Monday, September 29, 2014 - 4:00am
The Medical Board of California is currently discussing new guidelines for prescription pain medicines. The recommendations urge physicians to better distinguish between types of pain, remain vigilant for abuse, and help addicts find treatment.
Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 10:00am
This month's announcement of the "first blood test to diagnose major depression in adults" is good news for psychiatrists and Big Pharma, who hope they will now have the scientific certitude of the condition they have lacked.
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 4:00am
As hospital closures and physician shortages continue to afflict rural and low-income areas, Walmart is announcing an expansion of in-store primary care clinics in states such as Texas and South Carolina. Will this be the new face of primary care in rural regions?
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 9:45am
Prevention is key when it comes to reducing the harmful long-term health affects of toxic stress and childhood adversity. But when prevention is no longer an option, could mindfulness help adult survivors lead healthier, higher-quality lives?
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 4:00am
In its first year on California's state health exchange, Kaiser trailed three other major insurers in market share. As the second open enrollment period fast approaches, Kaiser is trying to better reach Latinos by beefing up Spanish language outreach, call operators and online services.
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 12:00am
Pennsylvania’s third largest newspaper, The Morning Call, is looking for a new medical and health reporter. Check out this and other job and fellowship opportunities in this week's roundup.
Monday, September 22, 2014 - 4:00am
The California Medical Association has fought efforts to make the drug-tracking system CURES a better physician oversight tool. Now a weak case against a California doctor has given the doctors' lobby a fresh chance to undermine the system.
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 8:00am
It has been several years since the bloom fell off the rose of Ambien, the blockbuster sleeping pill. Recently, the FDA has warned about Ambien hangovers, sedation and the risk of dangerous driving and recommended lower doses. Are new or existing sleeping pills any safer?
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 4:00am
The California Medical Board's case against a physician accused of improperly prescribing drugs has backfired, opening a door for the state’s influential doctors’ lobby to eliminate one of the board’s only weapons against reckless prescribing.
Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 4:00am
With the upcoming enrollment for California's health exchange expected to be half as long and twice as hard, officials are looking to improve on call wait times, outreach to diverse communities, and persuading the remaining uninsured to sign up.
Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 4:00am
Earlier this year, encouraging news broke of a marked decrease in early childhood obesity. But overall childhood obesity rates have held steady, a recent report finds, with big disparities persisting among minorities and Southerners.
Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 2:00am
Take a look at this week's roundup of job openings across the country that includes job openings at WebMD, BringMeTheNews, The Deseret News, Family Circle, TakePart.com, and WNYC's Health Unit.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 1:18pm
Like a growing number of Medicaid programs around the country, Rhode Island’s Medicaid program has quietly posted its first guidelines for coverage of an expensive new drug for hepatitis C. The new drug, called Sovaldi, is a big deal, whether you have hepatitis C or not.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 4:00am
In California and many other states, skilled nursing facilities do not have to secure a signed consent from a resident or family member to administer antipsychotic drugs. Does that result in unnecessary use of potentially dangerous drugs?
Monday, September 15, 2014 - 7:29am
Press coverage and outrage has followed news of new research in Wisconsin that involves separating newborn monkeys from their mothers a day after they’re born, frightening them, and then regularly scanning their brains to compare them with the brains of baby monkeys not subject to such traumas.