Science & Health http://wwno.org en The Green Minute: Got Allergies? http://wwno.org/post/green-minute-got-allergies <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Spring is in the air and so are the allergens! Yes, it’s allergy season. While it might seem counterintuitive, most experts agree that as we spend more and more time indoors, our allergic reactions increase. And while allergens typically trigger cold-like symptoms such as sniffling and sneezing, they can also trigger asthma attacks.</span></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Christal White 60810 at http://wwno.org Why The Doctor's Always Late http://wwno.org/post/why-doctors-always-late Patients wait an average of about 20 minutes at doctors’ offices, according to national data from healthcare consultants. It’s a major annoyance for patients who are stuck leafing through dated magazines, and worrying about work piling up on their desks.<p>What’s the hold-up? What’s happening behind that waiting room door?<p>From the <em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now</a></em> Contributors Network, <strong>Maiken Scott</strong> of WHYY wanted to find out, so she spent a morning with Dr. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:58:56 +0000 Maiken Scott 57618 at http://wwno.org Colon Health Fair At WJMC Focused On Education And Prevention http://wwno.org/post/colon-health-fair-wjmc-focused-education-and-prevention <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A giant inflatable colon took over a conference room at </span><a href="http://www.wjmc.org/colon/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">West Jefferson Medical Center</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on Monday, the centerpiece of the hospital’s annual Colon Health Fair — an event dedicated to providing information on the risks and causes of, and treatments for, colon cancer.</span></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:58:23 +0000 Jason Saul 56896 at http://wwno.org Tips On Navigating The Health Insurance Marketplace http://wwno.org/post/tips-navigating-health-insurance-marketplace <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you are among the thousands of uninsured residents in the metro area, here's a heads up: the deadline to sign up for health insurance and receive coverage this year under the Affordable Care Act is fast approaching.</span></p><p>Susan Todd, executive director of <a href="http://www.504healthnet.org/" target="_blank">504HealthNet</a>, which provides support to a network of healthcare providers in the greater New Orleans area, has tips on how to navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace and info on why you should sign up sooner rather than later.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:24:07 +0000 Diane Mack 54466 at http://wwno.org Your Questions About The Affordable Care Act http://wwno.org/post/your-questions-about-affordable-care-act <p><span class="caps" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(191, 191, 191); font-family: 'Gotham SSm A', 'Gotham SSm B', 'Gotham SSm', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(63, 71, 79);">NPR</span><span style="color: rgb(191, 191, 191); font-family: 'Gotham SSm A', 'Gotham SSm B', 'Gotham SSm', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(63, 71, 79);">’s guide to the dozens of common questions about the new health care law known as Obamacare. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 23:28:51 +0000 WWNO Staff 50425 at http://wwno.org As Health Care Deadline Draws Near, Navigators Get Creative http://wwno.org/post/health-care-deadline-draws-near-navigators-get-creative <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Monday marks the first deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Throughout the country, health care navigators are helping people with the enrollment process. In New Orleans, they're working hard to reach as many people as possible, spending time outside shopping malls, corner stores... even the airport.</span></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Mallory Falk 50370 at http://wwno.org Tulane Researchers Focusing On Urban Rats http://wwno.org/post/tulane-researchers-focusing-urban-rats <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tulane University researchers are <a href="http://tulane.edu/news/releases/pr_112513.cfm" target="_blank">joining a national project</a> to study how rebuilding after a disaster affects people and the environment. They’ll be starting with a close look at the common rat.</span></p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 48847 at http://wwno.org 'How Much Will Obamacare Cost Me?' Try Our Calculator http://wwno.org/post/how-much-will-obamacare-cost-me-try-our-calculator <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Nearly all Americans&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kff.org/infographic/the-requirement-to-buy-coverage-under-the-affordable-care-act/" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">will be required to have health insurance</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;starting Jan. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:23:44 +0000 Julie Rovner 46014 at http://wwno.org FAQ: Where Medicaid's Reach Has Expanded — And Where It Hasn't http://wwno.org/post/faq-where-medicaids-reach-has-expanded-and-where-it-hasnt <em>This is one of several explainers to help consumers navigate their health insurance choices under the Affordable Care Act, or as some call it, Obamacare. <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=231423897">Click here</a> for answers to other common questions. Have a question we missed? Send it to <a href="mailto:health@npr.org">health@npr.org</a>. Sat, 12 Oct 2013 18:41:44 +0000 editor 45821 at http://wwno.org FAQ: How Obamacare Affects Employers And How They're Responding http://wwno.org/post/faq-how-obamacare-affects-employers-and-how-theyre-responding <em>This is one of several explainers to help consumers navigate their health insurance choices under the Affordable Care Act, or as some call it, Obamacare. <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=231423897">Click here</a> for answers to other common questions. Have a question we missed? Send it to <a href="mailto:health@npr.org">health@npr.org</a>. We may use it in a future on-air or online segment.</em><p><a name="1"></a><p><strong>Do employers have to do anything different under the Affordable Care Act?</strong><p>Not right away. Sat, 12 Oct 2013 18:38:48 +0000 editor 45820 at http://wwno.org