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Why An Ambulance Might Not Be Ready When You Call

In many states , emergency medical services are not considered essential, like fire or police. That means when you call 911, there’s no guarantee an ambulance will respond. And this is a big problem in rural areas, where volunteers are scarce.

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Listen to Sick: A Podcast From Side Effects

Learn how a fertility doctor violated his patient's trust. All eight episodes of Sick are available now.

An "open tank" e-cigarettes sits on the counter at Mason Odle's vape store, Just Vapor. These larger, open tank systems are exempt from FDA regulations on flavors.
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Just a few weeks ago, some Midwest state legislatures were aiming to raise the legal age for smoking. But Congress moved first, setting a new national age limit of 21. Now, some anti-smoking advocates say that’s not enough. 

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The first season of the podcast “Sick,” from Side Effects Public Media, dives into the story of a fertility doctor who spent years deceiving his patients. His ethical breach was uncovered due to the growing popularity of mail-in DNA tests.

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The Midwest is home to one of the largest Amish populations in the nation. And many of these settlements overlap with rural Appalachian counties, where access to healthcare is hard to come by. But a project in Ohio aims to help by bringing cancer screenings to Amish women. 

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A wide range of healthcare issues drew headlines in 2019, affecting the lives of millions of Americans. Here are some highlights from Side Effects Public Media's coverage across the Midwest:

Vaping. In the second half of the year, this crisis exploded onto America's consciousness. 

Why This Free Health Clinic Is Pushing To Expand Medicaid

Dec 26, 2019
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On a chilly afternoon, Terry Cox has come to Mountain View, Mo., to see a dentist. He’s waiting on a bench outside a converted rectory.

“Came to get a tooth check and see what they got to do to it," Cox says. "Maybe get ‘em all out.”

The 56-year-old works in northern Arkansas, and drove an hour and a half to the Good Samaritan Care Clinic.

Why Latinos Are Less Likely To Seek Healthcare

Dec 20, 2019
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Hispanics are the least likely racial and ethnic group to see a doctor when they have health problems. That’s according to a study by the Census Bureau. There are several barriers that discourage some from that community from seeking medical attention in the U.S.

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear will not move forward with the former governor's controversial changes to the state's Medicaid program, including a work requirement for recipients. Beshear made the announcement Monday, within his first week in office.

Public health experts, including the American Medical Association, are calling for an end to so-called HIV criminalization laws, which require people with HIV to disclose their status to sexual partners, IV drug users, and other specific groups. 

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Paramedic Scott Widener crouches in the back of an outfitted ambulance.

“I am six foot and I’m duckin',” he says, laughing.

This week, Indiana Public Broadcasting's All IN invited a pediatrician, school nurse and a principal to talk about vaping. What consequences should schools enforce for students caught vaping? And what is the best way to tackle this growing crisis? This show was in partnership with Side Effects Public Media.

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Seeking A Cure: The Quest To Save Rural Hospitals

Across the country, many small rural hospitals are having financial problems. In less than a decade, more than a hundred have closed.

A Quiet Crisis

Side Effects examines what responsibility schools have in this fight, and what counselors, teachers and administrators are doing to address this quiet crisis.

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Daily health news from public radio stations around the state.

Healthy In Any Language

Throughout 2019, Side Effects will examine the health care challenges that refugees and immigrants face in the U.S.