health policy

New Report Finds U.S. Women Have the Highest Rate of Maternal Deaths Among High-Income Countries

We knew the US healthcare system did a poor job of serving women. The Commonwealth Fund Report reveals the situation is even worse than we thought.

A New, Lower Threshold for Lead Poisoning in Children Means More Kids Will Get Tested – but the Ultimate Solution Is Eliminating Lead Sources

The most lead-contaminated neighborhoods in cities are often the poorest and home to the highest percentage of nonwhite children

As American Independence Rang, a Sweeping Lockdown and Mass Inoculations Fought off a Smallpox Outbreak

In the summer of 1776, Boston offered smallpox inoculation to everyone and required those who declined to leave town or stay in their homes

Britney’s Conservatorship Is One Example of How the Legacy of Eugenics in the US Continues to Affect the Lives of Disabled Women

Britney Spears was forced to continue wearing an IUD under her conservatorship. Her story is one shared by disabled women across the country who are denied the right to make decisions about their sexual and reproductive health.

Are COVID-19 Boosters Ethical, With Half the World Waiting for a First Shot? A Bioethicist Weighs In

Of the 5.76 billion doses of vaccine that have been administered globally, only 1.9% went to people in low-income countries

Apple Aims to Push More Patient Data to Doctors. But Who Can Gauge Its Impact on Health?

Some doctors appreciate seeing records of home-monitored blood pressure, exercise and the like between visits, others view the data as more of a burden than an asset

What It’s Like to Care for a Child With Severe Eczema

My daughter has severe eczema and life-threatening food allergies. Keeping her safe is a family affair.

Roe v. Wade Gave American Women a Choice About Having Children – Here’s How That Changed Their Lives

If the Roe v. Wade decision were overturned, women's control over the timing and number of children they have would be reduced or even eradicated

Doctors Now Must Provide Patients Their Health Data, Online and on Demand

A new federal regulation makes it easy to get test results and see what your doctor is recording about your health. One downside: You might not understand what you read.

‘Kicking You When You’re Down’: Many Cancer Patients Pay Dearly for Parking

The cost of parking while in cancer treatment is finally drawing national scrutiny

Many Black Americans Aren’t Rushing To Get the Covid-19 Vaccine — A Long History of Medical Abuse Suggests Why

Black people are acutely aware of the history of racism in the medical establishment, and the ways it persists today

Kids Already Coping With Mental Disorders Spiral as Pandemic Topples Vital Support Systems

Nearly 3 million children in the U.S. have a serious emotional or behavioral health condition. The pandemic has cut them off from those who understand their needs.

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