Public Health

States Give New Parents Baby Boxes To Encourage Safe Sleep Habits

For Jernica Quiñones, the reality of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, hit close to home this year when a friend woke up on New Year's Day and discovered the lifeless body of her baby girl.<p>That's why Quiñones' 4-month-old son, Bless'n, has spent a lot of his life so far sleeping in a cardboard …

Babies

How Republicans can hobble Obamacare even without repeal

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Republicans may have failed to overthrow Obamacare this week, but there are plenty of ways they can chip away at it.<p>The Trump administration has already begun using its regulatory authority to water down less prominent aspects of the 2010 healthcare law.<p>Earlier this week, newly …

Health Care Law

GOP Senator Concedes Democrats Had A Better Process When Passing Health Care Law

Sen. Tom Cotton said the GOP needed more than 18 days to come up with a plan. But they actually had seven years.<p>WASHINGTON ― Ever since President Donald Trump and Republicans failed spectacularly on Friday in their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they have been busy finding people to …

Health Care Law

First, He Blamed Them. Now Trump Wants Democrats Support for Health Care Reform

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked conservative lawmakers for the failure of the Republican bill to replace former President …

Health Care Reform

Failure of their healthcare bill leaves Republicans running Obamacare. That could open the way for bipartisan changes

Unable to kill the Affordable Care Act, Republicans may now have to fix it.<p>The White House and even GOP members of Congress risk a huge political backlash if they allow the healthcare law to come apart, as President Trump has predicted it will.<p>That leaves Republicans with a strong incentive to take …

Health Care Law

Understanding The Role Of Compounding Pharmacies After Dozens Of Deaths

The co-owner of a compounding pharmacy has been convicted of fraud and racketeering, five years after contamination at his pharmacy killed at least 64 people and sickened hundreds of others.

Congressional Republicans want to fight on, but the White House says Obamacare repeal is dead

On Sunday morning on Meet the Press, President Trump’s budget director Mick Mulvaney declared that the White House is no longer trying to repeal Obamacare. “We've moved onto other things,” Mulvaney said. “The president has other things he wants to accomplish.”<p>It was a stunning admission of defeat. …

Health Care Reform

Telehealth Doctor Visits May Be Handy, But Aren't Cheaper Overall

Telehealth takes a lot of forms these days. Virtual visits with a health care provider can take place by video, phone or text, or via the Web or a mobile app. The one commonality: You get to consult a doctor from your home, the office, Starbucks or anywhere with a wifi or mobile connection.<p>These …

Health Care

More Than Obamacare Repeal, Small Businesses Want Congress to Rein In Costs

LaRonda Hunter, a business owner in Fort Worth, Tex., views the Affordable Care Act as a literal job killer. Fearful of triggering the law’s employer mandate, which requires businesses with 50 or more workers to offer health insurance or pay penalties, Ms. Hunter has held off on expanding her small …

Health Care Law

A huge sigh of relief on health care

Laurie Garrett is a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers.<p>(CNN)As House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the Republican health care bill from voting, I could almost hear the giant sigh of …

Health Care

The Anti-Vaxxer Illness Worse Than Zika

While Zika is on every nervous parent's mind, another childhood illness is still out there.<p>The emergence of the Zika virus and the health crisis it has ignited has frightened American citizens traveling abroad—and for good reason. Zika virus can cause birth defects to babies infected in utero, …

Zika Virus

New anxieties as Trump says Obamacare will 'explode'

Americans who benefited from President Barack Obama's health care law and were relieved when a Republican push to repeal it failed are facing a new …

Health Care Law

The Death Of Trumpcare Is The Ultimate Proof Of Obamacare's Historic Accomplishment

There's little enthusiasm for going back to the way things were.<p>The Affordable Care Act overcame the tea party protests of 2009 and the Democrats losing their filibuster-proof Senate majority in 2010. It survived two challenges in front of the Supreme Court and the calamitous rollout of …

Health Care Law

Lawmakers signal fight for healthcare reform is not over

"We Democrats, provided our Republican colleagues drop replace and stop undermining the ACA, are willing to work with our Republican friends — as …

Health Care Reform

Detroit’s new top doctor making an impact

Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun took the top job at the Detroit Health Department a little over a month ago, and has already launched two public health …

Detroit

QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Global Pandemics And Killer Viruses?

Our global health team has just finished up a series called "What Causes Pandemics? We Do." In radio and online stories, we looked at the causes behind our new hyperinfectious era. We'll continue covering this topic in future stories, but we thought our readers might want a chance to brush up on …

Quizzes

Congress, don't help Big Tobacco peddle candy-flavored wares to kids

OPINION | We still have a lot to learn about the public health impact of e-cigarettes. But our kids should not be guinea pigs in this process.

Freedom Caucus' Jordan: End ObamaCare blaming, ‘Let’s get to work’

House Freedom Caucus co-founder Rep. Jim Jordan tried Sunday to end the blame being cast upon his group and others for Republicans’ failed ObamaCare overhaul bill, saying, “Let’s get to work.”<p>“Instead of doing the blame game, let’s get to work,” Jordan, R-Ohio, said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Let’s do …

Health Care Law

Millions of Australian adults are unvaccinated and it's increasing disease risk for all of us

Public attention has recently focused on improving vaccination rates in Australian infants and children. But actually the largest unvaccinated group …

Health Care

Lee: Healthcare 'absolutely not' behind us

Sen. Mike LeeMike LeeLee: Healthcare 'absolutely not' behind us GOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill How 'Big …

Health Care Reform

GOP rep: Healthcare reform needs to be bipartisan

Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) on Sunday said healthcare reform must be both bipartisan and sustainable.<p>“In order to reform healthcare in this country, …

Health Care Reform

The Latest: Pence says fight against 'Obamacare' to continue

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and the health overhaul (all times local):<p>7:35 p.m.<p>Vice President Mike Pence has told a group at a small business in West Virginia that "we will end the Obamacare nightmare and give the American people the world-class health care that they deserve."<p>Pence's …

Health Care Law

Pregnancy tax

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi stumbled on a term that women everywhere in this country should latch onto: By eliminating maternity coverage from …

Health Care Law

Health Care Reform: The System Actually Worked

While conservatives and Republicans join in choral lament over their inability to repeal and replace Obamacare in the first 64 days of the Trump administration, allow me to sound a different and slightly positive note: the governance system actually worked, or at least lurched in that direction. I …

Health Care Reform

This 44-Year-Long Study Looked At The Links Between Cancer And Birth Control

A 44-year study found great news for pill users.<p>Posted on March 25, 2017, 13:01 GMT<p>Good news for birth control users: A 44-year-long study found no increased lifetime cancer risk in women who used the birth control pill, compared to women who never did.<p>Comedy Central<p>The study, published in the</i> …

Cancer

Many governors welcome demise of GOP health care bill

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Governors of both parties had warned Congress for weeks that the Republican health care bill threatened to saddle their states with big costs and potentially leave millions of people without coverage, especially because of the cutbacks planned to Medicaid.<p>The bill's …

Health Care

After healthcare flop, White House seeks help from Congress on tax

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday blamed the U.S. Congress for thwarting a Republican plan to overhaul healthcare law, but acknowledged that the White House will need to work with lawmakers to accomplish its next set of legislative plans.<p>Speaking to a group of small business owners in …

Health Care Law

Doctors: Climate Change Is Already Making US Kids Sicker

Children are among the most vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)A coalition of medical …

Climate Change

Americans are dying ‘deaths of despair.’ Will Trump help?

IT IS a political cliche that President Trump owes his electoral victory to the extraordinary support he received from white voters without a college degree, two-thirds of whom voted for the Republican. Much less settled is the question of why these largely low-income voters, once reliable …

Opinion

What's Next After The GOP's Healthcare Implosion?

Over the past seven years, Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act –President Barack Obama’s signature reform of the U.S. health insurance system – 50 times. But when it mattered yesterday, they were unable to coalesce around a bill, and abandoned the …

Health Care Reform