How to improve indoor air quality, from filters and purifiers to HVAC upgrades : Shots

Poor indoor air quality can contribute to health problems. Letting in fresh air, keeping air filters changed and using air purifiers can help. skaman306/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption skaman306/Getty Images Poor indoor air quality can contribute to health problems. Letting in fresh air, keeping air filters changed and using air purifiers can help. skaman306/Getty …

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Morning news brief : NPR

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: A federal appeals court issued a ruling on the abortion medication mifepristone yesterday. LEILA FADEL, HOST: The FDA approved mifepristone 23 years ago and today it’s widely used. Medication abortions account for about half of all abortions in the U.S. And for now, mifepristone is still available anyplace abortion is legal. But …

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Wildfires force 20,000 residents to evacuate from Yellowknife, Canada : NPR

Residentss flee Yellowknife on Highway 3 after being ordered to evacuate on Wednesday due to a wildfire heading closer to the city. Pat Kane/Reuters hide caption toggle caption Pat Kane/Reuters Residentss flee Yellowknife on Highway 3 after being ordered to evacuate on Wednesday due to a wildfire heading closer to the city. Pat Kane/Reuters Some …

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Maui doctor helps fire victims by bringing medical care and drugs : NPR

Dr. Reza Danesh, also known as Dr. Rez, has been providing medical treatment to patients affected by the recent wildfires in Maui. With a background in emergency medicine, Dr. Rez decided to open a clinic called MODO (Mobile Doctor) a few years ago. His clinic specializes in urgent care, and he even offers free medical …

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Vast majority of deaths tied to hurricanes happen in vulnerable communities : NPR

Rescue workers in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, were confronted with the devastating aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Initially, reports indicated that only a few dozen lives were lost in the storm. However, subsequent evaluations revealed that the death toll was actually at least 20 times higher. This discrepancy in reported fatalities is not uncommon, …

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Hospitals use lawsuits to collect on unpaid medical bills in North Carolina : Shots

An analysis of court records conducted by the state treasurer and researchers from Duke University School of Law has revealed that Atrium Health, based in Charlotte, N.C., was responsible for nearly one-third of all legal actions taken against North Carolina patients in the past five years. This comprehensive analysis sheds light on the aggressive tactics …

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High school grads get ready for college in states that ban abortions : Shots

Nurse practitioner Arin Kramer is making preparations to insert a contraceptive implant under I’laysia Vital’s upper arm, with physician assistant Andrea Marquez offering support in the background. Vital will be attending Texas Southern University in Houston, where the majority of abortions are banned. This situation poses a significant culture shock for Vital and some of …

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Fees for electronic payments eat into health care budgets : Shots

Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger, a dedicated medical professional, devotes countless hours to combatting payment processors like Zelis who attempt to impose unfair fees on electronic payments. In a society where electronic transactions have become the norm, it is disheartening to see health insurers burden doctors with additional charges for receiving payments electronically rather than by paper …

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July was record-breaking hot, pushed by climate change : NPR

It was scorching hot across the globe this summer, with Asia, Africa, and South America experiencing their hottest July’s ever. In northern China, temperatures reached extreme levels, hitting 100 degrees Fahrenheit for weeks and peaking at 120 degrees Fahrenheit in some cities. These record-breaking temperatures were driven by human-driven climate change, as confirmed by new …

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