Doctors Paid By Big Pharma for Prescribing Opioids

The industry is using speaker fees to reward physicians who prescribe the most.

Dentists Dying of Mysterious Lung Disease

An estimated 200,000 Americans have Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Dental professionals are 23 times more likely to be afflicted.

Most People Don’t Care About Daylight Saving Time

A majority of Americans say their lives are not “disrupted” by the time change. They’re wrong.

Is Fear of School Shootings Irrational?

Kids are more likely to be killed driving to school than shot while there. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try and prevent them.

VA Care for All?

Dave Schuler argues the US would have a much better healthcare system if we had modeled it on VA clinics rather than private insurance.

75% Of The Children Who Have Died From The Flu Weren’t Vaccinated

Thanks for nothing, anti-vaxxers.

Preventative Care Doesn’t Save Money

A longstanding claim—that I myself believed to be true—is that spending money on preventative care like regular checkups would save money in the long run by catching health issues before they become acute. The evidence does not support this.

Tom Petty Died of Accidental Overdose

Last October, legendary rocker Tom Petty died of a heart attack, at the relatively young age of 66. The medical examiner has now attributed this to an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.

Sanders Introducing Quixotic Medicare-for-All Bill

Sixteen Senators are backing a single-payer system. Another forty-four to go.

freddie deboer checking in and checking out

A public intellectual is getting the help he needs.

Senate GOP Delays Vote On Health Care Reform

A big setback for Republican efforts to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare.

CBO Score Casts Even More Doubt On Senate Health Care Reform Bill

Once again, a bad CBO score is casting doubt on a Republican health care reform bill.

Measles Cases Soar In Minnesota Thanks To Anti-Vaccination Activists Targeting Somali Immigrants

Thanks to anti-vaccination activists spreading false propaganda, measles cases are hitting record highs among the Somali immigrant community in Minnesota.

Putting Health Care Policy in Comparative and Philosophical Perspective

The problem with all the replacement talk is that there is no evidence that the GOP pathways will work.

Key Republicans Pushing To Have Obamacare Replacement In Place Before Voting On Repeal

With repeal of the Affordable Care Act now likely sooner rather than later, key Republicans are urging the party to have a replacement in place before repeal is voted on.

Clinton Health Scare Raises Questions

Clinton stumbles and leaves an event early, leading to the news that her campaign has been withholding health information from the press.

Should Presidential Candidates Be Required To Undergo Independent Medical Reviews?

Much like their predecessors, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have released only limited information about their health. It may be time for that to change.

ObamaCare Having Predictable Effects on Healthcare Market

We’re further from a public option than we were in 2009. The need for it has become more acute.

Zika Virus Concerns Lead To Calls To Postpone or Move 2016 Olympics

Concerns about the Zika Virus are leading some doctors to call for the 2016 Summer Olympics to be moved or postponed.

Doctors: N.F.L. Great Ken Stabler Suffered From C.T.E. Due To Concussions

Another late football great has been diagnosed with a brain disease directly connected to the game they played.

ObamaCare’s Predicted Effects Coming True

Major carriers are reporting massive losses and demanding major rate hikes to cover the costs imposed by PPACA.

W.H.O. Declares 2014 Ebola Outbreak Officially Over

The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola Outbreak that began in 2014 to be officially over.

Does Being A National Leader Shorten Your Lifespan? Maybe, Maybe Not

A new study suggests that being a national leader may shorten your expected lifespan.

Frank Gifford, C.T.E., And The N.F.L.’s Continuing Concussion Problem

The news that the late football legend Frank Gifford suffered from the same chronic brain disease that has been diagnosed in many N.F.L. players in recent years, and the upcoming release of a new film on the issue, seems certain to increase pressure to protect players at all levels of football.

Nurse Kaci Hickcox Sues Chris Christie For Civil Liberties Violations During Ebola Quarantine

The nurse who was detained by New Jersey officials in a quarantine despite not displaying any symptoms of Ebola is suing Chris Christie and others for civil liberties violations.

Anti-Vaccine Paranoia Infects The Republican Race For President

There was far too much pseudoscience in evidence during the Republican Debate on Wednesday.

Death Panels Are Back. Good.

With the last legal hurdle to Obamacare cleared, “death panels” have made a quiet comeback.

It’s Now Illegal For Some Adults In Hawaii To Buy Tobacco

If you’re under 21 in Hawaii, you’re still technically an adult but you can’t buy tobacco.

California May Be About To Eliminate Most Exemptions For Mandatory Vaccination

A proposed California law would require all students who attend public school to be vaccinated, with limited exemptions for medical reasons.

Thanks To Vaccination, Rubella Has Been Eliminated From The Western Hemisphere

Vaccination has eliminated a disease that used to be a serious threat from the Americas.

New Study Finds No Link Between Autism And Childhood Vaccination

Yet another study has found no link between autism and childhood vaccines. However, that’s unlikely to mean the end of the anti-vaccination movement.

California Vaccine Bill Stalls in the Face of Determined Opposition

The Disneyland measles outbreak wasn’t enough to overcome anti-vaccine forces.

Down Syndrome Teen Stripped of Varsity Letter Jacket

A sad, complicated story.

Coffee News

A Personal Observation on Vaccinations

(Plus an amusing video).

The Anti-Vaccination Thing

The debate over whether kids need to be vaccinated against communicable diseases baffles me.

F.D.A.’s Mandatory Menu Labeling Regulations Won’t Work, Could Hurt Consumers

The Food & Drug Administration’s new regulations requiring calorie and other information on menus in restaurants and elsewhere won’t work, could limit consumer choice, and may not be Constitutional.

Worldwide Ebola Cases Top 16,000 With 7,000 Dead, But There Is Some Good News

The numbers on the Ebola outbreak are bad, but they aren’t as bad as had been feared.

Say, Whatever Happened To The Ebola Crisis?

Much like the disease itself, Ebola panic seems to have disappeared as the midterm elections become ever more distant in the rear view mirror.

Africa Ebola Map

This “handy Ebola guide” is a must for anyone considering traveling to Africa:

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