Category Archives: NPR


Jul

24

2017
The Senate Health Care Vote, Simplified

The Senate Health Care Vote, Simplified

Enlarge this image John Holcroft/Getty Images/Ikon Images The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to advance health care legislation to the Senate floor. That would open up debate on an Obamacare repeal and/or replacement plan. At a White House event Monday, President Trump highlighted what he called the “failures” of the Affordable Care Act and called on senators to pass a bill that…

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Jul

19

2017
Her Own Medical Future At Stake, A Child Storms Capitol Hill

Her Own Medical Future At Stake, A Child Storms Capitol Hill

Enlarge this image Tymia McCullough is a poised, pageant-winning 11-year-old from South Carolina. She also happens to have sickle cell anemia and relies on Medicaid to pay for medical care. Liam James Doyle/NPR hide caption toggle caption Liam James Doyle/NPR Tymia McCullough fidgets in front of a mirror in her hotel room as her mom, Susie Pitts, puts the final touches on her hair and…

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Jul

18

2017
Health Care: The Risks Of Repeal Without Replace

Health Care: The Risks Of Repeal Without Replace

Enlarge this image Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that he’ll now push for a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act that would give Congress two years to come up with a replacement. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption toggle caption Andrew Harnik/AP After the Senate’s attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act collapsed Monday, Republican leaders immediately began talking about repealing the health care law…

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Jul

17

2017
In Massachusetts, Proposed Medicaid Cuts Put Kids’ Health Care At Risk

In Massachusetts, Proposed Medicaid Cuts Put Kids’ Health Care At Risk

Enlarge this image Two-year-old Robbie Klein has hemophilia, a medical condition that interferes with his blood’s ability to clot normally. Without insurance, the daily medications he needs to stay healthy could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars or more each year. Jesse Costa/WBUR hide caption toggle caption Jesse Costa/WBUR The U.S Senate’s plan to replace Obamacare would cut funding for Medicaid and other health insurance…

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Jul

16

2017
‘Dirt Is Good’: Why Kids Need Exposure To Germs

‘Dirt Is Good’: Why Kids Need Exposure To Germs

Enlarge this image Jack Gilbert, co-author of the book “Dirt Is Good,” says kids should be encouraged to get dirty, play with animals and eat colorful vegetables. Elizabethsalleebauer/Getty Images/RooM RF hide caption toggle caption Elizabethsalleebauer/Getty Images/RooM RF As a new parent, Jack Gilbert got a lot of different advice on how to properly look after his child: when to give him antibiotics or how often…

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Jul

14

2017
What Moms Need To Breast-Feed: Chicken Soup, Grandma’s Help, Facebook

What Moms Need To Breast-Feed: Chicken Soup, Grandma’s Help, Facebook

Enlarge this image Clara Sunderland was recently born in southern California. Her mom, Wendy, says a breast-feeding support group on Facebook has been crucial to learning how to breast-feed. Courtesy of Wendy Sunderland hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Wendy Sunderland There’s no question about it: Breast-feeding is hard. And we aren’t born knowing to do it. As we reported a few weeks ago, women…

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Jul

13

2017
Who’s In, Who’s Left Out With The Latest Senate Health Care Bill

Who’s In, Who’s Left Out With The Latest Senate Health Care Bill

The GOP’s latest proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act hews closely to the earlier bill that didn’t win enough support among lawmakers to bring to a vote. Perhaps the biggest change in the document released Thursday is that it leaves in place the Affordable Care Act taxes on wealthy individuals. It uses that money to reduce the number of people left without…

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Jul

12

2017
‘Living Drug’ That Fights Cancer By Harnessing The Immune System Clears Key Hurdle

‘Living Drug’ That Fights Cancer By Harnessing The Immune System Clears Key Hurdle

Enlarge this image Image of a CAR-T cell (reddish) attacking a leukemia cell (green). These CAR-T lymphocytes are used for immunotherapy against cancer (CAR stands for chimeric antigen receptor). After the proliferation of the CAR-expressing T cells, they are transfused back into the patient and can directly detect the cancer cells carrying the antigen. Eye of Science/Science Source hide caption toggle caption Eye of Science/Science…

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Jul

12

2017
Michigan Laws Will Increase Penalties For Performing Female Genital Mutilation

Michigan Laws Will Increase Penalties For Performing Female Genital Mutilation

Enlarge this image Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation on Tuesday creating harsher penalties for doctors, parents and others convicted of female genital mutilation. Above, the state Capitol in Lansing in 2012. Carlos Osorio/AP hide caption toggle caption Carlos Osorio/AP New legislation signed into law by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday makes female genital mutilation a felony punishable by up to 15 years in…

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