Health

6:30am

Mon November 18, 2013
Health

Colorado Mental Health Feeling The Impact Of Slashed Spending

Emergency dept. staff confer at Denver Health Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. The department's director say the unit is seeing an unprecedented number of people landing in the ER with injuries or other health problems related to untreated mental illness.
Joe Mahoney I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS

They’re victims of car accidents, they’ve been shot, or they threatened their parents. They have overdosed on cocaine, swallowed too many pills or passed out drunk. On an average Friday or Saturday night, they can make up about half of the sick, injured and wounded crowding the rooms and hallways of the emergency department at Denver Health.

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1:07am

Mon November 18, 2013
Shots - Health News

Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds

Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 10:58 am

Illustration by Benjamin Arthur for NPR

Could the microbes that inhabit our guts help explain that old idea of "gut feelings?" There's growing evidence that gut bacteria really might influence our minds.

"I'm always by profession a skeptic," says Dr. Emeran Mayer, a professor of medicine and psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. "But I do believe that our gut microbes affect what goes on in our brains."

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1:29pm

Sun November 17, 2013
Shots - Health News

Why A Patient's Story Matters More Than A Computer Checklist

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 7:22 am

Illustration by Daniel Horowitz for NPR

As I walk to the door of my patient's house on a dirt road outside Tuscaloosa, Ala., I step gingerly. Mrs. Edgars says that she killed a rattlesnake in her flower bed last year.

She is at the door, expecting my visit. Mr. Edgars sits on the couch, unable to recall that I am his doctor, or even that I am a doctor. But he is happy to see me nonetheless.

We chat a moment, then we move on to Mr. Edgars' arthritis. Early on in his dementia he wandered the woods. His wife was afraid he would get lost and die, although the family agreed that this was how he would want it.

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1:25pm

Sat November 16, 2013
Shots - Health News

New Medical Device Treats Epilepsy With A Well-Timed Zap

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 7:35 am

The device sits under a patient's skull and tracks brain activity.
Courtesy of NeuroPace

Imagine a tiny computer embedded under your scalp that's constantly tracking your brain activity and zapping you when it senses something awry.

That might sound like science fiction, but a medical device that does that was just approved by the Food and Drug Administration as an option for people with epilepsy that's resistant to treatment with drugs.

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2:46pm

Fri November 15, 2013
NPR Story

Can You Keep Your Old Health Plan? It May Depend On Where You Live

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 6:36 pm

President Obama met at the White House with CEOs from across the health insurance industry on Friday. Insurers, he says, will be allowed to renew for one more year health policies that don't meet the new national standards set by the Affordable Care Act.
Alex Wong Getty Images

President Obama's proposal to try to let more people keep their canceled health insurance policies sounded so simple when he announced it Thursday.

"Insurers can extend current plans that would otherwise be canceled into 2014. And Americans whose plans have been canceled can choose to re-enroll in the same kind of plan," he said in unveiling the proposal at the White House.

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