How to avoid sticker shock on prescriptions

Medication costs are a steep burden for many over 65, but there are ways to shop around and reduce out-of-pocket spending.

By Hallie LevineMarch 27, 2023

These women survived combat. Then they had to fight for health care.

The Jax Act, a bipartisan bill introduced in the House, seeks to acknowledge women's combat service on secretive missions in Afghanistan.

By Hope Hodge SeckMarch 27, 2023

Watching live sports in person may be good for you, researchers say

Participants who had attended a live sporting event within the past year were more likely to report that their lives were worthwhile.

By Erin BlakemoreMarch 26, 2023

Their child’s obesity drug was working. Then their plan refused to pay.

Youth obesity is an epidemic, but few insurers will cover drugs costing more than $1,300 a month for adolescents.

By Ariana Eunjung ChaMarch 26, 2023

Can we make gorillas sick? Study reveals much about them — and us.

Gorilla researchers in Africa gather saliva samples from partially chewed leaves that the primates discard after eating. The scientists then extract the DNA and analyze it for viruses.

By Marlene CimonsMarch 25, 2023

For trans people, medical visits can be more traumatizing than healing

Trans patients share their stories of subtle discrimination, outright hostility and ill-informed medical professionals.

By Fenit NirappilMarch 24, 2023

Are Skittles dangerous? A California bill aims to ban chemicals in candy.

A proposed bill would ban chemicals used in processed foods, including Skittles and Hot Tamales. Here's what you need to know about red dye No. 3 and titanium dioxide.

By Jennifer Hassan, Helier Cheung and Marlene CimonsMarch 23, 2023

Biden marks ACA’s anniversary by lambasting Republican budget ideas

President Biden celebrated the Affordable Care Act’s 13th anniversary by lauding the expansion of insurance coverage to tens of millions more Americans.

By Amy GoldsteinMarch 23, 2023

In Africa, deadly Marburg virus strikes opposite sides of continent

The deadly Ebola-like disease spread by bats may be becoming more common under the influence of climate change, say scientists.

By Katharine Houreld and Rael OmbuorMarch 23, 2023

What to know about the eyedrop recall linked to deaths and vision loss

Three people have now died after being infected by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium linked to artificial-tears products that were recently recalled.

By Kelsey Ables and Marlene CimonsMarch 23, 2023

Troubled U.S. organ transplant system targeted for overhaul

Federal health official announces plans to break up the monopoly power of the United Network for Organ Sharing, which has run the system for nearly four decades.

By Lenny BernsteinMarch 22, 2023

Rise of deadly fungus spotlights hospital infection-control challenges

On any given day, one in 31 hospital patients and one in 43 nursing home residents has an infection acquired while seeking medical care, according to the CDC.

By Fenit Nirappil and Dan KeatingMarch 21, 2023

Supreme Court rules for deaf student who says school district failed him

The ruling said a young Michigan man can pursue an Americans with Disabilities Act claim while seeking via the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

By Robert BarnesMarch 21, 2023

Lawmakers probe whether organ procurers are ‘gaming the system’

Finance panel members question the dramatic increase in collection of pancreases for which there is no apparent need; organ groups say they are being responsive to requests.

By Lenny BernsteinMarch 21, 2023

A deadly fungal infection is spreading in hospitals. Here’s what to know.

Here’s what to know about Candida auris, a drug-resistant fungus that the CDC says “presents a serious global health threat.”

By Jennifer Hassan and Fenit NirappilMarch 21, 2023

Minnesota advances abortion bill to protect out-of-state patients

Minnesota's House passed legislation that shields its health-care providers and out-of-state patients from states that punish seeking or providing abortion.

By Niha MasihMarch 21, 2023

What we know about the origin of covid-19, and what remains a mystery

Where did the virus most likely come from, and who is investigating its source? Here’s what we know so far.

By Joel AchenbachMarch 20, 2023

Deadly fungal infection rapidly spreading in U.S. health facilities

Fungal infections from the yeast strain known as Candida auris tripled nationally from 476 in 2019 to 1,471 in 2021, according to CDC data.

By Fenit NirappilMarch 20, 2023

What to know about kefir, one of the original gut-friendly foods

Kefir is a fermented dairy drink that can boost your digestive system and your health.

By Larissa ZimberoffMarch 20, 2023

What does a hoot look like? What about a croak? Or a howl?

Listening to natural sounds is known to be good for human beings, but a new world reveals itself when you visualize sound via colorful images known as spectrograms.

By Bishop SandMarch 20, 2023