| Sep 17, 2014
| 3:42 PM
As health officials fail to contain West Africa's Ebola outbreak, recent scares at two Baltimore-area hospitals highlight the need for hospitals here and across the United States to prepare space and equipment for what some consider inevitable — the...
| Sep 19, 2014
| 6:20 PM
Rashi Fein, a Harvard economist considered one of the fathers of Medicare, who threw his intellectual and moral weight behind full, affordable healthcare for nearly seven decades, stretching from the Truman administration to the Obama presidency, died...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Q: I need to lose weight. I heard about a new drug called Contrave. Does it work? Is it safe?
A: Contrave is a combination of two drugs that were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration many years ago for other conditions. The two drugs are...
| Oct 11, 2014
| 12:15 PM
Would you swallow frozen poop in a pill? What if you were infected by a stubborn strain of Clostridium difficile and suffering from diarrhea bad enough to send you to a hospital?
It may – OK, probably does – sound gross. But researchers...
| Oct 24, 2014
| 3:03 PM
The parent company of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center announced Friday a new collaboration that allows local blood-cancer patients treated at Saint Francis to take part in clinical trials offered by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
| Oct 27, 2014
| 2:48 AM
Bill Becker never stopped believing that he would beat breast cancer.
After he was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in 2011, Becker, a Bridgeport resident, became a vocal advocate for awareness and research of the disease in men. Together with Bob...
| Oct 20, 2014
| 11:35 AM
For Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Rick Perry of Texas, two Republican governors thinking about running for president, the Ebola virus has been a heaven-sent opportunity. It has allowed them to swank around as protectors of public health, distracting their...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 1:00 PM
Do you take a drug to help you sleep every night? You're not alone. Millions of Americans rely on prescription sleep medications, called sedative hypnotics.
"People believe they can't sleep without them, and they stay on them for years," says sleep...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Q: I just had a bone density test that shows osteoporosis. I think my doctor will be prescribing a new medicine. How does a doctor choose?
A: The reason for treating osteoporosis is to reduce the chance of having a bone fracture.
The most disabling...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 12:29 PM
The state of our health care system depends, in part, on the state of our health care providers. But research over the last few years has shown that physician burnout is on the rise.
Mark Linzer, director of the division of general internal medicine...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 10:19 AM
The mammogram remains the foundation of breast cancer screening, but variations on this test can improve detection for some women.
The mammogram isn't a perfect test, but it's the best one we have right now for identifying breast cancers early, which is...