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  • A worker makes a cut in the side of a sandstone block at the Cleveland Quarries facility in Vermilion, Ohio, earlier this month. The legal limit on the amount of silica that workers can inhale was set decades ago.
    Ty Wright / Bloomberg via Getty Images
    3:07pm Feb 07, 2013
    National National Science Health & Safety

    Silica Rule Changes Delayed While Workers Face Health Risks

    Regulations to restrict the amount of silica dust that workers can inhale were set decades ago, and workplace safety experts say that limit needs to be cut in half. A proposal for new rules was sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget for a 90-day review, but almost two years later, it's still under review.
  • birth control pills
    7:35pm Feb 01, 2013
    National National Health & Safety

    White House Tries Again To Find Compromise On Contraception

    Under the proposed rule, employees at nonprofit religious organizations would get access to no-cost contraception, but their employer wouldn't pay for the coverage. The move is another attempt to provide contraceptive coverage without violating the beliefs of religious nonprofits.
  • When Superstorm Sandy came ashore, Bellevue Hospital was quickly submerged. Inspectors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency marked the flood line in the basement with orange tape or spray paint. In some areas, water was 14 feet deep.
    Fred Mogul / NPR
    6:18pm Jan 30, 2013
    National National Health & Safety

    Bellevue Hospital's Slow Comeback After Superstorm Sandy

    Repairs to the New York City hospital are expected to allow a full reopening in early February. Engineers have been working around the clock to make everything is ready. Bellevue hasn't been able to care for trauma patients since the storm. That has put a strain on neighboring hospitals.
  • 4:07pm Jan 23, 2013
    Health & Safety Health & Safety

    In Syria, Addressing Medical Needs In An Embattled City

    Nearly two years after the crisis in Syria began, the humanitarian situation in the country remains dire. Shinjiro Murata, head of the Doctors Without Borders mission in northern Syria and NPR foreign correspondent Deborah Amos, discuss the efforts to address growing medical needs.
  • A woman gets a sonogram
    9:19am Jan 23, 2013
    National National Politics & Government Health & Safety

    'We Have No Choice': A Story Of The Texas Sonogram Law

    Journalist Carolyn Jones wrote about her experience with the law for The Texas Observer after having an abortion last year. The state requires that a woman seeking an abortion receive a sonogram at least 24 hours before the procedure.
  • 8:07pm Jan 11, 2013
    National National Health & Safety

    Businesses Sue Government Over Birth Control Mandate

    Religious groups were among the first to object to a requirement that employers' health plans provide free birth control. But some companies have also objected, saying the mandate violates their religious freedom, too.
  • health
    6:46pm Jan 09, 2013
    National National Health & Safety

    U.S. Ranks Below 16 Other Rich Countries In Health Report

    Americans are sicker and die sooner than their counterparts in comparable nations. No single cause can account for the difference, but improving medical care will only help so much, as disparities can be traced to dietary choices, drugs and alcohol, guns, and even cars.
  • The majority of what happens on Jan. 1, 2013, is tax increases and cuts in tax deductions to pay for the changes coming in 2014.
    2:19pm Jan 08, 2013
    Health & Safety Health & Safety

    What The Health Law Will Bring In 2013

    In October 2013, open enrollment begins, when people can start signing up for their 2014 coverage through the new state-run health exchanges. But most of the changes in 2013 are tax increases and cuts in tax deductions to pay for the 2014 changes.