Jenny’s Recent Stories
Health Mar 14Purdue Pharma promoted Oxycontin for years. Now, it is combating the opioid crisis
After years of aggressively promoting OxyContin as a safe and effective way to combat pain, the company is — equally aggressively — recasting itself as a fundamental player in the response to a crisis that many experts say it helped…
Health Dec 30Sickle cell patients, families and doctors face a ‘fight for everything’
Premature death, a dearth of treatments, mistreatment in emergency rooms and a woeful lack of funding are just a few of the problems.
Health Feb 23‘Post-election stress disorder’ sweeps the nation
Mental health professionals around the country report a stream of patients coming in with "post-election stress disorder" -- the unofficial name for anxiety and depression related to the blast of daily news on the new administration.
Health Oct 31Discrimination persists against patients with mental illness and addiction, panel says
The long-awaited report is the product of a task force President Barack Obama announced in March during a speech about the opioid epidemic.
Health Sep 19The women’s health issue no one talks about
Depression is common among American women, and antidepressant use is on the rise. Yet women tend to keep both a secret. Why aren't we discussing this more?…
Health Sep 13One out of five children have mental illness, and schools often don’t help
School has been a real challenge for them. That’s not unusual for the 1 in 5 children with a mental illness. They often suffer anxiety, difficulty focusing and social challenges.
Health Mar 31President’s task force aims to end discrimination in mental health coverage
Tucked in remarks the president made Tuesday on the opioid epidemic was his announcement of a new task force on mental health parity — aimed at ensuring that people with mental illnesses and substance abuse problems don’t face discrimination in…
Health Mar 01Meet the R2D2 of hospital technology
These R2D2-esque robots ferry carts of stuff around the vast hospital complex — food, linens, medications, medical waste and garbage. And they do it more efficiently than humans.
Health Sep 17Why more Americans need to broach end-of-life conversation
It is time for conversations about death to become a part of life. That is one of the themes of a 500-page report, titled "Dying In America," released Tuesday by the Institute of Medicine.
Health Feb 25Verifying Affordable Care Act insurance causes headaches in some doctors’ offices
Employees in some Texas practices spend hours on hold trying to verify that patients have new insurance under the ACA exchanges.