Health

GOP Faults Shift Of Funds To HealthCare.Gov From NIH And CDC

House Republicans are asking why the Obama administration moved money to run the federal insurance marketplace in 37 states, after House Democrats didn't appropriate enough funding.

Alleged Patient Safety Kickbacks Lead To $1 Million Settlement

The Justice Department claimed patient safety celebrity Dr. Chuck Denham solicited payments from a medical products company to win a prestigious National Quality Forum endorsement for its antiseptic.

What Shapes Health? Webcast Explores Social And Economic Factors

People say many things affect health, from personal behavior and childhood abuse to God's will, according to a new poll. The people behind the numbers explain what it means for people and communities.

Morning Edition

Improving Housing Can Pay Dividends In Better Health

Living in substandard housing can make health problems like asthma much worse. Two mothers tell of their families' struggles to stay healthy in poor housing and their efforts to improve their lot.

Walk A Little Faster To Get The Most Out of Your Exercise Time

People who walked briskly for 40 minutes five days a week saw more health improvements than those who walked for an hour a day but were more leisurely about it. Both groups lost weight.

How 'Flower Beds' Give Love And Lentils To Moms And Babies

When mothers need day care for their children, the best person to turn to might be another mother. That's the lesson of the new cooperative nurseries in an Indian state.

All Things Considered

GAO Report Urges Fewer Antipsychotic Drugs For Dementia Patients

Strong drugs are rarely warranted to control the behavior of dementia patients, specialists say. But antipsychotic medicine is being overprescribed, and not just among residents of nursing homes.

All Things Considered

Can Family Secrets Make You Sick?

Few doctors — and few patients — realize just how profoundly early abuse, neglect and other childhood traumas can damage an adult's physical health.

Take The ACE Quiz — And Learn What It Does And Doesn't Mean

First developed in the 1990s, the 10 questions of the Adverse Childhood Experiences test are designed to take a rough measure of a difficult childhood. Finding out your score is easy. Now what?

Nurse Treated For Ebola To Sue Texas Hospital

Nina Pham, 26, who contracted Ebola after caring for a patient, tells the Dallas Morning News that she will file a lawsuit Monday charging the hospital in Dallas lacked proper training and equipment.

Supreme Court To Hear Challenge To Health Care Subsidies

March 3, 2015
This Oct. 3, 2014 photo shows the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The case could dismantle the Affordable Care Act and eliminate health insurance for more than eight million Americans.

The End Of The Lunch Hour

March 3, 2015
Sad desk lunch. (kraniac/Flickr)

Studies show that only one in five people actually take a break and leave their desks to eat.

What We're Really Eating At Breakfast Now

March 3, 2015
This July 21, 2014 photo shows strawberry banana chia breakfast smoothie in Concord, N.H. Breakfast habits in America are changing, leading to dramatic shifts in business strategy. (AP)

Food guidelines are changing. So is what we eat for breakfast. Cereal? Out of favor. Eggs? Maybe OK. And all kinds of new menus. We’ll look at Americans and breakfast.

What Does New Peanut Allergy Research Mean For Parents Of Allergic Kids?

March 2, 2015
For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now, a major study suggests that is exactly the wrong thing to do. (Patrick Sison/AP)

About 2 percent of American children are allergic to peanuts, and while that may not sound like a lot, the number has more than quadrupled since 1997.

View From The Top: CEO Of The Mayo Clinic

March 2, 2015
Dr. Christopher Moir, right, shakes hand with his surgical team following the successful separation of 5-month-old conjoined twins Abbigail and Isabelle Carlesen on Friday, May 12, 2006, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. (Joey McLeister/AP)

Recently named the number one hospital in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report, we talk with Mayo Clinic CEO, Dr. John Noseworthy.

A ‘Night Camp’ For People With Dementia

March 2, 2015
Brunhilda Ortiz takes the van to Hebrew Home's night program. (Courtesy of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale)

Many Alzheimer’s patients are most alert at night. A program in the Bronx gives them a place where they can thrive at night.

Forecast: Sunday Storm To Drop 3 To 6 Inches Across Mass.; Another Storm Tues.

March 1, 2015

Snow is going to move into the area late Sunday afternoon and continue through much of the overnight before ending between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Monday.

Got Dense Breasts? This Question Could Save Your Life

February 27, 2015
Having dense breast tissue can make mammograms hard to read, and may increase the risk of breast cancer. (American Cancer Society/AP)

Having dense breast tissue can make mammograms hard to read, and may increase the risk of breast cancer.

How Bipolar Disease Was Treated At Wesborough State Hospital In The 40s

February 26, 2015
The what remains of the main building of the Westborough State Hospital in Westborough. (Drew/Flickr)

When Mimi Baird was six years old, her father disappeared from her life. “My mother told me he wasn’t coming home,” she says. “It was just, he was ‘away.'”

Allergy Solutions Take New Forms

February 26, 2015
This Feb. 20, 2015 photo shows an arrangement of peanuts in New York. (AP)

New breakthroughs on peanut allergies – treatment and prevention. And a question: are we too clean for our own good? Plus: did giant gerbils from Asia really bring the bubonic plague to Europe?

Walsh, Volunteers Conduct Boston’s Annual Homeless Census

February 26, 2015

Mayor Marty Walsh and 300 volunteers took the streets Wednesday night to tally up Boston’s homeless population for the city’s annual homeless census.

NFL Hopefuls Turn To Wearable Tech For An Edge

February 24, 2015
Wearable devices, like this "miCoach Elite System" by Adidas, allow athletes and trainers to analyze second-by-second health and performance reports. (adidas.com)

With devices that can cost upwards of $100,000, athletes and trainers are able to analyze real-time health and performance data.

Rural Hospitals Without Medicaid Expansion Struggle

February 24, 2015
Connie Chapman, who worked at the Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola, Mo.,for 40 years, looks over a nearly empty room in the hospital, which is slated for demolition on May 1. (Todd Feeback/Heartland Health Monitor)

In many rural counties, hospitals are the largest employers, but many say they’re now facing layoffs, even closure.

What Do Changed Cholesterol Recommendations And Other Dietary Guidelines Mean?

February 23, 2015
Eggs for sale are seen in a Des Moines, Iowa grocery store. Drink less sugary soda, but an extra cup of coffee or two is OK. So are eggs. And as always, don’t forget your vegetables. A government advisory committee is recommending the first real limits on added sugars, but backs off stricter ones for salt and cholesterol intake. (Charlie Neibergall, File/AP)

The big news this month about what we should eat and why has to do with cholesterol.

Oversight Of Home Caregivers Said To Be Lacking

February 23, 2015
Toni Giusto keeps a box within reach filled with the pens, paper and letters to keep her busy. (Heidi de Marco/KHN)

With the aging of the U.S. population, more elderly and disabled people than ever are receiving care in their own homes.

Israeli Doctors Give Wounded Syrian A 3-D Printed Jaw

February 23, 2015
Israeli doctors rebuilt Mohammed's jaw using a titanium replacement, produced from a 3D printer. (BBC)

The young farmer with a new titanium jaw is among 1,500 or so Syrian refugees who have received treatment at Israeli hospitals.

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