Category: Health

What’s driving the rise in STIs : NPR

What’s driving the rise in STIs : NPR

NPR's Ayesha Rascoe speaks with infectious disease expert Michael Saag about the rising rates of sexually transmitted infections. AYESHA RASCOE, HOST: Sexually transmitted infections are up. That's according to preliminary data for 2021 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some STIs have been on the rise for years, but last year saw a bump in case numbers for three major ones - gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis. Syphilis saw the biggest spike at 26% over the year before. We're joined now by Dr. Michael Saag, an infectious disease expert at the University of...

DOJ will defend Alabama VA doctors threatened with abortion prosecutions

DOJ will defend Alabama VA doctors threatened with abortion prosecutions

The Justice Department said Thursday that it will provide legal defense if necessary to Veterans Affairs medical workers who perform abortions to save a patient’s life, protect the mother’s health or in instances when the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest — even if performed in a state where the procedure is illegal in those circumstances.In an internal government opinion, Justice Department lawyers said that a recently adopted Department of Veterans Affairs policy permitting employees to provide abortion services to veterans and their eligible relatives is legally sound and can continue. The...

What’s driving the rise in STIs : NPR

Behind the new anxiety screening recommendation : NPR

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Lori Pbert, a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Taskforce about the draft recommendation that doctors should screen all adults under the age of 65 for anxiety. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: This week, a federal panel of medical experts recommended that doctors screen all adult patients under the age of 65 for anxiety. This advice comes from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a panel of independent medical experts appointed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. And while the recommendation doesn't carry the force of a rules,...

How Health Care Workers Got Me Through the Pandemic

How Health Care Workers Got Me Through the Pandemic

This article is part of the I Want to Thank You series. We asked readers to tell us about who helped get them through the pandemic; this is a selection of their stories about health care workers. We’ve published an article about family and friends, and a forthcoming article will focus on inspirational figures.Health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic offered more than just medical services. They gave Americans emotional support, connection and innovative solutions.Here are the stories of a disabled woman, her father and her caretakers; a lawyer and...

What’s driving the rise in STIs : NPR

New report finds ‘shocking’ levels of lead in Chicago water : NPR

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with journalists Taylor Moore and Erin McCormick, who analyzed thousands of Chicago water tests which yielded "shocking" results published in an investigation in The Guardian. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: From 2016 to 2021, Chicago's Department of Water Management conducted a study. They invited people in the country's third most populous city to test their water for lead. The city released the data but never shared a public analysis on how safe the drinking water is. Now several journalists with The Guardian have analyzed Chicago's water quality study, and some water engineers...

What’s driving the rise in STIs : NPR

How much water do you actually need? Here’s the science : NPR

Many feel tethered to a water bottle, having heard that hydration is key to being healthy. Here's what the science says about how much water to drink and when. MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: Many of us feel tethered to our water bottles because we've been told that being hydrated is key to being healthy. Our Life Kit and Short Wave colleagues teamed up to talk about what science says about hydrating. Turns out much of the lore is due for an update. Short Wave hosts Emily Kwong and Aaron Scott take it from here....

New York City vaccine mandate ends for private employers

New York City vaccine mandate ends for private employers

New York City will drop its coronavirus vaccine mandate for private employers, Mayor Eric Adams (D) announced, describing the change as “additional flexibility.”“This puts the choice in the hands of New York businesses, and it’s imperative that we’re asking them to continue to encourage their employees to get their vaccines and booster shots,” he said Tuesday.The mandate, which will end Nov. 1, had previously required all employees “who perform in-person work or interact with the public” to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. The policy faced opposition from vocal critics, including Brooklyn Nets star player...

Despite concerns, FDA panel reverses course on ALS drug and recommends approval : Shots

Despite concerns, FDA panel reverses course on ALS drug and recommends approval : Shots

The drugmaker Amylyx is asking the FDA to approve a new medication for ALS, a fatal neurodegenerative disease. It's possible the agency could greenlight the drug by the end of the month. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption toggle caption Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP The drugmaker Amylyx is asking the FDA to approve a new medication for ALS, a fatal neurodegenerative disease. It's possible the agency could greenlight the drug by the end of the month. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP The Food and Drug Administration is likely to approve a controversial new drug for ALS by the...

Coronavirus origin debate looms over guidelines for risky lab research

Coronavirus origin debate looms over guidelines for risky lab research

Biosecurity advisers to the federal government are calling for tighter scrutiny of experiments with potentially dangerous viruses and other pathogens, reflecting an ongoing debate within the scientific community over the benefits and risks of such laboratory research. This contentious issue has become even more rancorous amid speculation that some kind of “lab leak” might have played a role in the origin of the coronavirus.The draft recommendations from members of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, which will meet Wednesday to discuss the policies, do not address the pandemic’s origin. Nor is there any...

Why your bad boss will probably lose the remote-work wars : Planet Money : NPR

Why your bad boss will probably lose the remote-work wars : Planet Money : NPR

The Remote Wars erhui1979/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption erhui1979/Getty Images The Remote Wars erhui1979/Getty Images My good friend has a bad boss (for obvious reasons, my friend asked me to keep both of them anonymous). His boss is an older Gen Xer who had an illustrious career in the nonprofit world and climbed the ranks to a managerial position. He's hard-working, sharp, and exceptional at the parts of his job that don't involve managing people. But management, unfortunately for my friend, is just not his forte. I could get into the gory details...