Health http://wnpr.org en Federal Courts Weigh in on Obamacare Subsidies http://wnpr.org/post/federal-courts-weigh-obamacare-subsidies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Should the federal government help Americans pay for their new health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act? That's a question being tackled in courts across the country. T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">wo of them have issued very different rulings.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:44:35 +0000 Jeff Cohen 25713 at http://wnpr.org Federal Courts Weigh in on Obamacare Subsidies High-Performing Charter Schools May Improve Students' Health http://wnpr.org/post/high-performing-charter-schools-may-improve-students-health Many people are intensely interested in how publicly funded charter schools affect children, and that includes not just their academic achievement but their health.<p>Researchers from UCLA and the Rand Corp. wanted to know whether attending a high-performing charter school reduced the rates of risky health behaviors among low-income minority teenagers.<p>They surveyed 521 ninth through 12th-grade students in Los Angeles who attended charter schools, and 409 students who attended local neighborhood schools. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:18:06 +0000 Patti Neighmond 25656 at http://wnpr.org High-Performing Charter Schools May Improve Students' Health Vaccines Stored at Improper Temperatures Across Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/vaccines-stored-improper-temperatures-across-connecticut <p>The Hartford HealthCare Medical Group is contacting patients who may have received vaccines that were not stored at the proper temperature.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:27:48 +0000 Tucker Ives 25514 at http://wnpr.org Vaccines Stored at Improper Temperatures Across Connecticut The Modern Age of Science; Connecticut Bull Osborndale Ivanhoe http://wnpr.org/post/modern-age-science-connecticut-bull-osborndale-ivanhoe-0 <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">Back in March, a team of Harvard scientists claimed to have found the first direct evidence of gravity waves from the Big Bang. Within a matter of hours, their story had made its way around the Internet, spreading across blogs, news sites, and social media. </span></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 25466 at http://wnpr.org The Modern Age of Science; Connecticut Bull Osborndale Ivanhoe Head Scientist At CDC Weighs Costs Of Recent Lab Safety Breaches http://wnpr.org/post/head-scientist-cdc-weighs-costs-recent-lab-safety-breaches The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is on the hot seat.<p>It all started in mid-June, when the CDC <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/19/323729906/cdc-says-dozens-of-workers-could-have-been-exposed-to-anthrax">announced</a> that dozens of its scientists might have accidentally been exposed to anthrax.<p>Since then, a number of other security risks in and via national laboratories have come to light: Ordinary flu virus was unknowingly contaminated with the deadly <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/11/330725773/feds-tighten-lab-security- Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:36:00 +0000 editor 25496 at http://wnpr.org Head Scientist At CDC Weighs Costs Of Recent Lab Safety Breaches Transgender Community Watching Connecticut's Jane Doe Case http://wnpr.org/post/transgender-community-watching-connecticuts-jane-doe-case <p>The transgender community has been watching Connecticut and its handling of a 16-year-old transgender girl, who's in the custody of the state Department of Children and Families.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:54:45 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 25344 at http://wnpr.org Transgender Community Watching Connecticut's Jane Doe Case Medical Marijuana to Become Available Later This Summer http://wnpr.org/post/medical-marijuana-become-available-later-summer <p>Later this summer, medical marijuana will become legally available to patients in Connecticut.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:17:52 +0000 Diane Orson 25331 at http://wnpr.org Medical Marijuana to Become Available Later This Summer Most Employers See A Benefit In Covering Contraceptives http://wnpr.org/post/most-employers-see-benefit-covering-contraceptives Despite questions raised by the Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case, women in most health plans will still be able to get their birth control covered with no out-of-pocket expenses.<p>The court ruling did not change the health law's requirement that preventive care services, including <a href="http://www.hrsa.gov/womensguidelines/">all Food and Drug Administration-approved forms of contraception</a> for women, be provided by most health plans to customers without cost. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:35:42 +0000 editor 25318 at http://wnpr.org When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home http://wnpr.org/post/when-work-becomes-haven-stress-home In the land that came up with the phrase "Thank God it's Friday," and a restaurant chain to capitalize on the sense of relief many feel as the work week ends, researchers made an unusual finding in 2012.<p>Moms who worked full time reported significantly better physical and mental health than moms who worked part time, research involving more than 2,500 mothers found. And mothers who worked part time reported better health than moms who didn't work at all.<p>Working and juggling family responsibilities can be stressful. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 25301 at http://wnpr.org When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home Transgender Girl Moved to Male Facility in Middletown http://wnpr.org/post/transgender-girl-moved-male-facility-middletown <p></p><p>The attorneys for a transgender teen in the custody of Connecticut's Department of Children and Families want a judge to oversee her care. This comes after DCF moved her to an all-boys facility after she allegedly assaulted a youth and staff member&nbsp;over the weekend.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:06:48 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 25251 at http://wnpr.org Transgender Girl Moved to Male Facility in Middletown Why A Spoonful Of Medicine Can Be A Big Safety Risk For Kids http://wnpr.org/post/why-spoonful-medicine-can-be-big-safety-risk-kids We've all done it. The bottle of Pepto-Bismol says to take two tablespoons, so you grab the nearest spoon from the silverware drawer and drink down two of those. It's probably pretty close, right?<p>Maybe not. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:36:33 +0000 Kara Manke 25269 at http://wnpr.org Why A Spoonful Of Medicine Can Be A Big Safety Risk For Kids Blumenthal Calls on Hobby Lobby to Adhere to Connecticut Law http://wnpr.org/post/blumenthal-calls-hobby-lobby-adhere-connecticut-law <p><font size="2">U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal&nbsp;<a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wnpr/files/201407/Hobby_Lobby_July_14_letter_re_health_insurance_coverage_-_Copy.pdf" target="_blank">released a letter on Monday to the CEO of Hobby Lobby</a> calling on the company to follow Connecticut law and offer its employees in East Haven and Manchester full contraceptive coverage. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:20:41 +0000 Diane Orson 25244 at http://wnpr.org Blumenthal Calls on Hobby Lobby to Adhere to Connecticut Law Connecticut Prepares for Sale of Medical Marijuana http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-prepares-sale-medical-marijuana <p>Approved patients will soon be able to obtain medical marijuana…legally. The marijuana producers who were approved by the state earlier this year will start to get their product out to dispensaries later this summer.</p><p>We talk with Commissioner William Rubenstein from the Department of Consumer Protection about the state’s medical marijuana program.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 25237 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Prepares for Sale of Medical Marijuana Hartford Delivers Summer Meals to Kids in Libraries http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-delivers-summer-meals-kids-libraries <p>All children look forward to summer vacation, but when they're not in class, some of these kids also miss out on free meals and snacks. To feed more children, Hartford Public Schools has expanded its summer food program to libraries.</p><p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 25143 at http://wnpr.org Hartford Delivers Summer Meals to Kids in Libraries Combining Food Stamps and Job Training in Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/combining-food-stamps-and-job-training-connecticut <p>One of Connecticut's community colleges has received additional funding to help food stamp recipients get jobs.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:56:00 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 25016 at http://wnpr.org Combining Food Stamps and Job Training in Connecticut Forum Explores Innovation as a Way to Improve Nation's Health Care System http://wnpr.org/post/forum-explores-innovation-way-improve-nations-health-care-system <p>Connecticut Congressman John Larson sponsored a health care forum on Monday at the legislative office building in Hartford.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>"Improving Our Health Care System Through Science and Innovation" was a chance for a panel of prominent health care leaders to tout how innovations in their area of expertise are saving lives and pulling down the cost of health care.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:48:18 +0000 Ray Hardman 24980 at http://wnpr.org Forum Explores Innovation as a Way to Improve Nation's Health Care System Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much http://wnpr.org/post/all-animals-we-need-stress-just-not-too-much Ask somebody about stress, and you're likely to hear an outpouring about all the bad things that cause it — and the bad things that result. But if you ask a biologist, you'll hear that stress can be good.<p>In fact, it's essential.<p>For example, the adrenal glands of all animals have evolved to pump out <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3079864/">stress hormones</a> in unexpected situations — the hormones spur action and increase fuel to the brain, helping the animal react to danger appropriately. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:32:00 +0000 Richard Harris 24964 at http://wnpr.org Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much Smallpox Virus Found In Unsecured NIH Lab http://wnpr.org/post/smallpox-virus-found-unsecured-nih-lab Scientists cleaning out an old laboratory on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Md., last week came across a startling discovery: vials labeled "variola" — in other words, smallpox.<p>Under international convention, there are supposed to be only two stashes of this deadly virus: one at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and another at a similar facility in Russia.<p>The CDC swooped in to collect the vials and carted them off to a secure lab at its Atlanta headquarters.<p>In a statement Tuesday, the agency said scientists did indeed find smallp Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:41:09 +0000 Richard Harris 24926 at http://wnpr.org Smallpox Virus Found In Unsecured NIH Lab Years Home, Female Iraq Vets Endure the Wounds of War http://wnpr.org/post/years-home-female-iraq-vets-endure-wounds-war <p>It’s been nine years since Eunice Ramirez served in Iraq, but she still suffers from war wounds: post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, respiratory problems, and frequent crying triggered by her memories.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:41:09 +0000 Peggy McCarthy 24905 at http://wnpr.org Years Home, Female Iraq Vets Endure the Wounds of War Stress Causes Health Problems, Which Then Cause More Stress http://wnpr.org/post/stress-causes-health-problems-which-then-cause-more-stress Stress is bad for your health. And bad health causes a lot of stress.<p>Poor health and disability are common among people who say they suffer from a lot of stress, according to a <a href="http://www.rwjf.org/en/research-publications/find-rwjf-research/2014/07/the-burden-of-stress-in-america.html">national poll</a> by NPR, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.<p>And it's not just those whose own health is poor. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:37:00 +0000 editor 24888 at http://wnpr.org Stress Causes Health Problems, Which Then Cause More Stress ADHD and Managing Emotions http://wnpr.org/post/adhd-and-managing-emotions-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We focus this hour on one of the nation's most respected clinicians and researchers working with teens and adults who have ADHD. Dr. Thomas E. Brown is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, and Associate Director of the Yale Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders. (There is sometimes a link between ADHD and autism.)</span></p><p>Dr. Brown's new book, <em>Smart but Stuck</em>, looks at how managing emotions plays a key role in the lives of those with ADHD, including those who have high I.Q. scores.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:51:57 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 24840 at http://wnpr.org ADHD and Managing Emotions Stressed Out: Americans Tell Us About Stress In Their Lives http://wnpr.org/post/stressed-out-americans-tell-us-about-stress-their-lives Everyone seems to talk about feeling stressed out. But what's the reality of stress in America these days?<p>NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a nationwide poll in March and early April to find out.<p>Our questions zeroed in on the effect of stress in Americans' lives. We asked about people's personal experiences with stress in the preceding month and year. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:07:00 +0000 editor 24837 at http://wnpr.org Stressed Out: Americans Tell Us About Stress In Their Lives Sorting Through the Hobby Lobby Decision http://wnpr.org/post/sorting-through-hobby-lobby-decision <p>In a five-to-four decision Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that requiring so-called closely-held, for-profit corporations to pay for contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act, violates a federal law that protects religious freedom.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 08:42:08 +0000 Diane Orson 24632 at http://wnpr.org Sorting Through the Hobby Lobby Decision Obamacare Agency Changes Course, Releases Public Information http://wnpr.org/post/obamacare-agency-changes-course-releases-public-information <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One dollar and 22 cents.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's how much Access Health CT, the state's health insurance marketplace, </span><a href="http://wnpr.org/post/states-bill-obamacare-call-center-significantly-higher-estimated" style="line-height: 1.5;">pays its call center operator</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for each minute it spends on the phone helping someone navigate the Affordable Care Act. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's also a number that </span>Maximus,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;the call center operator,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wnpr.org/post/company-says-health-care-exchange-contracts-are-trade-secrets" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">has tried to keep from public disclosure for months</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24423 at http://wnpr.org Obamacare Agency Changes Course, Releases Public Information Preschoolers Outsmart College Students In Figuring Out Gadgets http://wnpr.org/post/preschoolers-outsmart-college-students-figuring-out-gadgets <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMaCtapBduU</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:26:00 +0000 Michelle Trudeau 24491 at http://wnpr.org Preschoolers Outsmart College Students In Figuring Out Gadgets The Modern Age of Science; Connecticut Bull Osborndale Ivanhoe http://wnpr.org/post/modern-age-science-connecticut-bull-osborndale-ivanhoe <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">Back in March, a team of Harvard scientists claimed to have found the first direct evidence of gravity waves from the Big Bang. Within a matter of hours, their story had made its way around the Internet, spreading across blogs, news sites, and social media. </span></p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 24386 at http://wnpr.org The Modern Age of Science; Connecticut Bull Osborndale Ivanhoe Low-Dose Aspirin May Reduce Risk of Some Cancers http://wnpr.org/post/low-dose-aspirin-may-reduce-risk-some-cancers <p>What if an aspirin a day could keep cancer away?&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">A growing body of scientific research suggests that aspirin can prevent some cancers of the digestive system, and maybe even breast and prostate, too.</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:54:46 +0000 Karen Weintraub 24345 at http://wnpr.org Low-Dose Aspirin May Reduce Risk of Some Cancers Excessive Drinking Causes 10 Percent Of Deaths In Working-Age Adults http://wnpr.org/post/excessive-drinking-causes-10-percent-deaths-working-adults Think about people dying from drinking too much, and you probably think of the classic disease of alcoholics, cirrhosis of the liver. Or perhaps an alcohol-fueled car crash. But there are many more ways to kill yourself with alcohol, unfortunately, and they account for 1 in 10 deaths in working-age adults, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>"One in 10 is a big number," says <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/media/spokesperson/sme-bios/Brewer.pdf">Dr. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:59:00 +0000 editor 24335 at http://wnpr.org Excessive Drinking Causes 10 Percent Of Deaths In Working-Age Adults Pharmacists to Play Key Role Dispensing Medical Marijuana in Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/pharmacists-play-key-role-dispensing-medical-marijuana-connecticut <p>About 200 pharmacists and physicians gathered on Wednesday in Southington for the first Medical Cannabis Symposium in Connecticut.</p><p>Connecticut is only the state in the country with legalized medical marijuana laws that requires an on-site pharmacist to dispense the drug.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:05:19 +0000 Diane Orson 24251 at http://wnpr.org Pharmacists to Play Key Role Dispensing Medical Marijuana in Connecticut 'Natural' Food Sounds Good But Doesn't Mean Much http://wnpr.org/post/natural-food-sounds-good-doesnt-mean-much Some people have had it with "natural" food.<p>For fifteen years, <a href="http://consumersunion.org/experts/urvashi-rangan/">Urvashi Rangan</a>, director of consumer safety and sustainability for Consumer Reports, has been pointing out that "natural" is just about the most misleading label that you'll ever see on a food package. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:49:00 +0000 Dan Charles 24210 at http://wnpr.org 'Natural' Food Sounds Good But Doesn't Mean Much