July 2, 2008 Europe spends far less on health care than the United States, while managing to cover all citizens and rank above the U.S. on most measures of good health.
May 23, 2008 Sen. John McCain appears in overall good health, despite some close calls over the past eight years. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has had no recurrence of melanoma, a form of skin cancer. McCain has had at least three melanomas removed in the past 15 years, the most recent in 2000.
May 23, 2008 Sen. John McCain will let a few members of the media look at his health records on Friday. The 71-year-old Arizona senator has a history of melanoma and injuries from his days as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
January 24, 2008 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants adults to remember that vaccines aren't just for kids. Whooping cough, shingles, tetanus, and several other illnesses are still big problems in the U.S., mostly because adults aren't getting the shots they need.
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January 14, 2008 A new study last fall revealed that serious drug-resistant staph infections are far more common than previously assumed. The study produced a wave of reported cases from across the country. How common are these infections, who gets them, and how can they be prevented?
January 9, 2008 The sudden death of several prominent young athletes has drawn attention to the problem of silent heart disease. Studies are underway to determine who is at risk.
November 14, 2007 In a series of stories during November, NPR's All Things Considered examines the new globalization of health care. Here, a series overview.
November 9, 2007 Merck pulled Vioxx off the market in September 2004 after it was revealed that the drug increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Here, a look at what has happened since Vioxx was taken off the market.
July 6, 2007 A Catholic priest and the Indian Red Cross have created what some say is a model for AIDS care in the developing world: a combination hospital and community center.
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July 5, 2007 At the turn of the 20th century, the clear air and hygienic surroundings of Bel-Air were promoted as therapeutic and restorative for patients with tuberculosis. Today, the bucolic setting of Bel-Air is still seen as healing — now for patients with HIV, many of whom also have TB.
May 7, 2007 The Senate is expected to vote Monday on a plan to let consumers legally buy prescription drugs from other countries. Support for importing drugs has grown despite safety concerns posed by the Food and Drug Administration and the drug industry.
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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.
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