Recent Articles

Years before heading offshore, herpes researcher experimented on people in U.S.

November 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Years before heading offshore, herpes researcher experimented on people in U.S.

Three years before launching an offshore herpes vaccine trial, an American researcher vaccinated patients in U.S. hotel rooms in brazen violation of U.S. law.

Read More

Despite ACA cost protections, most adolescents skip regular checkups

November 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Despite ACA cost protections, most adolescents skip regular checkups

Regular checkups could help families address such problems, and the Affordable Care Act paved the way by requiring insurers to fully cover well-child visits, at no charge to patients. But fewer than half of kids ages 10 to 17 were getting routine annual physical exams.

Read More

US military tested mustard gas on soldiers and kept it secret

November 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
US military tested mustard gas on soldiers and kept it secret

During World War II, the government subjected thousands of troops to mustard gas tests — and kept it a secret. More than 60 years later, an NPR reporter and researcher helped the men get justice.

Read More

Medicaid expansion takes a bite out of medical debt

November 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicaid expansion takes a bite out of medical debt

A study from the Urban Institute finds that personal debt due to medical expenses remain far higher in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid.

Read More

How older patients can dodge pitfalls entrenched in our health system

November 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
How older patients can dodge pitfalls entrenched in our health system

The US health care system serves the elderly poorly. A new book provides guidance to help seniors receive the best care possible.

Read More

FDA warns about stem cell therapies

November 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
FDA warns about stem cell therapies

Stem cells have been called everything from cure-alls to miracle treatments. But don’t believe the hype. Some unscrupulous providers offer stem cell products that are both unapproved and unproven. So beware of potentially dangerous procedures—and confirm what’s really being offered before you consider any treatment

Read More

New app maps overdose epidemic in real time

November 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
New app maps overdose epidemic in real time

The app, called ODMAP, is designed to track drug overdoses, both fatal and non-fatal, by location, as they happen. And because the same application can be used by all state and local authorities, the resulting database is the first to support a nationwide map.

Read More

Some states roll back ‘retroactive Medicaid,’ a buffer for the poor — and for hospitals

November 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Some states roll back ‘retroactive Medicaid,’ a buffer for the poor — and for hospitals

If you’re poor, uninsured and fall seriously ill, in most states if you qualify for Medicaid — but weren’t enrolled at the time — the program will pay your medical bills going back three months. It protects hospitals, too, from having to absorb the costs of caring for these patients.

Read More

Sip wine and chat about postponing motherhood — At an ‘Egg Social’

November 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Sip wine and chat about postponing motherhood — At an ‘Egg Social’

In the past, egg freezing was primarily for women who risked infertility because of cancer treatments. But in recent years, more women have been choosing to freeze their eggs for non-medical reasons — such as not being ready to have a baby.

Read More

Experts explain why lead found In fidget spinners is no idle threat

November 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Experts explain why lead found In fidget spinners is no idle threat

That fidget spinner your kid can’t put down? It turns out it may be putting children at risk for lead exposure. That’s according to a report out Thursday from a consumer advocacy group, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund.

Read More