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How seeing problems in the brain makes stigma disappear

How seeing problems in the brain makes stigma disappear

As a psychiatrist, I find that one of the hardest parts of my job is telling parents and their children that they are not to blame for their illness. Children with emotional and behavioral problems continue to suffer considerable stigma. But dramatic advances in brain imaging, genetics and other technologies are helping us objectively identify the neurological causes of mental illness.

October 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
A few pointers to help save money and avoid the strain of Medicare enrollment

A few pointers to help save money and avoid the strain of Medicare enrollment

Most beneficiaries have from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 to decide which of dozens of private plans offer the best drug coverage for 2018 or whether it’s better to leave traditional Medicare and get a drug and medical combo policy called Medicare Advantage. Some tips for the novice and reminders for those who have been here before can make the process a little easier.

October 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage: How to choose

Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage: How to choose

Medicare Advantage is an alternative to traditional Medicare. Run by private insurance companies, the plans — mostly health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and preferred provider organizations (PPOs) — are expected to serve a record 20.4 million people next year, or slightly more than one-third of Medicare’s 59 million members.

October 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Desperate quest for herpes cure launched ‘rogue’ trial

Desperate quest for herpes cure launched ‘rogue’ trial

The lead U.S. researcher, William Halford, openly acknowledged he was flouting Food and Drug Administration regulations in the consent forms they signed. He would be injecting them with a live, though weakened, herpes virus without U.S. safety oversight.

October 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hospitals step in to help house the homeless. Will it make a difference?

Hospitals step in to help house the homeless. Will it make a difference?

Hospitals around the country are taking steps to help homeless people find housing. Doing so, they say, will limit unnecessary ER visits and reduce wasteful health care spending.

October 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
What is mindfulness? Nobody really knows, and that’s a problem

What is mindfulness? Nobody really knows, and that’s a problem

Mindfulness receives a bewildering assortment of definitions. Psychologists measure the concept in differing combinations of acceptance, attentiveness, awareness, body focus, curiosity, nonjudgmental attitude, focus on the present, and others. It’s equally ill-defined as a set of practices.

October 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
New gene therapies could cost more than $1m per patient

New gene therapies could cost more than $1m per patient

Outrage over the high cost of cancer care has focused on skyrocketing drug prices, including the $475,000 price tag for the country’s first gene therapy, Novartis’ Kymriah, a leukemia treatment approved in August. But the total costs of Kymriah and the 21 similar drugs in development — known as CAR T-cell therapies — will be far higher than many have imagined, reaching $1 million or more per patient.

October 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
The storm has passed, but Puerto Rico’s health faces prolonged recovery

The storm has passed, but Puerto Rico’s health faces prolonged recovery

The situation in Puerto Rico’s health system is far more vulnerable than those in Texas or Florida, which also weathered hurricanes this fall — medically, economically and politically. A month after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, only about half of the final official fatalities had been tallied.

October 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Katrina Brain’: The invisible long-term toll of megastorms

‘Katrina Brain’: The invisible long-term toll of megastorms

Health officials say that, in the aftermath of an extreme weather event like a hurricane, the toll of long-term psychological injuries builds in the months and years that follow, outpacing more immediate injuries and swamping the health care system long after emergency workers go home and shelters shut down.

October 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fires prey on frail residents living on their own

Fires prey on frail residents living on their own

Wildfires continue to spread through Northern California counties, already taking the lives of at least 31 people. Hundreds more are missing. Local officials and advocates fear that many among them are seniors or disabled people unable to flee, as many residents have, on a moment’s notice.

October 13, 2017 | By | Reply More