary Care Doctors

A 10 percent bump in pay under the Affordable Care Act will expire at year-end. The bonus was supposed to help balance the reimbursement discrepancies between primary care providers and specialists.

Morning Edition

Sweet Name Of Kids' Clinic Gives Some People Heartburn

The Krispy Kreme Challenge Children's Specialty Clinic gets its name from a student-run charity race in Raleigh, N.C., that has already raised $1 million for kids. Still, some find the name unhealthy.

Morning Edition

Inside Each Flu Shot, Months Of Virus Tracking And Predictions

Scientists worldwide face a yearly challenge in deciding what goes into the annual flu vaccine to make it effective. The job requires keeping tabs on a massive group of speedy, shape-shifting viruses.

Many Americans Believe They Don't Need The Flu Vaccine

An NPR poll finds nearly two-thirds of adults got this year's flu vaccine or plan to get it. Many of those who are skipping vaccination cite a lack of need and worries about side effects.

New Report Says Child Brides In Africa Could More Than Double By 2050

UNICEF is warning that the number of underage girls marrying in Africa could increase 250 percent to 310 million over the next 35 years.

Your Adult Siblings May Hold The Secret To A Long, Happy Life

Our siblings are with us for longer than anyone else through our lives. Strong sibling relationships can cushion the blows of aging, while conflict cuts to the bone.

Morning Edition

Many Health Co-Ops Fold, Others Survive Startup Struggles

Establishing a member-owned, nonprofit health co-op from scratch is tough; 12 of 23 that tried under Obamacare have closed after just one year. Sick patients poured in, and promised subsidies didn't.

All Things Considered

Chicago Doctor Treated Syrian Refugees On Greek Island Of Lesbos

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Dr. Zaher Sahloul, head of the Syrian American Medical Society Foundation, who recently returned from the Greek island of Lesbos where he treated Syrian migrants.

Quiet, Present, Consistent Care: Lessons On Medicine From Treating The Homeless

November 27, 2015
Jim O'Connell's book "Stories from the Shadows" focuses on the patients and health care providers who have made a difference in his life. (Courtesy Jeff Loughlin)

Jim O’Connell, co-founder and president of Boston Health Care for the Homeless, has written a book of essays about his experiences.

Diabetes Education Is Critical, But Not Always Easy To Get

November 27, 2015
Lisa Bradford one year after her Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. She feels good about controlling her disease after taking education classes. (Sarah Jane Tribble)

Most states require insurers cover some diabetes education, but it can be confusing for patients to figure out what it will cost them.

Stand Up. Right Now.

November 27, 2015
Josh Baldonado, an administrative assistant at Brown & Brown Insurance, works at a treadmill desk in the firms offices in Carmel, Ind., Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. (AP)

The end of sitting at work. A new call to get up off our chairs. To stand and move! We’ll look at how that works.

9 Ways To Be More Mindful From The ‘Mother Of Mindfulness,’ Ellen Langer

November 26, 2015
Ellen Langer (Kris Krug/Flickr)

Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer explains how mindfulness — the simple act of noticing new things — can lead to better health and happiness.

Fresh Ideas For Your Thanksgiving Feast

November 25, 2015
Three of baker Renee McLeoud's delicious pies, on display in the WBUR studios. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Bring your appetite! We’re gathering around the radio table with three chefs and new Thanksgiving recipes.

How Rutland, Vt., Is Taking On Drug Trafficking With ‘Project Vision’

November 24, 2015
A mural covers the wall of a store in Rutland, Vt., commemorating the life of 17-year-old Carly Ferro, who was hit by a car and killed. Police said the driver was huffing from an aerosol can to intoxicate himself moments before the crash. Local officials said Ferro's 2012 death was the city's low point in its fight against heroin. (Wilson Ring/AP)

Rutland had developed a reputation as “heroin city,” but now, drug-related crimes are down, hundreds of people are going into treatment and drug dens are being demolished.

CommonHealth: ‘Sundowning’ And How To Prevent It

November 23, 2015
Commonhealth's Dr. David Scale says the key to preventing "sundowning" is a friendlier, more familiar hospital environment. (Tomasz Sienicki/Wikimedia Commons)

“Sundowning” is the term used by doctors and nurses for when some elderly patients start acting delirious when twilight falls.

Aetna CEO Explains Higher Premiums And Why He’s Into Yoga

November 23, 2015
Aetna chairman and CEO Mark Bertolini speaks during the Fortune Global Forum on November 3, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Mark Bertolini says a near-fatal skiing accident caused him to view healthcare and his own work culture differently.

Study Touts Benefits Of Reduced Driving In Mass., Urges Policy Changes

November 23, 2015
A new report is calling for improvements to Massachusetts public transportation systems to allow residents to cut down on driving miles, which the report says will save the state and its residents money. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

According to the report, the reduction of 1 percentage point in the growth rate of driving miles over the next 15 years would generate a combined savings of $2.3 billion annually. The reduction would also prevent an estimated 23.3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere from 2015 to 2030.

Terminally Ill Teen Wants Final Reunion With Pakistani Parents

November 23, 2015
Qirat Chappra has spent most of her life in a Houston hospital and hasn't seen her parents in 13 years. (Screenshot from Facebook video)

Qirat Chappra has spent most of her life at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston and hasn’t seen her parents in 13 years.

Sugar Vs. Corn Syrup: A Bittersweet Legal Battle

November 19, 2015
The nutrition label on a can of soda with the ingredient high fructose corn syrup is pictured on Sept. 15, 2011, in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP)

In a Los Angeles courtroom, sugar producers are suing members of the high fructose corn syrup industry.

HIV, Sex And The Charlie Sheen Story

November 19, 2015
Actor Charlie Sheen appears during an interview, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 on NBC's "Today" in New York. In the interview, the 50-year-old Sheen said he tested positive four years ago for the virus that causes AIDS. (Peter Kramer/NBC via AP)

Actor Charlie Sheen announced he is HIV positive. So are nearly 40 million other people around the world. We’ll look at sex, new therapies, and HIV.

Mass. Begins Certifying Sober Homes

November 19, 2015
Rich Winant owns Kelly House, a sober home in Wakefield. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

After years of complaints and lawsuits alleging that some sober homes are unsafe and anything but sober, the state is taking steps to more closely monitor them.

E-Cigarette Sales Drop Off

November 18, 2015
An electronic cigarette is demonstrated in Chicago on April 23, 2014. Illinois state Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, is sponsoring a bill that would extend the state ban on indoor secondhand smoke in public places to electronic devices, which are marketed as a safer alternative to smoking. Measures like this, as well as inventory issues and safety concerns, have led to a drop in e-cig sales. (Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo)

The e-cigarette industry is dealing with inventory issues, increasing safety concerns and some new state laws targeting the industry.

Testing Positive: Sobering Truths About Living With HIV

November 18, 2015
Michael Caron McGuill: "Young people with their lives ahead of them are acquiring HIV at unprecedented rates. They deserve to know the facts." Pictured: 
An unidentified medical clinician, left, performs an HIV blood test on a patient at a Planned Parenthood location in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

Young people with their lives ahead of them are acquiring HIV at unprecedented rates. They deserve to know the facts.

Facial Feminization Surgery: What Makes A Face Feminine?

November 17, 2015
Renee Baker before facial feminization surgery. (Photo courtesy of Renee Baker)

“We hear beauty is only skin deep; it’s not. It has to do a lot with the bones,” says one of the surgeons who pioneered the surgery.

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