medicine

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • October 16, 2014  

    As new cases have been diagnosed in the U.S. and the Centers for Disease Control expands its investigation, national concern has skyrocketed. Gwen Ifill explores the psychology behind the public anxiety with Dr. Eden Wells of the University of Michigan and Valerie Reyna of Cornell University. Continue reading

  • October 9, 2014  

    Despite increased pledges of support for the Ebola epidemic, Nancy Aossey of International Medical Corps says there are still not enough operational efforts on the ground. Gwen Ifill talks to Aossey, CEO of one of the few nongovernmental groups treating patients in West Africa, about the current treatment resources available for patients and training efforts and equipment for health workers. Continue reading