• Rosalyn S. Yalow, pictured at the Nobel Prize banquet in Stockholm, won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1977. Photo by Keystone/Getty Images
    July 19, 2015   BY  

    Rosalyn S. Yalow was a giant of medicine. A Nobel laureate and medical physicist, Yalow co-discovered the radioimmunoassay, an exquisitely sensitive means of using “radioactive tracers” to measure hormones in the bloodstream. Continue reading

    June 30, 2015  

    In the United States, strokes are the fifth leading cause of death. Most strokes are caused by a blood clot in the brain, which can be treated with a time-sensitive medicine, but few get to the hospital in time. Now, the American Heart Association is recommending a special stent to remove clots. Judy Woodruff talk to Dr. William J. Powers of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Continue reading

  • WOLFRATSHAUSEN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 15:  Two female inhabitants of a residential care home for Alzheimer's disease and dementia patients walk hand-in-hand in the corridor of the residential home on November 15, 2011 in Wolfratshausen, Germany.  (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Getty Images)

    Now researchers are adding tau brain scans to an ambitious study that’s testing if an experimental drug might help healthy but at-risk people stave off Alzheimer’s. Whether that medication works or not, it’s the first drug study where scientists can track how both of Alzheimer’s signature markers begin building up in older adults before memory ever slips. Continue reading

  • A man adjusts his Google glasses after a media presentation of a Google apartment in Prague May 15, 2014. The apartment is fully equipped with newest Google technologies and members of the media were shown how to use them in common life situations at home. Photo by David W Cerny/Reuters
    April 20, 2015   BY  

    Imagine walking into an emergency room with an awful rash and waiting hours to see a doctor until, finally, a physician who doesn’t have specific knowledge of your condition gives you an ointment and a referral to a dermatologist. Continue reading

  • The company's name is displayed on a billboard near the headquarters of Biogen Idec Inc. in Cambridge
    March 21, 2015  

    In what could be a big step forward in the battle against Alzheimer’s Disease, a new drug that during tests sharply slowed the cognitive decline of people with the debilitating disease. Dr. Samuel Gandy, a neurologist and Associate Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, joins Hari Sreenivasan. Continue reading

  • A health worker prepares a vaccine against measles at the Benito Juarez international airport in Mexico City in July 2011.   Image by Reuters/Bernardo Montoya
    January 25, 2015  

    U.S. health officials say the recent measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in Southern California continues to ripple across the nation with approximately 100 cases reported so far. How great a risk does this pose and how can people protect their children? Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci joins Hari Sreenivasan for more. Continue reading

  • With growing health care demand, will the U.S. have enough doctors in the future? A doctor checks a patient during an examination at the St. John's Well Child and Family Center in Los Angeles, California, in Sept., 2013. Photo by Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
    November 24, 2014   BY  

    Many medical groups, led by the Association of American Medical Colleges, say there’s little doubt. “We think the shortage is going to be close to 130,000 in the next 10 to 12 years,” says Atul Grover, the group’s chief public policy officer. But others, particularly health care economists, are less convinced. “Concerns that the nation faces a looming physician shortage, particularly in primary care specialties, are common,” wrote an expert panel of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in a report on the financing of graduate medical education in July. “The committee did not find credible evidence to support such claims.”

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    October 30, 2014  

    Sheri Fink has been reporting on the human toll of the Ebola outbreak for The New York Times. Judy Woodruff talks to Fink from Monrovia about the tough decisions doctors must make in fighting the disease. Also from the New York Times, Ben Solomon offers a video report from inside an Ebola treatment center, where health care workers try to help their patients find hope. Continue reading

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    October 24, 2014  

    The New York doctor infected with Ebola was working in Guinea for Doctors Without Borders, a humanitarian organization that deploys specialists to provide medical help in crisis zones all over the world. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro offers a deeper look at the organization’s mission and the risks of its work. Continue reading

  • Step Forward MAN PARALYZED walik monitor
    October 21, 2014  

    A Bulgarian man who was paralyzed from the chest down after a 2010 stabbing can now walk after a pioneering transplant in Poland. Cells from the man’s nose were used to repair his spinal nerves in a surgery that gives thousands of paralytics new hope for movement. Alex Thompson of Independent Television News has the report. Continue reading