Category: Health

Abortion funds navigate a new legal reality post-Roe : NPR

Abortion funds navigate a new legal reality post-Roe : NPR

It's been almost six months since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Since then, abortion funds, which help people pay for the procedure, have had to navigate a new legal reality. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: In the nearly six months since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, abortion funds have been scrambling. Those funds help people travel to and pay for abortions, and now they exist in a complicated landscape of state laws. The people who work at these organizations are learning to navigate new legal threats, as NPR's Katia Riddle reports. KATIA...

Abortion funds navigate a new legal reality post-Roe : NPR

Limited nursing home beds force hospitals to keep patients longer : NPR

The lack of nursing home beds means that U.S. hospitals are caring for patients who don't need to be hospitalized but have nowhere else to go. MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: Caring for someone with dementia is difficult. When family members become overwhelmed, many turn to skilled nursing facilities. Staffing shortages nationwide have severely limited the number of nursing home beds available, though. That has forced hospitals to keep patients longer. Vermont Public's Nina Keck reports. NINA KECK, BYLINE: Kathy Dick is a retired nurse who lives in Sudbury, Vt. She remembers when she first...

Abortion funds navigate a new legal reality post-Roe : NPR

Grief and trauma training is unexpectedly healing for school district staff in Texas : NPR

At a school district in Texas, mental health professional training to address grief and trauma is healing for school-based therapists and social workers who lost loved ones during the pandemic. MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: It's been more than a year now since kids across the country returned to classrooms during the pandemic. Many students are still struggling to have some sense of normalcy in their lives. That is especially true for children who have recently lost loved ones. But educators often don't feel equipped to support kids who are grieving, which is why the...

Blind people still get medical bills they can’t read : Shots

Blind people still get medical bills they can’t read : Shots

Lucy Greco (left), a web-accessibility specialist at the University of California, Berkeley, is blind. She reads most of her documents online, but employs Liza Schlosser-Olroyd as an aide to sort through her paper mail every other month, to make sure Greco hasn't missed a bill or other important correspondence. Shelby Knowles for KHN hide caption toggle caption Shelby Knowles for KHN Lucy Greco (left), a web-accessibility specialist at the University of California, Berkeley, is blind. She reads most of her documents online, but employs Liza Schlosser-Olroyd as an aide to sort through her paper...

Elon Musk Hopes to Test a Brain Implant in Humans Next Year

Elon Musk Hopes to Test a Brain Implant in Humans Next Year

In a presentation showcasing the Neuralink implant that Elon Musk hopes will someday connect the human brain to a computer, two monkeys were reportedly moving computer cursors with their brains.The feat was first documented by others in a human in 2006 in the pre-YouTube era and with technology that is far more cumbersome, mooring patients to a computer with a cord.Mr. Musk’s presentation on Wednesday night offered little that was significantly new from previous demonstrations of the device. He continued to claim that the implant could make computer control possible for people with paralysis...

Twitter’s COVID misinformation policy will no longer be enforced : NPR

Twitter’s COVID misinformation policy will no longer be enforced : NPR

Twitter will no longer enforce its policy against COVID-19 misinformation, raising concerns among public health experts and social media researchers that the change could have serious consequences if it discourages vaccination and other efforts to combat the still-spreading virus. Eagle-eyed users spotted the change Monday night, noting that a one-sentence update had been made to Twitter's online rules: "Effective November 23, 2022, Twitter is no longer enforcing the COVID-19 misleading information policy." By Tuesday, some Twitter accounts were testing the new boundaries and celebrating the platform's hands-off approach, which comes after Twitter was purchased...

Médicos y defensores denuncian un aumento de la desinformación sobre el aborto : Shots

Médicos y defensores denuncian un aumento de la desinformación sobre el aborto : Shots

La información falsa dirigida a la comunidad latina está creciendo. Westend61/Getty Images/Westend61 hide caption toggle caption Westend61/Getty Images/Westend61 La información falsa dirigida a la comunidad latina está creciendo. Westend61/Getty Images/Westend61 Justo después de que se filtraran noticias en mayo de que la Corte Suprema planeaba anular el caso Roe contra Wade, Liz Lebrón y sus colegas notaron algo inusual: un incremento en la información falsa y engañosa sobre el aborto que se compartía en español en las redes sociales. "El aborto no estaba realmente en nuestro radar", dice Lebrón, quien supervisa investigaciónes para el...

Nearly 9 out of 10 covid deaths are people over 65

Nearly 9 out of 10 covid deaths are people over 65

Comment on this storyCommentPresident Biden may have declared the coronavirus pandemic “over,” but from John Felton’s view as the Yellowstone County health officer in Billings, Mont., it’s not over, just different.Now, more than ever, it is a plague of the elderly.In October, Felton’s team logged six deaths due to the virus, many of them among vaccinated people. Their ages: 80s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 90s. They included Betty Witzel, 88, described by her family as a tomboy who carried snakes in her pocket as a child and grew up to be a teacher, mother...

Green Sprouts sippy cups recalled over lead poisoning risk : NPR

Green Sprouts sippy cups recalled over lead poisoning risk : NPR

The November recall applies to the Green Sprouts 6-ounce Stainless Steel Sippy Cup, Sip & Straw Cup and its 8-ounce Stainless Steel Straw Bottle. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission hide caption toggle caption U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Green Sprouts, a maker of reusable baby products sold at chain retailers including Whole Foods and Bed Bath & Beyond, is recalling its stainless-steel cups and bottles over a lead poisoning hazard. The voluntary recall, issued last week, affects about 10,500 units, according to an alert on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's website. The recall...

Mystery wound during surgery left the patient suspicious : Shots

Mystery wound during surgery left the patient suspicious : Shots

Jerry Bilinski, a retired social worker who lives in Fayetteville, N.C., says he deserves a full explanation from his medical team of what led to a small gash on his forehead during his surgery for a cataract. Eamon Queeney for KHN hide caption toggle caption Eamon Queeney for KHN Jerry Bilinski, a retired social worker who lives in Fayetteville, N.C., says he deserves a full explanation from his medical team of what led to a small gash on his forehead during his surgery for a cataract. Eamon Queeney for KHN When Jerry Bilinski, a...