The world needs new antibiotics because so many of the existing drugs are losing their punch. Some people are already talking about a "post-antibiotic era," when bacteria can defeat all the drugs doctors have at their disposal. Two scientists are crowdfunding a campaign to get everyone digging for new antibiotics.
Gas, groceries and rents are all pricier in Summit and Eagle counties than in Denver, just a hundred miles away. Health insurance costs a lot more in these mountain communities, too, and some folks are crying foul. Their congressman — a Democrat — is asking the feds for relief.
The billions of dollars spent by governments and foundations to fight malaria are starting to pay off. The death rate from the mosquito-borne disease has dropped by 45 percent worldwide since 2012. Malaria kills more than 600,000 people each year.
Because HealthCare.gov was barely functioning in October and much of November, the administration is falling far short of the 3.3 million people it has projected would sign up by the end of December. Still, federal officials say they're confident that 7 million people will have obtained insurance on the exchanges by the end of March.
As of Nov. 30, more than 137,000 people had obtained health insurance through the federal website. Another 227,000 got coverage through the state exchanges. Users have until Dec. 23 to sign up if they want the health insurance coverage to start Jan. 1, 2014.
Far from the glitz of South Beach or the tourist mecca of the Magic Kingdom is northern Florida. It stretches from the Gulf coast, through pine forests, to Jacksonville on the Atlantic. Information about Obamacare can be hard to come by for residents, many of whom are working poor and could benefit from the law.
After Angelina Jolie announced she has a genetic variant that raises her risk of breast cancer, many women asked their doctors for the test. Insurers will pay for tests only if there's a clear indication that it would help shape medical care. That's often not the case.
Lacing a sugar-free candy with the right kind of bacteria might one day help fight off tooth decay, a study suggests. The experimental mint lowered the levels of cavity-causing bacteria in volunteers' saliva. But the microbe candy still has a long way to go before it reaches shelves at Walgreens.
Insurers are holding down prices by including fewer doctors and hospitals in their health plans. Consumers may save money but at the cost of more restrictions on where they can get medical care that is covered.
Delays in processing blood screening samples for newborns could be putting millions of infants at risk for disabilities or even death. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks with Ellen Gabler of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel who investigated the screening track records of hospitals around the country.
When doctors stick electrodes into the brain of a patient with epilepsy, they're hoping to find a cure for debilitating seizures. But they're also exploring a still-mysterious landscape. And they couldn't do it without a patient willing to help.
While the company tries to work things out with regulators, it won't be telling people who buy its test if their genetic profiles predispose them to particular illnesses or predict their responses to prescription drugs.
The august medical journal JAMA created a kitsch masterpiece for the cover of its annual issue dedicated to medical education. A group of seven canine healers, some apparently in training, hover around a sick mutt sucking on a thermometer in a hospital bed. They look an awful lot like some poker-playing dogs from yesteryear.
The winter storm has led to the cancellation of several blood drives. But the need for blood is constant, meaning area hospitals might soon face a shortage of certain blood types if donations don’t pick up. KSMU's Jennifer Davidson has more.
For years doctors have been telling women that it's risky to implant multiple embryos when they do in vitro fertilization. They've listened, and the number of multiples from IVF has dropped. But the number of births of triplets or more has barely budged because of women's use of fertility drugs.
People across the country hit a perplexing snag when trying to sign up for insurance on the federally run website. The site asked about their incarceration status, then locked up. The so-called prison glitch that stymied insurance shoppers has been fixed.
The Obama administration is renewing its sales push for the president's signature health care law. On Wednesday, officials host a "youth summit" at the White House, where young people will be encouraged to sign up for insurance coverage. Their participation is crucial to help balance out the cost of insuring older, sicker people.
With HealthCare.gov able to handle an increasing number of users, the Obama administration finally went on the offensive to urge Americans to sign up for new health insurance. The administration had planned a massive advertising and social media campaign to support the Affordable Care Act back in October, but the push was delayed for two months after the health insurance exchange website failed in its debut. The effort comes as the deadline for people to sign up for coverage starting next year looms.
Traffic on the government's health insurance website this week will test whether technical repairs have succeeded in boosting the website's capacity. Technical teams have been working to patch bugs and expand the website's capacity. But there were times on Monday when some users still had to be pushed into an online waiting room.
The administration is pledging $100 million toward a project to stop HIV infections once and for all. There's growing optimism among scientists that it may be possible to suppress HIV or even eliminate the virus from the cells of infected people someday.
The technological trials for the online health insurance exchanges have turned an enrollment period that was supposed to be a leisurely three-month stroll into a last-minute sprint for millions of Americans. People who want coverage that starts at the beginning of 2014 need to sign up no later than Dec. 23.
Today is the day HealthCare.gov is supposed to work for the vast majority of users. NPR's health policy correspondent Julie Rovner explains to Weekend Edition Saturday host Soctt Simon exactly what that means, and whether the deadline is going to be met.