Doctors Without Borders Are Now Doctors in Anguish

Jason Cone, executive director of the aid group, talks about the impact of the bombing on his staff — and on the people of Afghanistan.

To Die At Home, It Helps To Have Someone Who Can Take Time Off Work

A lot of things can affect whether a person can die at home as wished rather than in a hospital. One is whether a relative is able to take more than a few days off work to care for them.

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Why Most People Don't Shop Around For Medical Procedures

We shop around when we get a plane ticket or buy a couch. But we spend thousands of dollars on health care without comparing prices. What happens when you pay patients to choose the cheaper option?

California Approves Laws To Cut Use Of Antipsychotics In Foster Care

The laws are intended to reduce inappropriate prescribing of powerful antipsychotics to children and teens in foster care. Public health nurses will monitor medical records.

Berkeley's Sugary Drinks Are Getting Pricier, Thanks To New Tax

Berkeley, Calif., passed a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages in 2014. Researchers say soda prices went up three months after it was implemented — a first step toward reducing consumption.

Fukushima Study Links Children's Cancer To Nuclear Accident

The study says rates of thyroid cancer are high for children who lived near the tsunami-crippled nuclear plant in Japan. But other scientists are skeptical of the findings.

To Prevent The Next Plague, Listen To Boie Jalloh

He's a doctor, an imam and a millennial. His ideas about fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone are part of the reason that, this week, the three countries at the center of the epidemic reported no new cases.

Firstborns May Be More Nearsighted, And Parents May Be Why

Firstborns in Britain are more likely to be nearsighted, a finding that matches other studies. Maybe it's because parents are more likely to push studying than they do with subsequent kids.

Bill Would Add Nurses, Physician Assistants To Pharma Disclosure Database

Drugmakers disclose their payments to doctors, dentists, even chiropractors. But spending on nurse practitioners and physician assistants is excluded. Legislation in the Senate would change that.

Despite Sweeping Aid-In-Dying Law, Few Will Have That Option

People with uncertain prognoses or dementia can't end their lives under California's new medical aid in dying law. Proponents say those limits reflect the uncertainties of death, and of politics.

Helping Others Out On The Edges

October 12, 2015
A portion of the cover of Larissa MacFarquhar's new book, "Strangers Drowning." (Penguin Press / Courtesy The Publishers)

An extreme commitment to others. Larissa MacFarqhuar joins us with stories of those who sacrifice almost everything to do good.

Electricity Treatment Offers Hope To Brain Cancer Patients

October 9, 2015

For the first time in more than a decade, there’s a new treatment for patients with a common and deadly form of brain cancer.

Health Care Coordinators Work To Keep Patients Out Of The Hospital

October 9, 2015
Registered Nurse Sally Clarke (left) discovered Elizabeth Newman was taking one too many pills after her heart attack. (WCPN)

Sara Jane Tribble of WCPN reports on the benefits of care coordination and the challenges in finding money to pay for it.

Dealing With Alcoholism In The Family

October 8, 2015
Former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy visits FOX News' "America's Newsroom" at FOX Studios on October 6, 2015 in New York City. (John Lamparski/Getty Images)

Patrick Kennedy, the son of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, has broken what he calls a “conspiracy of silence.” It’s not an uncommon story.

‘I Need Help': The Courage Of CC Sabathia

October 8, 2015
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia adjusts his cap after allowing a run and walking two batters in the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in New York, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. (Kathy Willens/ AP)

May serenity, strength and wisdom follow from those three brave words.

Nobel Highlights Key Role Of DNA Repair

October 7, 2015
Professor Sara Snogerup Linse, left explains why the laureates were awarded as Goran K. Hansson (center) and Claes Gustafsson, members of the Nobel Assembly sit during a press conference at the Royal Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Sweden's Tomas Lindahl, American Paul Modrich and U.S.-Turkish scientist Aziz Sancar won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for "mechanistic studies of DNA repair." (Fredrik Sandberg/TT News Agency via AP)

The winners of the prize in chemistry have helped researchers develop cancer drugs that stop cancer cells from repairing their DNA.

The U.S. 'Mistake' That Ruined An Afghan Hospital

October 7, 2015
The Doctors Without Borders trauma center is seen in flames, after explosions near their hospital in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz. Doctors Without Borders announced that the death toll from the bombing of the group's Kunduz hospital compound has risen to at least 16, including 3 children and that tens are missing after the explosions that may have been caused by a U.S. airstrike.  (AP)

The U.S. airstrike on the hospital in Kunduz. The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan faces tough questions from Congress. We’re looking for what really happened.

No Such Thing As A 'Healthy Glow': The Case Against Letting Kids Use Tanning Beds

October 7, 2015
A 17-year-old -- who has been using tanning beds since she was 14 -- prepares a tanning bed for a session, Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Tallahassee, Fla.  The Massachusetts House is now considering a bill to ban tanning bed use by minors. (Phil Coale/AP)

Eleven states ban minors from using tanning beds. A dermatologist too familiar with diagnosing skin cancer says that Massachusetts should join them.

What Makes Us Happy, And How Happiness Makes Us Healthy

October 6, 2015
An unidentified Iranian woman practices in an outdoor session of a Laughter Yoga class (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Happiness expert Dr. Nancy Etcoff joins us to talk about how we can become happier — and how happiness makes us healthier.

CDC: More Hospitals Are Helping Mothers Breastfeed

October 6, 2015
UNITED STATEIn this photograph from the 1960s, newborn babies are pictured cribs in hospital nursery. The advent of formula led to a decline in the number of breastfeeding mothers, but the CDC finds that hospitals have played an enormous role in bringing back breastfeeding. (H. Armstrong Roberts/Retrofile/Getty Images)S - CIRCA 1960s: Newborn baby cribs in hospital nursery. (H. Armstrong Roberts/Retrofile/Getty Images)

In a new report, the CDC examines the roles hospitals have played in increasing the number of women who breastfeed since it declined decades ago.

American Opioid Addiction Keeps Growing

October 6, 2015
In this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, photo, Dorothy McIntosh Shuemake, mother of Alison Shuemake, browses a picture collage of her daughter at her home, in Middletown, Ohio. Alison Shuemake, 18, died Aug. 26, after a suspected heroin overdose. (AP)

American addiction. From prescription painkillers to heroin. The numbers are staggering. Why?

Dramatically Cheaper IUDs Are Coming To Boston Clinics

October 5, 2015
The new Liletta intra-uterine device (Courtesy of Medicines360)

When was the last time something in American health care got cheaper?

3 Scientists Win Nobel Prize For Parasite Treatments

October 5, 2015
Urban Lendahl (right), Secretary of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine, addresses a press conference of the Nobel Committee to announce the winners of the 2015 Nobel Medicine Prize on October 5, 2015 at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. Irish-born William Campbell, Satoshi Omura of Japan and China's Youyou Tu (their portraits are displayed on the screen in background) are the laureates of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

William Campbell, Satoshi Omura and Youyou Tu have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Study: Chemo Unnecessary In Many Cases Of Early-Stage Breast Cancer

October 2, 2015
Cancer patient Terry Meyer reads a book while receiving chemotherapy treatment on June 21, 2006 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A new study finds that many women with early stage breast cancer don’t benefit from chemotherapy.

In Visit To Boston, Clinton Pushes For Stronger Federal Regulation Of Opioids

October 2, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, is joined by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh at the Boston Community Forum on Substance Abuse on Thursday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Hillary Clinton says the federal government must do a better job of regulating opiate painkillers during a forum on substance abuse in Boston Thursday.

Treatment Is Good, Prevention Is Better: How Best To Keep Our Kids Off Drugs

October 2, 2015
A pediatrician who directs an adolescent substance abuse program and a state senator join forces in support of a bill to screen and counsel 7th and 10th graders about the dangers of drug use and abuse. (Ryan Tauss/Unsplash)

A pediatrician who directs an adolescent substance abuse program and a state senator join forces in support of a bill to screen and counsel 7th and 10th graders about the dangers of drug use and abuse.

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