Health

Senators Reach Deal To Stabilize ACA Insurance Markets For 2 Years

The bipartisan agreement could help stabilize insurance premiums next year so that younger, healthier people will buy policies. President Trump has embraced it, but other GOP leaders have not.

All Things Considered

After Taking On Big Tobacco 20 Years Ago, Former Mississippi AG Is Trying Again With Opioids

When Mike Moore was Mississippi's attorney general, he spearheaded the 50-state lawsuit against Big Tobacco. Now, he's trying to do the same thing against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

All Things Considered

Trump Still Hasn't Fulfilled Promise To Declare Opioid Epidemic As A National Emergency

President Trump's nominee to head the Drug Enforcement Administration pulled out amid controversy. This leaves Trump without a permanent heads at Department of Health and Human Services and the DEA. All the while, his promised declaration of a national emergency on opioids has yet to materialize.

All Things Considered

Scientists Push To House More Lab Monkeys In Pairs

Enhancing a research monkey's life by housing it with a pal often doesn't hurt the study, says a researcher who's done it. In her own experience, she says, "it actually helped to improve the science."

Justice Department Indicts 2 Chinese Nationals In Synthetic Opioid Case

Among the charges is conspiracy to distribute large quantities of fentanyl, a significant factor in the opioid crisis. Every year, thousands of Americans overdose on the drug.

Search Of DNA In Dogs, Mice And People Finds 4 Genes Linked To OCD

Scientists looking for genetic factors behind obsessive compulsive disorder looked for clues in the DNA of humans and two animal species. Genes active in a particular brain circuit emerged.

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Piece By Piece: The End Of Obamacare

With the enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act fast approaching and the president pushing forward on his promise to dismantle it, what's at stake?

Tom Marino, Trump's Pick As Drug Czar, Withdraws After Damaging Opioid Report

The Republican congressman from Pennsylvania is withdrawing days after reports that legislation he sponsored hindered the Drug Enforcement Administration in its fight against the U.S. opioid crisis.

Morning Edition

Senate Democrat Calls On Trump To Withdraw Tom Marino's Nomination

David Greene talks to Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill about reports that President Trump's nominee to be the next drug czar, Republican Rep. Tom Marino, has deep ties to the drug industry.

If You Want An IUD, Take Note Of Trump's New Birth Control Policy

Some employers may now opt to claim a religious or moral exemption when it comes to paying for birth control, and women could end up sharing the cost with employers that scale back coverage.

Vermont Program Hailed As Model For Elder Healthcare

June 9, 2016
Karyn Crossman, a SASH coordinator pays a visit to 88-year-old Lloyd Piggrem, of Rutland. Piggrem is one of 100 clients Crossman works with through a statewide nonprofit that provides a variety of home-based support services. (Nina Keck/VPR)

The country’s medical costs are skyrocketing, with a nursing home stay running about $7,000 a month.

Teaching Young Men A Culture Of Consent

June 8, 2016
Students hold up a sign about rape at White Plaza during New Student Orientation on the Stanford University campus in 2015. (Tessa Ormenyi via AP)

In light of the Stanford rape case, we ask, what are we teaching young men about privilege and consent?

How Hispanics Fare Under The Affordable Care Act

June 8, 2016
Dr. Elisa Melendez-Eisman, the medical director of Clinica Tepeyac, with a patient. (Courtesy Clinica Tepeyac)

Hispanics have seen some of the biggest gains in health coverage under the ACA, but some disparities remain.

Treating Diabetes With Light

June 8, 2016

For many people with diabetes, needles are a blessing and a curse. But a Missouri researcher may have found a way to ease their plight with light.

Vermont Governor On FDA’s Role In Opioid Epidemic

June 7, 2016
The six New England governors met to discuss strategies to deal with the opioid addiction problem in all their states. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Six governors from around New England gathered at Harvard Medical School to discuss the opioid epidemic.

Brock Turner, And What We Talk About When We Talk To Our Kids About Rape

June 7, 2016

We need to teach our daughters and our sons that consent is sacrosanct. That there are consequences to violating it.

A Personal Perspective On Knee Replacement Surgery, As Demand For Procedure Surges

June 6, 2016
Total knee replacement surgery is one of the most common operations performed in the U.S. For aging baby boomers, it's number one. WBUR's Bruce Gellerman was extremely bow-legged, and arthritis made it worse. He decided to get both of his knees replaced when he could no longer ride his bike. (Joe Difazio for WBUR)

Total knee replacement surgery is one of the most common operations performed in the U.S. WBUR’s Bruce Gellerman takes us into the operating room as he gets a new right knee.

Federal, Local Officials Gather In Boston To Discuss Fentanyl Crisis

June 3, 2016
Senator-elect Ed Markey gives a thumbs-up while speaking at the Massachusetts state Democratic Convention in Lowell, Mass., Saturday, July 13, 2013. (AP)

A medical examiner confirmed that pop music icon Prince died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl.

Massachusetts Town Reflects On Year Of Treating, Not Arresting, Opioid Addicts

June 3, 2016
Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello is pictured in Gloucester, Massachusetts, on July 10, 2015. Gloucester is taking a novel approach to the war on drugs, making the police station a first stop for addicts on the road to recovery. Addicts can turn in their drugs to police, no questions asked, and officers, volunteers and trained clinicians help connect them with detox and treatment services. (Elise Amendola/AP)

More than 100 police departments around the country have started similar programs.

In Texas, Women’s Access To Health Care Could Hurt Efforts To Deal With Zika

June 3, 2016
With all of the diseases that mosquitoes carry, why not eradicate them? British researcher Dr. Philip McCall explains why it's not that simple. (turkletom/Flickr)

State health officials have been charged with creating “a clear and concise plan” for dealing with a possible outbreak.

Too Many Dead: The Need To Reframe Gun Violence As A Public Health Issue

June 3, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not been allowed to collect data on gun violence in America. The dean of the Boston University School of Public Health hopes that’s about to change.

‘Our Bodies, Ourselves’ Marches On, Into The 21st Century

June 2, 2016
Our Bodies Ourselves executive director Julie Childers (left) and co-founder Judy Norsigian (middle) stand with Here & Now co-host Robin Young in the Here & Now stuidos. (Eileen Bolinsky/Here & Now)

The book “Our Bodies, Ourselves” has become an invaluable source of information about women’s sexual and reproductive health.

CommonHealth: Guideline Changes And Controversy Over Aspirin-A-Day Regimens

June 2, 2016

Many doctors are questioning whether taking a daily aspirin is really worth the risks.

Gloucester Police Mark 1 Year Since Launch Of ‘Angel Program’ To Combat Opioid Crisis

June 2, 2016
Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello last year as the program started. (Elise Amendola/AP)

It’s been one year since the launch of the Gloucester Police Department’s “Angel program,” which grants amnesty to those struggling with opioid addiction who seek police help getting into treatment. Here’s how things went.

A Syllabus For Empathy — Or Why Health Care Workers Should Read Poetry

June 2, 2016

A doctor reflects on the power of poetry to help better understand a patient’s struggles.

Searching For An Alternative Brain Cancer Cure While Fighting The FDA

June 1, 2016
A scientist examining cells in a 96-well plate. These plates allow scientists to look at lots of cells at the same time and directly compare cells that have or have not been treated with a drug. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images/Cancer Research UK)

Neil Fachon found an experimental brain cancer therapy being offered in Texas. But just one day into treatment, the FDA ordered it to stop.

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