Selena Simmons-Duffin

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Life expectancy drops in the U.S. for the second year in a row

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Life expectancy in the United States dropped for the second year in a row, according to new provisional data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Life expectancy in the U.S. continues to drop, driven by COVID-19

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Americans' life expectancy dropped for the second year in a row and is the biggest drop since the 1920s. COVID-19 is driving the downward trend, according to CDC data.


After more than 50 years at the NIH, Dr. Fauci says he's retiring in December

Monday, August 22, 2022

Dr. Fauci has been at the National Institutes of Health for over 50 years. On Monday, the nation's top infectious disease doctor announced he'll be stepping down from government service in December.


Congress is about to act on drug price reform. Here's what you need to know

Saturday, August 06, 2022

A deal on the table in Congress would help deliver on a long-time promise: to make prescription drugs more affordable. It includes a $2,000 cap on out-of-pocket expenses for Medicare patients.


Senate to vote on huge package that would change drug pricing and health insurance

Friday, August 05, 2022

The Inflation Reduction Act aims to put caps on drug price increases and out of pocket spending. It also includes a provision allowing Medicare to negotiate price some drugs.


President Biden has tested positive for COVID-19

Thursday, July 21, 2022

President Biden is experiencing mild symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19.


Millions of kids qualify for Medicaid. Biden funds outreach to boost enrollment

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

More than half of uninsured kids qualify for free coverage but don't know it. The government has released $49 million to get the word out, especially as the end of the COVID health emergency looms.


Doctors weren't considered in Dobbs, but now they're on abortion's legal front lines

Sunday, July 03, 2022

In a departure from earlier Supreme Court decisions on abortion, Justice Alito's abortion opinion barely mentions medicine. This creates a perilous new legal reality for doctors, legal analysts say.


For doctors, abortion restrictions create an 'impossible choice' when providing care

Friday, June 24, 2022

Physicians must treat in line with patients' wishes and standards of care. Some medical ethicists say that abortion bans will force doctors to disregard these obligations in order to follow the law.


COVID vaccines are finally here for young kids. But the logistics aren't easy

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

NPR talks to Claire Hannan, who has helped navigate vaccine rollouts in all 50 states, about some of the challenges involved in quickly getting shots out to millions of young kids.


If Roe v. Wade is overturned, what happens next? Your questions answered

Thursday, June 02, 2022

After the leak of the draft opinion in which the Supreme Court appears ready to overturn Roe, we asked for your questions about the future of abortion care in the U.S. Here's what our experts said.


Abortion access questions, asked and answered

Monday, May 30, 2022

The Supreme Court will soon rule on a case that could end the nationwide right to abortion. You've sent us your questions about what will happen if 'Roe v. Wade' is overturned. Some experts answer.


COVID-19 cases are on the rise, yet again

Saturday, May 28, 2022

According to official numbers, more than 100,000 people are testing positive for COVID-19 each day in the U.S., more than double the rate a month ago.


The real COVID surge is (much) bigger than it looks. But don't panic

Friday, May 27, 2022

Thanks to at-home testing, official reports are missing a lot of the COVID cases circulating now. Is the U.S. in the midst of an invisible surge? Here's how to assess the situation where you live.


This is how many lives could have been saved with COVID vaccinations in each state

Friday, May 13, 2022

A large share of the nearly 1 million people who died of COVID in the U.S. may have lived if they'd gotten vaccinated. A new analysis shows how many lives could have been saved across the country.


People of every age, race and class in every state get abortions

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Abortion providers explain the myriad circumstances in which someone might end a pregnancy. Situations can be complex, plus, pregnancy can be risky.


Rachel Levine calls state anti-LGBTQ bills disturbing and dangerous to trans youth

Friday, April 29, 2022

The U.S. assistant secretary for health, who will speak at Texas Christian University, says physicians need to be more vocal in fighting politically motivated attacks on vulnerable trans youth.


Former U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams calls for masking 'compassion'

Thursday, April 28, 2022

The U.S. needs to ensure everyone has an equitable chance to protect themselves, and if people don't have that opportunity, they need to be able to rely on others to be compassionate, he says.


Why the government's slow move to appeal the mask decision may be a legal strategy

Friday, April 22, 2022

One law professor has a theory about the Justice Department's slow response — and it all goes back to a case involving "heavy knitted underwear" from the 1940s.


The judge who tossed mask mandate misunderstood public health law, legal experts say

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle's decision hinged on a definition of the word 'sanitation' that public health experts and legal scholars say missed the mark.