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The Hospital is No Place for the Elderly

Medical treatment for aging, chronically ill patients is costly and often ineffective. Can they get better care at home?

The Quest to End the Flu

The methods used to make flu vaccines are slow and sometimes unreliable, and new viruses threaten to outrun them. Can researchers find a way to stay ahead?

Living Sick and Dying Young in Rich America Dvortygirl/flickr

Living Sick and Dying Young in Rich America

Chronic illness is the new first-world problem.

The Budget Deal: An Okay End to a Very Bad Year for Medical Research Reuters

The Budget Deal: An Okay End to a Very Bad Year for Medical Research

Congress's spending bill offers some relief to the National Institutes of Health, but Francis Collins says lawmakers are still scrimping on essential science.

Anxiety About Certain Things Can Be Hereditary philip.bitnar/flickr

Anxiety About Certain Things Can Be Hereditary

Through epigenetics, our parents' lives could influence our memories.

Midwives for the Dying ♥ jules/flickr

Midwives for the Dying

A physician and nurse practitioner discuss the emerging role of medicals professionals who ease the death process. There is no one right way to die, but just as we need help coming into the world, we need support and love going out of it. 

Should Doctors Get Paid Less If They Don’t Keep Patients Healthy? withassociates/flickr

Should Doctors Get Paid Less If They Don’t Keep Patients Healthy?

One important piece of health policy where Republicans and Democrats agree

Medicine's Problem of 'Incidental Findings' Jim Bourg/Reuters

Medicine's Problem of 'Incidental Findings'

Abnormalities on medical tests that weren't what doctors were looking for—and probably mean nothing—can cause a lot of anxiety, time, and money

The Future of Probiotics Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters

The Future of Probiotics

Hippocrates said that all disease begins in the gut. A gastroenterologist's predictions on how new treatments will begin there, too.

What Smoking Does to the Body Cancer Society of Finland

What Smoking Does to the Body

It seems the best way to reach smokers is to tell them they'll look ugly.

Scientists Develop an Artificial Hand That Can <em>Feel</em>

Scientists Develop an Artificial Hand That Can Feel

Amputee Igor Spetic says the device can even produce the sensation of touching different textures, such as smooth metal, fluffy cotton balls, rough sandpaper, and soft hair.

Three Ways to Improve U.S. Healthcare, as Demonstrated in India Tsering Topgyal/AP

Three Ways to Improve U.S. Healthcare, as Demonstrated in India

A cardiologist's experience in practice and travel

Spreading HIV Is Still a Felony, Which May Abet Its Spread

Spreading HIV Is Still a Felony, Which May Abet Its Spread

Today the U.S. Senate will hear a bill to change the way many laws regard people with a chronic, treatable illness. Do laws that categorically criminalize HIV exposure, however unlikely the risk of transmission, actually increase its spread?

An Organic Greenhouse Run by Farmers With Autism

An Organic Greenhouse Run by Farmers With Autism

This crowd-sourced project in Indiana is seeing an outpouring of support.

Can Schizophrenia Be Stopped? Wikimedia Commons

Can Schizophrenia Be Stopped?

By intervening right after patients have a break from reality, an NIMH project hopes to offer people with severe mental illnesses a chance at recovery.

Should Bystanders Intervene When They Identify Mental Illness? Alan Cleaver/flickr

Should Bystanders Intervene When They Identify Mental Illness?

In two days of training, people are learning to recognize conditions like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia in strangers, and what to do about it.

Why Do Healthy Non-Smokers Get Lung Cancer? quinn.anya/flickr

Why Do Healthy Non-Smokers Get Lung Cancer?

The latest research on why "anyone with lungs is at risk," and what's being done about it

After Antibiotics, the Feces Pill Remains (B*2/flickr)

After Antibiotics, the Feces Pill Remains

Some people with potentially lethal gut infections find that the only effective treatment is an orally-administered fecal transplant. The treatment is gaining acceptance among physicians.

The End of AIDS Will Be in Love Beawiharta Beawiharta/Reuters

The End of AIDS Will Be in Love

Working with my international AIDS foundation, I have witnessed discrimination, injustice, and indignation as the major barriers to treatment and cure.

Universal Healthcare Doesn't Mean Waiting Longer to See a Doctor h.koppdelaney/flickr

Universal Healthcare Doesn't Mean Waiting Longer to See a Doctor

A new report from the Commonwealth Fund shows that people in other industrialized nations get doctors' appointments faster than Americans do.

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