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.
Friday, September 12, 2014 - 4:00am
In California, nursing home stakeholders are wrestling over what kind of guidelines to put in place for the prescription of antipsychotic drugs. A key question: What level of consent is appropriate and who should give it?
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 4:00am
A recent policy brief found that public health programs must expand their reach if they're to increase the number of people who receive preventive care. But reaching those who don't routinely seek care means meeting people where they are — culturally, linguistically and geographically.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 12:00am
Ever consider sharing your health care knowledge? The California State University is looking for a professional to lecture in their Department of Public Health.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 9:00am
Complex pediatric heart surgeries can be scary and hard to understand for families. But a former print journalist is spearheading new interactive visualizations inspired by video games to educate patients and take some of the mystery and fear out of the surgical ordeal.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 6:13am
During Suicide Prevention Week advocates are conducting suicide awareness campaigns. But there is not evidence that awareness reduces suicide. More effective suicide prevention approaches are being ignored.
Monday, September 8, 2014 - 1:03pm
Animal researchers and protestors clashed this year near the UCLA campus under heavy police presence.
Monday, September 8, 2014 - 4:00am
Industry groups have argued for a drug form that does not require a patient or family member signature. That possibility has raised deep concerns among some patient advocates, who point out the drugs' potential dangers.
Friday, September 5, 2014 - 4:00am
ER visits are growing and the number of emergency departments is shrinking. Does that mean more people will be denied urgent care and suffer or die as a result? The effects might be smaller than you think, and a good reminder to question our assumptions as reporters.
Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 9:00am
Talk of the hygiene hypothesis, beneficial bacteria, and the microbiome is becoming increasingly common. But the science of how these concepts relate to allergies and other conditions is still very much in progress. And that makes reporting on these topics tricky.
Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 4:00am
The Affordable Care Act has spurred new conversations about how to best deliver mental health benefits. Ideas range from incorporating more mental health services into primary care visits to the use of avatar systems to help schizophrenics control hallucinations.
Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 12:00am
This week's listings include reporting positions with New York Public Radio's WNYC Health Unit and Bloomberg's Health team in New York, plus check out the fellowship opportunities in our weekly roundup.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 4:00am
What happens when a health reporter personally tries out some of the health trends she routinely covers? Jondi Gumz committed herself to taking more steps and eating healthier foods than ever before. Not that it always came easy, especially on deadline days.