health & medicine
Greek hospitals have been accused of threatening not to release babies after they're born, unless their parents pay the bill for the delivery. Others are accused of withholding birth certificates. All of this because the Greek budget crisis has eroded health insurance coverage and hospital budget cuts.
Whooping cough is not a disease many Americans worry about. It's become extremely rare because of agressive vaccination efforts. But, now, for a variety of reasons, a new outbreak has emerged in Washington State, which has left doctors scrambling to contain it.
New research suggests that some 40 percent of Americans will not just be overweight, but actually in the obese category within the next 20 years. That's unless we do something about it and Jen Petersen has ideas. But if that fails, more Americans will be dependent on Keith Davis and his Goliath Coffins in their death.
Truvada, long used to treat people already infected with HIV, may soon be available as another means of preventing initial HIV infection. That was the recommendation of an FDA advisory panel that has been looking into the idea.
Heart disease is the leading killer of men and women in America. A recent culprit in a growing list of heart disease risk factors is the simple act of sitting. Even for people who regularly exercise, a day of sitting at the office can negate those active hours.
Some of modern medicine’s most important drugs are losing their potency. Antibiotics are failing as disease-causing bacteria become resistant. It’s happening all over, but India may play an especially big role in fueling the problem.
The Hmong community has been among the more resistant to western medicine since migrating to the United States over the last 60 to 70 years. Traditionally, they preferred the treatment of a Hmong shaman. But in California, there's an effort underway to bring the two types of medicine together.
Thousands of American soldiers suffer from the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, yet many of them don't seek help. Mental health professionals are hoping changing the name of PTSD will stamp out a stigma and encourage more veterans to request treatment.
A new study has found that Type 2 diabetes, the kind linked with obesity, progresses more rapidly and is harder to treat in children than in adults. Children more commonly have Type 1 or juvenile diabetes. But recently, Type 2 has become a problem as well.
They've been called the "medication generation," twenty-somethings who started taking psychiatric drugs when they were just kids. In her new book, author Kaitlin Bell Barnett tells the stories of five young people, now adults, who were medicated as children.