Recent Articles

Who makes money on a brand-name drug?

October 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Who makes money on a brand-name drug?

By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News Download a PDF of this graphic here. KHN’s coverage of prescription drug development, costs and pricing is supported in part by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

Read More

U.S. Labor Department: States are failing injured workers

October 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
U.S. Labor Department: States are failing injured workers

By Michael Grabell ProPublica A U.S. Department of Labor report released today details the bleak fate facing the nation’s injured workers, noting that those hurt on the job are at “great risk of falling into poverty” because state workers’ compensation systems are failing to provide them with adequate benefits. The report lays the groundwork for […]

Read More

Caring for the opioid epidemic’s youngest victims

October 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
Caring for the opioid epidemic’s youngest victims

By Christine Vestal Stateline HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Before hospitals in the rest of the country started seeing a surge in the number of infants born with severe drug withdrawal symptoms, this town of 50,000 was already facing a crisis. In 2010, babies born to mothers using heroin were filling up so many beds in the […]

Read More

Is high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) being oversold?

October 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
Is high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) being oversold?

  Pricey New Treatment Roils Issues Of How To Treat Prostate Cancer By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News Men hoping to avoid some side effects of prostate cancer treatment are shelling out tens of thousands of dollars for a procedure whose long-term effects are unknown and insurers, including Medicare, won’t pay for. Proponents say high-intensity […]

Read More

Why insurance companies control your medical care – analysis

October 4, 2016 | By | Reply More
Why insurance companies control your medical care – analysis

By Christy Ford Chapin, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Originally published on The Conversation It’s that time of year again. Insurance companies that participate in the Affordable Care Act’s state health exchanges are signaling that prices will rise dramatically this fall. And if insurance costs aren’t enough of a crisis, researchers are highlighting deficiencies in health care […]

Read More

Health law focuses on women’s preventive services, but it offers men help, too

October 4, 2016 | By | Reply More
Health law focuses on women’s preventive services, but it offers men help, too

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News This week, I answered a couple of questions from readers about preventive health benefits and looked into coverage options for people who travel frequently. Why aren’t there preventive health recommendations for men like there are for women under the health law? Women and breast cancer get so much attention by […]

Read More

When pretend is real for Alzheimer’s patients

October 4, 2016 | By | Reply More
When pretend is real for Alzheimer’s patients

Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News BEVERLY HILLS — Sitting beside a neatly made crib, 88-year-old Vivian Guzofsky held up a baby doll dressed in puppy dog pajamas. “Hello gorgeous,” she said, laughing. “You’re so cute.” Guzofsky, who has Alzheimer’s disease, lives on a secure memory floor of a home for seniors. Nearly every day, she visits […]

Read More

Washington secures $1.5 billion to enhance Medicaid services

October 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Washington secures $1.5 billion to enhance Medicaid services

From the Office of the Governor OLYMPIA –Gov. Jay Inslee and the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) announced today a new state-federal partnership that aims to bolster state efforts to improve the physical and mental health of Washington families and transform the state’s Apple Health (Medicaid) program to control costs. After months of detailed negotiations, […]

Read More

Many doctors treating alcohol problems overlook successful drugs

October 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Many doctors treating alcohol problems overlook successful drugs

By Emma Yasinski Kaiser Health News As millions of Americans battle alcohol abuse problems each year, public health officials suggest that two often overlooked medications might offer relief to some. More than 18 million people abuse or are dependent on alcohol, yet a key study funded by the federal government reported last year that only […]

Read More

Why Bruce Springsteen’s depression revelation matters

October 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Why Bruce Springsteen’s depression revelation matters

By Alex Lubet, University of Minnesota This article was originally published on The Conversation.  E Street lead guitarist Steve Van Zandt once said Bruce Springsteen never took drugs because he was afraid he might reprise his father’s depression. It turns out that Springsteen was suffering from mental illness all along. Much of the buzz surrounding Bruce Springsteen’s […]

Read More