Shots - Health News NPR's online health program.
Shots - Health News

Shots

Health News From NPR

An ambulance crew weaves a gurney through the halls of Sparrow Hospital's emergency department in Lansing, Michigan. Overcrowding has forced the staff to triage patients, putting some in the waiting rooms and treating others on stretchers and chairs in the halls. Lester Graham/Michigan Radio hide caption

toggle caption
Lester Graham/Michigan Radio

ERs are now swamped with seriously ill patients — but many don't even have COVID

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1046432435/1049438479" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Los Angeles International Airport and SoFi Stadium employers spoke with potential job applicants at a job fair in Inglewood, Calif., in September. About 19% of all households in an NPR poll say they lost all their savings during the COVID-19 outbreak, and have none to fall back on. PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images

Black and Latino families continue to bear pandemic's great economic toll in U.S.

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1048202711/1049042534" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

A nurse draw a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine dose from a vial at the Cameron Grove Community Center in Bowie, Md., in late March. Moderna says study data supports use of a half-dose of the vaccine in children 6 to 11. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Win McNamee/Getty Images

Nurses check on a patient in a Jonesboro, Ark., ICU in August when the delta variant sparked yet another surge of serious COVID-19 cases in the region. The pandemic has only added to a longstanding nursing shortage in the U.S., statistics show. Houston Cofield/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Houston Cofield/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The U.S. needs more nurses, but nursing schools don't have enough slots

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1047290034/1048568329" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Pharmacist LaChandra McGowan prepares a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic operated by DePaul Community Health in New Orleans in August. Soon, children ages 5 to 11 could be eligible for Pfizer shots. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Mario Tama/Getty Images

Expanded funds for in-home care can help seniors and disabled Americans stay in their homes. Here, Lidia Vilorio, a home health aide, gives her patient Martina Negron her medicine and crackers for her tea in May in Haverstraw, N.Y. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

In between answering 911 calls, Jerrad Dinsmore (left) and Kevin LeCaptain perform a wellness check at the home of a woman in her nineties. The ambulance team in the small town of Waldoboro, Maine was already short-staffed. Then a team member quit recently, after the state mandated all health care workers get the COVID-19 vaccine. Patty Wight/Maine Public Radio hide caption

toggle caption
Patty Wight/Maine Public Radio

In Maine, a looming vaccine deadline for EMTs is stressing small-town ambulance crews

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1040425763/1047850992" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Erica Cuellar, her husband and her daughter moved in with her father in his home early in the pandemic, after she lost her job. She and her husband were worried they wouldn't be able to afford the rent on their house in Houston with only one income. In July 2020, the whole family tested positive for the coronavirus. Michael Starghill for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Michael Starghill for NPR

A health care worker prepares a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a clinic held at the Watts Juneteenth Street Fair in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images
Dan Wood/NPR

What to know about your risk of a serious or fatal breakthrough COVID infection

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1047727415/1047891670" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Hospitals around the U.S., including large academic medical centers like Vanderbilt University's in Nashville, Tenn., have been forced to rely on traveling nurses to keep their intensive care units fully staffed. The demand for travel nurses has driven up their hourly rates, which then motivates more staff nurses to leave in pursuit of a traveling gig. Blake Farmer/WPLN hide caption

toggle caption
Blake Farmer/WPLN

Worn-out nurses hit the road for better pay, stressing hospital budgets — and morale

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1046131313/1047333523" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Miakievy/Getty Images

Patients say telehealth is OK, but most prefer to see their doctor in person

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1044358309/1047036984" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Pastor Billy Joe Lewis was all in favor when a local health worker suggested a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in the parking lot of his church in Smilax, Ky. "We've still got to use common sense," Lewis says. "Anything that can ward off suffering and death, I think, is a wonderful thing." Jessica Tezak for KHN hide caption

toggle caption
Jessica Tezak for KHN

Add five-minute stints of fun and easy exercise to your day at home by working with what's around you, says trainer Molly McDonald. Cha Pornea for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Cha Pornea for NPR

Nurse Christina Garibay administers Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine to a man at a community outreach event in Los Angeles in August. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

A nurse draws a vaccine dose from a vial of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine at a community center in Bowie, Md., in March. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Win McNamee/Getty Images

The No Surprises Act is intended to stop surprise medical bills. It could also slow the growth of health insurance premiums. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

toggle caption
J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Hospitals in Idaho, like St. Luke's Boise Medical Center in Boise, remain full after the summer delta surge pushed many to their limits. Kyle Green/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Kyle Green/AP

With hospitals crowded from COVID, 1 in 5 American families delays health care

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1043414558/1045904290" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Demonstrators march during a protest against Asian hate in Times Square in New York in March after a troubling spike in violence against the Asian American community during the coronavirus pandemic. Michael Nagle/Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Michael Nagle/Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images

With racial attacks on the rise, Asian Americans fear for their safety

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1045746655/1045746656" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Shots - Health News

Shots

Health News From NPR

About