| Jan 20, 2014
| 4:14 PM
Obamacare was intended, in part, to rein in sky-high healthcare costs.
Yet some doctors and hospitals are responding to the reform law with outstretched palms and brother-can-you-spare-a-dime pleas for more money from patients.
Evelyn Stern, 75, of...
| Jan 16, 2014
It had just started snowing when Paula Wallrich slipped and fell in the middle of the intersection at 49th Street and Woodlawn Avenue, shattering the bones in her right hand.
"I couldn't even stand, the pain was so intense," she said. "I was sure I...
| Jan 13, 2014
If you know that Kathleen "Keen" Harrison is a Chicago-area geneticist who founded the nonprofit Project Harambee to help Kenyans affected by HIV, you might think that her motivation was rooted mostly in her work as a scientist.
But she'll tell you that...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 4:05 PM
It will take more than doctors, judges and medical records to convince Nailah Winkfield that her child is dead.
Winkfield's 13-year-old daughter, Jahi McMath, entered an Oakland hospital for tonsil surgery three weeks ago and wound up on life support....
| Dec 30, 2013
Dear Amy: My wife is small-chested, but, to my eyes, not unnaturally so. She has expressed concerns that her small chest size might be related to our difficulties in conceiving (but, to be fair, we are both in our 40s), and she is visibly bothered by...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 2:30 AM
NEW YORK CITY -- It's been called "one health" or comparative medicine, and now "zoobiquity" is the in-vogue term used to describe the intersection where human and animal medicine meet.
Here's an example: Lyme disease affects dogs and people, but...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 8:33 PM
I keep waiting for the news that prosecutors in Pennsylvania have come to their senses and dropped criminal charges against Barbara Mancini.
But so far, that hasn't happened, which means the Philadelphia resident, an emergency room nurse, may soon be on...
| Nov 2, 2013
| 8:07 PM
On Colleen Smith's right shoulder, just about the level of her collarbone, is tattoo of Roman numerals, VI• IV• MMXII. They signify a date, June 4, 2012, one of several over the last 27 months that Smith either wants to remember or knows she...
| Nov 2, 2013
| 12:13 PM
The military veterans, gathered to celebrate the nation's bicentennial, had made it through World War I, World War II, Korea or Vietnam, only to be struck down by the mist from a hotel's air-conditioning system.
It was the first time the world would...
| Oct 23, 2013
Enid Montague is an assistant professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and an assistant professor in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Her research is in designing health care systems and technologies that...
| Oct 9, 2013
I recently wrote a column about Regnal Jones, the executive director of a wildly successful program that has helped nearly 5,000 students from underrepresented racial and socioeconomic groups enter health professions.
Jones said that he no longer...