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July 3, 2015 Comment

The Return Of Ebola In Liberia

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

June 30, 2015 3 Comments

Housing The Homeless With Health Care Dollars

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

June 25, 2015 4 Comments

California Lawmakers Pass Bill Requiring Vaccines For School Entry

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

June 25, 2015 3 Comments

Supreme Court Upholds Nationwide Health Care Law Subsidies

The 6-3 ruling said the subsidies do not depend on where people live. It preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

June 24, 2015 2 Comments

WWII Vets Never Compensated After Race-Based Mustard Gas Experiments

An investigation by NPR has found that minority soldiers were singled out, and that the VA failed to keep its promise to pay benefits.

June 23, 2015 2 Comments

Number Of Uninsured Americans Dropped Significantly In 2014

The shift was particularly notable among Americans living near or below the poverty line, and among black Americans.

June 19, 2015 27 Comments

What If The Supreme Court Strikes Down Part Of Obamacare?

Millions of people would lose tax credits that allow them to buy health insurance, unless a stopgap measure is passed.

June 17, 2015 Comment

Pioneering Researcher Rejoices Over FDA Trans Fats Order

Fred Kummerow, who turned 100 this year, has spent nearly six decades researching the health dangers of artificial trans fats.

June 16, 2015 Comment

FDA Tells Food Industry To Phase Out Artificial Trans Fats

The artificial fats are used in processed foods and in restaurants, and have been found to raise the risk of heart disease.

June 15, 2015 Comment

CVS To Buy Target’s Pharmacies For $1.9 Billion

The second-largest drugstore chain in the U.S. is buying Target’s 1,700 pharmacies and clinics, letting it expand into some new markets.

June 12, 2015 7 Comments

Are Apps Like Tinder And Grindr Fueling A Rise In STDs?

Public health officials are blaming dating apps for contributing to an increase in sexually transmitted diseases.

June 10, 2015 32 Comments

FDA Panel Backs First-In-Class Cholesterol Drug

The expert panel recommended that the Food and Drug Administration approve the injectable drug, called Praluent.

June 9, 2015 4 Comments

HIV Is Moving From Cities To Rural Communities

In a small Indiana town where intravenous drug use is a major problem, 150 people have been diagnosed with HIV since December.

June 8, 2015 2 Comments

Paramedics See Roles Expand To Keep Patients Out Of ER

They’re providing more primary and preventive care, and taking patients to non-emergency facilities.

June 5, 2015 Comment

South Korea Fights Largest MERS Outbreak Outside Middle East

In Seoul, streets are quiet and surgical masks are flying off the shelves. Four South Koreans have died from the viral illness.

June 4, 2015 Comment

FDA Considers ‘Women’s Viagra.’ Again.

The Food and Drug Administration is considering today whether to approve a pill that would increase sexual desire in women much like how Viagra works in men.

June 3, 2015 13 Comments

Was Rejecting Medicaid Expansion The Right Move? Florida Reconsiders.

The state legislature in Florida is stuck in a fierce battle that could be a preview of what’s coming for other states.

May 27, 2015 Comment

‘Heaven Knows What’ Takes A Bleak Look At Heroin Addiction

Filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie discuss the unusual approach they took to making this film, which is based on Arielle Holmes’ memoir.

May 26, 2015 4 Comments

Old-Fashioned Bell Helps 12-Year-Old Minnesota Boy Battle Cancer

David Gerfast and his family are fighting cancer with an old-fashioned ship captain’s bell and high-tech proton beam radiation.

May 26, 2015 23 Comments

Egg Buying 101: Cage-Free, Omega-3, Organic And More

When it comes to buying eggs, there are many options. We get an egg-buying tutorial from an expert.

Spotlight

From controversial new textbooks to a Maverick family reunion, here are stories from Jeremy Hobson's week in Houston and San Antonio.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

July 2 8 Comments

Professor Says Jefferson Davis Statue Should Be Removed, Preserved

At the University of Texas at Austin, there are calls to take down a statue of the Confederate president on campus.

July 2 2 Comments

Sweet And Savory Watermelon

Our resident chef shares five recipes, including watermelon pickles and a watermelon, crab and arugula salad.

July 1 5 Comments

What It’s Like To Lead A Non-Hierarchical Workplace

Terri Kelly is one of few people with a title at W. L. Gore – the maker of Gore-Tex – and she says she really doesn't like having one.

July 1 3 Comments

Joy Williams’ New American Songbook

The singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy winner joins us with a playlist of what she considers quintessentially American music.