Health

6:57am

Mon December 17, 2012
Health

A 'Silent Epidemic,' Coloradans Increasingly Taking Their Toothaches To The ER

Hillers works on a decayed molar of patient Vesha Gilbert at Denver Health’s Webb Clinic
Laressa Watlington Colorado Public News

Nineteen-year-old Vesha Gilbert’s toothache had become so unbearable, she ended up where no one wants to be: Sitting in a dentist’s chair, cringing at the thought of having her decayed back molar pulled.

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1:36am

Mon December 17, 2012
Shots - Health News

Experts Argue Against Proposed Ban On Vaccine Preservative

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 6:55 am

A boy in Lima, Peru, receives a hepatitis B vaccine during an immunization drive in 2008. The United Nations is considering a ban on the preservative thimerosal, which is often used in hepatitis B and other vaccines in developing countries.
Martin Mejia AP

An old complaint about the safety of childhood vaccines is finding new life at the United Nations.

The U.N. Environment Program is considering a ban on thimerosal, a vaccine preservative that is widely used in developing countries. The program expects to make a decision sometime after a final meeting on the issue in January.

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3:05pm

Sun December 16, 2012
Health

Tragedy And Children: What To Discuss

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 4:38 pm

The shooting in Newtown, Conn., is likely to have an impact on many children, even those nowhere near the state. Host Guy Raz is joined by NPR's Jon Hamilton to talk about how parents, teachers and others who spend time with kids should prepare to discuss the event.

4:00pm

Fri December 14, 2012
Shots - Health News

How To Talk To Your Kids About The Conn. Shootings

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 6:03 am

A woman holds a child as people line up to enter the Newtown Methodist Church near the scene of the elementary school shootings in Newtown, Conn.
Douglas Healey Getty Images

When acts of violence against children become national news, it's natural for kids to worry and wonder what it means for them.

So amid the coverage of the shootings in Newtown, Conn., that have claimed the lives of 20 schoolchildren, what should parents do for their kids?

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1:59pm

Fri December 14, 2012
Shots - Health News

Most States Punt Health Exchanges To The Feds

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 2:48 pm

Gov. Bill Haslam speaks to reporters after announcing in Nashville, Tenn., on Monday that that he had decided against creating a state-run health insurance exchange. The Republican governor said he will leave it to the federal government to run the marketplace.
Erik Schelzig ASSOCIATED PRESS

Few people expected that the Obama administration would be running health exchanges in more than 30 states when the federal health law was signed two years ago.

But with the deadline for states to decide just hours away, only 18 states and the District of Columbia have proposed operating their own insurance marketplaces. The exchanges are a key tool under the law to expand health coverage to an estimated 23 million people over the next four years.

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