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The longest flu season in a decade, charted

June 25, 2019


This year's influenza season lasted 21 weeks, making it the longest flu season in a decade, according to CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released Friday.

What it's like to go to the doctor when you're transgender

June 25, 2019


Transgender patients "still struggle to find competent basic care, much less trans-specific care," and a recent proposed rule from the Trump administration would return the transgender community to a health care environment that can deny them care, Katelyn Burns, a freelance journalist who is transgender, writes in a first-person essay for Vox.

FDA approves new drug to treat low sexual desire in premenopausal women

June 24, 2019


FDA on Friday approved a drug to treat premenopausal women with low sexual desire—a condition known as hypoactive sexual desire disorder.

Medicaid work requirements don't boost employment, new study suggests

June 21, 2019


After Arkansas implemented Medicaid work requirements, thousands of adults lost their health insurance and unemployment among Medicaid-eligible adults rose, according to a study published Wednesday.

The best (and worst) states for children's health, mapped

June 20, 2019


The Annie E. Casey Foundation on Monday released a report that ranks the wellbeing of children in every state. See how your state fared with American Health Line's interactive maps.

Alexander, Murray just released updated legislation to address 'surprise' medical bills. Here's what made the cut.

June 20, 2019


Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Wednesday formally introduced a wide-ranging bill to address so-called "surprise" medical bills that would establish a benchmark provider payment rate for out-of-network services, instead of the arbitration process favored by hospital industry groups.

What happens when a hospital gets 4,500 scam calls in just 2 hours?

June 20, 2019


Tufts Medical Center in April 2018 received almost 5,000 scam phone calls in two hours, bringing communications at the hospital to a standstill—and it is not the only health care provider to be hit with such calls.

Suicide rates among US teens and young adults hit a 17-year high

June 20, 2019


The suicide rate among U.S. residents between the ages of 15 and 24 is at its highest since 1999, according to a new study.

Are you 'old'? Here's how to find out.

June 19, 2019


The United Nations has long defined "old age" as beginning as soon as a person turns 60—but two demographers argue this one-size-fits-all rule offers a misleading view of the aging process.

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