Health & Medicine

These stories range from personal to public health, from medical research to the practices and business of health care

Health & Medicine

One surgeon suggests health care decisions in America are too often dictated by money

Most consumers want value for their money. When we buy a house or a car, we shop carefully and thoroughly — and there are rules and regulations governing the information a seller must provide to the buyer. But not so for the medical industry. In many cases, hospitals and doctors deliberately keep the true cost of medical procedures a closely-held secret. Can this unfair and outdated system ever be changed?

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The fight is on over e-cigarettes

Electronic cigarette ads are on TV. New York City is restricting e-smoking in the same way as it restricts tobacco smoking. And government data indicates that 10 percent of high school students have tried e-cigs. Now, researchers are racing to figure out how they will impact public health.

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Mexico's lawmakers are trying to reduce the appetite for sugary, fizzy drinks with new law

If Mexican legislators get their way, it will soon cost a bit more to purchase junk food and soda. Several proposals to raise taxes on junk food and sugary drinks are moving forward as part of a bigger tax reform bill. The new taxes are seen as a way to address soaring obesity rates in Mexico and to raise much needed tax revenues.