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April 13, 2016 Comment

Tech Billionaire Sean Parker Puts $250 Million Into Cancer Research

The entrepreneur is specifically exploring immunotherapy treatment – getting the body’s own immune system to attack cancer cells.

April 13, 2016 Comment

In Massachusetts, RomneyCare Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

Ten years ago this week, then-Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney signed the state’s new health coverage law, the first of its kind in the U.S.

April 12, 2016 4 Comments

California Gets Ready To Implement Aid-In-Dying Law

The Golden State will become the fifth in the country where it’s legal for terminally ill people to take their own lives with the help of a physician.

April 12, 2016 2 Comments

Death Toll Rises In Flint Water Contamination Scandal

Two more deaths in the Flint area have been linked to Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia.

April 11, 2016 3 Comments

Is A Double Mastectomy The Right Option?

The number of women who have cancer in just one breast but choose to have both removed is rising dramatically.

April 11, 2016 4 Comments

If You’re Poor, A Long Life May Depend On Where You Live

A new study finds that the gap in life expectancy between the rich and the poor has grown in the last 15 years.

April 11, 2016 2 Comments

Suicide Attempts Prompt State Of Emergency In Canada First Nation Community

The leaders of the Attawapiskat First Nation declared a state of emergency, after 11 people attempted suicide on Saturday.

April 8, 2016 3 Comments

Massachusetts Sees A Spike In The Number Of Babies Born Exposed To Opioids

Massachusetts hospitals are seeing evidence that the opioid epidemic is affecting the next generation.

April 7, 2016 Comment

In Texas, Concerns Over The Future Of State Medicaid

Texas lawmakers are debating the future of the state’s Medicaid program and looking at ways to cut services and costs.

April 7, 2016 4 Comments

In South America, Zika Virus Raises Questions of Morality, Abortion Law

In countries where abortions are illegal, the issue raises questions about whether laws should be adjusted in response to the health crisis.

April 6, 2016 2 Comments

Why Don’t The Nation’s Top Med Schools Have Family Medicine Departments?

Elite medical schools are among the ten in the nation that do not have a department of family medicine.

April 6, 2016 9 Comments

Amy Schumer Challenges Being In Glamour’s ‘Plus Size’ Issue

Schumer says her problem is that Glamour did not tell her she would be labeled “plus size.”

April 5, 2016 Comment

Study: African Americans Are Under-Treated For Pain

A new study examined the beliefs of white medical students and laypeople about biological differences between white and black patients.

April 1, 2016 28 Comments

Fact And Fiction About Monsanto

Following our interview with Monsanto’s CEO, NPR’s Dan Charles joins us to dig into some of the claims he made.

March 31, 2016 8 Comments

CDC To Host Zika Action Plan Summit

The government is preparing for what public health officials believe is an eventuality: an outbreak of the Zika virus in U.S. states.

March 30, 2016 6 Comments

Activists Pushing For More States To Ban Abortions Based On Broader Criteria

A new law in Indiana makes it illegal for women to get an abortion because a baby would be born with a disability.

March 30, 2016 3 Comments

New Restrictions On Deadly Silica Dust, 40 Years In The Making

When naturally-occurring silica gets stirred up in mines and on construction sites it can destroy workers’ lungs.

March 29, 2016 17 Comments

Waiting For Addiction Treatment Can Mean Life Or Death In N.H.

People who use heroin and other opioids often have to wait weeks to get into a residential treatment program.

March 28, 2016 Comment

School Children Get A Lesson In Alzheimer’s

At a school in Denver, seventh graders are learning about the devastating disease in a months-long multi-disciplinary course.

March 25, 2016 12 Comments

Undocumented Immigrants Face Health Care Challenges

Reporter Jake Harper of Side Effects Public Media follows a dialysis patient in Indiana whose regular dialysis wasn’t covered by Medicaid so she had to turn to charity care for treatment.

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Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

June 6 Comment

Introducing A New Here & Now Website

Coming June 9, 2016, Here & Now listeners and visitors will experience our stories and journalism online in a whole new way.

June 3 Comment

Teenagers Create Impromptu Exhibit At San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art

As the pair toured the museum, they wondered if they could do better. So 16-year-old Kevin Nguyen decided to get creative.

June 3 3 Comments

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Author Explores Conformity, Mental Health In New Teen Novel

Matthew Quick published his fourth young adult book, "Every Exquisite Thing," this week.

June 2 13 Comments

Do Meal Kits Provide Great Taste Along With Convenience?

Resident chef Kathy Gunst tested a multitude of meal kits, and gives co-host Jeremy Hobson the inside scoop.