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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.

Try This At Home: Program Brings Drug Addiction Treatment To Patients

May 1, 2017
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Hannah Berkowitz is 20 years old. When she was a senior in high school, her life flew off the rails.

New 'Rollin' Grocer' Brings Grocery Store To Kansas City's Food Deserts

Jul 1, 2016

In recent years, the once-lowly food truck has entered the big leagues of cuisine.

Once peddlers of quick snacks like hot dogs and falafel, food trucks now sell items like crème brulee, roast duck and Spanish tapas.

Some Kansas City entrepreneurs think these trucks have the potential to do something else – tackle food inequity.

Standing outside a big, white trailer parked at the Guinotte Manor public housing complex northeast of downtown Kansas City, Megan Mulvihill invites curious neighbors to step inside.

Health Clinics On Wheels Reach The Neediest In Dallas

May 5, 2016
Lauren Silverman / KERA News

In Texas, we’re all about convenience. The drive-through Starbucks, burger joint, even drive through bank. Still, there aren’t any drive through health clinics…the closest thing are clinics on wheels run by Parkland, Dallas' public hospital. Those have been crisscrossing the city of Dallas for more than a decade, serving the people in the community that need it most.

New App Helps Physicians Track Mental Illness

Sep 9, 2015
MoodTrek app lets patients track their health and send data to their doctors.

Mobile apps and wearable devices, like Fitbits and Jawbones, help us keep track of everything from our heart rates, physical exercise to sleep and nutrition. But, despite the bounty of health data, doctors don’t have a good way to monitor what their patients input.  

A few years ago, University of Missouri psychiatrist Dr. Ganesh Gopalakrishna, M.D. decided to change that when he realized some of his patients were logging mental and physical symptoms, but he couldn’t access their information.

People whose diabetes requires insulin injections usually have to make a series of visits to the doctor's office to fine-tune their daily dosage. But many low-income patients can't afford to take those few hours off to see the doctor. As a result, they often live with chronically elevated blood sugars for weeks or months until they can find time to get to the clinic.

Inside this unmarked door in lower Manhattan, an experiment is being conducted. People with serious mental illness come to Parachute NYC respite centers to escape pressures in their lives that could lead to a crisis. In most cases, they get the soft landi
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NEW YORK – It is a busy Friday afternoon. Staff members check in guests at the front desk. Other employees lead visitors on tours of the upstairs bedrooms, or field calls from people considering future stays. Aromas of garlic and roasted chicken seep out of the kitchen.

The University of Florida's Dr. Nancy Hardt has an unusual double specialty: She's both a pathologist and an OB-GYN. For the first half of her career, she brought babies into the world. Then she switched — to doing autopsies on people after they die.

It makes perfect sense to her.

"Birth, and death. It's the life course," Hardt explains.

Each year for the past six years, Bill and Melinda Gates have written a letter about how their foundation is trying to make the world a better place, how they're trying to improve health and education and end poverty. Their 2015 letter was published Wednesday on the foundation's blog. (Note: The Gates Foundation is a supporter of NPR.)