Health Jul 02Does palliative sedation ease suffering during end-of-life care?
While aid-in-dying, or “death with dignity,” is now legal in seven states and Washington, D.C., medically assisted suicide retains tough opposition. Palliative sedation, though, has been administered since the hospice care movement began in the 1960s and is legal everywhere.
Health Oct 16These 19 states are cracking down on fake service dogs
The American Humane Association, which promotes the welfare and safety of animals, says there are 20,000 service dogs working in the U.S.
Health May 23Changes to visa program put foreign-born doctors in limbo
Foreign-born physicians are often sent to underserved urban or rural areas to fill medical residences that might otherwise be vacant. They receive H-1B visas through an expedited process. A new procedural announcement by the Trump administration could put the future…
Health May 09The 10 ‘essential’ benefits that could be eliminated under the GOP health care plan
Critics of the Republican health care plan the House passed last week mostly have focused on how it might harm Americans with pre-existing health conditions and poor and disabled people who rely on Medicaid — two vulnerable, but defined, populations.
Health Mar 02How this Vermont experiment improves patient health at lower cost
This tiny state, with a population more rural and less diverse than the country as a whole, is embarking on an experiment that could transform the delivery of health care nationwide.
Health Nov 06How some states make effective birth control more available
Changes in billing procedures, maternal health care advocates say, give women on Medicaid better access to the most effective and most expensive forms of contraception.
Health Sep 29Why is the risk of death during pregnancy going up in the U.S.?
The 15-year trend in the U.S. not only runs counter to the worldwide rate, but to that in most other industrialized countries.
Health Aug 15How are states meeting health care shortages for pregnant women?
Nearly half the counties in the U.S. don’t have a single obstetrician/gynecologist and 56 percent are without a nurse midwife, according to the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
Nation Aug 02Amid shortage of psychiatric beds, mentally ill face long waits for treatment
Across the country, a critical shortage of state psychiatric beds is forcing mentally ill patients with severe symptoms to be held in emergency rooms, hospitals and jails while they wait for a bed, sometimes for weeks.
Health Jul 19Could midwives improve healthcare access for expectant mothers?
By not allowing midwives to lawfully perform out-of-hospital births, advocates say, states like Alabama are not just hampering their ability to practice their profession. They are depriving expectant mothers who may not have easy access to obstetric care in a…