Daniel Raymond, policy director at the national Harm Reduction Coalition, says the Scott County outbreak, which infected 181 people, was a “wake up call” for communities around the country who are dealing with rising rates of hepatitis C, ongoing prescription opioid addiction, and increasing abuse of heroin.
A new rule from the Obama Administration aims to further reduce the main ingredient in smog. That might sound like good news if you live in a city where smog is a problem. But after the rule was announced, there were plenty of complaints about it.
Medical abortion services at the Columbia, Missouri Planned Parenthood clinic are under threat, due, in part, to political pressure from the Missouri legislature. This clinic is one of only two places in the state where a woman can get an abortion, but following an announcement made by the University of Missouri Health Care system last Thursday, they may not be available for much longer.
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards testified before the House Oversight Committee Tuesday, in the wake of the release of a series of undercover videos this summer that showed high-level staffers discussing the harvesting of fetal tissue.
Endometriosis affects one in ten American women, often causing debilitating pain that keeps them from work or school, yet little is known about the disease. Endometriosis is a condition in which pieces of tissue similar to the lining of the uterus--the endometrium--grow outside of the womb. When a woman menstruates, endometriosis tissue sheds as well, but without having a way out of the body, it forms scar tissue, cysts and adhesions in the abdomen. A recent article in The Guardian argues that despite its prevalence, research for endometriosis is drastically underfunded:
There’s a serious doctor shortage in the United States and the problem is set to get worse if medical schools don't increase the number of physicians they train.
According to a 2015 report prepared for the Association of American Medical Colleges, the demand for physicians-- especially primary care doctors--is growing faster than the supply. The analysis projects there will be a shortage of 46,100 to 90,400 physicians by 2025.
ByMichelle Andrews - Kaiser Health News•Sep 29, 2015
Correctional facilities are responsible for providing health services to people who are jailed, but that doesn’t mean that prisoners don’t face financial charges for care. In most states they may be on the hook for copayments ranging from a few dollars to as much as $100 for medical care, according to a recent study.