Science & Health

Science & Health
4:58 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Why The Doctor's Always Late

Dr. Gearhart and Catrena Drake update the day's appointments, marking which patients have arrived and which patients are still waiting to be seen. (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 1:51 pm

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.

What’s the hold-up? What’s happening behind that waiting room door?

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Science & Health
2:58 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Colon Health Fair At WJMC Focused On Education And Prevention

Kelly McDermott, GI/Endoscopy nurse at West Jefferson Medical Center, guided visitors through an interactive colon cancer exhibit on Monday.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

A giant inflatable colon took over a conference room at West Jefferson Medical Center 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.

Kelly McDermott, a GI/Endoscopy nurse at West Jeff for 27 years, guided me through the mockup, which detailed the various stages of a healthy colon’s progression into full-blown cancer.

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7:14 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

Science Friday: Your Brain On Jazz

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Science Friday host Ira Flatow speaks with researcher Charles Limb about jazz music, improvisation, and how the human brain makes sense of music — and what it reveals about the creativity process.
Researcher and musician Charles Limb created an fMRI-safe keyboard to study the effects of jazz on the brain.
Affordable Care Act
4:24 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Tips On Navigating The Health Insurance Marketplace

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.

Susan Todd, executive director of 504HealthNet, 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.

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Affordable Care Act
5:28 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Your Questions About The Affordable Care Act

NPR’s guide to the dozens of common questions about the new health care law known as Obamacare. Did we miss something? Send us your questions, and read our latest news stories on the issue.

Science & Health
7:00 am
Wed December 18, 2013

As Health Care Deadline Draws Near, Navigators Get Creative

Cam Nguyen and Sean Murray prepare to talk to cab drivers about the Affordable Care Act.
Credit Mallory Falk

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.

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Science
7:00 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Tulane Researchers Focusing On Urban Rats

Michael Blum, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Tulane.
Paula Burch-Celentano Tulane University

Tulane University researcher Michael Blum explains the rat research project.

Tulane University researchers are joining a national project to study how rebuilding after a disaster affects people and the environment. They’ll be starting with a close look at the common rat.

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Affordable Care Act
9:23 am
Tue October 15, 2013

'How Much Will Obamacare Cost Me?' Try Our Calculator

Stockphoto.com via NPR

Nearly all Americans will be required to have health insurance starting Jan. 1, 2014, or else they'll be liable for a tax penalty.

Even now, there is quite a bit of confusion about the law and how it will work. The administration has even enlisted former President Bill Clinton to serve as the law's explainer in chief.

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The Affordable Care Act, Explained
1:41 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

FAQ: Where Medicaid's Reach Has Expanded — And Where It Hasn't

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 3:23 pm

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. Click here for answers to other common questions. Have a question we missed? Send it to health@npr.org. We may use it in a future on-air or online segment.

Could I be eligible for Medicaid now?

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The Affordable Care Act, Explained
1:38 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

FAQ: How Obamacare Affects Employers And How They're Responding

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 10:13 am

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. Click here for answers to other common questions. Have a question we missed? Send it to health@npr.org. We may use it in a future on-air or online segment.

Do employers have to do anything different under the Affordable Care Act?

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