Health News

  • A new study looked into how well health misinformation is researched by these institutions and the methods they used to fight it. One of the study's authors is Stefanie Friedhoff, professor of the practice at Brown University's School of Public Health.

    November 21, 2023
  • After more than 30 years at the National Institutes of Health, the next guest has been recognized by the Senior Executives Association with the 2023 Spirit of Excellence award for diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.

    November 07, 2023
  • A ballot measure in Ohio that would guarantee access to abortion rights is fueling misleading claims about how the proposal could influence abortion care, gender-related health care and parental consent in the state. The Associated Press spoke to medical and legal experts who explained what the proposed constitutional amendment would mean if it were to pass in November. Among other things, those experts evaluated misleading claims that the amendment is about gender-related care or parental consent, that it would lead to abortions “up to birth,” that it would enable abusers and that it would open the door to infanticide.

    November 02, 2023
  • U.S. officials say the number of suicides among military members and their families dipped slightly in 2022, compared with the previous year. This decline comes as the Defense Department tries to build prevention and treatment programs to address what's been a steadily growing problem over the past decade.

    October 26, 2023
  • Tennessee Republican leaders are escalating their calls to reject millions of federal dollars rather than comply with requirements over LGBTQ+ rights, abortion access and other hot-button issues. Already this year, the Volunteer State has rebuffed federal dollars designed to prevent and treat HIV and money that would help clinics serving low-income women. Now, GOP lawmakers are talking about cutting off nearly $1.8 billion in federal education dollars. While States declining to accept federal funding isn’t new, the spike in GOP state leaders willing to walk away from federal dollars over disagreements on LGBTQ+ rights, abortion and other hot button issues is a new development that some experts say is cause for concern.

    October 24, 2023
  • Democratic Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has defended his sweeping COVID-19 pandemic restrictions while facing an onslaught of criticism from Republican challenger Daniel Cameron. The exchanges came during a high-stakes debate Monday night. It comes about two weeks before Kentucky’s closely watched gubernatorial election. The bitter rivals sparred over the economy, education policies, abortion and transgender issues. They were pressed to drill down on many of their policy positions. Some of their sharpest exchanges came when Beshear was asked to critique his policies during the height of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. Cameron was pressed on what he would have done differently.

    October 23, 2023
  • American gymnastics icon Mary Lou Retton has returned home following a lengthy hospital stay because of pneumonia. The oldest of Retton’s four daughters posted Monday on Instagram that her mother is in “recovery mode.” Shayla Kelley Schrepfer said the 55-year-old Retton faces a “long road” but that she is taking “baby steps.” The update comes nearly two weeks after Retton's family said the 1984 Olympic all-around champion was “fighting for her life” in intensive care.

    October 23, 2023
  • A body found wrapped in plastic inside a Georgia dumpster 35 years ago has been identified as that of a South Korean woman. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Monday that they used DNA analysis to determine that 26-year-old Chong Un Kim was the person whose body was discovered in rural Millen in February 1988. Kim died from asphyxiation, but it’s unclear whether someone killed her or who dumped her body. Investigators say Kim lived for several years in Hinesville, 70 miles south of Millen. Her body was found wrapped with plastic inside a suitcase. Investigators say Kim had been dead four to seven days when her body was found.

    October 23, 2023
  • Two New York hospitals that were hit with a cyberattack have resumed admitting emergency patients after shutting down their computer systems to investigate. Ambulances were diverted from HealthAlliance Hospital in Kingston and the affiliated Margaretville Hospital in Margaretville last week due to a cyberattack that hit the two facilities as well as Mountainside Residential Care Center, a skilled nursing facility. Hospital officials say the ambulance diversion ended Saturday night and the hospitals have resumed admitting patients. Emergency stroke patients will still temporarily be taken to other area hospitals. The investigation continues into the source of the attack.

    October 23, 2023
  • Doctors in the Gaza Strip say dwindling fuel supplies are putting dozens of premature babies hooked up to incubators at risk of imminent death. The U.N. health agency estimates there are 130 premature babies at “grave risk” while some hospitals say they are hours away from running out generator fuel. Israel has barred fuel from crossing into Gaza out of fears it will end up in the hands of the Hamas militant group. The U.N. agency responsible for Palestinians says it only has three days of fuel stocks left to meet critical needs.

    October 23, 2023
  • In the besieged Gaza Strip, hospitals are nearing collapse as doctors work under the most trying conditions. Medical supplies are dwindling and fuel is running out even as the death toll is mounting and hospitals are overflowing with more patients than they can handle. Doctors deprived of medicine and bandages are focusing on simply stabilizing their patients instead of fully treating their wounds. Many are resorting to creative tactics to make up for the lack of basic items. They use clothes for bandages, vinegar for antiseptic. One says the only thing worse than the screams of a patient undergoing surgery without enough anesthesia are the terror-stricken faces of those awaiting their turns.

    October 21, 2023
  • The NFL has fined Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams $50,000 for his “directed verbal remarks” toward a concussion doctor during the team’s Week 6 game against Cincinnati. That's according to a person with knowledge of the fine. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity and said Adams also “made inappropriate physical conduct” with an unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant who was preparing to evaluate Seahawks wide receiver Jake Bobo. It’s the second incident in as many games between Adams and an unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant. The consultant is an independent physician assigned to each team’s sideline during games to assist team doctors in evaluating, diagnosing and treating concussions.

    October 20, 2023
  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s new health plan for low-income adults has enrolled only 1,343 people through the end of September about three months after launching. The Georgia Department of Community Health has projected up to 100,000 people could eventually benefit from Georgia Pathways to Coverage. But the nation’s only Medicaid program that makes recipients meet a work requirement is off to a very slow start. The Republican governor's administration says it expects to keep adding beneficiaries. Experts say the program’s creeping progress reflects fundamental flaws, and that a less restrictive Medicaid expansion would be better.

    October 20, 2023
  • Hospitals and health care systems are increasingly turning to artificial intelligence to help summarize doctors’ notes and analyze health records. But a new study led by Stanford School of Medicine researchers cautions that popular chatbots are also perpetuating racist, debunked medical ideas. That is prompting concerns the tools could worsen health disparities for Black patients. Powered by AI models trained on troves of text pulled from the internet, chatbots such as ChatGPT and Google’s Bard responded to the researchers’ questions with a range of misconceptions and falsehoods about Black patients, according to the study published Friday in the academic journal Digital Medicine.

    October 20, 2023