Thirty years of extensive travel have left me with a wealth of wonderful memories, and a wealth of medical "experiences" and near crises. This is not an exhaustive list of medical tips, but a personal one.
I have a confession. I've been avoiding writing about Medicaid. It's so complicated it scares me. But, Medicaid can be really important to daughterhood because someday you might have to decide if it's right for your parent. So you have to get smart about it.
Since I'm single and haven't been to the doctor in years, I've always chosen the cheapest option, which offers low coverage. I'm getting older, though, and next year I'd like to take better care of myself, starting with a checkup, without going broke. How can I choose a health plan that's right for me?
Last week United Health Care, the country's largest health insurance company, announced that it was considering leaving the health care exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act. Naturally, the prospect of UHC leaving the exchanges delighted foes of Obamacare.
Humans are fallible. Humans entering data into healthcare records are no different. Even if there is internal reliability (within a hospital), in the era of data sharing across institutions on variable EHRs, there is increasing room for error.
I did not give birth in Tanzania, although some people had asked me if I would, given my professional focus on maternal healthcare in the country. Des...
Pharmacists, physicians and researchers have tried for decades to understand why the same medication, at the same dose, can work well for some people but not for others, or why some people need higher or lower doses of the same drug, or why some people have side effects, while others do not.
This is a daunting problem, and one of the many problems in mental health that former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has been trying to solve for over 30 years.
Our union represents more than a quarter million hotel, food service and gaming industry workers who make at most $50,000 per year in wages and benefits. The majority of UNITE HERE's members are women and immigrants. Most drive modest family cars--not Cadillacs--if they have a car at all.
For most Americans, going to the dentist isn't at the top of the list of things we want to do, but we go anyway, because dental care is necessary for our health and well-being. However, many of the poorest children in America don't have the luxury of dreading a trip to the dentist.
It's time we joined our Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and started leveraging health solutions at the site of greatest opportunity: the individual. Mindfulness can unlock this vast and under-utilized health resource. So what is mindfulness?
By Paul Marantz, M.D., M.P.H. The American Cancer Society (ACS), an advocacy organization that has fairly recently (and very positively) taken a more...
Let's hope that our health insurers and legislative policymakers realize that coverage of yoga is a natural next step.
Last week it was reported that more than 540,000 people selected health insurance through the HealthCare.gov platform and even more people signed up through the state-based marketplaces in the first week of open enrollment. It is likely that the increase in "The Penalty" for not having coverage, which will be $695 per person, plays a substantial role in those numbers.
As America's heartland prepares for another frigid winter, low-income families in Iowa are also bracing for a significant change. That's because private companies are scheduled to take over management of the state's Medicaid program the first of the new year, a shift Iowa's governor is calling "modernization."
The Obama administration is sponsoring a forum this week on the problem of high drug prices. The purpose is presumably to express concern about a rapidly growing problem for both people in the United States and around the world. But the reasons for skepticism are obvious.