Kristin Gourlay

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Ebola-hit children in Sierra Leone go hungry amid food shortages - charity

While most families devastated by Ebola have received humanitarian aid, at least 1,400 children orphaned by the epidemic urgently need support<p>DAKAR, …

Disease

Uninsured In Coal Country: Desperate Americans Still Turn To Volunteer Clinics

GRUNDY, Virginia — Sandra Cook got in line midday on a recent Friday for dental care that she wouldn’t receive until the next morning. Hundreds more …

Neighborhoods important factor in risk of stroke for all races

Those living in more advantaged neighborhoods are less likely to have a stroke than are their counterparts who live in less advantaged neighborhoods, …

Breast Cancer Death Rates Are Down, But Racial Disparities Persist

Women are less likely to die of breast cancer than they were a decade ago, but not all women are benefiting from that trend.<p>White women saw more of a drop in death rates than black women — 1.9 percent a year from 2010 to 2014, compared to a 1.5 percent decrease for black women, according to a …

New York Builds Housing to Cut Healthcare Costs

Barabara Scamordella spent about 15 years living on and off the streets of New York City and Nassau County. This past January, she got lucky: she moved into a new supportive housing development called Boston Road, after the street where it’s located in the Bronx.<p>Her studio apartment on the sixth …

Neighborhoods influence health, for better and for worse

But it doesn’t have to be that way in East Harlem or any other neighborhood in America. There are ways to make neighborhoods places where healthy …

Studies Link Cancer Patients' Survival Time To Insurance Status

Privately insured people with cancer were diagnosed earlier and lived longer than those who were uninsured or were covered by Medicaid, according to two recent studies.<p>In one study, researchers examined data from more than 13,600 adult patients who had glioblastoma multiforme, the most common type …

Lead Levels Are Forcing More Than 1,000 Indiana Residents To Relocate

More than 1,000 residents of a public housing complex in East Chicago, Ind., are now forced to relocate because of dangerously high lead levels in the area's soil.<p>The West Calumet Housing Complex, which houses primarily low-income families, lies on the site of a former lead smelting company, as …

Advancing Health Equity for Native American Youth: Workshop Summary : Health and Medicine Division

More than 2 million Americans below age 24 self-identify as being of American Indian or Alaska Native descent. Many of the serious behavioral, …

Explaining Racial Disparities in Child Asthma Readmission Using a Causal Inference Approach

This population-based, observational cohort study aims to explain why African American children are at greater risk for asthma-related readmissions …

Supreme Court ruling leaves millions of immigrants more vulnerable to illness

Center for Health Journalism Member Blog<p>June 29, 2016<p>Last week’s Supreme Court tie decision halted protections against deportation for undocumented …

‘Digital Health’ Not Just For Well-Heeled Fitness Fiends

When we hear the phrase “digital health,” we might think about our Fitbit, the healthy eating app on our smartphone, or maybe a new way to email our …

The growing diet divide between rich and poor in America

Here’s how some of the trends break down:<p>On <b>vegetables,</b> no one has really improved. But there was already an income disparity back at the turn of the …

Nutrition

For Nebraska’s Poor, Get Sick and Get Sued — ProPublica

Two years ago, the president of Credit Management Services, a collection agency in Grand Island, Nebraska, presented a struggling local family with …

New Mexico

Like humans, baboons with tough childhoods die earlier

By Karin Brulliard<p>Karin Brulliard<p>Reporter and editor for Animalia<p>Email Bio Follow<p>People who experienced trauma during childhood — abuse, neglect or divorce, for example — are more likely to be less healthy adults who die at earlier ages. Several studies have found that. But it has been difficult …

National Parks

Free Clinics Expanding Mission To Help Insured Patients With High Expenses

Denise Johnson works two jobs, but neither of them offers health insurance to part-timers like her. She signed up for a marketplace plan this year, …

Health Care

Life Expectancy Study: It's Not Just What You Make, It's Where You Live

Poor people who reside in expensive, well-educated cities such as San Francisco tend to live longer than low-income people in less affluent places, …

Demographics

Baltimore Struggles To Protect Children From Lead Paint

When a doctor found that Kenicer Carty's 1-year-old daughter had a dangerously high level of lead last year, it triggered an alarm of sorts. Officials sent an inspector to Carty's 1930 row house in northeast Baltimore. It turned out that every single window had hazardous chipping lead paint.<p>The …

New study of Chicago’s poorest kids sheds light on adversity’s long shadow

Children's Health Matters<p>March 18, 2016<p>By now most health reporters have at least a passing familiarity with the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) …

Nearly 50,000 young people are incarcerated confined in the U.S. juvenile justice system.

Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility in Albany, Oregon is the only girls-only facility in the state. They are part of the Oregon Youth Authority …

In isolated Native American community, a rash of suicides among young men

Center for Health Journalism Fellowships Blog<p>March 04, 2016<p>The Yurok, California’s largest Native American tribe, recently submitted an emergency …

Health Quality An Issue For Poor, 2 Years Into Obamacare, Poll Finds

A series of polls in key states by NPR and its partners finds that more than half of adults in the U.S. believe the Affordable Care Act has either helped the people of their state or has had no effect. Those sentiments are common despite all the political wrangling that continues over the law.<p>About …

Many Dislike Health Care System But Are Pleased With Their Own Care

The United States has the most advanced health care in the world. There are gleaming medical centers across the country where doctors cure cancers, transplant organs and bring people back from near death.<p>But a poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan …

Medicaid Rules Are Causing Undocumented Immigrants To Get ‘Bad Care For High Costs’

Carla used to get dialysis a couple of times a week at the public hospital in Indianapolis, Eskenazi Hospital. She would sit in a chair for hours as …

Despite Efforts, Black Women Deliver More Preterm Births

Black women in Connecticut remain more likely than white or Hispanic women to deliver preterm babies, despite efforts to reduce the disparity, newly …