Stephanie O'Neill

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She talked about depression at a checkup — and got billed for two visits

Monday, October 30, 2023

Completing a routine depression screening questionnaire during an annual checkup is cost-free under federal law. But, as one woman discovered, answering a doctor's follow-up questions might not be.


He woke up from eye surgery with a gash on his forehead. What happened?

Monday, November 28, 2022

Some doctors and medical practices voluntarily give rebates on a bill if an injury occurs during a procedure, while others will not, a medical ethicist says. Here's how patients can respond.


Preventing wildfire with the Wild Horse Fire Brigade

Sunday, October 30, 2022

William Simpson wants to deploy the wild horses across public lands, to live and graze — and ultimately, prevent the worst wildfires.


Meet the man who says wild horses could help prevent the next wildfire

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Wild horses out west are sometimes rounded up kept in captivity. William Simpson wants change that. He says the horses should be freed onto public lands where they can help mitigate forest fires.


Bill of the Month: Instead of a $1,500 deductible, the charge was $500,000

Monday, December 27, 2021

When insurance firms wouldn't pay, a woman facing a large tab for her newborn's ICU treatment was given a chance to pay $45,843 a month for a year. The story changed when a reporter got on the line.


More veterans with PTSD will soon get help from service dogs. Thank the 'PAWS' Act

Friday, November 26, 2021

Service dogs have long helped veterans with vision or mobility problems. Now the PAWS Veterans Therapy Act will help connect specially trained dogs to some veterans with symptoms of traumatic stress.


Adjusting to the office can be hard — especially if your office is the stage

Sunday, October 31, 2021

As the pandemic continues, it's hard enough figuring out how to go back safely to an office. But what if you're a rock and roll band going on tour? British band The Fixx talks about their experience.


The Pandemic Proved Hospitals Can Deliver Care To Seriously Ill Patients At Home

Thursday, May 20, 2021

COVID-19 and dozens of other acute illnesses now qualify for home treatment thanks to a new federal effort aimed at freeing up hospital beds.


Hospital Care For Serious Conditions Is Moving Into Homes

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Hospital care for serious diseases like COVID-19 is moving into people's homes. Instead of checking into the hospital, the hospital is coming to people where they live.


In The 'Shout At Cancer Choir,' No Voice Boxes Needed To Sing Out

Monday, May 03, 2021

All the singers in this U.K. choir have undergone laryngectomies — voice box removal — to treat cancer. Singing builds lung strength, and performing together builds confidence, choir members say.


Too Much Focusing Is Draining. Here's A Better Strategy

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Concentrating is hard. Concentrating during a pandemic is even harder.


Recent Supreme Court Rulings Encourage Some To Continue In-Person Worshiping

Friday, December 11, 2020

Encouraged by recent Supreme Court rulings, churches in many states are trying to challenge restrictions on worship gatherings, arguing that prayer during the pandemic is essential.


The Pandemic's Ripple Effect On Northern California Businesses

Saturday, September 05, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has devastated many businesses, including a small creamery in Northern California that's selling less cheese and buying less milk.


Swab, Spit Or Stay Home? A Wide Variety Of Plans To Keep Coronavirus Off Campus

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Colleges are rolling out a dizzying diversity of COVID-19 containment plans for students and staff. Some have no plans for routine testing, while others aim to test everyone on campus twice a week.


Los Angeles County Implements Curfew To Try To Quell Violence, Looting

Monday, June 01, 2020

In Los Angeles on Sunday, peaceful demonstrations turned into violence and looting in the upscale shopping area of Santa Monica. All of Los County was placed under curfew late in the day.


Coronavirus Has Upended Our World. It's OK To Grieve

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Psychologists say that what a lot of us are feeling these days is, in fact, a form of grief. Here's how to honor that feeling and regain equilibrium as we face an unknown future.


Hope, Happiness And Social Connection: Hidden Benefits Of Regular Exercise

Saturday, January 04, 2020

A new book, The Joy of Movement, offers more motivation to exercise. It's not just about getting fit or looking good: Exercise can give you courage, pleasure and better friendships.


A New Way To Quit? Psychedelic Therapy Offers Promise For Smoking Cessation

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Researchers are studying a new technique for quitting cigarettes. It involves cognitive behavioral therapy and guided hallucination sparked by psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms.


Psychedelic Therapy Offers Hope For Smoking Cessation

Monday, December 16, 2019

Vaping-related illnesses underscore how addictive nicotine is. A study involving the psychedelic psilocybin is showing promise as a way to permanently kick the smoking habit.


New California Law Will Help Public Get To Exclusive Beach, But Battles Remain

Friday, November 29, 2019

The law aims to settle a long-running battle between Hollister Ranch landowners and advocates for public beach access. The owners worry it could flood the pristine shoreline with trash and pollution.