Health

Cuba Is First To Earn WHO Seal For Ending Mother-Baby HIV Transmission

The chances are now practically nil. How did Cuba do it? And how are other countries faring by comparison?

After Measles Outbreaks, Parents Shift Their Thinking On Vaccines

The widely publicized measles outbreak linked to California theme parks appears to have made parents more confident about vaccine safety and benefits, a national poll finds.

Industry Payments To Nurses Go Unreported In Federal Database

The latest data on drug and device company payments to health professionals largely exclude nurse practitioners and physician assistants, even though they play an increasing role in patient care.

Morning Edition

People With Brain Injuries Heal Faster If They Get Up And Get Moving

Doctors tell surgical patients to get out of bed as soon as possible, but people with brain injuries are encouraged to rest. Now it looks like activity can benefit brain injured patients, too.

All Things Considered

Charleston Reporters Tell The National Story Of Local Violence

The staff of hometown paper The Post and Courier feels the emotional toll of covering the church shootings and other traumatic events.

All Things Considered

Aphrodisiacs Can Spark Sexual Imagination, But Probably Not Libido

Going on a picnic with someone special? Make sure to pack watermelon, a food that lore says is an aphrodisiac. No food is actually scientifically linked to desire, but here's how some got that rep.

Weekend Edition Saturday

LA Police Unit Intervenes To Get Mentally Ill Treatment, Not Jail Time

When cops in Los Angeles encounter people who may be mentally ill, there's a specialized unit that can offer help on the spot.

Aetna Announces $37 Billion Merger With Health Insurance Rival Humana

If the deal passes antitrust scrutiny, it would be the largest such acquisition in the insurance industry. It's the latest sign of consolidation in health insurance in the wake of Obamacare.

When The Fish You Eat Have Eaten Something Toxic

Toxins produced by algae that live in warm ocean waters can pass up the fish food chain. The toxins can sicken humans who eat large fish. A Florida study finds cases are underreported.

Morning Edition

Implementation Of Obamacare Remains A Work In Progress

With the Supreme Court decision, it appears the Affordable Care Act will stand, but that doesn't mean the law's troubles are over. Renee Montagne talks to Julie Rovner of the Kaiser Health News.

The Debate Over Spanking In Massachusetts

July 6, 2015
Should spanking be part of the parental disciple toolbox? (Mindaugas Danys/flickr)

Should spanking be part of the parental disciple toolbox?

Aetna Acquires Humana As Other Health Insurers Look to Merge

July 6, 2015
Aetna Inc., the nation's third largest insurer, headquartered in Hartford, Conn., bought its rival Humana for $37 billion. (Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

Aetna, the fourth largest insurer in the U.S., bought its rival Humana for $37 billion. What does the merger mean for consumers?

Foster Children, Disjointed Families

July 6, 2015
A still from the upcoming documentary film, "Tough Love." (Courtesy PBS / The Filmmakers)

An intimate look at the foster care system from the perspective of two families struggling to reunite with their children.

Burt Shavitz, The Burt Behind Burt’s Bees, Dies At 80

July 6, 2015
In May 23, 2014, file photo, Burt Shavitz poses for a photo on his property in Parkman, Maine. Shavitz, a former beekeeper, is the Burt behind Burt's Bees. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

The reclusive beekeeper who co-founded Burt’s Bees, and whose face and wild beard appeared on labels for the natural cosmetics, died on Sunday. Burt Shavitz was 80.

The Return Of Ebola In Liberia

July 3, 2015
Health workers wash their hands after taking a blood specimen from a child to test for the Ebola virus in an area where a 17-year old boy died from the virus on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Liberian authorities on Tuesday quarantined the area where the corpse of the boy was found, sparking fears this West African country could face another outbreak of the disease nearly two months after being declared Ebola-free. (Abbas Dulleh/AP)

Three new cases of the deadly virus have been found in Liberia, two months after the country was declared Ebola-free.

Infants And Inmates

July 1, 2015
In this file photo, a statue stands at the entrance to the women-only Taconic Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills, N.Y., Wednesday, March 28, 2012.  (AP)

Babies born in prison. The numbers are growing. What’s best for baby? We’ll take a closer look.

In Effort To Stem Opioid Crisis, Mass. Congressional Delegation Reaches Across The Aisle

July 1, 2015
Normally adversaries, Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, are requesting a surgeon general report on the U.S. opioid overdose epidemic. (AP)

Democrats from Massachusetts are uniting with Republicans from the Midwest on several bills aimed at stemming the opioid epidemic.

Housing The Homeless With Health Care Dollars

June 30, 2015
Certified medical assistant Michael Thomas checks Nebbitt’s height for his chart. Nebbitt suffers from seizures, heart disease and depression. (Heidi de Marco/KHN).

A multimillion dollar experiment is underway in Los Angeles: using health care dollars to house people who are chronically homeless.

Why Some Boston Parks Will Offer Sunscreen Dispensers

June 29, 2015
A man bathes in the sun on the Boston Common. (Alonso Javier Torres/ Flickr Creative Commons)

If you’re on the Boston Common this week, you might notice some new bright yellow fixtures that are now part of the landscape. They’re sunscreen dispensers.

How Your Gut Bacteria Influences Your Emotions

June 29, 2015
Bacteria under a microscope.

Can bacteria in your gut influence your brain? Your mood? Your emotions? Top scientists say yes.

Hearing Set For Bills To Improve Care For People With Mental Illness

June 28, 2015

One bill would start a test program to provide care for psychiatric patients currently boarding in hospital emergency departments. The second would create a unit for patients who are difficult to manage.

Nearly 2,000 Walk Through The Night To Raise Suicide Prevention Awareness

June 28, 2015

Mike Ruggiero of West Bridgewater walked 16 miles through the night in memory of his mother, who died by suicide.

Week In The News: Obamacare Lives, Confederate Flag Falls, Same-Sex Marriage Becomes A Right

June 26, 2015
President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden speaks, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Washington, after the Supreme Court upheld the subsidies for customers in states that do not operate their own exchanges under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. (AP)

The Confederate Flag and funerals in Charleston. The Marathon bomber speaks. All eyes on the Supreme Court. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Boston Providing Free Sunscreen At City Parks

June 25, 2015
In March, Miami installed several sunscreen dispensers that are similar to those that are coming to Boston this summer. Pictured here, Rachel Gerber, of New York City, uses a sunscreen dispenser in Miami Beach, Florida. (Alan Diaz/AP)

The city is installing 30 free sunscreen dispensers in Millennium Park in West Roxbury, Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain, Boston Common, Christopher Columbus Park in the North End and Memorial Park in East Boston.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Obamacare Challenge

June 25, 2015
Ron Busby of Virginia, left, and other supporters of the Affordable Care Act react as the opinion for health care is reported outside of the Supreme Court. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

In a 6-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act–President Obama’s landmark legislative accomplishment. The ruling is a major victory for President Obama and a major disappointment for critics who have been gunning for Obamacare since the president signed it into law in 2010. They lost the battle against the law for the […]

California Lawmakers Pass Bill Requiring Vaccines For School Entry

June 25, 2015
Christy Pritchard carries her son, Zachary, 3, as she waits to appear before the Assembly Health Committee to voice her opposition to a measure mandating that schoolchildren be vaccinated at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

The bill would get rid of the personal belief exemption, and require all children – except for those with medical wavers – to be vaccinated.

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