August 24, 2006 The FDA has approved the sale of Plan B as an over-the-counter drug for people 18 and older. The so-called "Morning-After" pill is the most effective form of emergency contraception.
May 18, 2006 NPR Health Editor Joe Neel answers questions about the painkiller Vioxx and its health risks.
December 8, 2005 The New England Journal of Medicine may retract a study it published in 2000 on the safety of the painkiller Vioxx. Journal editors allege drug maker Merck failed to report all results in the study and deleted information from its manuscript submission.
November 15, 2005 For the first time in 40 years, Medicare recipients can now get help in paying for prescription drugs. But with dozens of private insurers offering their own version of the new Medicare drug plan, analysts say the only sure bet for those eligible is that they'll be confused about which plan to choose. To help make sense of the options, science editor Joe Neel answers some of the key questions.
September 30, 2005 Supplies of flu vaccine are expected to be ample this year, but the CDC warns it may take a month to get distribution up to speed. Public health officials recommend that those not at high risk for flu wait until the end of October to get a shot.
September 7, 2005 New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has ordered that any residents still in New Orleans be forcibly removed, citing the risks of toxic floodwaters. Environmental Reporter Elizabeth Shogren and Health Editor Joe Neel provide an update on the risks posed by the polluted waters.
June 9, 2005 NPR surveyed medical schools to find out how much they depend on money from the drug industry.
December 23, 2004 Research suggests several popular painkillers may increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular problems. NPR's Joe Neel answers questions about naproxen, Celebrex and other painkillers now under scrutiny.
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