Richard Knox http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Insurance Firms Forced To Cancel Many Individual Policies http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/insurance-firms-forced-cancel-many-individual-policies More than 12 million Americans buy health insurance on their own, and many are getting cancellation notices because their individual coverage does not meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act. This is causing anxiety and anger — especially since most of these people can't get onto the healthcare.gov website to figure out their options for 2014. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 09:02:00 +0000 Richard Knox 31173 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Lessons For The Obamacare Rollout, Courtesy Of Massachusetts http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lessons-obamacare-rollout-courtesy-massachusetts Today marks a milestone on the nation's long march toward universal health coverage: the launch of online marketplaces, called exchanges, designed to help people find insurance they can afford.<p>It's an idea <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5330854">pioneered</a> by Massachusetts seven years ago. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 07:23:00 +0000 Richard Knox 30304 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Lessons For The Obamacare Rollout, Courtesy Of Massachusetts Evidence Supports Pill To Prevent Some Prostate Cancers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/evidence-supports-pill-prevent-some-prostate-cancers Researchers say a cheap, generic pill called finasteride prevents almost 40 percent of low-grade prostate cancers without increasing the risk of dying from more aggressive tumors.<p>New <a href="http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1215932">evidence</a> points to the drug as a potentially safer way to deal with prostate cancers that now get <a href="http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1722196">more intense treatment</a>. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:11:00 +0000 Richard Knox 29098 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Evidence Supports Pill To Prevent Some Prostate Cancers Panel Urges Lung Cancer Screening For Millions Of Americans http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/panel-urges-lung-cancer-screening-millions-americans A federal task force is planning to recommend that millions of smokers and former smokers get a CT scan annually to look for early signs of lung cancer.<p>The 16-member <a href="http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/">US Preventive Services Task Force</a> gives that lung cancer screening test a grade of B, which puts it on the same level as mammography for women between the ages of 50 and 74.<p>That grade is important, because preventive tests with a grade of A or B oblige Medicare, other federal health programs and private insurers to cover the entire cost, beginning a year after a gui Mon, 29 Jul 2013 22:09:00 +0000 Richard Knox 28645 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Panel Urges Lung Cancer Screening For Millions Of Americans Tuberculosis Outbreak Shakes Wisconsin City http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/tuberculosis-outbreak-shakes-wisconsin-city Looking crisp and official in his khaki-colored sheriff's department polo shirt, Steve Steinhardt says Sheboygan, Wis., is a pretty good place to be a director of emergency services.<p>"Nothing bad happens here," he says, knocking on wood. Unless, that is, you count the tuberculosis outbreak that struck the orderly Midwestern city of 50,000 this spring and summer.<p>"I never expected TB to be one of the bigger emergencies I'd face when I got into this field," Steinhardt says.<p>Sheboygan County officials have had to scramble to contain it. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 07:17:00 +0000 Richard Knox 28333 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Tuberculosis Outbreak Shakes Wisconsin City Vaccine Against HPV Has Cut Infections In Teenage Girls http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/vaccine-against-hpv-has-cut-infections-teenage-girls A vaccine against human papillomavirus — the most common sexually transmitted infection and the cause of almost all cervical cancer — is dramatically reducing the prevalence of HPV in teenage girls.<p>The first vaccine against HPV, Merck's <a href="http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/ucm094042.htm">Gardasil</a>, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2006. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:46:00 +0000 Richard Knox 27556 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Vaccine Against HPV Has Cut Infections In Teenage Girls Triple Threat: Middle East Respiratory Virus And 2 Bird Flus http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/triple-threat-middle-east-respiratory-virus-and-2-bird-flus The World Health Organization is <a href="http://www.emro.who.int/press-releases/2013/corona-virus-who-saudi-arabia-mission.html">warning</a> health care workers everywhere to suspect a disease called Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, whenever they see a case of unexplained pneumonia.<p>Monday's warning comes at the end of a six-day WHO investigation in Saudi Arabia, where 40 of the 55 cases of the respiratory disease have occurred. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:31:00 +0000 Richard Knox 27240 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Triple Threat: Middle East Respiratory Virus And 2 Bird Flus Obama Administration Seeks To Ease Approvals For Antibiotics http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/obama-administration-seeks-loosen-antibiotic-approvals Every day in hospitals all over America, thousands of patients die of infections that <em>used</em> to be curable. But the antibiotics used to treat them <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6209a3.htm?s_cid=mm6209a3_w">aren't working</a> anymore.<p>It's called <a href="http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/antimicrobialresistance/Pages/default.aspx">drug resistance</a>, and it's largely a consequence of antibiotics overuse. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 06:19:00 +0000 Richard Knox 27033 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Obama Administration Seeks To Ease Approvals For Antibiotics A Boston Family's Struggle With TB Reveals A Stubborn Foe http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/boston-familys-struggle-tb-reveals-stubborn-foe Thanks to gold-standard tuberculosis treatment and prevention programs, cases of TB in the United States have declined every year for the past two decades — to the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6211a2.htm">lowest level</a> ever.<p>But TB's course through the Williams family in Boston shows that no nation can afford to relax its efforts to find, treat and prevent TB. Mon, 03 Jun 2013 07:34:00 +0000 Richard Knox 26993 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Boston Family's Struggle With TB Reveals A Stubborn Foe Recovery Begins For Mother, Daughter Injured In Boston http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/recovery-begins-mother-daughter-injured-boston The number of Boston bombing victims still in the hospital dropped to 19 as of Wednesday evening. Thu, 02 May 2013 07:03:00 +0000 Richard Knox 26006 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Recovery Begins For Mother, Daughter Injured In Boston