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Letting Go

What should medicine do when it can’t save your life?<p>Sara Thomas Monopoli was pregnant with her first child when her doctors learned that she was going to die. It started with a cough and a pain in her back. Then a chest X-ray showed that her left lung had collapsed, and her chest was filled with …

Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You — And It Could Raise Your Rates

To an outsider, the fancy booths at a June health insurance industry gathering in San Diego, Calif., aren't very compelling: a handful of companies pitching "lifestyle" data and salespeople touting jargony phrases like "social determinants of health."<p>But dig deeper and the implications of what …

Health Care

Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution by U.S. Stuns World Health Officials

A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this spring in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly.<p>Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is …

Breast Feeding

Streets of Pain

UCSF public health researcher Daniel Ciccarone, MD, shares his quest to understand the nation’s opioid epidemic, one user at a time.<p><i>Adapted from a</i></i> …

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Activism

Never Again: Is gun control movement too white?

<b>Is the new movement against gun violence that is sweeping America too white and too rich?</b><p>It's a question hotly debated on social media as hundreds of thousands rallied on Saturday in support of the #NeverAgain campaign that emerged after 17 people were killed in a gun attack at a high school in …

Trump Signs Order to Require Recipients of Federal Aid Programs to Work

President Trump quietly signed a long-anticipated executive order on Tuesday intended to force low-income recipients of food assistance, Medicaid and low-income housing subsidies to join the work force or face the loss of their benefits.<p>The order, in the works since last year, has an ambitious …

These New Pharma Bros Are Wreaking Havoc on Prescription Drug Prices

For at least the past three years, Todd Smith and Benjamin Bove have crisscrossed the U.S., offering a sure-fire fix for struggling pharmaceutical …

Pharma

Food is Medicine: Gov. Jerry Brown Approves $6M Pilot Program for Chronically Ill

<b>For Immediate Release:</b> June 27, 2017 <b><br>FIMC</b> <b>(</b><b>California</b><b>)</b> <b>Contact:</b> Delfin Vig, dvigil@openhand.org or (415) 259-1247 <b><br>Senator McGuire Contact:</b> Kerrie …

Health Care

Food = Medicine Pilot Study

In 2014, Project Open Hand began our first-ever client-focused nutrition study in partnership with physicians and researchers from the University of …

Digital Health

Sexual Harassment in Medicine — #MeToo

The news is filled with stories of celebrities who have engaged in egregious sexual misconduct. A recent poll suggested that more than half of U.S. …

Sexual Harassment

Potential Cosby Jurors Are Asked About #MeToo Bias

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby sat in a courtroom here on Monday. So too, in a way, did hundreds of women who have accused other powerful men of sexual assault in recent months as the #MeToo movement swept across America.<p>As jury selection got underway in Mr. Cosby’s criminal trial, no one could …

Is This Tissue a New Organ? Maybe. A Conduit for Cancer? It Seems Likely.

Researchers have made new discoveries about the in-between spaces in the human body, and some say it’s time to rewrite the anatomy books.<p>A study published in Scientific Reports this week described a fluid-filled, 3-D latticework of collagen and elastin connective tissue that can be found all over …

What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn

Drew was 8 years old when he was flipping through TV channels at home and landed on “Girls Gone Wild.” A few years later, he came across HBO’s late-night soft-core pornography. Then in ninth grade, he found online porn sites on his phone. The videos were good for getting off, he said, but also …

Indiana University

Are Firearms A Public Health Threat?

Including last week's shooting in Parkland, Florida, there have already been 18 school shootings across the country in 2018 and we're just 50 days …

Public Health

Inside the Story of America’s 19th-Century Opiate Addiction

The man was bleeding, wounded in a bar fight, half-conscious. Charles Schuppert, a New Orleans surgeon, was summoned to help. It was the late 1870s, …

How Racism Creeps Into Medicine

The history of a medical instrument reveals the dubious science of racial difference.<p>In 1864, the year before the Civil War ended, a massive study was launched to quantify the bodies of Union soldiers. One key finding in what would become a 613-page report was that soldiers classified as "White" …

Here’s Why Vaccines Are So Crucial

Magazine<p>If children in poor countries got the shots that rich countries take for granted, hundreds of thousands of young lives could be saved.<p><b><br>Go see the child,</b> Samir Saha said. Just sit with her. Probably the siblings will be there too, the brother and sister whose lives are also altered …

Public Health

Does Marijuana Cause Health Problems?

Every year, cannabis is estimated to result in 2 million years of healthy life lost due to disability. How much is that compared to alcohol and …

Fact Sheet - Tobacco Industry Marketing - Smoking & Tobacco Use

Cigarette and smokeless tobacco companies spend billions of dollars each year to market their products.1,2<p>In 2016, cigarette and smokeless tobacco …

E-Cigarettes Likely Encourage Kids To Try Tobacco But May Help Adults Quit

Kids who vape and use other forms of e-cigarettes are likely to try more harmful tobacco products like regular cigarettes, but e-cigarettes do hold some promise for helping adults quit.<p>That's according to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, which published a comprehensive …

Rural America’s disappearing maternity care

<i>Katy B. Kozhimannil is director of research at the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center and an associate professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Austin Frakt is director of the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center with the Department of Veterans</i> …

California Says Nestle Lacks Permits To Extract Millions Of Gallons Of Water

California regulators say Nestle may have to stop collecting a large portion of the water it bottles from the San Bernardino National Forest, because it lacks the legal permits for millions of gallons of water. Nestle sells the water under the Arrowhead label.<p>The State Water Board says that of the …

Snorkeling

Water crisis spurs new breed of criminal in Cape Town

<b>CAPE TOWN, South Africa</b> -- Drastic efforts are underway in South Africa to save a major, modern city from running out of water for the first time …

South Africa

How a Police Chief, a Governor and a Sociologist Would Spend $100 Billion to Solve the Opioid Crisis

Treatment foremost, but also support for a host of other solutions, including more interdiction.

Using Art to Tackle Diabetes in Youth

Type 2 diabetes was once known as adult-onset diabetes. But now that term is outdated: Increasingly it is a disease that begins in childhood.<p>Between 2000 and 2009, the rate of Type 2 diabetes in children jumped more than 30 percent — and it is climbing especially fast among children from poor and …