health

  • May 15, 2012  

    As rates of Alzheimer’s Disease continue to jump in the U.S., HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Tuesday the first Congressionally mandated plan to help prevent and treat the disease. Margaret Warner discusses the details with NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and Eric Hall, CEO of Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Continue reading

  • May 15, 2012  

    At San Francisco General Hospital, surgeons from developing countries are learning the latest techniques from top U.S. specialists. With just over 100 orthopedic surgeons serving the 80 million people of Kenya and Tanzania, it’s admittedly a small step. But doctors there say it’s a worthy one. Spencer Michels reports. Continue reading

  • May 9, 2012  

    From Cambodia, special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on one group, Friends International, and its efforts to help homeless children and their families have a brighter future through education, shelter and health services. Continue reading

  • May 1, 2012  

    Dr. Mark Carlson of Nebraska Surgical Research is developing a liquid bandage to stop bleeding quickly and potentially save lives in battlefield situations while also aiding future regenerative possibilities. This report was a collaboration with NET Nebraska and KQED San Francisco’s Quest science program. Continue reading

  • April 27, 2012  

    As health costs rise, insurance plans characterized by lower premiums and higher out-of-pocket costs are on the rise in American workplaces. Health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser reports on the growing trend toward high-deductible health plans, and concerns that they may encourage delays in receiving needed medical care. Continue reading

  • April 18, 2012  

    A study published Wednesday in the journal Nature revealed that scientists have managed to convert damaged tissue into functioning heart muscle by inducing mild heart attacks on lab mice then coaxing their hearts into rebuilding themselves. In collaboration with KQED’s QUEST program, correspondent Spencer Michels reports. Continue reading

  • March 22, 2012  

    The Supreme Court is set to hear three days of arguments next week over challenges to the health reform law President Obama signed two years ago. Judy Woodruff, The National Law Journal’s Marcia Coyle and Health Affairs’ Susan Dentzer preview the upcoming arguments. Continue reading

  • March 21, 2012  

    Students with learning differences are twice as likely as their peers to drop out of high school, according to the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Betty Ann Bowser visited an elementary school that practices early intervention — engaging students with technology and art to improve their chances of earning a diploma. Continue reading

  • March 21, 2012  

    A daily low dose of aspirin could potentially combat a variety of cancers, according to a series of studies published in the medical journal The Lancet. Ray Suarez discusses the studies and the health benefits and risks of aspirin with Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Andrew Chan, who wrote a commentary on the studies. Continue reading

  • February 28, 2012  

    A controversial resettlement program in Ethiopia is the latest battleground in the global race to secure prized farmland and water. Correspondent Cassandra Herrman reports as part of the Food for 9 Billion series, a NewsHour partnership with the Center for Investigative Reporting, Homelands Productions and Marketplace. Continue reading