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When mothers of young children struggle with feelings of depression, it’s often difficult for them to seek the mental health care they need for themselves. However, there’s an important, if not-so-obvious person to whom a mother with a young child can turn for help: her child’s pediatrician.
Medicare pays for nearly 500,000 hip and knee replacement surgeries every year, while at the same time 25,000 patients undergo procedures to remove and replace a previous artificial joint. Remarkably, and largely due to inadequacies data collection, the program is unable to identify product...
A recent evaluation of the impact of Texas’ exclusion of Planned Parenthood from a fee-for-service family planning program quickly sparked an aggressive response from state legislators. Placed in the context of increasing polarization, the space for empiricism in debates over politicized health...
Neither side of the political dialogue surrounding health care spending faces up to the continuing dominance of health costs in projections of future federal spending. What do those numbers tell us?
In litigation filed by insurers, the Obama administration is not clearly defending Congress’ limitations on risk corridor payments, but neither is it refusing to defend the lawsuit, something that administrations have occasionally done in the past.
The FDA's updated Nutrition Facts labels correct an information imbalance by providing consumers with otherwise unavailable data and allowing them to better assess their choices. The benefits of the agency acting to define and redefine words like “natural” and “healthy” are less clear.
Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, is quoted in this post as saying that everyone—"leaders in both the public and private sectors"—must ensure that "we mount a robust and comprehensive response" to the Zika virus here in the United States.
The recent downward rate of growth in health spending is good news, but even these record low levels are not sustainable in the long run without sacrifices that will cause extreme pain across the political-economic spectrum.
The FDA and Congress have established several programs that allow new drug approval based on less evidence, so that patients and their physicians have faster access. However, expedited development and regulatory approval pathways for prescription drugs at FDA present ethical and policy dilemmas.
A new study, released as a Web First by Health Affairs, found that implementation of prescription drug monitoring programs was associated with the prevention of one opioid-related overdose death every two hours on average nationwide.