Monday, July 28, 2014 - 9:59am
Baby boomers are five times as likely to have chronic hepatitis C as any other age group. That's why the CDC launched a public health campaign to encourage boomers to get screened for the disease. And so, in honor of World Hepatitis Day, I invite — no, I encourage — boomers to get tested.
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 4:00am
Can doctors learn to use patients’ newly available consumer data to improve care while maintaining a bedside manner that effectively communicates the steps a patient should take to realize a healthier future? It's a delicate challenge.
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 4:00am
Futuristic data-mining experiments could give providers new ways of preventing health problems. But the latest digital tools won't lessen the importance of good old-fashioned face-to-face conversations with one's doctor.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 12:43pm
As the nation is horrified by another botched execution, a capital defense lawyer in Texas, legal scholar in New York and the former warden of San Quentin work against capital punishment.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 4:00am
Obamacare's enrollment period largely overlaps with the holidays, when potential enrollees' budgets and mental resources are stretched. So why not schedule enrollment season after the holidays, when tax refunds could give low-income consumers an extra nudge?
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 12:00am
POLITICO Pro is looking a health care reporter, and so is The Bismarck Tribune and the St. Louis Dispatch. Radio health reporters should check out the opportunity at Louisville Public Media. U.S. News & World Report has openings for interns. Check out all this week's opportunities.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 4:00am
A bill that would have required warning labels on sugary beverages died in the California legislature. Meanwhile, evidence continues to link such drinks to chronic diseases.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 1:25pm
For babies, healthy brain development is like a tennis game. A caregiver "serves" up an interaction, like a facial expression, a coo, or a word, and the infant "returns" that serve, imitating the expression or sound. That "serve and return" dynamic is key.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 4:00am
For children who've suffered trauma and abuse, positive relationships can be elusive. In L.A., an innovative children's center and an alternative all-girls high school are helping kids and teens forge trusting relationships and meaningful narratives out of a traumatic past.
Monday, July 21, 2014 - 4:00am
Will the increasing use of consumer data in health care create new exclusions and disparities or lead to a future of better care and better health outcomes? A new report outlines the risks and promises of this brave new health care world.
Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 4:00am
Facebook's study on emotions ignited a flurry of criticism. But were the Facebook users involved really unsuspecting? Sacrificing a little privacy for answers to social science and health questions isn't a terrible tradeoff. Companies just need to communicate better.
Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 3:30am
While most of America was occupied with July 4th weekend festivities, bioethicists across the country were online discussing the possible research ethics transgressions committed by the Facebook study of "emotional contagion" through social networks.
Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 12:00am
There is a Health Care Reporter position open at POLITICO Pro. Plus check out this fellowship opportunity with the Association of Health Care Journalists and the National Library of Medicine.
Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 5:26pm
It was Felix the cat who set it off, a great black outline of the cartoon character with his name emblazoned across his chest in a bygone typography. He spoke of an L.A. from the big, big 1950’s, a mythical all the way to the top time. But for me, standing on Figueroa Blvd. in 2014 Felix set off...
Friday, July 18, 2014 - 3:30am
As a human rights activist, I find myself caught between a rock and a hard place concerning the recent ruling on the buffer zone legislation that demonstrators have their rights to demonstrate at or near abortion facilities.