Science & Health

The Affordable Care Act, Explained
1:25 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

FAQ: A Young Adult's Guide To New Health Insurance Choices

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 1:59 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.

So I have to carry health insurance?

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The Affordable Care Act, Explained
1:22 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

FAQ: All About Health Insurance Exchanges And How To Shop For Coverage

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 3:21 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.



About The Exchanges

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The Affordable Care Act, Explained
1:10 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

FAQ: Understanding The Health Insurance Mandate And Penalties For Going Uninsured

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 3:16 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.

So I have to carry health insurance?

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Science & Health
7:02 am
Sun September 15, 2013

Deadly Amoeba Found For First Time In Municipal Water Supply

Kali Hardig, 12, was released from a hospital in Little Rock, Ark., on Sept. 11 after surviving a brain infection caused by amoebas.
Danny Johnston Associated Press

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 9:32 am

A 4-year-old child who died of a rare brain infection in early August has led Louisiana health officials to discover that the cause is lurking in the water pipes of St. Bernard Parish, southeast of New Orleans.

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Hurricane Season
5:38 am
Fri September 6, 2013

No Hurricanes Yet, But Season Is Far From Over

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 4:56 pm

Tropical Storm Gabrielle is hitting Puerto Rico today with 40-mile-per-hour winds and heavy rains.

Gabrielle is the seventh named storm of the season, but so far there hasn’t been a single hurricane — even though we’re about to enter what’s usually considered the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season.

So how rare is this?

Dennis Feltgen, meteorologist and spokesman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center, says it’s rare but not unheard of.

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Science & Health
7:00 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Louisiana Obesity Problem Has More Roots Than Local Rich Food

Adult obesity rates in Louisiana over time, and compared to the rest of the country.
Credit Trust for America's Health

A national study shows Louisiana is the most obese state in the country. Findings show the cause is more complicated than simply blaming the rich cooking.

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National Security
8:10 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Leaked NSA Audit Shows It Violated Privacy Rules

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 2:56 pm

The Washington Post  has released more of the information it received from the fugitive National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden.

The Post reports that an internal audit, the NSA found it had violated privacy rules thousands of times.

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Green Minute
3:32 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

A New Restaurant Group = Green Cuisine

New Orleans is a city that has long been known for its amazing cuisine, but not exactly for being the most green. Our recipe for success is delicious, but lacks some very important: environmentally responsible ingredients. Well, leave it to LifeCity to tweak the recipe.

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Science & Health
6:38 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

The Q-Tip: Hero Or Menace?

Notice the warning. (Carey Goldberg/WBUR)

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 2:45 pm

The Q-tip is a source of pleasure for many people — there’s just something about cleaning out your ears that feels so good.

Even though Q-tips look like they are designed to fit inside your ear, it turns out that is not the way to use them.

But, as Carey Goldberg, host of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog puts it, “how can something that feels so good be so wrong?”

Goldberg talked to medical experts who said misusing Q-tips can, “cause all kinds of problems: from punctured ear drums to impacted ear wax.”

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Science & Health
7:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Tulane Researchers Using BP Grant To Develop Less-Toxic Dispersant

A C-130 Hercules from the Air Force Reserve Command's 910th Airlift Wing drops an oil-dispersing chemical into the Gulf of Mexico May 5, 2010, as part of the Deepwater Horizon response effort.
Technical Sergeant Adrian Cadiz US Air Force

Researchers at Tulane University are working on designing a less toxic oil dispersant than the Corexit used on the BP spill in 2010. The goal is using ingredients now approved for human consumption.

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