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Do You Need That Surgery? How To Decide, And How To Pick A Surgeon If You Do

Friday, July 19, 2019

When you have a serious health problem that calls for surgery, the last thing you need is the stress of navigating the health care system to find a skilled surgeon. We have tips to make it easier.

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How To Pick A Doctor (Or Break Up With One)

Monday, July 08, 2019

A good primary care doctor can be your ally, helping you catch or prevent serious illness and navigate the health care system. Here's how to find a good one.

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Early Abortion Bans: Which States Have Passed Them?

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

So far in 2019, nine states have passed laws to outlaw abortion or forbid it past a certain point in pregnancy. None of these laws are in effect, and many are being litigated in the courts.

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How Doctors Can Stop Stigmatizing — And Start Helping — Kids With Obesity

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Physicians often harbor unconscious bias against kids and teens with obesity. It affects how they talk with their patients and can make kids' health worse. Some doctors are trying a new approach.

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What's Your Purpose? Finding A Sense Of Meaning In Life Is Linked To Health

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Researchers found that people who did not have a strong life purpose were more likely to die than those who did — specifically more likely to die of cardiovascular diseases.

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It's Not Just Measles. What You Should Know About Vaccines For Adults

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Many people don't know which shots they need as they get older. And the vaccines can be tougher to keep track of because many adults go to the doctor less frequently than kids do.

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Lubrication And Lots Of Communication: Navigating A New Sexual Life After Menopause

Thursday, May 09, 2019

A new book, Flash Count Diary, celebrates the emotional and creative freedom of postmenopausal intimacy. Author Darcey Steinke is here to say, sex can be better than ever after midlife.

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What Do You Wish You Knew About Going To The Doctor?

Thursday, May 02, 2019

The doctor-patient relationship isn't always what we hope for. We're doing a series of stories on that relationship, and we want to hear from you.

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Why Do Doctors Overtreat? For Many, It's What They're Trained To Do

Friday, April 19, 2019

Ordering more tests or treatments is not always best for patients' health or wallet. A group of medical educators is trying to address the problem where they think it starts: medical training.

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When A Nurse Is Prosecuted For A Fatal Medical Mistake, Does It Make Medicine Safer?

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

A nurse was charged with reckless homicide and abuse after mistakenly giving a patient a fatal dose of the wrong medicine. Patient safety experts say this may actually make hospitals less safe.

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Controversial 'Abortion Reversal' Regimen Is Put To The Test

Friday, March 22, 2019

Several states require doctors who perform medical abortions to tell their patients the procedure can be "reversed" with progesterone. There's an absence of evidence to support that contention.

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Medical Anthropologist Explores 'Vaccine Hesitancy'

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Families learn to be skeptical about vaccines in communities where incomplete vaccination is the norm. A researcher into the phenomenon found that people are ready to listen, if they're heard, too.

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Racist Med School Yearbook Photos? Medicine's Racism Problems Go Even Deeper

Monday, February 11, 2019

The media attention around a racist photo on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook page sheds light on the larger problem of how racism affects medical care for African-Americans.

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A Drug That Eases Miscarriages Is Difficult For Women To Get

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Despite evidence that mifepristone can help recovery from miscarriages, access to the medicine, which is commonly used to provide abortions, remains limited.

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A Push For Diversity In Medical School Is Slowly Paying Off

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

American medical schools have historically been disproportionately white, but they are starting to attract more diverse students. The change may be the result of a diversity policy with teeth.

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For Doctors Who Want To Provide Abortions, Employment Contracts Often Tie Their Hands

Monday, November 26, 2018

Some doctors are morally opposed to performing abortions. Others feel it's their calling and give up weekends to work at small clinics that offer them. And that can put their jobs in jeopardy.

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How Doctors And Nurses Cope With The Human Toll Of Gun Violence

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Researchers are trying to understand how exposure to trauma cases affects clinicians and how they can get the mental health care they may need. For now, there are more questions than answers.

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How Hospitals Can Tackle The Maternal Mortality Crisis

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

American women are more likely to die from preventable childbirth complications than women in other developed countries. A group of obstetricians says hospitals can do a lot to change this.

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Legal Battle Over Missouri Clinic Could Foretell Abortion Fights In Other States

Friday, October 19, 2018

Two rules have forced closure of all but one Planned Parenthood center in the state. Abortion-rights supporters say it is an example of an "abortion desert" that could result if Roe is overturned.

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Why Are Black Women Less Likely To Stick With A Breast Cancer Follow-Up Treatment?

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Black women are more likely to die from breast cancer than white women. One reason may be that they face economic and cultural barriers to taking the medications that can prevent recurrence.

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