California Sees Housing As Significant Investment In Health Care

Jun 4, 2015
The Star Apartments owned by the Skid Row Housing Trust is on Maple Avenue and 6th Street in Los Angeles, Calif.
Heidi de Marco / KHN

LOS ANGELES — Will Nebbitt lives on the 5th floor of a new downtown apartment building. From his window, he has a panoramic view of the Los Angeles skyline. He can also see Skid Row, where he spent decades sleeping on the ground.

Nebbitt, 58, says his body can’t handle life outside anymore. He has a seizure disorder, heart disease and depression. He’s had four operations, including bypass surgery on his leg in March.

“I am too old and sick to be back out there on the streets,” he said. “It kind of takes a toll on a person.”

Does Your Neighborhood Doom You To An Early Death?

Jun 1, 2015

For almost a decade I worked as a nurse home visitor in Philadelphia with a well-regarded program that pairs nurses with first-time moms. In the morning I would put on my backpack full of child-development accoutrements, grab my baby scale and jump on the 23 bus.

In the Center City/downtown area where I lived, life expectancy was 78 to 80 years. When I got off the 23 bus less than 15 minutes later in lower North Philadelphia, it was less than 70 years.

Would Doctors Be Better If They Didn't Have To Memorize?

Apr 27, 2015

Poor old Dr. Krebs. His painstaking Nobel-winning work on cellular metabolism, called the Krebs cycle, has made him the symbol for what's ailing medical education.

"Why do I need to know this stuff?" medical students ask me.

"How many times have you used the Krebs Cycle lately?" senior doctors jokingly reminisce.

Why I Left The ER To Run Baltimore's Health Department

Jan 15, 2015

When I was just beginning my third year as a medical student, I learned an important lesson about what matters most in health.

It was a typical summer afternoon in St. Louis, with the temperature and humidity both approaching 100. My patient was a woman in her 40s who was being admitted to the hospital because her lungs were filling with fluid, a complication of kidney failure. She had missed all three dialysis appointments that week.

Gambling With Your Health

Jun 2, 2014

Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas boasts a menu of fries cooked in lard and a 10,000 calorie burger. Jon Basso, owner of Heart Attack Grill, say that people come to Las Vegas to gamble, why not gamble with their health? Susan Albers, Psy.D., encourages patrons to stay away and gamble with something other than their life expectancy.