Prince George's County District Court in Maryland has used a mental health court as an alternative to traditional criminal proceedings. Sallicio/Wikimedia hide caption

toggle caption Sallicio/Wikimedia

"The Block is like living," outreach worker Nathan Fields says. "These relationships, you've got to keep them flourishing." Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Shots - Health News

Pitching Health Care In Baltimore's Red Light District

Nathan Fields, a health outreach worker, has a knack for building trust with some of the people who distrust public officials the most.

Listen Loading… 11:18
  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/455482567/455510060" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Tablets of Lipitor and its generic equivalent, atorvastatin, are among the drugs commonly prescribed to prevent heart attacks and strokes among people at risk. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

If you're at high risk of hepatitis B infection, your insurance company should pay for testing for the virus without passing any of the cost on to you. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine/Science Source hide caption

toggle caption London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine/Science Source

Truvada can dramatically reduce the risk of HIV infection when taken as a preventative medicine — if taken every day. Studies are underway to determine if young people are likely to take the pill consistently. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Hanna Barczyk for NPR

To keep kidney stones at bay, drink plenty of cool, clear water. iStockphoto hide caption

toggle caption iStockphoto
Illustration by Katherine Streeter for NPR

We'd all like a medical genius like TV's Dr. Gregory House to rescue us from a life-threatening crisis. But what can he do to prevent diabetes? Adam Taylor/Fox/AP hide caption

toggle caption Adam Taylor/Fox/AP

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor