Understanding your electronic medical records

The days when doctors riffled through a folder bulging with papers to find crucial information about a patient’s medical history are disappearing. Today, health care providers at many physician practices, hospitals and health systems across America rely on electronic medical records that give the medical team, patients and their family members easy access to the […]

Chronic marijuana use in teens not linked to later health issues

The study’s results show no differences in any of the mental or physical health outcomes that were measured regardless of the amount or frequency of marijuana use during adolescence. A team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Rutgers University has indicated that smoking marijuana in your teens is not linked to […]

Senate blocks Planned Parenthood defunding measure

Republican legislation to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood failed to gather enough support in the U.S. Senate on Monday, halting at least for now moves to punish the women’s health group for its role in gathering fetal tissue from abortions for medical research. Senate Democrats succeeded in stopping the bill on a procedural […]

Racial injustice still rife in health care

Racism mars the history of health care in America. For years, black patients were relegated to separate — and appallingly unequal — hospitals and wards. Many were simply denied medical attention, either “dumped” into the care of other facilities or turned away at the hospital door. Fifty years ago this week, that started to change […]

Study on ER returns suggests more need for follow-up care

No one wants to make a repeat visit to the emergency room for the same complaint, but new research suggests it’s more common than previously thought and surprisingly, people frequently wind up at a different ER the second time around. Already some ERs are taking steps to find out why and try to prevent unnecessary […]

Alcohol Disorders: Nearly 1 in 3 Adults Are Problem Drinkers

About 30 percent of adults in the United States misuse alcohol at some point in their lives, but the large majority don’t seek treatment, a new study suggests. Researchers also found that in a given year, about 14 percent of American adults misuse alcohol, which researchers refer to as having “alcohol use disorder.” This yearly […]

California Senate votes to raise smoking age to 21 from 18

California Senate voted on Tuesday to raise the legal smoking age in the most populous U.S. state to 21 from 18, in a move that could make California one of the states with the highest smoking age. The measure was approved by the Senate 26-8 and must now be approved by the state Assembly. “We […]

U.S. News Health Care Index shows massive increase in consumer costs

During the last year, a compelling narrative has emerged about health care spending: Though it continues to rise each year, its rate of growth is slowing dramatically and unexpectedly. Projections show that this trend will continue during the coming decade, partially because the impact of the Great Recession has lingered. It is unclear at this […]

Texas considers more abortion limits after clinic closures

Two years after Texas adopted sweeping abortion restrictions despite Wendy Davis’ star-making filibuster, Republicans are pushing a smaller encore of additional limits for new Gov. Greg Abbott to sign within the next month. New battlegrounds over abortion access for minors and insurance don’t pack the same impact of a 2013 measure that would leave as […]

House rejects bid to let VA docs give advice on medical pot

The GOP-controlled House Thursday barely rejected a bid by supporters of medical marijuana to permit veterans to receive information about the drug from their government doctors. The 213-210 vote came on a failed amendment to a bill funding the budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The proposal by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., would have […]


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