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Fla. Governor Leaves Meeting With U.S. Health Secretary Empty-Handed

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Despite a "good conversation" with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Gov. Rick Scott gets no sign that Florida will receive the more than $1 billion he wants for health care.

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All Things Considered

Staffing An Intensive Care Unit From Miles Away Has Advantages

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Some hospitals are using a remote command center to keep an eye on ICU patients. This brings the expertise of a major medical center to rural hospitals โ€” and may help keep the rural centers open.

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When Hospitals Close, Frequent Fears About Care Aren't Realized

Monday, May 04, 2015

Mortality rates for Medicare patients don't rise in communities after their hospitals shut down, say Harvard researchers who analyzed 195 closures across the country.

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Triage And Treatment: Untold Health Stories From Baltimore's Unrest

Monday, May 04, 2015

Shuttered pharmacies and concerns about public safety in Baltimore contributed to health problems ranging from unfilled prescriptions to people delaying care for asthma and diabetes.

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Morning Edition

Sepsis, A Wily Killer, Stymies Doctors' Efforts To Tame It

Monday, May 04, 2015

It's a deadly combination of infection and inflammation striking more than a million Americans every year. Doctors can treat the symptoms of sepsis, but they still can't treat the underlying problem.

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Who Keeps Track If Your Surgery Goes Well Or Fails?

Sunday, May 03, 2015

The outcomes of many medical procedures and treatments done in hospitals nationwide aren't tracked or even measured, says a surgeon who thinks that's bad. Understanding outcomes, he says, saves lives.

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Brand-Name Medicines Dominate Medicare's $103 Billion Drug Bill

Friday, May 01, 2015

Federal officials released prescription histories of hundreds of thousands of doctors and identified the most common and costly drugs. Medicare spent the most on a purple pill for heartburn.

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All Things Considered

The Doctor Will Video Chat With You Now: Insurer Covers Virtual Visits

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Medical consultation via video is going mainstream. UnitedHealthcare says it will cover doctors' visits by live video on smartphones, tablets and computers. Will people overuse it and boost costs?

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Health System Took Control To Make Joint Replacement More Profitable

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Baptist Health System in San Antonio made money doing what used to be industry heresy: reducing patients' use of medical care.

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Expanding Medicaid Trims Hospitals' Costs Of Caring For Uninsured

Thursday, April 30, 2015

One aim of Obamacare was to ease the financial strain on nonprofit hospitals that provide medical care to people who lack insurance and can't pay their bills. That plan is working, hospitals say.

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The Great Success And Enduring Dilemma Of Cervical Cancer Screening

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Pap smear has dramatically decreased rates of cervical cancer, but testing too often has a downside, too. Many women say they aren't yet ready to follow new guidelines and skip the annual tests.

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Health Plans Often Fail To Provide Free Coverage For Women's Health

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Insurers dispute that notion that the problems are widespread. Consumers and advocates have complained to insurers, and some policies have been changed.

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Why Not Start Addiction Treatment Right In The ER?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Like asthma or diabetes, opioid addiction is a chronic condition. Could treatment that begins when people show up in the ER get them on the right road faster?

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Morning Edition

Florida's House Quits Early, At Impasse Over Medicaid Expansion

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Scott sued the federal government Tuesday, accusing it of coercing Florida to accept the expansion, or lose funding for other health programs for the poor.

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All Things Considered

A Rural Police Chief Asks Citizens To Help Pick Up Used Syringes

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The rise in heroin use in the town of Turners Falls, Mass., has led to another problem: a proliferation of discarded hypodermic needles. Police can't keep up, so they've asked residents to help.

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How Getting Married Affects Health Insurance Tax Credits

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

If marriage is on the horizon, it might be wise to set aside some money for the taxman. An increase in family income after the vows can trigger repayment of a health insurance credit.

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Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water

Monday, April 27, 2015

Excess fluoride consumption is leading to tiny white marks on many people's teeth. It's mainly a cosmetic problem, but one that could be solved by lowering the fluoride in drinking water.

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Morning Edition

Maybe You Should Rethink That Daily Aspirin

Monday, April 27, 2015

A small dose of aspirin taken regularly can help prevent a second heart attack or stroke. But too many healthy people are taking the drug for prevention, and for them, the risks may outweigh benefits.

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Would Doctors Be Better If They Didn't Have To Memorize?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

For decades, first-year medical students have had to cram the details of the cellular metabolism cycle into their heads. Some med schools say it's time to quit cramming and focus on patients' lives.

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As Health Apps Hop On The Apple Watch, Privacy Will Be Key

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The notion of receiving nutrition advice from artificial intelligence on your wrist may seem like science fiction. But health developers are betting this kind of behavior will become the norm.

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