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Trump walks back immigration policy that provider groups say causes toxic stress in children

June 21, 2018

President Trump signs an executive order to rein in the separation of migrant children from their parents amid a growing chorus of concerns from health care professionals about the practice's short- and long-term health effects.

Nearly 50% of VA nursing homes received one-star quality rating, VA data show

June 21, 2018

Documents obtained by USA Today and the Boston Globe show 60 of VA's 133 nursing homes had a one-star rating as of Dec. 31, 2017.

US adult smoking rate falls to all-time low

June 21, 2018

New data from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics show U.S. adult smoking rate declined from about 16% in 2016 to about an all-time low of 14% in 2017.

The 'marshmallow test' is famous for predicting a child's future success. It's also bunk, a new study suggests.

June 18, 2018

For decades, the so-called "marshmallow test" has been held up as proof that a child's self-control leads to success later in life—but a new study is turning that conventional wisdom on its head.

House looks to cut ACA funding in FY 2019 HHS spending bill

June 15, 2018

The House Appropriations Committee's draft fiscal year 2019 spending bill to fund HHS would cut or completely eliminate funding for several health care programs, while increasing funding for others.

The 'hotspots' where kids go unvaccinated, mapped

June 14, 2018

A new study shows "an overall upward trend of enrolling kindergarteners with non-medical exemptions" for vaccines from 2009 to 2014 in 12 of the 18 states that allow for such exemptions.

How the legacy of racism can 'literally take years' off of black US residents' lives

June 14, 2018

African Americans are disproportionately affected by health issues—and after failing to find genetic explanations for those disparities, many scientists now believe the underlying causes are environmental and social factors that expose African Americans to wide-ranging health conditions.

From doctor to detective: Flint pediatrician reflects on her effort to shed light on Flint water crisis

June 13, 2018

Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician at the Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan, reflects on the role she played in exposing Flint's water crisis.

How states can use federal Medicaid funds to combat the opioid epidemic, according to CMS

June 13, 2018

Two new CMS documents detail ways states can access federal Medicaid resources to help address the opioid epidemic.

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