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When an Iowa Family Doctor Takes On the Opioid Epidemic

When an Iowa Family Doctor Takes On the Opioid Epidemic

Dr. Nicole Gastala, with a young patient in Marshalltown, Iowa, regularly prescribes Suboxone, a medication that suppresses cravings and withdrawal symptoms in people with opioid addiction.

The Man Who (Almost) Wiped Out the Guinea Worms

The Man Who (Almost) Wiped Out the Guinea Worms

Dr. Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben, who has fought to eradicate Guinea worm disease for decades, surveys a field near a village in Chad. Just 30 Guinea worm infections were reported worldwide in 2017.

In San Francisco, Opioid Addiction Treatment Offered on the Streets

In San Francisco, Opioid Addiction Treatment Offered on the Streets

Dr. Barry Zevin, center, with Mark Farrell, the former mayor of San Francisco, left, and Chris Ruffino, a substance abuse counselor, when they announced the city’s street treatment program in May.

What Obese Patients Should Say to Doctors

What Obese Patients Should Say to Doctors

Dr. Michael L. Parks, an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, operates on very obese patients — something many doctors are unwilling to do because they attribute the patients’ problems to weight alone.

A Vote Expanded Medicaid in Maine. The Governor Is Ignoring It.

A Vote Expanded Medicaid in Maine. The Governor Is Ignoring It.

Donna Wall, who has $60,000 in debt from an ankle injury, signed up for Medicaid a day after the expansion was to take effect, and is still waiting for some relief.

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, C.D.C. Director, Resigns Over Tobacco and Other Investments

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, C.D.C. Director, Resigns Over Tobacco and Other Investments

Brenda Fitzgerald in October 2014 with Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia.

When the Illness Is a Mystery, Patients Turn to These Detectives

When the Illness Is a Mystery, Patients Turn to These Detectives

Sara Mason-Silva suffers from a condition in which blood vessels become blocked and inflamed, causing intense, chronic burning pain in her hands and feet. Doctors have not been able to identify the underlying cause of the disease and there is no cure.

Cod and ‘Immune Broth’: California Tests Food as Medicine

Cod and ‘Immune Broth’: California Tests Food as Medicine

Emma Esquivel, a volunteer at the Ceres Community Project in Sebastopol, Calif., making mushroom burgers for cancer patients. The nonprofit group is participating in a state-funded study to test whether meals delivered to the chronically ill affect prognosis or the costs of care.

Report Finds Traces of a Controversial Herbicide in Cheerios and Quaker Oats

Report Finds Traces of a Controversial Herbicide in Cheerios and Quaker Oats

Glyphosate is a popular weedkiller used on crops worldwide, but it has been at the center of a debate over its presence in foods. A new report found traces in Cheerios, Quaker Oats and other breakfast foods.

Judge Strikes Down Kentucky’s Medicaid Work Rules

Judge Strikes Down Kentucky’s Medicaid Work Rules

Dr. Van Breeding, director of medical affairs at a hospital in Whitesburg, Ky., examining a patient. Nearly one in three of Kentucky residents receive Medicaid benefits, and the state estimated that about 350,000 Kentuckians would have been affected by the new work rules.

‘Will You Be My Emergency Contact?’ Takes On a Whole New Meaning

‘Will You Be My Emergency Contact?’ Takes On a Whole New Meaning

Did you know that your emergency contact’s data could be mined for medical research?

How Chummy Are Junk Food Giants and China’s Health Officials? They Share Offices

How Chummy Are Junk Food Giants and China’s Health Officials? They Share Offices

Coca-Cola products on a shelf in a Beijing supermarket. While public health campaigns in China promote exercise, they omit the value of cutting calories or reducing intake of processed foods and sugar-sweetened beverages.

They’re Out of Prison. Can They Stay Out of the Hospital?

They’re Out of Prison. Can They Stay Out of the Hospital?

Ronald Sanders, a community health worker with Transitions Clinic Network in San Francisco, checking on a client. Mr. Sanders, who himself was in and out of prison, helps the formerly incarcerated get care for medical, psychiatric and substance abuse disorders.

New Alzheimer’s Drug Slows Memory Loss in Early Trial Results

New Alzheimer’s Drug Slows Memory Loss in Early Trial Results

The new drug slowed cognitive decline and reduced amyloid plaques, shown lower right in a colored light micrograph of an Alzheimer’s patient.

Clues to Your Health Are Hidden at 6.6 Million Spots in Your DNA

Clues to Your Health Are Hidden at 6.6 Million Spots in Your DNA

A set of human chromosomes. Researchers have developed a tool that surveys alterations in DNA and millions of points in the genome.

As Some Got Free Health Care, Gwen Got Squeezed: An Obamacare Dilemma

As Some Got Free Health Care, Gwen Got Squeezed: An Obamacare Dilemma

Gwen and Matt Hurd with their son, Harry, at home in Merrimack, N.H. They pay full price for Obamacare coverage, which has gotten so expensive they have considered forgoing health insurance.


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