Joel Theisen, CEO of senior care services company Lifesprk, meets with a group of seniors.

North Memorial partners with elder care provider to screen patients for problems

Hospital partners with LifeSprk to help screen, guide patients.

Poverty affects access to health care. These women are trying to change that

December 13
To explore the disparity in care, The New York Times spoke with three women focused on improving the health of people with low incomes.
In the U.S., wealth buys health.

More Americans are dying at home rather than in hospitals

December 11
For the first time since the early 1900s, more Americans are dying at home rather than in hospitals.
It's a trend that reflects more hospice care and progress toward the kind of end that most people say they want.
Science
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Registered nurse Donna Feaster administers a flu shots during a free flu shot clinic at the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple on Wed

The startlingly high cost of the free flu shot

Secret negotiations mean that some insurers — and ultimately patients — pay as much as $85 per shot.
Variety
7:48am
A runner zips along the upper concourse of U.S. Bank Stadium during the Dec. 9 Winter Warm-Up, when the stadium opens to runners and inline skaters.

Let the Vikes inspire during U.S. Bank Stadium's Winter Warm-Ups for runners and inline skaters

Warmth and inspiration from the team fuels a workout at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Local
December 13
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz

Gov. Walz hires consultant to study breaking up embattled DHS

A breakup has been suggested many times over the past decade, and even this year high-ranking DHS officials have said that it might make sense.
National
December 13

Large hospital system says it was hit by ransomware attack

New Jersey's largest hospital system said Friday that a ransomware attack last week disrupted its computer network and that it paid a ransom to stop it.
National
December 13

Audit: Medical system board was 'deeply compromised'

The University of Maryland Medical System paid $500,000 to buy the self-published books of Baltimore's now disgraced ex-mayor, but there's no evidence any system executives ever read them or that a process was in place to determine their fair market value, an audit released Friday said.
National
December 13

US approves fish oil-based drug for cutting heart risks

U.S. regulators on Friday approved expanded use of a fish oil-based drug for preventing serious heart complications in high-risk patients already taking cholesterol-lowering pills.
National
December 13

Report: Whistleblower says ICE denied healthcare to migrants

A whistleblower report provided to BuzzFeed News alleges U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has "systematically provided inadequate medical and mental health care" to detained migrants, leading to complications that included the removal of part of an 8-year-old boy's forehead.
Variety
December 13

In surprise decision, US approves muscular dystrophy drug

U.S. health regulators approved a second drug for a debilitating form of muscular dystrophy, a surprise decision after the medication was rejected for safety concerns just four months ago.
Variety
December 13

Peter Frates, known for ice bucket challenge, laid to rest

To honor Peter Frates — the former Boston College baseball player whose public battle with ALS helped make the ice bucket challenge a phenomenon — do as he did, the priest who officiated at his funeral said Friday.
Variety
December 13

How tramadol, touted as safer opioid, became 3rd world peril

Reports rolled in with escalating urgency — pills seized by the truckload, pills swallowed by schoolchildren, pills in the pockets of dead terrorists.
Variety
December 13

Tramadol is an odd, unpredictable opioid, scientists say

Scientists who've studied the curious chemistry of the opioid tramadol use an array of adjectives to describe it: "unpredictable," "messy," "crazy."Tramadol is unlike most other…
Variety
December 13

Breast cancer risk from menopause hormones may last decades

Women who use certain types of hormones after menopause still have an increased risk of developing breast cancer nearly two decades after they stop taking the pills, long-term results from a big federal study suggest.
Science
December 13

Health briefs: Diabetes in moms may raise heart risk in kids

The children of mothers with diabetes may be at increased risk for early heart disease. Researchers used Danish national health registries that included 2.4 million…
Nation
December 13
The sink in Legena Wagner’s kitchen does not have a faucet. Like about a third of the households in the Navajo Nation, she lives without plumbing an

More than 2 million Americans still without running water, proper sanitation, report finds

The report, released by two national nonprofit organizations last month, outlines stark, race-based inequalities.
National
December 12
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Regulators to set up 3-digit suicide hotline number like 911

Federal regulators are setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline in order to make it easier to seek help and reduce the stigma associated with mental health.
Nation
December 12
FCC vote supports 3-digit suicide hotline number

FCC vote supports 3-digit suicide hotline number

The move would make it easier to seek help and reduce the stigma associated with mental health.
Local
December 12
A nurse prepares a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta.

It's an unusual start to flu season as B strain busts out early

B strains typically spread faster among children, but symptoms are similar.
National
December 12

More people signing up for health insurance in California

More than 130,000 people have purchased health insurance through California's state-run marketplace for the first time, a 16% increase from last year now that the state is offering more money to help people pay their monthly premiums and will begin taxing people next year who refuse to buy insurance.
Variety
December 12

Illinois sues e-cigarette maker Juul over youth marketing

Illinois has become the latest state to sue the country's biggest e-cigarette maker, alleging in a lawsuit filed Thursday that Juul Labs Inc., used deceptive marketing practices to entice minors and misrepresented the amount of nicotine in its products.
National
December 12

Court won't halt lawsuits against doctor in murder case

An Ohio hospital doctor who pleaded not guilty to murder in 25 patients' deaths was unsuccessful in his latest bid to pause more than a dozen related lawsuits while the criminal case is pending.