Organ transplants have become a viable option for a growing number of patients. That has brought increased attention to legal, medical and ethical questions about who should be first in line for organs. Undocumented immigrants and others say they are left off waiting list due to lack of funds and inability to access government health care programs.
When is an inpatient in the hospital not an inpatient in the hospital? When that patient is on observation status. Patients who are termed on observation can have trouble getting Medicare to pay if they need to go to a nursing home. The practice has sparked lawsuits and legislation.
Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration issued two proposed food safety rules to prevent tainted food from entering the food supply. While many large growers support the proposed regulations, small farmers say the cost of complying with them would stifle their ability to grow.
If you have health coverage, you're more likely to go to the doctor. And that's one reason to think that the rollout of the federal health law could help bring down death rates from cardiovascular disease.
One of the biggest challenges in public health challenges is reaching people in vulnerable groups. Often influential peers are recruited to help spread the word. When that technique was transferred to Facebook, at-risk Latino and African American Men were more likely to get an HIV test.
Ethan Saylor, a young man with Down Syndrome, died after an altercation with police. The case has raised questions about the way cops deal with people who have mental disabilities. Host Michel Martin discusses Saylor's case with parents and a former policeman.
People are looking for answers to complex health insurance problems. The navigators whose job it is to help are going to have their work cut out for them now that that the Affordable Care Act is moving into high gear.
Even infants too young to discern the meaning of words seem better able to learn while listening to the sound of human speech than while listening to nonsense — speech run backward. Little surprise there, perhaps, but a study shows that recordings of lemur calls spark learning, too.
For the most part in American culture, intellectual struggle in school children is seen as an indicator of weakness, while in Eastern cultures it is not only tolerated, it is often used to measure emotional strength. (This piece initially aired on Nov. 12, 2012 on Morning Edition.)
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