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Why Doctors Need To Have Answers For Patients' Questions About Costs

Sat, 01/16/2016 - 4:54am

When a patient had a colonoscopy that was covered by insurance, the doctor assumed she wouldn't care how much the test cost. He couldn't have been more wrong.

CDC Issues Travel Warning After Explosion Of Dangerous Zika Virus

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 7:52pm

U.S. health officials have warned pregnant women against traveling to Latin American and Caribbean countries with outbreaks of the tropical illness which may be causing microcephaly in newborns.

Supreme Court Will Hear Ex-Governor of Virginia's Appeal

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 7:25pm

Bob McDonnell's appeal of his public corruption convictions is one of eight cases the court agreed to hear on Friday. In another case, Microsoft is fending off a suit by Xbox 360 owners.

Suspected Al-Qaida Militants Strike Hotel In Burkina Faso

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 7:04pm

The gunmen attacked a hotel and a cafe in Ouagadougou, the capital of the West African nation. The foreign minister says people have died. Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb has claimed responsibility.

Wall Street Traders Get Mauled By The Rampaging Bear

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 5:02pm

Stocks all over the world plunged Friday as investors became even more nervous about China's weakness and oil's collapse. The worries triggered a broad stock sell-off and sent oil below $30 a barrel.

In Shattered Ramadi, A Weakened ISIS Fights On Behind Human Shields

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 4:58pm

Iraq recently celebrated a victory against the Islamic State in Ramadi, a city just 70 miles west of Baghdad. But NPR's Alice Fordham went there and found there's still heavy fighting.

Texas' New Open-Carry Law Unpopular Among Some Gun Owners

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 4:54pm

Gun-loving Texans fought hard for the right to strap handguns openly on their belts. Now that open carry is the law, some gun owners look down at the open-carry crowd as unsafe and uncouth.

Wal-Mart To Close 269 Stores, Including 154 In U.S.

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 4:49pm

Most of the American outlets on the chopping block are Wal-Mart Express stores. Those are the company's smallest-format locations. Wal-Mart also said it will open 300 new stores in the coming year.

Most New Hen Houses Are Now Cage-Free

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 4:26pm

The majority of American egg producers, when they order new chicken houses, are choosing cage-free systems. That's a sea change driven by consumer demand for cage-free eggs.

Episode 677: The Experiment Experiment

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 4:20pm

How much of published scientific research is false? Scientists are trying to figure it out.

U.S. Stocks Fall Sharply As Oil Prices, China Spook Investors

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 4:18pm

China's slowdown and plummeting oil prices have investors spooked, and some are heading for the exits. There's concern the selloff in stocks signals tougher times ahead for the U.S. economy.

#NPRreads: Slow Down Over These Three Stories This Weekend

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 3:53pm

The unexpected origins of Pogs, the slow pace of bike-friendly cities and the grim aftermath of a boxing match: NPR staff recommend three pieces that stopped them in their tracks.

Doula Support For Pregnant Women Could Improve Care, Reduce Costs

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 3:49pm

Doulas provide emotional support for a woman through pregnancy and childbirth. A study finds that women with doulas are less likely to have cesarean or preterm births. And health care doses are lower.

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