Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 6:56 am
In health insurance prices, as in the weather, Alaska and the Sun Belt are extremes. This year Alaska is the most expensive health insurance market for people who do not get coverage through their employers, while Phoenix, Albuquerque, N.M., and Tucson, Ariz., are among the very cheapest.
Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 1:18 pm
Updated at 3:18 p.m. on Jan. 13.
Last week Southern California Public Radio reported that dozens of people became ill from a Rosca de Reyes, a Three Kings Day bread that is traditional in various Hispanic communities. The sick patrons of Cholula's Bakery in Santa Ana, Calif., and its retail outlets complained of heart palpitations and hallucinations.
Last year St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville, Colo. announced it plans to close in March. Hospital officials say the closure comes after voters failed to pass a property tax increase to help fund the facility.
Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 10:35 am
A drug that is used worldwide to treat malaria is now being tested as a treatment for cervical cancer. This surprising idea is the result of a new laboratory technique that could have far-reaching uses.
Our story starts with Dr. Richard Schlegel at Georgetown University Medical Center. He's best known for inventing the Gardasil vaccine to protect women from cervical cancer.
Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 6:06 am
Here's more evidence that for people with Type 1 diabetes, strict blood sugar control matters â€“ in this case, it actually reduces the risk of early death. But another study reveals the grim reality: Those with the condition still die about a decade sooner than those without.
Delta County Memorial Hospital expanded its health care options for patients in 2014. It took over two clinics in the North Fork Valley and opened an Urgent Care.Â KVNF's Laura Palmisano spoke to the hospital's CEO Jason Cleckler about the expansion and what's ahead for it in 2015. Â
Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 8:13 am
On the eastern edge of St. Joseph, Mo., lies the small city's only hospital, a landmark of modern brick and glass buildings. Everyone in town knows Heartland Regional Medical Center â€” many residents gave birth to their children here. Many rush here when they get hurt or sick.
Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 2:12 pm
Ebola may have slid off the nation's worry list, but that doesn't mean the United States is ready to handle an outbreak of Ebola or another infectious disease, an analysis says. That includes naturally occurring outbreaks like dengue fever, tuberculosis and measles, as well as the use of bioterrorism agents like anthrax.
Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 6:27 am
The trillions of microbes that live in our guts and on our skin have the power to affect our health in big ways â€” from stomach disorders and autoimmune diseases to acne and mood. The secret life of what scientists call our microbiota has remained largely obscured, however, because many of the organisms in the gut can't be grown in a lab.
Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 3:34 pm
It's a sunny autumn afternoon and a good time to make apple crisp at Pathstone Living, a memory care facility and nursing home in Mankato, Minn. Activities staffer Jessica Abbott gathers half a dozen older women at a counter in the dining area, where the soundtrack is mostly music they could have fox-trotted to back in the day.
Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 2:55 pm
There's been a lot of attention drawn to people who don't believe in vaccinating their children, but there are many more people who believe that vaccines are the best way to protect children from contagious disease. A recent poll shows just how concerned parents are about vaccines when it comes to putting their children in day care.
Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 5:21 pm
We may be in for a nasty flu season. That's the warning out today from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC is worried because the most common strain of flu virus circulating in the United States is one called H3N2. In previous years, H3N2 strains have tended to send more people to the hospital than other strains â€” and cause more deaths, especially among the elderly, children and people with other health problems.
Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 5:57 am
A Shots post earlier this week by NPR's John Ydstie detailed the "family glitch" in the Affordable Care Act. That's where people who can't afford their insurance at work aren't eligible for help in the new insurance exchanges. Many of these Americans, most of whom make middling incomes, will remain uninsured.
That story got us wondering: Who else is getting left out by health law? And who is getting coverage?