Health Desk http://wuis.org en When Federal Privacy Laws Protect Hospitals Instead Of Patients http://wuis.org/post/when-federal-privacy-laws-protect-hospitals-instead-patients <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGqINIwOArg</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:46:00 +0000 Charles Ornstein 29940 at http://wuis.org When Federal Privacy Laws Protect Hospitals Instead Of Patients Globe-Trotting Virus Hides Inside People's Gut Bacteria http://wuis.org/post/globe-trotting-virus-hides-inside-peoples-gut-bacteria <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DTrENdWvvM</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:32:00 +0000 Michaeleen Doucleff 29941 at http://wuis.org Globe-Trotting Virus Hides Inside People's Gut Bacteria Shades Of The Middle Ages: The Plague Popped Up In China And Colorado http://wuis.org/post/shades-middle-ages-plague-popped-china-and-colorado The plague isn't just something you read about in medieval history books.<p>This past week, five cases were reported: four in Colorado and one in China.<p>The Colorado residents <a href="http://www.cpr.org/node/115543">were diagnosed</a> after coming into contact with an infected dog.<p>According to Chinese officials, <a href="http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1557217/china-seals-entire-city-gansu-after-resident-dies-bubonic-plague">parts of a city</a> in northern China were quarantined for nine days, and 151 people were put under close observation, after a man died of the disease last We Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:47:00 +0000 Rae Ellen Bichell 29936 at http://wuis.org Shades Of The Middle Ages: The Plague Popped Up In China And Colorado A Simple Way To Reduce Stroke Risk: Take Your Pulse http://wuis.org/post/simple-way-reduce-stroke-risk-take-your-pulse An irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation is a big cause of stroke, especially for people who have recently had a stroke. But it's not something that most people can feel.<p>Doctors test for <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/atrialfibrillation.html">atrial fibrillation</a> by hooking people up to an <a href="http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/ekg/">electrocardiogram</a> machine at the office, or having them wear a Holter monitor for a day or a week. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:57:00 +0000 Nancy Shute 29912 at http://wuis.org A Simple Way To Reduce Stroke Risk: Take Your Pulse Amid Wave Of Child Immigrants, Reports Of Abuse By Border Patrol http://wuis.org/post/amid-wave-child-immigrants-reports-abuse-border-patrol Some of the immigrant children crossing the border say they are being subjected to abusive and inhumane treatment in U.S. Border Patrol stations in South Texas. This includes frigid holding rooms, sleep deprivation, verbal and psychological abuse, inadequate food and water, denial of medical care, and worse.<p>Dozens of children have come forward to make complaints against Customs and Border Protection officers. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 John Burnett 29901 at http://wuis.org Amid Wave Of Child Immigrants, Reports Of Abuse By Border Patrol Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery http://wuis.org/post/summer-program-hungry-kids-gets-creative-food-delivery More than 21 million children get free or reduced priced meals during the school year. But in the summer, that number drops to only three million.<p>The big question is what happens to all the other children. Do they get enough, and the right food, to eat?<p>This summer, government agencies and non-profit groups are making a massive push to get millions of meals to kids who might otherwise go hungry as part of the nationwide <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program-sfsp">summer nutrition program</a>. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 29889 at http://wuis.org Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends http://wuis.org/post/federal-health-exchange-stays-busy-after-open-enrollment-ends For months, journalists and politicians fixated on the number of people signing up for health insurance through the federal exchange created as part of the Affordable Care Act. It turned out that more than 5 million people signed up using HealthCare.gov by April 19.<p>But perhaps more surprising is that, according to federal data released Wednesday to ProPublica, there have been nearly 1 million transactions on the exchange since then. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:52:00 +0000 Charles Ornstein 29890 at http://wuis.org Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends Out Of The Amazon, Uncontacted Indians Face Diseases Of A New World http://wuis.org/post/out-amazon-uncontacted-indians-face-diseases-new-world An uncontacted Amazonian tribe has ended its isolation in Brazil. Audie Cornish speaks with Fiona Watson, the field and research director for <a href="http://www.survivalinternational.org/">Survival International</a>, who explains what happened to make this tribal people leave its village. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:10:00 +0000 editor 29881 at http://wuis.org A Doctor Leading The Fight Against Ebola Has Caught The Virus http://wuis.org/post/doctor-leading-fight-against-ebola-has-caught-virus In the past several months, Dr. Sheik Umar Khan has been a leader in the fight against the deadliest and largest Ebola outbreak in history.<p>Khan, 39, has treated over 100 Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. He's a "national hero," the country's health minister said Tuesday.<p>Now the doctor has caught the deadly virus himself, Reuters <a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/07/23/us-health-ebola-africa-idINKBN0FS10T20140723">reports</a>. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:56:00 +0000 editor 29878 at http://wuis.org A Doctor Leading The Fight Against Ebola Has Caught The Virus Weekly Innovation: Get Moving, While Seated At Your Desk http://wuis.org/post/get-moving-while-seated-your-desk <em>This post is part of our</em><em> </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/195149875/innovation">Weekly Innovation series</a>,<em> </em><em>in which we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:50:00 +0000 Allie Caren 29877 at http://wuis.org Weekly Innovation: Get Moving, While Seated At Your Desk Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw? http://wuis.org/post/does-your-dog-feel-jealous-or-purely-human-flaw When you kiss your husband, does your dog try to get your attention? And does that mean that your dog feels jealous? Threatened? Or are we just imagining that?<p>Many if not all dog owners are sure that their pets have feelings. And we've known for a while that animals exhibit behaviors that look like jealousy, guilt and shame. But it's hard to find out what animals are really feeling. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:32:00 +0000 editor 29867 at http://wuis.org Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw? This Aspiring Astronaut Might Be The World's Most Amazing Teen http://wuis.org/post/aspiring-astronaut-might-be-worlds-most-amazing-teen At age 7, Gideon Gidori knew exactly what he wanted to be: a rocket ship pilot.<p>The only thing was, he was living in a tiny Tanzanian village where schools only went through grade six and books about space (or, for that matter, any books) were scarce.<p>But that didn't stop him. Now 15, <a href="http://gideongidori.tumblr.com/">Gidori</a> is determined to become Tanzania's very first astronaut.<p>Gidori has always been fascinated with stars and spent his boyhood nights staring at the clear skies above his hometown. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:30:00 +0000 Linda Poon 29866 at http://wuis.org This Aspiring Astronaut Might Be The World's Most Amazing Teen Legalizing Prostitution Would Protect Sex Workers From HIV http://wuis.org/post/legalizing-prostitution-would-protect-sex-workers-hiv If prostitution were legal around the world, the transmission of HIV among female sex workers would go down by at least a third, according to a paper presented at the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.<p>That would be a huge step forward. "[Female] sex workers face a disproportionately large burden of HIV," the paper notes. They are 54 times more likely to be infected with HIV in their lifetime than women in the general population.<p>Goats and Soda spoke to <a href="http://www.cfenet.ubc.ca/about-us/team/shannon-k">Dr. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:36:00 +0000 editor 29862 at http://wuis.org Legalizing Prostitution Would Protect Sex Workers From HIV The Epic 2,200-Mile Tour De France Is Also A Test Of Epic Eating http://wuis.org/post/epic-2200-mile-tour-de-france-also-test-epic-eating The famously grueling cycling race involves about 2,200 miles of furious pedaling, huge mountain climbs and downhill sprints at 50-plus miles per hour. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:16:00 +0000 editor 29853 at http://wuis.org The Epic 2,200-Mile Tour De France Is Also A Test Of Epic Eating States Help New Mothers Get Birth Control Through Medicaid http://wuis.org/post/states-help-new-mothers-get-birth-control-through-medicaid A woman is about to give birth. It will be her second child, and she's not looking to have a third anytime soon. She doesn't want to take birth control pills while she's breast-feeding. And condoms aren't as error-proof as she'd like.<p>There are a couple of alternatives that are safe, effective and could work for years: <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/unintendedpregnancy/contraception.htm#3">an IUD</a> or <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/unintendedpregnancy/contraception.htm#4">an implant</a>. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:44:00 +0000 Dana Farrington 29854 at http://wuis.org States Help New Mothers Get Birth Control Through Medicaid Many Kids Who Are Obese Or Overweight Don't Know It http://wuis.org/post/many-kids-who-are-obese-and-overweight-dont-know-it Kids can be cruel, especially about weight. So you might think overweight or obese children know all too well that they're heavy — thanks to playground politics. But that's not necessarily so, according to government data covering about 6,100 kids and teens ages 8-15.<p>About 30 percent "misperceived" their weight status (underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese), according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:29:00 +0000 Katherine Hobson 29843 at http://wuis.org Many Kids Who Are Obese Or Overweight Don't Know It Conflicting Obamacare Rulings Set Stage For Supreme Court Face-Off http://wuis.org/post/conflicting-obamacare-rulings-set-stage-supreme-court-face <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Conflicting+Obamacare+Rulings+Set+Stage+For+Supreme+Court+Face-Off&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNDY5ODMwMDEyMjg3NjMzMTE1ZjE2MA001)"/></div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:10:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 29839 at http://wuis.org What Do The New Obamacare Rulings Mean For People Getting Subsidies? http://wuis.org/post/what-do-new-obamacare-rulings-mean-people-getting-subsidies <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=What+Do+The+New+Obamacare+Rulings+Mean+For+People+Getting+Subsidies%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MTAzMDEyMTY4NDEzNjUxZmMzYQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Clouding the future of the Affordable Care Act - two conflicting court rulings. Within hours of each other yesterday, U.S. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:57:42 +0000 John Ydstie 29824 at http://wuis.org California Nurses Union Braces For Contract Battle http://wuis.org/post/california-nurses-union-braces-contract-battle Going to a union meeting of nurses is a little bit like going to an evangelical church service.<p>"We all have to stand up, and it's a struggle," says Veronica Cambra, a nurse reporting a grievance at Kaiser Hospital in Fremont, Calif., as though she's giving testimony. "And we will overcome this, OK?"<p>The rest of the nurses respond with the passion of a devout congregation, humming "Mmm hmmm," and "That's right," through the series of speeches.<p>But this is no church service. The California Nurses Association is rousing its troops for battle. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 editor 29823 at http://wuis.org California Nurses Union Braces For Contract Battle Fruit Recall Hits Trader Joe's, Costco, Wal-Mart Stores http://wuis.org/post/fruit-recall-hits-trader-joes-costco-wal-mart-stores Fears of possible listeria contamination have led to a national recall of whole peaches, nectarines and other fruits packed by a California company. No illnesses have been reported, but the Wawona Packing Co. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:13:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 29822 at http://wuis.org Obamacare's Split Decisions Spell Law's Possible Return To Supreme Court http://wuis.org/post/obamacares-split-decisions-spell-laws-possible-return-supreme-court Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Let's talk now about policy ramifications and political reactions to today's court ruling. For that, we're joined by NPR national correspondent Mara Liasson. Hey there, Mara.<p>MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hi Audie.<p>CORNISH: So we have, in effect, a split decision. Two appeals courts ruling in different ways. What's the political spin so far?<p>LIASSON: Well, both sides are claiming victory, not surprisingly. The White House says it's extremely confident that when the Supreme Court finally resolves this issue, they will prevail. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 29795 at http://wuis.org Obama's Health Care Law Has A Confusing Day In Court http://wuis.org/post/obamas-health-care-law-has-confusing-day-court Another wild legal ride for Obamacare on Tuesday: Two U.S. Court of Appeals panels issued conflicting decisions on an issue with the potential to gut the health care overhaul.<p>The two rulings could lead to another U.S. Supreme Court showdown over the controversial law, all because of what one of the law's opponents initially called "a glitch."<p>That glitch has now become a legal spear aimed at the health care exchanges that are the heart of Obamacare. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 29796 at http://wuis.org Don't Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes http://wuis.org/post/dont-pop-bubble-wrap-scientists-turn-trash-test-tubes Hate to burst your bubble, glass lab gear. But plastic bubble wrap also works pretty well at running science experiments.<p>Scientists at Harvard University have figured out a way to use these petite pouches as an inexpensive alternate to glass test tubes and culture dishes. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:31:00 +0000 editor 29790 at http://wuis.org Don't Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes As High School Lacrosse Surges In Popularity, So Does Injury Focus http://wuis.org/post/high-school-lacrosse-surges-popularity-so-does-injury-focus Sometimes called the fastest game on two feet, lacrosse is also one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S.<p>Between 2008 and 2012, kids' participation in lacrosse climbed 158 percent to a little more than three-quarters of a million, according to a <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303519404579350892629229918">survey conducted</a> by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association/Physical Activity Council. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:19:00 +0000 editor 29788 at http://wuis.org As High School Lacrosse Surges In Popularity, So Does Injury Focus Rumor Patrol: No, A Snake In A Bag Did Not Cause Ebola http://wuis.org/post/rumor-patrol-no-snake-bag-did-not-cause-ebola "A lady had a snake in a bag. When somebody opened the bag, that made the lady die."<p>That's the beginning of a story that Temba Morris often hears about the origins of Ebola. Morris runs a government health clinic in a remote village near Sierra Leone's border with Guinea. According to the story, somebody else then looked inside the bag.<p>"And the one who opened the bag also died," is what Morris hears next. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:17:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 29791 at http://wuis.org Rumor Patrol: No, A Snake In A Bag Did Not Cause Ebola How A Tiny Fly's Ears Could Help You Hear Better http://wuis.org/post/how-tiny-flys-ears-could-help-you-hear-better <em>Ormia ochracea</em> is not a very likeable creature, even by fly standards.<p>This parasitic fly likes to leave its larvae on the backs of crickets. The larvae burrow inside the cricket and then proceed to eat the cricket alive.<p>But humans who have struggled with hearing loss might soon be thankful for at least one small part of this fly — its ears.<p><em>Ormia ochracea</em> has developed very specialized ears that let it locate crickets by following the sound of their chirp. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:05:00 +0000 Kara Manke 29785 at http://wuis.org How A Tiny Fly's Ears Could Help You Hear Better Despite Disability, One Mountain Climber Reflects On His Advantages http://wuis.org/post/despite-disability-one-mountain-climber-reflects-his-advantages Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Now we'll hear from a man who's been overcoming bias and doubts for his entire life. Spencer West was born with a genetic disorder that affected his legs. Minutes after he was born, a physician told his parents he would probably never walk. And by the age of five, both of his legs had been amputated. But he spent a lifetime challenging himself and challenging the way people think about physical disability. In the past year, West completed a 300 kilometer trek across Canada in a wheelchair and on his hands. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:03:00 +0000 editor 29784 at http://wuis.org Federal Court Throws Out Health Care Subsidies In 36 States http://wuis.org/post/federal-court-throws-out-health-care-subsidies-36-states Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News explains a federal appeals court ruling Tuesday that overturns subsidies provided to low- and middle-income people in states that use the federal health exchanges. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:38:00 +0000 editor 29783 at http://wuis.org Appeals Court Strikes Down Subsidies In Federal Health Exchange http://wuis.org/post/appeals-court-strikes-down-subsidies-federal-health-exchange A three-judge panel at the U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit threw the fate of an important part of the Affordable Care Act into doubt Tuesday.<p>In a 2-1 decision, the court ruled that the Internal Revenue Service lacked the authority to allow subsidies to be provided in exchanges not run by the states. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:31:00 +0000 editor 29780 at http://wuis.org U.S. Appeals Courts Issue Conflicting Decisions On Obamacare Subsidies http://wuis.org/post/us-appeals-court-deals-blow-obamas-health-law A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday dealt a significant blow to the Affordable Care Act, when it threw out an IRS regulation that governs subsidies. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:02:00 +0000 editor 29772 at http://wuis.org