States are banding together to try to combat prescription drug abuse. Doctors in many states check a database before prescribing medication. But there's no way for doctors who live on the border to check neighboring states. Now there's a move to change that.
The longtime conservative jurist has been one of the nation's most respected and admired legal thinkers on the right. But in an interview with NPR, he expressed exasperation at the modern Republican Party, and confessed that he has become "less conservative" as a result.
Melissa Block talks to Alan Weil about one of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act — health insurance exchanges for states. Weil is executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy.
Five states have said they will not expand Medicaid in the week since the Supreme Court's decision ruled the administration's health law could not be used to force the change. Low-income people who aren't poor enough to qualify for Medicaid now may be left high and dry.
By the end of 2013, Kenyan health officials want more than 1 million men to get circumcised — a procedure that can reduce the risk of contracting HIV by up to 60 percent. If the effort succeeds, it just might prove a model for the rest of Africa.
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