Eggs prices drop, but the threat from avian flu isn't over yet
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by Allison Aubrey
18h ago
After months of eye-popping prices, egg lovers are finally seeing some relief. Wholesale prices in the Midwest fell by 58 cents at the end of January, but the days of a $1.50 a dozen may not return. (Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images ..read more
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This winter's U.S. COVID surge is fading fast, likely thanks to a 'wall' of immunity
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by Rob Stein
2d ago
The main reason the surge is ebbing now, pandemic experts suspect, is the significant immunity many people in the U.S. have acquired from prior infections and COVID vaccinations many received. (Image credit: David Ryder/Getty Images ..read more
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A single-shot treatment to protect infants from RSV may be coming soon
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by Tarryn Mento
3d ago
The illness sends tens of thousands of babies to the hospital each year. If approved, the new injection would be the first broadly available prevention tool. (Image credit: Christoph Soeder/dpa/picture alliance via Getty I ..read more
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Native Americans left out of 'deaths of despair' research
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by Rhitu Chatterjee
5d ago
During the time that deaths from addiction and suicide among white Americans rose by about 9%, deaths among Native Americans shot up by about 30%, a new study shows. (Image credit: David Goldman/AP ..read more
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Nursing home owners drained cash while residents deteriorated, state filings suggest
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by Jordan Rau
5d ago
As the U.S. government debates whether to require higher staffing levels at nursing homes, financial records show some owners routinely push profits to sister companies while residents are neglected. (Image credit: Maskot/Getty Images ..read more
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Scant obesity training in medical school leaves docs ill-prepared to help patients
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by Yuki Noguchi
6d ago
Most doctors get little training in the science of obesity or how to counsel people with the disease. As a result, many patients experience stigma in the exam room. (Image credit: wagnerokasaki/Getty Images ..read more
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After cancer diagnosis, a neurosurgeon sees life, death and his career in a new way
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by Terry Gross
6d ago
Dr. Henry Marsh felt comfortable in hospitals — until he was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. "I was much less self-assured now that I was a patient myself," he says. His book is And Finally. (Image credit: Image Source/Getty Images ..read more
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Wegovy works. But here's what happens if you can't afford to keep taking the drug
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by Allison Aubrey
1w ago
The new weight-loss drugs can be life-changing for people facing health conditions worsened by obesity, but price and spotty insurance coverage may keep them out of reach. (Image credit: Katherine Streeter for NPR ..read more
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A baby spent 36 days at an in-network hospital. Why did her parents get a huge bill?
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by Harris Meyer
1w ago
A family had more than $12,000 in medical bills they couldn't explain after their baby was delivered early. It turns out the doctors who cared for her worked at a different, out-of-network hospital. (Image credit: Taylor Glascock for KHN ..read more
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Prairie voles can find love without the 'love hormone' oxytocin, study finds
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by Jon Hamilton
1w ago
The hormone oxytocin plays a key role in long-term relationships. But a study of prairie voles finds that the animals mate for life even without help from the "love hormone." (Image credit: Nastacia Goodwin ..read more
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