Health

3:24pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Shots - Health News

How The Taliban Is Thwarting The War On Polio

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 6:26 pm

Children in a Lahore slum after heavy rains. The slum has a large population of Pashtuns who came from Pakistan's lawless tribal regions; many carry the polio virus with them.
Jackie Northam NPR

Pakistan is one of the remaining corners of the world where polio still lingers. Last year, the government declared a national emergency, and with the help of international institutions, embarked on an aggressive vaccination campaign.

So far, the results have been promising. The number of new polio cases is about a third of last year's total of 198.

But the new campaign, like previous efforts, hasn't been able to overcome one critical problem: getting into parts of Pakistan's lawless tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan to vaccinate the children there.

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1:32pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Shots - Health News

Loss Of Balance Is Leading Cause Of Elderly Falls

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 4:19 pm

A recent study of people in a nursing home found that only 20 percent of falls occurred while the patient was using a walker or wheelchair.
iStockphoto.com

Accidental falls are one of the leading causes of injury death in people over 65 worldwide, but for a long time researchers have struggled to understand just how they happen.

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12:15pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Health

Banner Considers Move to Fort Collins

The healthcare battle in Northern Colorado is intensifying with a proposal by Banner Health to expand its medical presence in Fort Collins. Banner currently operates facilities in Greeley and Loveland.

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11:45am

Wed October 17, 2012
Shots - Health News

Take Shots With You, Please

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 10:24 am

Scott Hensley, Shots host.
NPR

Does Shots look a little different today? You bet.

We've streamlined the design, building on what we learned from the last makeover in early 2011.

The Shots landing page will get a few more tweaks over the next couple of weeks, but the key change is that you'll be able see many more stories at a glance when you visit.

We've got more room for graphics and photos for stories, and there will be less clutter around them, too.

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9:56am

Wed October 17, 2012
Shots - Health News

Insurance Exchanges Can Aid Some Medicare Beneficiaries

Increasingly, companies are contracting with Medicare exchanges to try to ease the transition for their former employees.
Michael McCloskey iStockphoto.com

When D. Sloan Hill retired 20 years ago at age 65 from his job in public affairs for a major manufacturing company, his former employer provided a health insurance plan that filled in the gaps in his Medicare coverage. It was a good arrangement--until the end of last year when the company discontinued his private coverage, and Hill had to figure out what to do.

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