Enlarge this image Pemiscot Memorial, the public hospital in Missouri’s poorest county, depends on Medicaid funding to survive, its CEO says. Bram Sable-Smith/Side Effects Public Media hide caption toggle caption Bram Sable-Smith/Side Effects Public Media For the hundreds of rural U.S. hospitals struggling to stay in business, health policy decisions made in Washington, D.C., this summer could make survival a lot tougher. Since 2010, at…
Enlarge this image As a child, Rachael Goldring had multiple open-heart surgeries to treat her congenital heart disease. At 24, she still sees pediatricians because she’s had difficulty finding the right care in adult medicine. Kerry Klein/KVPR hide caption toggle caption Kerry Klein/KVPR Rachael Goldring was born with congenital heart disease. Had she been born a few decades earlier, she probably would have died as…
Diarrhea is not only a topic that makes people a bit squeamish, it turns out to be a difficult disease to put into numbers. But two trends are clear, says an author of a new report: The number of deaths from diarrheal diseases is dropping dramatically in low-income countries – and ticking upward in wealthy nations. An infection by E. coli, Cryptosporidium, Shigella or rotavirus,…
Enlarge this image Sonia Vallabh lost her mother to a rare brain disease in 2010, and then learned she had inherited the same genetic mutation. She and her husband, Eric Minikel, went back to school to study the family of illnesses — prion diseases — in the hope of finding a cure for Sonia. Kayana Szymczak for NPR hide caption toggle caption Kayana Szymczak for…
In Italy, parents who don’t vaccinate their children face steep fines, and even risk losing custody. It’s in response to a measles outbreak, after years of falling inoculation rates.
Enlarge this image Demonstrators protest against imposition of vaccine requirements in Rome on June 11. A new law requires childhood vaccination against 12 diseases. Marco Ravagli/Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Marco Ravagli/Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images Emma Carpita is just two weeks old. Her parents, Federico and Loredana, have brought the crying infant to her first medical check-up. Dr….
Enlarge this image Until the 1970s, most U.S. hospitals did not allow fathers into the delivery room for the birth of a child, or children. Bettmann/Bettmann Archive hide caption toggle caption Bettmann/Bettmann Archive At a childbirth class at Doula Love in Portland, Ore., a half-dozen pregnant women lean on yoga balls. Their partners are right behind them, learning how to apply pressure for a pelvic…
Twenty percent of baby food samples were found to contain lead, according to a report from the Environmental Defense Fund. Pediatricians says there’s no safe lead level. FDA is reviewing its policy. (Image credit: Wiktory/Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Enlarge this image The liquid used in e-cigarettes comes in fruit and candy flavors like cherry and peppermint. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images The use of electronic cigarettes by middle and high school students in the United States has dropped for the first time since the federal government started tracking the use of these products by young people….
Enlarge this image Dawn Poole and her husband have to regularly document their family finances to make sure their nine children, who all have complex health conditions, continue to qualify for Medicaid. Courtesy of the Poole family hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of the Poole family Worries about whether her children can still get the health care they need are never far from Dawn Poole’s…