Sarah Varney

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Is Smoking Pot While Pregnant Safe For The Baby?

Monday, January 29, 2018

Adults in a growing number of states can now legally use marijuana without a doctor's prescription. But obstetricians worry pregnant women don't realize the drug could hurt their kids.


Health Risks To Farmworkers Increase As Workforce Ages

Friday, December 01, 2017

As the number of immigrants available for farm work has dwindled in California, many who are left are older, and suffer from health problems related to decades of difficult labor.


Californians Can Now Pay Cash For Health Insurance At 7-Eleven

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The largest publicly run health plan in the nation, L.A. Care, will allow customers who do not have traditional bank accounts to pay their health insurance premiums with cash.

One in four Americans who were previously uninsured and eligible for federal insurance subsidies don't have a bank account, relying instead ...


Lots Of Seniors Are Overweight, But Few Use Free Counseling For It

Monday, February 23, 2015

A little-known part of the Affordable Care Act pays primary care doctors to help overweight seniors lose weight. So why aren't more seniors taking advantage of the free weight loss counseling?


Soda-Makers Try To Take Fizz Out Of Bay Area Tax Campaigns

Monday, October 27, 2014

Voters will decide on a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks in Berkeley and a 2-cent-per-ounce tax in San Francisco. But the soda industry's lobbying group has spent millions blasting the measures.


For The Formerly Obese, Stigma Remains After Weight Is Lost

Monday, October 06, 2014

People who have lost significant weight are uneasy about revealing that in online dating profiles, because obesity is often judged as a moral failing. Research shows they have good reason to worry.


Intimacy and Obesity

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Gaining weight is not just a concern for personal or public health -- it also poses unique challenges when it comes to sex and relationships.

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Testosterone, The Biggest Men's Health Craze Since Viagra, May Be Risky

Monday, April 28, 2014

Clinics touting prescription testosterone as the answer to low energy and decreased sex drive are proliferating across the country. But these "low T" clinics may be putting men's health at risk.


Everybody Has A Price: Why This 'Invincible' Chose Insurance

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Warnings about red tape, long waits and multiple visits to sign up for Medicaid didn't scare Brad Stevens half as much as the alternative — paying $2,500 out of pocket to see a thyroid specialist.


Therapists Explore Dropping Solo Practices To Join Groups

Thursday, October 24, 2013

In the corporate world of American health care, psychologists and other mental health therapists are still mostly mom-and-pop shops. They build their own solo practices, not unlike Lucy in the Peanuts comic strip gang who hung her own shingle: "Psychiatric Help, 5 [Cents] — The Doctor is In."

But the ...


Feds Say 'Unbanked' Can Buy Insurance With Prepaid Debit Cards

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Obama administration said Wednesday that it is moving ahead with a rule that would requiring health plans to accommodate households that don't have traditional bank accounts.

One in four of the uninsured people eligible for federal insurance subsidies doesn't have a bank account, according to a report released ...


Will A Health Insurer Sponsor The Next 'Jackass' Movie?

Friday, July 12, 2013

Soon, most Americans will have to buy health insurance or pay a fine. This sounds like a marketer's dream: Captive shoppers directed by the government to buy your product. But when the product you're selling is health insurance, there are some pitfalls. Your customers may not love you. In fact, ...


Health Law Spared Young Adults From High Hospital Bills

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Researchers at the RAND Corporation set out to find some hard data on one aspect of the health law: Does having medical insurance protect young adults from the financial ruin that often comes with a major injury or illness?

The quick answer: Yep.

Since September 2010, the Affordable Care Act ...


For Many, Affordable Care Act Won't Cover Bariatric Surgery

Monday, May 27, 2013

Uninsured Americans who are hoping the new health insurance law will give them access to weight loss treatments are likely to be disappointed.

That's especially the case in the Deep South, where obesity rates are among the highest in the nation, and states will not require health plans sold on ...


Health Insurance At 'Good Prices' Coming To Calif. Exchange

Friday, May 24, 2013

California just unveiled a wide array of choices for the 5.3 million people expected to qualify to buy coverage through its online marketplace established by the federal health overhaul.

It's the first disclosure of prices in the nation's most populous state for individual health insurance that complies with the Affordable ...


Latest Health Hurdle: Buying Insurance Without A Bank Account

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

When movie stars become unbankable, they're no longer a slam dunk at the box office. When investments become unbankable, they're relegated to the Wall Street's junk pile. For ordinary Americans deemed unbankablethose who don't have a traditional checking or savings account — it can be hard to simply ...


Texas Medicaid Debate Complicated By Politics And Poverty

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

When the sun rises over the Rio Grande Valley, the cries of the urracas — blackbirds — perched on the tops of palm trees swell to a noisy, unavoidable cacophony. That is also the strategy, it could be said, that local officials, health care providers and frustrated valley residents are ...