Patrice Juah’s shop in Liberia is an explosion of color. Brightly printed garments in violet, turquoise and daffodil yellow hang in neat rows along the walls. Her business is one of the many threatened by the Ebola crisis. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — More of the world’s children are surviving to their fifth birthday, but 6.3 million still died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children’s agency said Tuesday. Continue reading
One out of three Americans over 20 is pre-diabetic and another 29 million already have diabetes. According to a recent report, the risk for some cancers is 15 percent higher for someone with higher-than-normal blood sugar. Gwen Ifill speaks with Dr. David Nathan, director of the Diabetes Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, about how to prevent high blood sugar levels. Continue reading
Thousands of consumers risk losing financial aid for health care premiums under President Barack Obama’s law unless they clear up lingering questions about their incomes, administration officials said Monday. Continue reading
A three-judge panel heard arguments this morning for more than 90 minutes, first from the Texas solicitor general and then from a lawyer with the Center for Reproductive Rights, representing many of the Texas clinics. The questions from the judges centered mainly on what constitutes an “undue burden” when a woman is trying to get an abortion, and what fraction of Texas women would be affected. Continue reading
Outpatient medical centers perform 23 million surgeries in the U.S. per year. The death of comedian Joan River from complications after surgery has prompted investigation of how these clinics operate. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Shannon Pettypiece of Bloomberg News about how these clinics differ from hospitals and what’s driving their rising popularity. Continue reading
An overtaxed international response to the Ebola outbreak will receive some much needed help.
Cuba has agreed to send 165 healthcare workers to the region, the largest detachment of foreign doctors and nurses committed thus far. They are expected to arrive in October and will head to Sierra Leone, one of the countries hit hardest by the disease. Continue reading
A respiratory virus has infected hundreds of children in the U.S., sending them to emergency rooms across the country. The rare strain causes asthma-like symptoms and can exacerbate the disease. Jeffrey Brown learns more from Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Dr. Gregory Conners of Children’s Mercy Hospital in Missouri. Continue reading
The obesity epidemic has put a strain on health services around the globe. London-based bariatric surgeon Dr. Hutan Ashrafian sees the effects of the disease daily, and his long patient list signals no end in sight. And so he and a team of researchers began a search for digital-age tools that could help physicians effectively manage and track patients remotely. Continue reading
While both critics and supporters of the Affordable Care Act are likely to find fodder for their positions, the report portrays 2014 as a relatively stable year for employer coverage, with little change in the type of plans offered or their costs. The percentage of firms offering health benefits (55 percent) and the percentage of workers covered at those firms (62 percent) were statistically unchanged from 2013, despite predictions of the law’s critics that many firms would drop coverage.