Even in California: A Sneaky Threat to Reproductive Health

Religion Interfering With Healthcare

Ruth Dawson: Religiously affiliated hospitals do not have the right to provide sub-standard care by inserting a religious gatekeeper between a doctor and a patient in need, thereby imposing theological views on people who do not necessarily share them.

A Prevention Program for Hubris?

How Ebola Spreads

Kathleen Wallace: But you know there’s an answer medical science has come up with for those with absolutely no improvement from traditional therapy. Fecal transplant. I did not make that up.

Deadly Depression

Robin Williams Depression

Larry Wines: How many more of our people, known and unknown, with talents proven or promised, must we lose because we don’t believe in treating injured, hurting, suffering people, and because we play games with what ailments are acceptable to our sensibilities, and which ones make the sufferer a pariah?

Will Legislative Inaction Compromise AIDS Advances?

AIDS Research Funding

Walter Brasch: Even if there is a cure for AIDS, even if there are significant advances in the treatment and cure of other communicable diseases, it may not mean much if patients can’t get the medical treatment they need because obstructionists are doing their best to separate the people from the solution.

Are Cigarettes More Addictive Now?

Cigarettes More Addictive

Tara Culp-Ressler: Cigarette manufacturers have worked hard to keep their products relevant even in the midst of aggressive public health campaigns to crack down on smoking, according to a new report released on Monday by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

E-Regulating E-Cigarettes

Regulating E-Cigarettes

Tina Dupuy: E-cigarettes are technically a “nicotine delivery device” derived from tobacco. For all intents and purposes—it’s tobacco. They should have to abide by the same laws as other tobacco products.

How the Right Wing Is Killing Women

Women Dying in Childbirth

Robert Reich: For every 100,000 births in America last year, 18.5 women died. That’s compared to 8.2 women who died during pregnancy and birth in Canada, 6.1 in Britain, and only 2.4 in Iceland.

Obamacare Helps Boost Young People’s Incomes

Obamacare and Young People

Tara Culp-Ressler: Young adults used to have the highest uninsurance rate of any age group. But over the past several years, Obamacare has given millions of young adults access to health care, helping the uninsurance rate among Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 decline to just 19 percent.

The Grim Repo: Medi-Cal Estate Recovery Act

Medi-Cal Estate Recovery Act

Tina Dupuy: During the last five years of the national debate around health care reform, it’s been an all-or-nothing proposition. Either you hate Obamacare and cite it in your requiem for the republic. Or you defend it whole cloth with no caveats.

Florida Refuses to Expand Medicaid: 32-Year-Old Woman Dies

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Tara Culp-Ressler: A recent study conducted by Harvard researchers estimated that as many as 17,000 people will die directly as a result of their states refusing to expand Medicaid.

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