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How Bloomberg, Yang want to reform the US health care system

December 20, 2019


Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D) and entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who are among the candidates competing for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, this week released their respective health reform plans.

Are hair dyes, straighteners harmful? New study shows link to breast cancer among women.

December 11, 2019


Women who use permanent hair dye or chemically straighten their hair might be at a higher risk of developing breast cancer, according to a study recently published in the International Journal of Cancer—but cancer researchers are cautioning that the findings do not show causation and should be viewed in the appropriate context.

SCOTUS rejects case on Kentucky abortion requirements, leaving law in place

December 11, 2019


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case challenging a Kentucky law that requires physicians to show and describe ultrasound images to women seeking abortion care, meaning a lower court's ruling upholding the law remains in place.

From 'embryo glue' to 'assisted hatching': Do these costly IVF add-ons actually work?

November 18, 2019


As demand for in vitro fertilization has grown, fertility clinics have developed supplementary procedures, or "add-ons," that are purported to increase the odds of success—but there is little evidence these add-ons actually work.

The state of US health, in 7 charts

November 8, 2019


The United States has seen decreases in life expectancy and increases in obesity and drug overdose rates, as well as steadily increasing overall health care costs, according to a recent report from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics that spotlights the state of health in the country.

Judges strike down HHS' 'conscience protection' rule as unconstitutional

November 8, 2019


Two federal judges this week struck down the Trump administration's so-called "conscience protection" rule, which was intended to enforce protections for health care professionals who have moral or religious objections to providing certain medical care, including abortion care and medically assisted death.

Federal judge blocks Alabama law that seeks to make abortion care a felony

October 30, 2019


A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked an Alabama law that would make it a felony for doctors to provide abortion care under almost any circumstances.

Did your period-tracking app say you have a disorder? Here's why some experts are skeptical.

October 29, 2019


Period-tracking apps like Flo and Clue are releasing assessments that help determine users' risk of hormonal disorders—but experts say the assessments often are inaccurate and might cause unnecessary worry.

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