Carmen’s Recent Stories
Health Jun 11Change to Gilead assistance program threatens PrEP access, HIV advocates say
Safety-net clinics especially are bracing for how the drugmaker’s policy shift could reduce their budgets and hamstring their ability to provide care to an at-risk population.
Health Dec 04Truvada is available for free. Here’s how you can get it
Called “Ready, Set, PrEP,” the federal program will provide patients at risk of contracting HIV one of the two pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drugs. Those medications can reduce the chances of getting HIV through sex by more than 90%.
Nation Apr 27Hurricane Maria’s legacy: Thousands of Puerto Rican students show PTSD symptoms
A survey of more than 96,000 students finds that 7.2% reported “clinically significant” symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a study in JAMA Network Open.
Health Jun 14Water quality in Puerto Rico remains unclear months after Hurricane Maria
Puerto Rican officials claim that water service on the U.S. island has been restored to more than 96 percent of customers as of June 6, but the report of progress masks underlying problems.
Health Dec 10Challenges abound for 26-year-olds falling off parental insurance cliff
A new crop of young people are falling off their parents’ insurance plans when they turn 26 — the age when the Affordable Care Act stipulates that children must leave family policies.
Health May 15Racial segregation may raise blood pressure among African Americans, study says
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and African-Americans are disproportionately affected by the condition.
Health Apr 18A new worry for smokers’ families: ‘thirdhand smoke’
Smokers expose their families to increased levels of nicotine and chemical residue left behind from cigarettes known as "thirdhand smoke."…
Health Oct 02The need to replace EpiPens regularly adds to concerns about cost
EpiPens expire quickly, forcing users to regularly bear the cost of replacing the medicine.
Nation Sep 1213 percent of U.S. reports household hunger. How do teens cope?
Researchers asked teens how they cope with hunger in their communities and the barriers preventing them from accessing food assistance programs. They discovered many teens shrink from seeking help for fear of being stigmatized.