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 Levine
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 Seck
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 Blakemore
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 Cha
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 Cimons
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 Nirappil
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 Cimons
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 Goldstein
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 Ombuor
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 Cimons
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 Bernstein
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 Keating
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 Barnes
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 Bernstein
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 Nirappil
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 Masih
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 Achenbach
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 Nirappil
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 Zimberoff
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 Sand