News: Health

How India Went From A Ray Of Hope To A World Record For Most COVID Cases In A Day
Lauren Frayer | April 22, 2021
Relatives carry the shrouded body of a family member, who died of COVID-19, from an ambulance to the Nigambodh Ghat crematorium in New Delhi on April 19.T. Narayan | Bloomberg via Getty Images MUMBAI — Sagar Kishore Naharshetivar has been driving a van around southern India with his father lying ...
Surprise: The Charge For His Spine Surgery After A Car Crash Topped $700,000
Julie Appleby | April 22, 2021
A car accident in 2019 smashed six of Mark Gottlieb's teeth and severely damaged four vertebrae. The spinal surgery he needed as a result led to medical bills that exhausted the personal injury coverage in his auto insurance.Erica Seryhm Lee for KHN Mark Gottlieb's life changed in an instant when ...
Masks Remain Extremely Effective Indoors, But Are They Necessary Outside?
Mary Louise Kelly, James Doubek | April 21, 2021
Most evidence points to the risks of coronavirus transmission outdoors as very low, according to Dr. Ashish Jha of Brown University's School of Public Health.Karen Ducey | Getty Images Scientists and public health experts agree that masks are effective at lowering the spread of the coronavirus indoors, where the vast ...
How Do We Stop The Next Pandemic? Here’s A New Strategy
Michaeleen Doucleff | April 20, 2021
Shane Tolentino for NPR In movies such as Contagion, a pandemic begins in a flash. A deadly virus spills over from an animal, like a pig, into humans and then quickly triggers an outbreak. But that's not actually what happens, says Dr. Gregory Gray at the Duke Global Health Institute. ...
Humana Inc. Overcharged Medicare Nearly $200 Million, Federal Audit Finds
Fred Schulte | April 20, 2021
Medicare Advantage, a fast-growing private alternative to original Medicare, has enrolled more than 26 million people. Humana Inc. is one of the largest of these insurers. While popular with seniors, Medicare Advantage has been the target of multiple government investigations.Pablo Martinez Monsivais | AP A Humana Inc. health plan for ...
Post Vaccine Happy Dance: Not Just Showing Off
Kamala Thiagarajan | April 17, 2021 He got his two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. And each time, he danced on a frozen lake to celebrate. That's how Gurdeep Pandher marked his vaccine milestone. By doing the bhangra, a traditional dance that originated in Punjab, India, on an iced-over lake in Canada's Yukon territory. His ...
Here’s What You Should Know About Biden’s New Rules For Fetal Tissue Research
Sarah McCammon | April 16, 2021
Fetal tissue is uniquely valuable to medical researchers - useful for developing treatments and better understanding diseases like HIV, Parkinson's, and COVID-19. But many anti-abortion rights groups oppose it on moral or religious grounds. Now, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra says he's reversing several restrictions on fetal tissue ...
Antibody Drugs For COVID-19 Are A Cumbersome Tool Against Surges
Richard Harris | April 16, 2021
Government officials are trying to figure out how to make better use of drugs that can keep people with COVID-19 out of the hospital. That's an urgent but daunting challenge in Michigan, where hospitals are struggling to keep up with a surge in new cases. Monoclonal antibodies can hold the ...