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Nation Jan 25Block grants are the heart of GOP’s Medicaid plans. Here’s how they work
Republican plans to transform Medicaid could help set debate on the role of government and entitlements. Here's an explanation of how it could work.
Health Dec 19Do female doctors lead to healthier patients?
Female doctors may on average be better than their male counterparts at treating patients in the hospital, according to a new study published today.
Health Nov 10Under President-elect Trump, these policies could replace Obamacare
The Affordable Care Act transformed the medical system, expanding coverage to millions, injecting billions in tax revenue, changing insurance rules and launching ambitious experiments in quality and efficiency.
Health Nov 07Did gender bias kill hormonal birth control for men?
Researchers drew ire after they terminated a study on a promising male birth control treatment. Here's what their decision means for the future of male birth control.
Nation Oct 31Opioid poisoning tripled among toddlers as U.S. painkiller crisis ballooned
A study published Monday highlights a surprising group of patients suffering from opioid poisoning: adolescents, children and even toddlers.
Health Oct 21To curb unintended pregnancy, states turn to IUDs — in the delivery room
AUSTIN — Peggy Wall, a family nurse practitioner at a local community health center, treats many women in their 40s, who already have a family and find themselves confronting an accidental pregnancy.
Health Aug 15Why some doctors feel ‘completely in the dark’ about medical marijuana
States are beginning to require doctors to take continuing medical education courses that detail how marijuana interacts with the nervous system and other medications, as well as its side effects.
Health Jul 06Blood banks could feel the squeeze from Zika advisories
As public health officials hustle to implement strategies like these to undermine the threat of the Zika virus, one such tactic could exacerbate a different health concern: maintaining the nation’s supply of donated blood.
Health Jun 14Women and the Zika virus: Some questions and answers
Let’s cut through the hype about the Zika virus. What’s the danger? A lot is up in the air, since there’s not a ton of research on the virus. Here’s a quick breakdown of the smart questions to ask and…
Health Jun 13Sharing painkillers with friends helps drive the opioid epidemic, study finds
As lawmakers grapple with how best to combat the nation’s prescription painkiller abuse crisis, a recent survey is shedding light on how patients who get these medications—drugs such as OxyContin, methadone or Vicodin—sometimes share or mishandle them.