Health | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio


RSS Feed

Feds Say HCG Diet Remedies Are 'Illegal'

Federal regulators want companies to stop selling homeopathic human chorionic gonadotropin to help people lose weight to stop. The regulators said the marketing of the products makes them "unnapproved new drugs" and that's against the law.

Court Rules Bone Marrow Donors Can Be Paid

A federal appeals court ruled that most bone marrow donors can be paid. The decision has sparked debate among advocates who believe compensation will create incentives for people to donate bone marrow, and the Justice Department, which argues compensation may compromise patient safety.

Bedbug Infestations Are A Family Affair

Bedbugs' eagerness to mate with their kin is one reason their populations have taken off so dramatically, new research suggests. Inbreeding comes naturally to them, and it doesn't seem to hurt their offspring much, as is the case with most other creatures.

Nigerian Rebuilds Life After Blindness, Burns

Tell Me More's 'In Limbo' series continues with Nigerian native Chinonye Omeje. She had a seizure while cooking and fell into a hot pot, which caused blindness and severe burns. She came to the U.S. for medical treatments, and must stay due to her immigration status, and educational and physical needs. Host Michel Martin explores her story.

Know How To Decode Insurance Benefits?

For many workers, December means open enrollment time. To learn about the differences between an HMO and a PPO, host Michel Martin speaks with Michelle Andrews, a consumer columnist for Kaiser Health News.

A Rarity: Earn More, Pay More For Health Coverage

Most companies don't factor in differences in pay when it comes to health premiums. Yet it's common for there to be different rates for single, couple and family coverage and for different types of plans.

Young People Put Dent In Nursing Shortage

Persistent shortages of nurses may be coming to an end. The ranks of registered nurses are expected to grow at roughly the same rate as the population between now and 2030, a new study finds.