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How Big Tobacco Continues To Exploit Lower-Income Communities

<i>This article is presented by the truth campaign.</i><p>In decades past, it was common to spot teenagers hanging outside, packed in a tight circle with ribbons of smoke rising above them and unfurling into the sky. Passing cigarettes they stole from parents or bought from clerks who weren’t keen on …

Public Health

The Low Tech Revolution That's Transforming Medicine

Much of the progress in medicine since I was a medical student has involved expensive, high-tech diagnostic tests and therapies – a trend that has …

Evelyn Farha, longtime HIV/AIDS advocate, dies at 92

Evelyn Farha, a longtime HIV/AIDS advocate and head of the Farha Foundation, died Thursday night. She was 92. Saying she lived a “long and fruitful …

Why the CDC, NIH, and FDA shutdown has us worried

The shutdown could keep patients from life-saving experimental treatments.<p>The US Congress and the White House didn’t agree on a new budget by midnight on Friday, and now the US government is officially shut down.<p>All furloughed federal employees can’t do their jobs — or even use their work emails or …

Public Health

World leaders slam Trump's racist comments

CNN's David McKenzie reports on the reactions from around the world to President Trump's remark where he reportedly called African nations "shithole countries."

Africa

'Big Chicken': The Medical Mystery That Traced Back To Slaughterhouse Workers

<i>Editor's note: In the 1950s, the U.S. poultry industry began adopting a new process: Acronizing. Ads that ran in women's magazines pictured crisp-skinned whole chicken that tasted "fresh," "wholesome" and "country sweet" thanks to a "revolutionary process which helps maintain freshness in</i> …

Agriculture

What Happens If You’re Forced To Switch Health Plans When You’re Sick?

Joanna Joshua, 39, panicked when she opened a letter from her family’s insurer, Cigna, only to learn it was pulling out of California’s individual …

Health Care

HIV-prevention ring trial a success among US teens

<b>A vaginal ring to prevent HIV infection is popular with teenage girls, US scientists say.</b><p>Women and girls aged 15-24 account for a fifth of all new HIV infections globally. Nearly 1,000 are infected every day in sub-Saharan Africa.<p>Infused with microbicides, the ring, which sits on the cervix, has …

Sub-Saharan Africa

Americans share their ACA success stories with John McCain before he votes on health care reform

The Arizona senator is returning to D.C., and people fear he’ll repeal the ACA after his cancer treatment<p>Sen. John McCain is returning to Washington Tuesday to provide a pivotal vote on health care reform. The maverick senator was diagnosed with brain cancer just five days ago, but he apparently …

Health Care

Betsy DeVos Is Sending the Wrong Message to Sexual Assault Victims

According to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration, disability rights, hate crimes, predatory lending, or heading off an …

Title IX

The Science of How Poverty Harms the Brain

The stress of poverty can change the brain in ways that further disadvantage the poor.<p>We already know the poor are getting poorer. The proportion of American adults living in low income families increased from 25 percent in 1971 to 29 percent in 2011. And growing up poor ups the chances that you'll …

The Brain

How to get free or low-cost health care, regardless of your insurance coverage

Avoiding the doctor because you simply can’t afford it? If so, you're not alone, as 1 in 4 Americans report they or a family member has skipped …

Health Care

Older, Poor Americans Face Huge Costs Under GOP Health Care Bill

The Americans who need the most help to afford health care will get the least under Republicans’ Obamacare replacement plan, according to a new analysis.<p>The American Health Care Act would put health insurance out of reach for the most vulnerable ― namely older, low-income people, the progressive …

Health Care

'Alexa, what's my blood sugar level and how much insulin should I take?'

It's become a punchline in the tech industry that every start-up is out to change the world. When it comes to medical technology, however, some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley are poised to do just that.<p>Apple, Google and Amazon have announced or are reported to be developing cutting-edge …

HIV/AIDS funding is an investment worth protecting

A recent study by the Antiretroviral Therapy Cohort Collaboration found that young people living with HIV have about the same life expectancy as the …

Public Health

Mortality Rates Doubled For Moms In Texas, But The State Decided Not To Act To Curb Them

A 2016 University of Maryland study found that Texas has the highest maternal mortality rate of the entire developed world. But despite knowing that …

Public Health

Why Are American Doctors Being Shut Out of America?

Medical schools outside the United States have become critical to our nation's healthcare system. One-quarter of the physicians currently practicing …

More than half of Americans approve of Obamacare now, Gallup poll finds

Obamacare is more popular now than it was on Election Day, despite President Trumpand the GOP's efforts to dismantle it.<p>Some 55% of Americans now support the Affordable Care Act, up from 42% in November, a new Gallup Poll found. This is the first time that a majority of Americans have approved of …

Health Care

The U.S. Infant Mortality Rate Just Hit an All-Time Low

Infant deaths have declined by 15 percent in the U.S. over the last decade, but America still has a higher rate than other nations.<p>Big news, you guys: The infant mortality rate in the U.S. has just hit an historic low!<p>Infant mortality is considered a basic measure of public health for countries …

Demographics

Who Should Pay For Evan Karr’s Heart?

Every day, millions of Americans, even those with insurance, struggle to pay for health care. If the Republican health care plan passes, that struggle will become worse.<p><b>“It’s Bloomin’ Monday!”</b> the server at Outback Steakhouse in Louisville, Kentucky, told us. “That means free bloomin’ onions,” …

Affordable Care Act

Typhus is making a comeback in Texas -- aided by heat, poverty and cats

An old microbial enemy of ours is mounting a quiet comeback in the South, a new study published this month in Emerging Infectious Diseases has found — one aided by poverty, climate change, and cats.<p>Researchers from Texas tallied up reported cases of confirmed or suspected typhus, a broadly defined …

Public Health

Having unprotected sex without telling partner about HIV-positive status no longer would be a felony under new bill

In a test of shifting attitudes about<p>HIV, a group of state lawmakers has proposed that it no longer be a felony for someone to knowingly expose others to the disease by engaging in unprotected sex and not telling the partner about the infection.<p>The measure by state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San …

Here’s how climate change is already affecting your health, based on the state you live in

Climate change is already beginning to wreak havoc upon the planet. In the short term, we're facing more winter storms, miserably hot summers, and a longer allergy season. In the long term, entire coastlines will likely disappear, threatening communities and wildlife.<p>On a more local level, experts …

Climate Change

Waiting to die: Uganda's untreated cancer patients

<b>Uganda -</b> With his shoulders hunched forward and his hands curled over the curve of the steering wheel, James Isabirye scans a dusty road in southern Uganda for signs of life. The driver at Hospice Jinja is looking for a narrow inlet, somewhere between a neighbourhood shop and a primary school, that …

Cancer

Living and Loving Through Loss: Beautiful Letters of Consolation from Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists

Words of comfort and compassion from Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Rachel Carson, Charles Darwin, Alan Turing, Johannes Brahms, and Charles Dickens.<p><i>“Grief, when it comes, is nothing like we expect it to be,”</i> Joan Didion wrote in her classic memoir of loss. But however uncertain its guise may …

Literature

Here's why men die earlier than women

Despite the social inequality women experience, they live longer than men. This is the case without a single exception, in all countries.<p>For instance, in the U.S. in 2015 female full-time workers made only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, indicating a 20 percent gender wage gap. Yet, life …

Mental Health

If You Really Want To Limit Abortions, Protect Free Birth Control

This week, Republicans rolled out a replacement bill for Obamacare that would defund Planned Parenthood and slash Medicaid benefits. And while the so-called “American Health Care Act” promises to protect the free birth control benefit established under former President Barack Obama, there is no …

Health Care

At least 2 dead in multi-state listeria outbreak linked to cheese

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a deadly multi-state listeria outbreak that has been traced to recalled cheese. Several people have been sickened and at least two deaths were reported in Connecticut and Vermont, …

Public Health

OpEd: Black Women Bear An Undue Burden of The HIV Epidemic

Growing up in the projects in the Bronx, I was raised in a high-poverty community with high rates of HIV and drug use. HIV touched my family when I learned that my uncle was HIV-positive. I became even more deeply involved when I began volunteering and later started my career at Housing Works in …

Public Health