Scott Hensley

Scott Hensley appears in the following:

Poll: Young People More Likely To Defer Health Care Because Of Cost

Friday, December 07, 2018

A third of people under 35 said cost led them to put off some form of health care, compared with only 8 percent of people 65 and older, a poll by NPR and IBM Watson Health found.

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Tell Us How You Feel About Shots

Friday, November 16, 2018

Please help us make Shots more relevant and useful for you by taking our research survey. You shouldn't need more than 10 or 15 minutes to give us your feedback.

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Poll: Most Americans Know About Opioid Antidote And Are Willing To Use It

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

While a majority of Americans know about naloxone, there is confusion about the fact that in most places a prescription isn't required to obtain the emergency overdose treatment.

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Atul Gawande Named CEO Of Health Venture By Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway And JPMorgan

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Gawande is probably best known for his work writing about how to improve quality and lower costs in health care.

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POLL: Genealogical Curiosity Is A Top Reason For DNA Tests; Privacy A Concern

Friday, June 01, 2018

We asked Americans about genetic testing in the latest NPR-Truven Health Analytics Health Poll. People were generally OK with sharing the information with relatives and doctors, but not employers.

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Aetna CEO To Justice Department: Block Our Deal And We'll Drop Out Of Obamacare

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A July letter from Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini to the Justice Department said the company would pull back from health insurance exchanges if the government opposed the company's merger with Humana.

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Poll: Nearly 1 In 4 Americans Reports Having Had A Concussion

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Among the quarter of American adults who have had a concussion, most said they had sought medical treatment, according to the results of a poll conducted by NPR and Truven Health Analytics.

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Trump Health Plan Recycles GOP Staples And Adds A Populist Wrinkle

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Republican front-runner Donald Trump released a seven-point plan to change the country's health care system that includes several familiar GOP proposals and one that puts him in agreement with, believe it or not, Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders.

Right off the bat, Trump calls for the elimination of the Affordable Care ...

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What To Think About Conflicting Medical Guidelines

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Medical researchers are in a constant search for truth. Each study is supposed to be another step toward that goal. But it's pretty obvious that many studies just don't hold up. Think about the contradictory advice about what you should eat or drink. We've heard that coffee is bad for ...

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Aggressive Lowering Of Blood Pressure Carries Risks As Well As Benefits

Monday, November 09, 2015

In early September, the National Institutes of Health halted a study that aimed to figure out the right blood pressure goal for people with hypertension and other risks for heart disease and stroke.

The accepted target has been to get patients' systolic pressure (the first number in the pair ...

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Poll: Most Americans Support FDA Regulation Of E-Cigarettes

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A majority of Americans say electronic cigarettes should be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration the same way the agency handles cigarettes containing tobacco, according to results from the latest NPR-Truven Health Analytics Health Poll.

Overall, 57 percent of people said the FDA should regulate e-cigarettes like tobacco products. ...

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Poll Finds Most Women Believe Mammograms Should Be Done Annually

Friday, August 28, 2015

Most women 40 and older believe they should have mammograms every year to screen for breast cancer, the latest NPR-Truven Health Analytics health poll finds.

The finding is at odds with current recommendations by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that women with typical risks for ...

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Price Rises For Ticket To A Quicker Drug Review By FDA

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A deal struck between drugmakers AbbVie and United Therapeutics Wednesday set a record price for a voucher that can be redeemed for a fast-track review of a new medicine by the Food and Drug Administration.

AbbVie, marketer of Humira and AndroGel, has agreed to pay $350 million to United ...

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Anthem Deal For Cigna Would Hasten Health Insurance Consolidation

Friday, July 24, 2015

Anthem finally bagged its prey.

The Indianapolis-based health insurer Anthem reached an agreement Thursday to pay $54 billion for rival Cigna, based in Bloomfield, Conn. Cigna rejected a lower Anthem bid in June, calling it inadequate.

"We believe that this transaction will allow us to enhance our competitive position ...

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Medical Residents Are Indebted But Reasonably Happy

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Medical residents are the tweeners of health care.

They've got their medical degrees but still haven't finished the training they need to go forth and practice their chosen specialties.

Talking to residents is one way to get a bead on where medicine may be headed. Medscape, an online news source ...

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'Consumer Reports' Says Laundry Pods Are Too Risky To Recommend

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Consumer Reports, the granddaddy of advice-givers on what to buy, won't recommend laundry pods containing liquid detergent anymore. The risks to small kids are just too high, the magazine says.

In its latest tests, eight different single-use packets were rated very good at cleaning. That wasn't a strong enough showing ...

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Despite National Progress, Colorectal Cancer Hot Spots Remain

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

One of the great successes in the war on cancer has been the steep decline in the death rate from colorectal cancer.

Since 1970, the colorectal cancer death rate per 100,000 Americans has been cut in half, falling to 15.1 in 2011 from 29.2 in 1970.

Increased screening, improvements ...

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A Look At Sports And Health In America

Monday, June 15, 2015

Play ball! Fore! Swish!

Americans love sports — watching them and playing them.

But as participants, Americans' relationship with sports changes as we grow older. About three-quarters of adults say they played sports when they were younger. By the time people are in their late 20s, however, only 26 percent ...

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What We Know About Tattoo Reactions Only Goes Skin-Deep

Thursday, May 28, 2015

For about as long as there have been humans, it seems there have been tattoos.

Ötzi the Iceman, the 5,000-year-old mummy discovered in the Alps in 1991, had 61 tattoos covering his body. And a quick look around the local coffee shop reveals they're just about as popular today. ...

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Map Reveals The Distinctive Cause Of Death In Each State

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

There's no getting around the strangeness of a map that shows the most distinctive cause of death in each of our 50 states and the District of Columbia.

In Texas, it's tuberculosis. In Maine, it's the flu. And in Nevada, it's the ominous "legal intervention."

But what does it mean ...

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