Health

Snatching Health Care Away From Millions

Photo Credit Karen Bleier/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images If James Comey, the F.B.I. director, hadn’t tipped the scales in the campaign’s final days with that grotesquely misleading letter, right now an incoming Clinton administration would be celebrating some very good news. Because health reform, President Obama’s signature achievement, is stabilizing after a bumpy year. This means that the huge gains ...

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Carrie Fisher Put Pen and Voice in Service of ‘Bipolar Pride’

Her success fed a longstanding debate on the relationship between mental turmoil and creativity. And her writing and speaking helped usher in a confessional era in which mental disorders have entered the pop culture with a life of their own: Bipolar is now a prominent trait of another famous Carrie, Claire Danes’s character Carrie Mathison in the Showtime television series ...

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Hospitals in Safety Net Brace for Health Care Law’s Repeal

Here in Pennsylvania, where the health law has brightened the financial outlook of hospitals statewide, many are scrambling to assess how repeal would affect their bottom line and the patients they serve. The stakes are particularly high for safety-net hospitals like Temple, but even more prosperous hospitals face uncertainty after investing in new ways to deliver care under the law. ...

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What Is Bariatric Surgery, and How Does It Work?

Photo Dr. Oliver Varban preforms a laparoscopic gastric bypass procedure. Credit Sean Proctor for The New York Times Bariatric surgery is an option that obesity medicine specialists say is too often ignored or dismissed. Yet it is the only option that almost always works to help very heavy people lose a lot of weight and that also can mysteriously make ...

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E.U. Agency in Limbo as Hidden Costs of ‘Brexit’ Continue to Mount

From the car industry to finance, that task is proving messier and more complicated than expected, with effects more far-reaching than anyone imagined — in this case with worrying implications for Britain’s vibrant and successful biotech and pharmaceuticals sector and Europe’s public health. Continue reading the main story With the agency’s days in London almost certainly numbered, cities like Stockholm ...

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Should Medicare Allow Outpatient Knee Replacement? Doctors Are Deeply Split

The issue is sowing deep discord in the medical world, and the debate is as much about money as medicine. Some physicians are concerned that moving the surgery out of hospitals will land vulnerable patients in the emergency room with uncontrolled pain, blood clots or other complications. Continue reading the main story But proponents of the change say it can ...

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Cornerstone: The Rise and Fall of a Health Care Experiment

But the confirmation proved premature. Within weeks of Ms. Burwell’s announcement, an exodus of doctors had begun at Cornerstone. In the months that followed, nearly 70 of its 228 doctors left, many attracted by the chance to make more money at area hospitals. Continue reading the main story There were also dueling lawsuits, including one accusing the practice of gross ...

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New Ebola Vaccine Gives 100 Percent Protection

The test results of the trial in Guinea were released Thursday in The Lancet. The vaccine was not ready in time to stop the outbreak, which probably began in a hollow, bat-filled tree in Guinea and swept Liberia and Guinea before being defeated. But the prospect of a vaccine stockpile now has brought optimism among public health experts. Continue reading ...

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Florida Woman Charged in Death of Infant in ‘Co-Sleeping’ Case

Photo Erin Piche-Pitts Credit Polk County Sheriff’s Office Early on Oct. 6, Erin Piche-Pitts was awakened by the sound of her baby crying. She later told the authorities in Florida that she had picked him up from a bassinet, prepared some formula in a bottle and settled back into bed with him, propping him up with a pillow and nestling ...

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Trump Is Going After Health Care. Will Democrats Push Back?

Photo Donald Trump supporters cheer him during a post-election rally in Pennsylvania. If radical Republican cutbacks in federal contributions to health insurance are enacted, many lower-income and sick Pennsylvanians could lose access to care. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times Where should Democrats head after their recent electoral rout? As it happens, coming fights about federally subsidized health insurance offer ...

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