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Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson prepares for a television interview after the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre on July 30th, 2019, in Detroit, Michigan.

Marianne Williamson's Ideas About Health and Disability Are Downright Dangerous

The threats that Williamson's ideas present to disabled people are not just hypothetical.

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How a Simple Amoeba Can Become a Deadly Brain-Eating Infection

Infections with Naegleria fowleri, the so-called brain-eating amoeba, are extremely rare, but also extremely deadly.

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This Is Why It's Nearly Impossible to Study Pain

A fundamental understanding of what pain is continues to evade scientists.


Burned-Out Doctors Are More Likely to Be Biased Against Black Patients

A new study of non-black hospital residents finds those experiencing symptoms of burnout show higher levels of racial bias.

United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. speaks at the University of Miami on November 13th, 2006, in Miami, Florida.

The Supreme Court Blocked Mandatory Medicaid Expansion. A New Study Finds That Cost 15,000 Lives.

When the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare's Medicaid expansion was optional, 13 states opted out.


Should Medical Residents Work More Than 80 Hours Per Week?

Many old doctors argue long work weeks are necessary training for a demanding job. Others worry about unsafe working conditions.

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The Global Opioid Supply Chain Begins in Tasmania

Pharmaceutical companies exploited a regulatory loophole that allowed for a decades-long boom in licit opioid production fueled by Tasmanian-grown poppies. Here's what the island can tell us about the next wave of the crisis.

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Is Medical Marijuana the Solution to the Veteran Opioid Crisis?

Studies suggest that medical cannabis might be an effective PTSD treatment. The VA has come out against bills that would allow for further research.

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A Federal Judge Blocks the Trump Administration's Plan to Lower Drug Prices

President Donald Trump pledged to lower drug costs by forcing companies to disclose their list prices in ads. But would the plan have even worked in the first place?

Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand participate raise their hands in the second Democratic primary debate.

What Would Happen If the Government Covered Undocumented Immigrants' Health Care?

Democrats want health coverage for everybody in America, including the undocumented. What does that mean for folks already getting government-covered health care?

Vials of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines are displayed at a Walgreens Pharmacy in Mill Valley, California, on January 26th, 2015.

California's Aggressive Pro-Vaccination Policies Have Made a Big Difference

A new study finds that the percentage of kindergartners in the state without up-to-date vaccinations dropped from nearly 10 percent in 2013 to under 5 percent in 2017.

A bottle of liquid oxycodone, an opioid pain relief medication, and a dose of the solution sit on a table in Washington, D.C., on March 29th, 2019.

Does the FDA's Plan to Regulate New Opioids More Strictly Go Far Enough?

The FDA has a key role to play in combating America's overdose epidemic, but advocacy groups debate whether it's doing enough.

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New Research Links Affirmative Action Bans With Increased Smoking Among Minority Teens

A new study finds increased rates of cigarette use among 11th- and 12th-graders in states that passed laws against affirmative action.

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'These Maternal Deaths Could Have Been Avoided': A Closer Look at the Major New Study Finding That Abortions Don't Harm Women's Health

This research is particularly important at a time when states across the country are passing new laws concerning abortion.

A woman speaks during a protest against recently passed anti-abortion bills at the Georgia State Capitol building in Atlanta, on May 21st, 2019.

No, Having an Abortion Is Not Harmful to a Woman's Health

Women who sought but did not receive an abortion were in worse health five years later than peers who did get one, a new study finds.


A Chicago Jail Might Be the Largest Mental Health Care Provider in the U.S.

After Illinois cut funding for mental-health services, Cook County Jail now handles a large portion of the state's patients. A new book tells their story.

A high-speed production line of insulin is pictured at the factory of Novo Nordisk, a global health-care company.

Why Aren't States Doing More to Lower the Cost of Insulin?

Insulin pricing is yet another case where state lawmakers can choose whether or not to save the lives of their constituents.

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Meet the Women Fighting for Gender Equality in Addiction Treatment

A gender-targeted approach to harm reduction and drug treatment could help close the gaps between how male and female drug users can work toward recovery.

A nurse gives a woman a measles, mumps, and rubella virus vaccine at the Utah County Health Department on April 29th, 2019, in Provo, Utah.

Measles Cases in the U.S. Reach a New Milestone

More cases have been reported this year than in all of 1992, when the country had its last big outbreak.

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California May Extend Medicaid to Undocumented Immigrants. Will Trump Weaken the Plan?

This week, the state came one step closer to becoming the first to extend Medicaid to all undocumented immigrants.