Videos On End-Of-Life Choices Ease Tough Conversation

NPR | March 29, 2015

A program in Hawaii aims to reduce the number of older people who spend their final days of life in a hospital. Hawaii has one of the highest rates of hospital deaths for those over age 65 in the U.S.

Is There Any Way To Screen The World's Pilots For Suicidal Tendencies?

NPR | March 27, 2015

There are questionnaires that aim to identify people at risk of killing themselves. But the tests are flawed — and it's not at all clear they'd be effective in assessing the mental state of pilots.

What's Up With Parents Who Don't Vaccinate Their Children?

NPR | March 27, 2015

It could be a lack of confidence in the medicine. Maybe they don't think the risk of infection is that high. Or the clinic may be far from home. A new report looks at reasons in five countries.

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Critic Faults Alcoholics Anonymous For Lack Of Evidence

NPR | March 30, 2015 6:34 a.m.

Writer Gabrielle Glaser challenges the usefulness of Alcoholics Anonymous in April's issue of The Atlantic. The program's tenets aren't based in science, she says, and other options may work better.


Starting Families Later In Life Could Cause 'Grandparent Deficit'

NPR | March 29, 2015 2:44 p.m.

In a recent piece for Time magazine, Susanna Schrobsdorff presents an unexpected challenge for people starting families later in life.

Health | News | Science

This Season's Flu Especially Dangerous

OPB | March 27, 2015 4:07 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon Health Authority says more people were hospitalized for the flu this season than any since records began, 10 years ago.

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Indiana Suspends Ban On Needle Exchanges To Combat HIV Outbreak

NPR | March 27, 2015 10:57 a.m.

The state's governor says he would temporarily OK a program in one county after dozens of new infections were reported stemming from the injection of the prescription drug Opana.

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Director Of Oregon's Pot Program Fired

OPB | March 27, 2015 10:33 a.m. | Portland

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will not say why the director of the state's marijuana program was fired.

Health | Nation | Technology

New York City To Teens: TXT ME With Mental Health Worries

NPR | March 27, 2015 9:57 a.m.

In an effort to connect teenagers with mental health services, New York is testing counseling via text for high school students. They join a growing trend.

Health | News

Woman Sues Over "Superbug" Infection

AP | March 27, 2015 9:42 a.m.

A Kirkland, Washington, woman who says she developed a "superbug" infection at a Seattle hospital is suing the maker of medical scopes tied to similar infections across the nation.

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University Of Oregon Employee Who Spoke Out Says She's Been Fired

OPB | March 26, 2015 4:14 p.m. | Portland

A University of Oregon employee, who spoke out about the way a student's health records were accessed by the university, says she's been fired.

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Amazingly, Congress Actually Got Something Done

NPR | March 26, 2015 3:58 p.m.

The leaders and members must, in a word, compromise. And on this occasion, Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did just that, with skill and savvy.

Health | Science | World

Ebola Is Not Mutating As Fast As Scientists Feared

NPR | March 26, 2015 2:31 p.m.

Many people have worried that Ebola could evolve into a more deadly virus — or start spreading through the air. A study published Thursday alleviates these concerns.


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Oregon is at the forefront of the nation's health care reform. OPB's Kristian Foden-Vencil looks at how those changes are affecting Oregonians.

OPB | Feb. 14, 2014

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