Health | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

Health

RSS Feed
NPR

Wireless Sensors Help Scientists Map Staph Spread Inside Hospital

Over four months of tracking and testing, French researchers mapped the hops that bacteria made from one person to another. Within a month, a third of patients were newly colonized with staph.
NPR

Despite A Wave Of Data Breaches, Fed Says Patient Privacy Isn't Dead

Hackers may have gained access to records for 11 million people covered by Premera Blue Cross. It's the latest lapse keeping an obscure government agency that investigates the breaches busy.
NPR

From Skid Row To Rome: The Story Of An Unusual Running Club

A Los Angeles criminal court judge has organized a running club made up of residents from Skid Row's Midnight Mission. This weekend, the club is running far away from home.
NPR

Watch Your Back, Kale. Kelp Is Gunning For The Veggie Du Jour Title

With a little help, scientists say that seaweed growing along the Maine and New Hampshire coasts could become the "kale of the sea." The first step is teaching chefs and consumers how to enjoy it.

NPR

'Looks Like Laury' Shines The Power Of Friendship On A Failing Mind

When actress and writer Laury Sacks started losing words fast, her best friends, who happened to be filmmakers, captured her experience. Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury shows how they reached her.
NPR

Botched Ritual Circumcision Leads To World's First Penile Transplant

The recipient is a 21-year-old from a tribe in South Africa, whose organ was amputated due to complications from the circumcision. The hope is that transplants could be one way to aid other victims.
NPR

For A Good Snooze, Take One Melatonin, Add Eye Mask And Earplugs

Hospitals are notoriously difficult places to sleep, despite efforts to make them less noisy. Cheap, simple workarounds can help, a study says. Taking the sleep hormone melatonin helped the most.
NPR

Why Is Insulin So Expensive In The U.S.?

The hormone that controls blood sugar among diabetics is one of the oldest medicines used today. But more than 90 years after its discovery, a low-cost version is no longer available in the U.S.
NPR

Blue Shield Of California Loses Its Tax-Exempt Status

One of California's largest health insurers, Blue Shield of California, could be on the hook for a massive tax bill after the state revoked its tax-exempt status. The company is appealing the decision which could cost the health insurer tens of millions of dollars a year. The dispute comes as the nonprofit is facing mounting criticism for operating like a for-profit company.
NPR

Blue Shield Of California Loses Exemption From State Taxes

The state's third largest insurer reportedly has $4.2 billion in financial reserves. The firm's former public policy director says the insurer is "unwilling or incapable" of serving the public good.

Pages