• Marchers on a Gay Pride parade through Manhattan, New York City, carry a banner which reads 'A.I.D.S.: We need research, not hysteria!', June 1983. Photo by Barbara Alper/Getty Images
    America’s HIV outbreak started in this city, 10 years before anyone noticed
    BY Nsikan Akpan   BY Nsikan Akpan  
    October 26, 2016
  • Arminda Murillo, 54, reads a leaflet on Obamacare at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, California, U.S. March 27, 2014.     REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo - RTX2PMAL
    October 25, 2016  

    The new enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act is about to begin and there are some changes in both price — double-digit percentage increases for premiums on average — and choice. Judy Woodruff learns more from Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News and Reid Wilson of The Hill, and gets the perspectives of people around the country who are weighing their options. Continue reading

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    October 25, 2016  

    Iowa is home to some of the richest farmland in the country, but the Des Moines Water Works says that has come with an environmental price. The city water authority has filed a lawsuit against three rural counties claiming that nitrate from fertilizer is contaminating their urban water supply. Special correspondent David Biello reports for Detroit Public Television. Continue reading

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    October 17, 2016  

    In the midst of radical changes in health care policy, some U.S. providers are looking to an unlikely model: Sub-Saharan Africa, where ordinary citizens are trained as medical support for their communities. In the U.S., City Health Works is following suit, using community members to form long-term relationships with patients to fill gaps in care. Special correspondent Sarah Varney reports. Continue reading

  • A girl plays as she cools off in a sprinkler system installed inside a playground during a hot summer day in New York, July 17, 2013. Temperatures in New York City, the nation's biggest metropolitan area, soared into the upper 90s Fahrenheit for a third straight day on Wednesday and the National Weather Service issued heat advisories for dozens of northeastern cities and surrounding areas in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and upstate New York. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT) - RTX11PUQ
    October 17, 2016   BY  

    Heat can have deadly consequences. But despite complaints, few studies exist on how hot people’s apartments become, especially in public housing. A new citizen health initiative, the Harlem Health Project, is trying to help the low-income residents who are most affected by the scorching summer heat. Continue reading

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    October 16, 2016  

    California, the first state to legalize medical marijuana 20 years ago, will vote in November on whether to legalize recreational use for people over the age of 21. With 39 million residents and the world’s 6th-largest economy, California’s status could resonate throughout the country. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Mike Taibbi reports. Continue reading

  • NEW YORK - MAY 15:  Two people walk inside a Medicare Services office on the last day for enrollment in the Medicare Part D program May 15, 2006 in New York City. According to official reports, approximately thirty seven million Americans, as of last week, had signed up for Medicare Part D, leaving an estimated seven million eligible seniors without drug coverage as they have yet to enroll in the drug plan.  Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
    October 14, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, Medicare is changing the way it compensates doctors and other clinicians. Starting in 2019, care providers will be allowed to choose whether they want to be paid for quality instead of quantity. Also, swollen rivers inundated North Carolina for yet another day in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The death toll also rose to at least 24 in the state. Continue reading

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    October 14, 2016  

    As smoking rates have fallen in the U.S. and Europe, tobacco companies have focused their advertising elsewhere, especially Asia. In the Philippines, 25 percent of the population smokes, and cigarettes are a leading cause of death. But one former smoker is cultivating a grassroots campaign to influence legislation and publicize the dangers — especially to children. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading

  • Music composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein, II finish work on their latest production, Me and Juliet.
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    On Oct. 10, 1947, this “medical musical” opened on the Great White Way. Alas, the production costs were so high and, once the bad reviews came in, the ticket sales so low that the play closed after 314 unprofitable performances. Since that final curtain rang down, “Allegro” has been relegated to a towering pile of all-but-forgotten musicals. Continue reading

  • File photo of pills by Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images
    October 6, 2016  

    The abuse of opioids has become a major public health concern; more than 28,000 people died by overdose in 2014. According to reporting by STAT News, drug companies downplayed the addictive effects of opioid drugs in the late 1990s, assuring doctors that they could be safely used for chronic pain and incentivised their use. Hari Sreenivasan talks to journalist David Armstrong. Continue reading

  • BJ Miller
    October 6, 2016  

    Dr. BJ Miller does not work to heal patients, but to ensure quality of life amid advanced or serious illness. Sometimes people suggest his job is depressing, but Miller doesn’t see it that way. When people are dying it changes how they live, he says. Miller gives his Brief but Spectacular take on dying and living. Continue reading

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