Health

Here & Now
4:10 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Deadline Looms For States To Enroll Thousands In Health Plans

By October 1, states are supposed to have their health insurance exchanges up and running so they can enroll residents.

The exchanges are online insurance marketplaces for individuals and small businesses — where people can shop for a health plan.

Some people will pay out of pocket for their health coverage and others may get some help from the federal government to pay for their premiums.

Polls show that 40 percent of Americans do not know that the Affordable Care Act is in effect, and that percentage is higher for uninsured populations.

Read more
Child Health
12:43 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Falling Obesity Rates Among Preschoolers Mark Healthful Trend

This map from the CDC shows decreases (light blue) and increases (gray) in obesity prevalence among low-income, preschool-aged children from 2008-2011.
CDC

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 7:47 am

A fresh analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the tide may be turning on the childhood obesity front.

After decades of steady increases, 19 states and U.S. territories saw small decreases in their rates of obesity among low-income preschoolers. And another 20 states held steady at current rates.

A CDC map shows several Southern states — including Florida, Georgia and Mississippi — that are part of the downward trend.

Read more
Coming Home Project
2:16 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Suicide Haunts New Generation Of Veterans

(sjbresnahan/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 3:49 pm

It’s estimated that more than 20 veterans kill themselves every day. A new survey of men and women who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan shows that mental health is the most important issue they face.

Read more
Hospital Care
2:42 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

St. Francis Changes Course, Funds Program for Expectant Mothers Month-To-Month

 But the hospital has apparently had a change of heart. Last month, St. Francis told the city that it would no longer fund the program. But Raul Pino, the city's health director, says the hospital has let him know it has reversed its course. "They have informed us that they are funding the program on a month-to-month basis." Pino says the hospital will also conduct an analysis of the program to see if it is running efficiently.

Read more
The Colin McEnroe Show
2:41 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Prenatal Massage, Hypnobirthing, And Other Ways To Manage Having A Baby

Credit Nagobe, Flickr Creative Commons

Home birthing? Doulas? Midwives? Hypnobirthing? Prenatal massage? Today, we’re talking about alternative birthing.

Fifty years ago, it was pretty simple: you went to the hospital, they knocked you out, and you had your baby — while dad smoked a cigar in the waiting room. Or if no hospital was nearby, you gave birth at home and hoped a savvy neighborhood lady could to help out. In later years, the question became home birth versus hospital birth.

Read more
The Colin McEnroe Show
2:19 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Prenatal Massage, Hypnobirthing, and Other Ways to Manage Having a Baby

Nagobe, Flickr Creative Commons

Home birthing? Doulas? Midwives? Hypnobirthing? Prenatal massage? Today, we’re talking about alternative birthing.

Fifty years ago, it was pretty simple: you went to the hospital, they knocked you out, and you had your baby — while dad smoked a cigar in the waiting room. Or if no hospital was nearby, you gave birth at home and hoped a savvy neighborhood lady could to help out. In later years, the question became home birth versus hospital birth.

Read more
Where We Live
11:53 am
Tue July 30, 2013

The Resurgence Of Heroin

Bludgeoner86 on Flickr Creative Commons

Prescription painkillers have become the most widely-used drugs in America, and the Centers for Disease Control says that deaths from overdose are at “epidemic” levels. The death rate has tripled since 1990.

Doctors are prescribing fewer of the opiates, because they fear addiction, abuse and illegal black market sales.

Read more
Shots - Health News
2:16 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Cyclo-What? A Nasty Stomach Bug Spreads In The Midwest

Cyclospora is a tough parasite that can survive for weeks outside the human body.
CDC

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 11:45 am

It seems like the Midwest is a hotbed for medical mysteries these days.

Earlier this week, scientists traced a brand-new virus to ticks in Missouri. Now disease detectives are hot on the trail of another puzzling pathogen in the heartland.

Read more
Here & Now
1:18 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

An Argument Against Standing Desks

(Pace McCulloch)

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 3:55 pm

One office worker says he enjoys sitting and he’s tired of the “superior moral attitude” from the standers around him.

Writer Ben Crair told Here & Now he accepts the medical studies showing that sitting at your desk is bad for your health. His objection to standing is based on “the pure satisfaction I get from sitting,” he said.

He argues there are other solutions to the health problem of sitting too long.

Read more
Here & Now
1:17 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

New Alzheimer's Research Could Lead To Treatments

Alexis McKenzie, right, executive director of The Methodist Home of the District of Columbia Forest Side, an Alzheimer's assisted-living facility, puts her hand on the arm of resident Catherine Peake, in Washington, Feb. 6, 2012. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 3:55 pm

A new report in the journal Nature shows a significant step forward in figuring out what causes things to go wrong in the brain early on in Alzheimer’s disease.

The research could lead to new treatments.

More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is projected to triple by 2050. So there’s urgent demand for treatments — or even better, a cure — but so far, there has been little progress on that front.

Read more
10:28 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Connecticut May Act on Mental Health Parity Provisions

Lead in text: 
New state legislation may soon be considered to address enforcement gaps in existing federal regulations related to mental health coverage.
Frustrated by what they consider a lack of clarity from the federal government on how to enforce a landmark mental health parity act, some Connecticut officials want the state to issue its own guidance for interpreting the law. "We just can't wait any longer," said Anne Melissa Dowling, the state's deputy insurance commissioner.
Mental Health
4:45 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

How A Family Copes With Schizophrenia And Suicide

Homer Bell's family: sister Laura Bell (from left), sister Regina Bell, mother Rosalind Scott and stepfather Jack Wilcox.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 7:21 pm

Homer Bell was 54 years old when he killed himself in April in a very public way — he laid down his head in front of a stopped bus in his hometown of Hartford, Conn. It was the last act in a life filled with struggle, as Bell and his family endured his schizophrenia.

At a time when there are calls to strengthen the mental health system, Bell's story shows how hard coping with mental illness can be.

Read more
Health Care
12:28 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Simple Steps to Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates That Few Are Doing

Pete/Comedy_Nose Flickr Creative Commons

One in five Medicare patients are back in the hospital within 30 days after being discharged. A new study looks at simple measures hospitals can adopt to reduce readmission rates.

For an elderly patient, one hospital stay is hard enough, but having to come back due to complications can be devastating.

Read more
The Salt
11:18 am
Wed July 24, 2013

NYC Doctors Are Now Prescribing Fruits And Veggies

Take two of these and call me in the morning.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 12:22 pm

Doctors typically give patients prescriptions for medications. But a new program in New York City has doctors prescribing fruits and vegetables to obese or overweight patients.

Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs and Health Commissioner Thomas Farley launched the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program Tuesday. It aims to give at-risk families greater access to healthy foods.

Under the program, obese or overweight patients can be prescribed Health Bucks redeemable for produce at local farmers markets.

Read more
The Colin McEnroe Show
4:17 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Can Fasting Bring You Closer to God?

Flickr Creative Commons, Keoni Cabral

In researching this show, I found one claim that some of the writers of the Constitution fasted to enhance inspiration and mental clarity. I couldn't confirm that, but in 1775, the Continental Congress proclaimed July 20 as a day of "fasting and humiliation."  

Read more
Health
10:35 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Unusual Tick-Borne Virus Lurks In Missouri's Woods

A harmful trio (from left): a deer tick, lone star tick and dog tick.
Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 10:11 am

Last year, scientists got the chance to solve a medical mystery — well, at least half of it. This week the final puzzle pieces fell into place, as investigators tracked the newly identified virus to an eight-legged bug.

The mystery actually began with two Missouri farmers who came down with a strange illness in 2009. They had high fevers, diarrhea and nausea. Their platelet counts dropped dramatically, though they didn't experience any abnormal bleeding.

Read more
The Faith Middleton Show
10:09 am
Tue July 23, 2013

A New Understanding of ADHD in Children and Adults and The Thing You Think You

For over 100 years, ADHD has been seen as essentially a behavior disorder. Recent scientific research has developed a new paradigm which recognizes ADHD as a developmental disorder of the cognitive management system of the brain, its executive functions. Dr. Thomas Brown's A New Understanding of ADHD in Children and Adults pulls together key ideas of this new understanding of ADHD, explaining them and describing in understandable language scientific research that supports this new model.

Read more
Where We Live
10:11 am
Mon July 22, 2013

HM and the Science of Memory

Where We Live
12:12 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

New DSS Phone System Shows Improvement After Rocky Launch

Rod Bremby, Commissioner of the Department of Social Services, gave a mixed review of the department's first week with a new call center on WNPR's Where We Live.  

Read more
Where We Live
10:23 am
Thu July 11, 2013

DSS Making Moves to Modernize

Chion Wolf

In May we spoke with Department of Social Services Commissioner Rod Bremby about his agency and its lack of manpower and technology. The shortfalls have resulted in long waits for services - and lawsuits claiming a need for more staffing.  On Monday they opened a new centralized call center, and got eleven thousand calls. Now, with new leadership and increased technology, DSS may be on the slow road at least to catching up to where they need to be.

Read more
Health
9:58 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Heavy Rains Bring Record Number Of Mosquitoes; West Nile Expected

Flickr Creative Commons - Ashok666

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, which runs the state’s mosquito trapping and testing program, is reporting record numbers of mosquitoes this year.  Chief Entomologist Dr. Theodore Andreadis says it’s a direct result of the heavy rains.

Read more
The Faith Middleton Show
4:07 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

A New Understanding of ADHD in Children and Adults and The Thing You Think You

Tom Coppen/flickr creative commons

For over 100 years, ADHD has been seen as essentially a behavior disorder. Recent scientific research has developed a new paradigm which recognizes ADHD as a developmental disorder of the cognitive management system of the brain, its executive functions. Dr. Thomas Brown's A New Understanding of ADHD in Children and Adults pulls together key ideas of this new understanding of ADHD, explaining them and describing in understandable language scientific research that supports this new model.

Read more
Affordable Care Act
2:05 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Obama Pushes Health Care Deadline Back, Businesses Cheer

On Tuesday, President Obama announced that one-year delay for a crucial aspect of his Affordable Care Act. The delay gives businesses another year to figure out how to comply with the law.

Read more
Coming Home Project
2:27 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Veterans Groups Ask VA to Change PTSD Claims Process

Veteran advocate groups have petitioned the federal VA to change its claims process. The proposed rule change would impact veterans with PTSD who were sexually assaulted while in the military. 

Read more
Hospitals
3:55 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Hospitals Continue to Make Cuts, and the State Continues to Defend its Budget

Hospitals are making cuts to programs and staffing following the passage of the new state budget. First, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford cut funding to a city infant mortality program. Then, last week, Waterbury Hospital announced it is cutting its workforce.

Read more
Budget
3:55 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Hospitals Continue To Make Cuts, And The State Continues To Defend Its Budget

Hospitals are making cuts to programs and staffing following the passage of the new state budget. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. First, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford cut funding to a city infant mortality program. Then, last week, Waterbury Hospital announced it is cutting its workforce. Both hospitals blamed the cuts on a decrease in state funding.

Read more
Wellness
4:34 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Study: Kids Can't Improve Their Teeth If They Don't See A Dentist

Each year, children across the country have a hard time caring for their teeth. A new study says that the problem is made worse because kids can't get in to see a dentist. From WNPR’s Health Equity Project, Jeff Cohen reports.

The report comes from the Pew Children's Dental Campaign and makes two big observations. First, the nation doesn't have enough dentists. Second, there aren't enough dentists who accept government insurance for the poor -- or Medicaid. "The dental access problem is not a new problem." That's Jane Koppelman, she's the dental campaign's research director.

Read more
Health Care
4:34 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Study: Kids Can't Improve Their Teeth If They Don't See A Dentist

Each year, children across the country have a hard time caring for their teeth. A new study says that the problem is made worse because kids can't get in to see a dentist. The report comes from the Pew Children's Dental Campaign and makes two big observations.

Read more
Coming Home Project
5:25 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Amendment Would Help Military Families Insured by Tricare

Courtesy of Flickr CC by BLW Photography

An amendment to the defense budget bill before Congress could help military families who have children with developmental disabilities including autism.

Read more

Pages