Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 5:00am
Subtle changes in the climate -- warmer winters, wetter and earlier springs, and greener environments because of more rainfall -- contribute to increasing pest populations. Sometimes deadly pathogens hosted by these vectors are now moving to warming regions, too.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 5:00am
Hollywood stars, like Glee’s Cory Monteith, aren’t the only Americans struggling with addiction that kills. Monteith, who died of a heroin and alcohol overdose earlier this month, exemplifies the public health tragedy that is opioid overdose deaths in America.
Monday, July 29, 2013 - 5:00am
According to Medical Board of California records, a doctor under investigation for other professional infractions, ultimately got in trouble for prescribing his wife with addictive drugs. Still they seemed to give him a partial pass.
Friday, July 26, 2013 - 4:02pm
Why family members and schools should be paying attention to indicators of mental health problems in teenagers and their potential links to violent behavior.
Friday, July 26, 2013 - 5:00am
After the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency sanctioned a doctor for his role in a pill mill, the Medical Board of California did nothing. This begs the same question: What does it take to get the Board's attention?
Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 5:00am
While health disparities are often framed as a social justice issue, the director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions told the 2013 National Health Journalism Fellows that maintaining such disparities is expensive as well.
Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 12:00am
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is looking for journalists interested in critical reporting on responses to social problems. With rolling admissions, you can apply at any time!
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 7:42pm
For Roze Johnson, who gave birth at Dominican Hospital in March, the letter saying her Dignity Health bill was sent to an collections agency was the last straw. Johnson is among thousands dealing with fallout from a Dignity Health billing error.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 9:27am
Nearly one in four US women is on antidepressants. The drugs, like Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft, may be happy pills but they are not happy-in-the-bedroom pills. Both older and newer antidepressants cause severe sexual dysfunction.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 5:00am
In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina, both New York City and New Orleans came up with a suite of innovative strategies aimed at making their public health systems more resilient and flexible in a disaster.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 1:00am
I recently spoke with Dr. Leonard Lichtenfeld, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the ACS. I told him how I wished I had undergone screening earlier, thinking my cancer would have been caught before it could spread to my bones and my brain. “I would not have screened you,” he said bluntly.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 5:00am
An estimated 60 percent of Skid Row residents have mental health disorders, and another 60 percent are addicted or have a history of addiction. Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are the most common mental health problems. Can finding them stable housing be a solution to their health woes?
Monday, July 22, 2013 - 4:49pm
As the Affordable Care Act rolls out in 2014, tens of millions of uninsured Americans will gain access to health coverage. But at least 3 million Californians will remain uninsured, including low-income adults and 1 million undocumented residents.
Monday, July 22, 2013 - 5:00am
Wondering who is eligible for health insurance that will be offered through the Obamacare Health Insurance Marketplaces? Here's a breakdown of all you need to know about navigating and covering the state exchanges that will offer individual policies.
Monday, July 22, 2013 - 5:00am
It’s worth examining the saga of Dr. Scott Bickman's dealings with the California Medical Board and federal authorities, because it begs the question: are they paying attention?