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Are The Risks Of Drugs That Enhance Imaging Tests Overblown?
Sat, 23 Mar 2019 07:15:46 -0400
A contrast agent doesn't make you feel better or treat what's ailing you. But by making CT scans clearer, contrast might be crucial in helping your doctor make the right diagnosis.
Controversial 'Abortion Reversal' Regimen Is Put To The Test
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 09:55:23 -0400
Several states require doctors who perform medical abortions to tell their patients the procedure can be "reversed" with progesterone. There's an absence of evidence to support that contention.
It Will Take More Than Transparency To Reduce Drug Prices, Economists Say
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 05:00:00 -0400
The Trump administration wants to increase transparency in prescription drug pricing. But health economists say the administration's call to tie prices to what other nations pay might work better.
Fentanyl-Linked Deaths: The U.S. Opioid Epidemic's Third Wave Begins
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 00:02:00 -0400
Overdose deaths involving fentanyl are rising — up 113 percent on average each year from 2013 to 2016. Dealers are adding cheap fentanyl to the illicit drug supply, and some users get it accidentally.
FDA Approves Drug That Could Help Women With Postpartum Depression
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 18:03:00 -0400
The first drug for severe postpartum depression has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Thousands of women could benefit from the drug, but there are drawbacks, including a $35,000 price tag.
Health Plans For State Employees Use Medicare's Hammer On Hospital Bills
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 05:00:11 -0400
Some states have begun using Medicare reimbursement rates to recalibrate how they pay hospitals. If the gamble pays off, more private-sector employers could start doing the same thing.
'Mother Jones' Investigation Takes A Look At The World Of Drug Treatment Programs
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 16:36:00 -0400
NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Mother Jones reporter Julia Lurie about the loosely regulated rehab industry, and how it shuffles people in and out of treatment programs and cashes in on insurance money.
Aspiring Doctors Seek Advanced Training In Addiction Medicine
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 14:12:00 -0400
Once a tiny specialty that drew mostly psychiatrists, addiction medicine is expanding its accredited training to include residents from specialties like family medicine who see it as a calling.
Why The Promise Of Electronic Health Records Has Gone Unfulfilled
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:15:00 -0400
The government used a 2009 financial stimulus package to move the country from paper medical charts to electronic records. Care was supposed to get better, safer and cheaper. It hasn't worked out.
Former Physician At Rikers Island Exposes Health Risks Of Incarceration
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 14:41:00 -0400
Dr. Homer Venters describes a number of traumatic outcomes related to subpar medical care inside the New York City jail complex, including the death of a man who was denied insulin during intake.

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