After Deadly Attacks On Ebola Responders, WHO Watches Congo Outbreak From Outside

NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks with Dr. Margaret Harris, a World Health Organization spokesperson in the Democratic Republic of Congo, about attacks in the country against health workers combating Ebola.

Weekly Health Quiz: Exercise, Fat and Food

1 of 7Men who cycled moderately burned more fat when they: Ate before they exercised Exercised on an empty stomach When the men ate had little impact on metabolism 2 of 7An outbreak of dangerous E. coli has spread to 19 states, linked to consumption of this food: Apples Romaine lettuce Ground beef Undercooked chicken 3...

Future Of Surprise Medical Billing Legislation Remains Uncertain

The summer kicked off with a blitz of government activity to end surprise medical billing, but lobbying, impeachment, and policy arguments have left the future of the legislation up in the air.

'It Was Unmistakably A Directed Attack': 4 Ebola Workers Killed In Congo

Enlarge this image A World Health Organization medic prepares a vaccination dose for a front-line aid worker earlier this year in the small town of Mangina, Democratic Republic of Congo. Four Ebola response workers were killed and six others injured in two attacks overnight — one in Mangina and the other in Biakato Mines. Al-hadji...

Study: For HIV-Infected Babies, Treatment Should Start At Birth

Every day, as many as 500 babies in sub-Saharan Africa are born with HIV. A study out of Botswana finds that if newborns are given treatment right away, the virus becomes almost undetectable.

'Food Pharmacies' In Clinics: When The Diagnosis Is Chronic Hunger

Enlarge this image If you don't have a steady source of healthy food, it's hard to manage chronic conditions. That's why health care providers are setting up food pantries — right in hospitals and clinics. mixetto/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption mixetto/Getty Images There's a new question that anti-hunger advocates want doctors and nurses to ask patients: Do...

Here's To Grown-Up Siblings And The Ties That Bind

Enlarge this image We're tethered to our brothers and sisters as adults far longer than we are as children; our sibling relationships, in fact, are the longest-lasting family ties we have. Katherine Streeter for NPR hide caption toggle caption Katherine Streeter for NPR We didn't expect to need the card table for spillover seating at this year's Thanksgiving...

A Private Equity-Owned Doctors' Group Sued Poor Patients Until It Came Under Scrutiny

Enlarge this image Jennifer Brooks, who had repeatedly visited the emergency room at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, was sued by Southeastern Emergency Physicians for $8,500 in unpaid medical bills. Andrea Morales/MLK50 hide caption toggle caption Andrea Morales/MLK50 After nine visits to the emergency room at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., in 2016 and 2017, Jennifer...

M.R.I.s Can Better Detect Cancer in Women With Dense Breasts, Study Finds

Many women who have mammograms get normal results that come with a caveat: They are told they have dense breast tissue, which can make their scans harder to read and could leave cancer undetected.Sometimes those patients are advised to follow up by getting ultrasounds or magnetic resonance imaging (M.R.I.) scans, but for many,...

Massachusetts Governor Signs Law Severely Restricting Flavored Tobacco, Vape Products

Enlarge this image The newly signed law is set to take effect on June 1, 2020. A temporary blanket ban on all vaping products will remain in place until Dec. 11. Steven Senne/AP hide caption toggle caption Steven Senne/AP Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday signed sweeping legislation to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products,...