NPR Health News Briefs
Oct 4, 2013 — Many will find better coverage with smaller monthly premiums on the exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act, insurance specialists say. But in states that decided not to expand Medicaid, some low-income part-timers are finding they don't qualify for federal health insurance subsidies.
Oct 7, 2013 — Anorexia and bulimia, eating disorders once thought to affect only girls and women, affect a growing number of boys and men. Boys as young as 9 and 10 are feeling the pressure to be ripped and muscular, psychologists say. But they can have a hard time finding a treatment program geared to males.
Oct 6, 2013 — Intrauterine devices are more than 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy — and they work for years. But misnomers about side effects and high initial costs have kept many women in the U.S. from using them. Health organizations and private companies are looking for ways to change that.
Oct 4, 2013 — Reading literary fiction improves people's ability to recognize other people's mental states, while popular fiction and nonfiction do not, a study says. That may be because literary fiction tends to focus on the psychology and inner lives of the characters.
Oct 4, 2013 — Public health officials have been working to reduce use of antibiotics for years. But fresh research shows that antibiotics are still being prescribed where they don't do much good, for ailments like sore throats and bronchitis. Both doctors and patients are to blame for that, experts say.