‘An Arm And A Leg’: The $7,000 COVID Test And Other Lessons From SEASON-19

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. About This Podcast Health care — and how much it costs — is scary. But you’re not alone with this stuff, and knowledge is power. “An Arm and a Leg” is a podcast about these issues, and its second season is co-produced by KHN. Host Dan Weissmann …

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‘Why Do We Always Get Hit First?’ Proposed Budget Cuts Target Vulnerable Californians

Shirley Madden, 83, relies on a caregiver and her two grown daughters to remain living at home — and not in a nursing home. Her daughters, 55-year-old Carrie and 60-year-old Kristy Madden, both use wheelchairs and need a second caregiver to help them navigate their own daily lives. But that critical caregiving support, along with …

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Finding Euphoria in Bangkok’s Food Scene

With travel restrictions in place worldwide, we’ve launched a new series, The World Through a Lens, in which photojournalists help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. This week, Louise Palmberg shares a collection of photographs from the markets and food stands in Bangkok. Early this year, in search …

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Democratic Super PAC Uses Familiar Political Play To Hit Trump On Medicare

“Our lives are on pause. We’re worried about our health. So why is Trump still trying to cut our Medicare? $451 billion in cuts in the middle of a deadly pandemic.” — Priorities USA Action in a TV and digital ad aired as of May 19 This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. This …

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Will Protests Spark a Second Viral Wave?

Mass protests against police brutality that have brought thousands of people out of their homes and onto the streets in cities across America are raising the specter of new coronavirus outbreaks, prompting political leaders, physicians and public health experts to warn that the crowds could cause a surge in cases. While many political leaders affirmed …

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Must-Reads Of The Week

The Big News It was a short work week for those still able to work, but there was a considerable amount of health care news. That hasn’t changed. The story that probably got the most attention was that the death toll in the United States from COVID-19 passed 100,000 people. It can be hard to …

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How Line-Dried Laundry Gets That Fresh Smell

People have written poems about it. It has been imitated by candles and air fresheners. At least one person has even fought in court for the right to produce it naturally. It’s the smell of line-dried laundry. Some atmospheric chemists like that scent, too. In a paper published this year in Environmental Chemistry, researchers examined …

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Navigating the Wilds of Maternal Love

Growing up, we had a nickname for our mother: “Mrs. Worst Case Scenario.” Peril, it seemed, was everywhere. An invitation to go on a ski trip inevitably meant a broken leg. Swimming in the ocean spelled certain death from unseen riptides — everyone knew the lifeguards weren’t really watching. And then, at age 22, when …

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As COVID Cuts Deadly Path Through Indiana Prisons, Inmates Say Symptoms Ignored

Scottie Edwards died of COVID-19 just weeks before he would have gotten out of the Westville Correctional Facility in Indiana. Edwards, 73, began showing symptoms of the disease in early April, according to the accounts of three inmates who lived with him in a dormitory. He was short of breath, had chest pain and could …

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A Senator From Arizona Emerges As A Pharma Favorite

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema formed a congressional caucus to raise “awareness of the benefits of personalized medicine” in February. Soon after that, employees of pharmaceutical companies donated $35,000 to her campaign committee. Amgen gave $5,000. So did Genentech and Merck. Sanofi, Pfizer and Eli Lilly all gave $2,500. Each of those companies has invested heavily in …

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Why Are All the Exes Texting?

One of my exes wants to know how my new dog is doing. Another asks if eating three cheeseburgers counts as exercise if done while downloading the Nike Training Club app. A third found an old manuscript of mine. Dylan, my most recent ex, is worried he sounds too zeitgeist-y for reaching out in the …

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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Still Seeking A Federal Coronavirus Strategy

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The Trump administration sent its COVID-19 testing strategy plan to Congress, formalizing its policy that most testing responsibilities should remain with individual states. Democrats in Congress complained that the U.S. needs a national strategy, but so far none has emerged. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump, noticing …

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Searching For Safety: Where Children Hide When Gunfire Is All Too Common

Justice Buress, 4, demonstrates how she hides under a table during a drill at Little Explorers Learning Center in St. Louis. Day care director Tess Trice carries out monthly drills to train the children to get on the floor when they hear gunfire.(Carolina Hidalgo/St. Louis Public Radio) ST. LOUIS — Champale Greene-Anderson keeps the volume …

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The Perseverance of André Watts

Toward the end of 2019, the classical pianist André Watts was facing what seemed to be an insurmountable impediment. The last time he had encountered nerve damage in his left hand, back in 2004, an operation on a herniated disk led to rapid recovery. But this time the injury was not to the nerve sheath …

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For Seniors, COVID-19 Sets Off A Pandemic Of Despair

This story also ran on CNN. This story can be republished for free (details). As states relax coronavirus restrictions, older adults are advised, in most cases, to keep sheltering in place. But for some, the burden of isolation and uncertainty is becoming hard to bear. This “stay at home awhile longer” advice recognizes that older …

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