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Judge Strikes Down Kentucky’s Medicaid Work Rules

Judge Strikes Down Kentucky’s Medicaid Work Rules

Dr. Van Breeding, director of medical affairs at a hospital in Whitesburg, Ky., examining a patient. Nearly one in three of Kentucky residents receive Medicaid benefits, and the state estimated that about 350,000 Kentuckians would have been affected by the new work rules.

In Sweeping War on Obesity, Chile Slays Tony the Tiger

In Sweeping War on Obesity, Chile Slays Tony the Tiger

Kiosks in Santiago’s city center feature products with black nutritional warnings on the labels of items high in sugar, salt, calories or saturated fat.

The Man Who (Almost) Wiped Out the Guinea Worms

The Man Who (Almost) Wiped Out the Guinea Worms

Dr. Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben, who has fought to eradicate Guinea worm disease for decades, surveys a field near a village in Chad. Just 30 Guinea worm infections were reported worldwide in 2017.

How Suicide Quietly Morphed Into a Public Health Crisis

How Suicide Quietly Morphed Into a Public Health Crisis

A candlelight vigil by family members of a young man who killed himself in Salem, Ore. Medications and psychiatric treatment are more widely available than ever, yet suicides in the United States are on the rise.

A Common Virus May Play Role in Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Finds

A Common Virus May Play Role in Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Finds

New research suggests that certain viral infections could accelerate an immune response increasing the accumulation of amyloid, the protein in human brains which forms the plaques of Alzheimer’s.

Trump’s New Plan to Dismantle Obamacare Comes With Political Risks

Trump’s New Plan to Dismantle Obamacare Comes With Political Risks

The Justice Department has asked a court to throw out major elements of the Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate and the popular provision that protects those with pre-existing medical conditions.

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Name C.E.O. for Health Initiative

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Name C.E.O. for Health Initiative

Dr. Atul Gawande is a professor and practicing surgeon who has written extensively on health care.

Emergency Rooms Run Out of Vital Drugs, and Patients Are Feeling It

Emergency Rooms Run Out of Vital Drugs, and Patients Are Feeling It

Edwin Alsina, in the bed, arrived at Norwegian American Hospital in Chicago with a racing heart.The staff normally would have administered a drug used to steady an abnormal heart rate, but it wasn't in stock, and when its replacements didn't work, he was admitted overnight.

Medicare Slashes Star Ratings for Staffing at 1 in 11 Nursing Homes

Medicare Slashes Star Ratings for Staffing at 1 in 11 Nursing Homes

Medicare downgraded its rating of many nursing homes for failing to be staffed every day with a registered nurse.

Defying Prevention Efforts, Suicide Rates Are Climbing Across the Nation

Defying Prevention Efforts, Suicide Rates Are Climbing Across the Nation

A message board at a suicide prevention event in Cincinnati adorned with notes left for people who took their own lives. Guns are the most common method for committing suicide, health officials report.

After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight

After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight

Danny Cahill, playing the bass during a church service near Tulsa, Okla., won Season 8 of the NBC show “The Biggest Loser” by dropping 239 pounds. He has regained more than 100.

A Simple Way to Improve a Billion Lives: Eyeglasses

A Simple Way to Improve a Billion Lives: Eyeglasses

While not seen as urgent as other world health problems, untreated vision problems cost the global economy $200 billion annually to lost productivity, according to the W.H.O.

When the Illness Is a Mystery, Patients Turn to These Detectives

When the Illness Is a Mystery, Patients Turn to These Detectives

Sara Mason-Silva suffers from a condition in which blood vessels become blocked and inflamed, causing intense, chronic burning pain in her hands and feet. Doctors have not been able to identify the underlying cause of the disease and there is no cure.

Kentucky Rushes to Remake Medicaid as Other States Prepare to Follow

Kentucky Rushes to Remake Medicaid as Other States Prepare to Follow

Mark Lee Coleman, right, getting blood work done at the Family Health Centers in Louisville. Mr. Coleman is a diabetic on Medicaid, whose condition can threaten his ability to work.

Report Finds Traces of a Controversial Herbicide in Cheerios and Quaker Oats

Report Finds Traces of a Controversial Herbicide in Cheerios and Quaker Oats

Glyphosate is a popular weedkiller used on crops worldwide, but it has been at the center of a debate over its presence in foods. A new report found traces in Cheerios, Quaker Oats and other breakfast foods.

Now in Sight: Success Against an Infection That Blinds

Now in Sight: Success Against an Infection That Blinds

Shiva Lal Rana, left, getting a checkup at the Geta Eye Hospital in Nepal. More than a decade ago, he received an operation and antibiotics to treat a trachoma infection, a leading cause of blindness in poor countries.


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