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Maine Voted to Expand Medicaid. Judge Orders the State to Get Moving.

Maine Voted to Expand Medicaid. Judge Orders the State to Get Moving.

Demonstrators favoring the Medicaid expansion rallied outside Maine’s State Capitol before Gov. Paul LePage’s state of the state address in February.

A Federal Ban on Making Lethal Viruses Is Lifted

A Federal Ban on Making Lethal Viruses Is Lifted

A colorized electron micrograph of the coronavirus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS. Federal officials ended a moratorium imposed on funding research that alters viruses like this one to become more lethal.

‘We’re Out of Options’: Doctors Battle Drug-Resistant Typhoid Outbreak

‘We’re Out of Options’: Doctors Battle Drug-Resistant Typhoid Outbreak

A baby believed to have contracted a drug-resistant strain of typhoid, hospitalized in Hyderabad, Pakistan in February.

Hospital Giants Vie for Patients in Effort to Fend Off New Rivals

Hospital Giants Vie for Patients in Effort to Fend Off New Rivals

The headquarters in Englewood, Colo., of Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit hospital system that plans to merge with Dignity Health in San Francisco.

That Huge Mediterranean Diet Study Was Flawed. But Was It Wrong?

That Huge Mediterranean Diet Study Was Flawed. But Was It Wrong?

An olive farm in Tuscany. Participants in a study of the Mediterranean diet were not always assigned at random to test various diets, the investigators conceded.

F.D.A. Cracks Down on ‘Juuling’ Among Teenagers

F.D.A. Cracks Down on ‘Juuling’ Among Teenagers

The agency said it had sent warnings to about 40 retailers of Juuls and other e-cigarettes, accusing them of selling the products to minors.

As Catholic Hospitals Expand, So Do Limits on Some Procedures

As Catholic Hospitals Expand, So Do Limits on Some Procedures

Jennafer Norris, at home with her three children, had life-threatening pre-eclampsia in all her pregnancies. She asked for a tubal ligation after an emergency cesarean section to deliver her third child, but the doctor said she couldn’t perform the procedure because the hospital was Catholic.

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, C.D.C. Director, Resigns Over Tobacco and Other Investments

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, C.D.C. Director, Resigns Over Tobacco and Other Investments

Brenda Fitzgerald in October 2014 with Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia.

Defying Prevention Efforts, Suicide Rates Are Climbing Across the Nation

Defying Prevention Efforts, Suicide Rates Are Climbing Across the Nation

A message board at a suicide prevention event in Cincinnati adorned with notes left for people who took their own lives. Guns are the most common method for committing suicide, health officials report.

Blood Pressure Medicine Is Recalled

Blood Pressure Medicine Is Recalled

Batches of the drug valsartan were recalled because of possible contaminants.

An Invasive New Tick Is Spreading in the U.S.

An Invasive New Tick Is Spreading in the U.S.

The Asian long-horned tick was first identified in New Jersey last November. The species now has been reported in the suburbs of New York City and as far west as Arkansas.

Cod and ‘Immune Broth’: California Tests Food as Medicine

Cod and ‘Immune Broth’: California Tests Food as Medicine

Emma Esquivel, a volunteer at the Ceres Community Project in Sebastopol, Calif., making mushroom burgers for cancer patients. The nonprofit group is participating in a state-funded study to test whether meals delivered to the chronically ill affect prognosis or the costs of care.

Injecting Drugs Can Ruin a Heart. How Many Second Chances Should a User Get?

Injecting Drugs Can Ruin a Heart. How Many Second Chances Should a User Get?

Dr. Thomas Pollard, a cardiothoracic surgeon in Knoxville, Tenn., and his team working to replace heart valves that had been damaged from endocarditis, an infection the patient developed from injecting drugs.

‘Will You Be My Emergency Contact?’ Takes On a Whole New Meaning

‘Will You Be My Emergency Contact?’ Takes On a Whole New Meaning

Did you know that your emergency contact’s data could be mined for medical research?

When a Health Insurer Also Wants to Be a Hospice Company

When a Health Insurer Also Wants to Be a Hospice Company

Humana’s decision to purchase two hospice outfits puts it squarely in the middle of the debate over whether for-profit companies can deliver quality hospice care.

Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused

Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused

The headquarters of Purdue Pharma in Stamford, Conn. Federal prosecutors said the company knew of “significant” abuse of OxyContin soon after it came on the market, but hid that information.


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