Patient Voices: Tourette's Syndrome

More on NYTimes.com Advertisement Site Information Navigation © 2017 The New York Times Company Home Search Accessibility concerns? Email us at accessibility@nytimes.com. We would love to hear from you. Contact Us Work With Us Advertise Your Ad Choices Privacy Terms of Service Terms of Sale Site Information Navigation Site Map Help Site Feedback Subscriptions

Read more

GOP’s Health Bill Could Undercut Some Coverage In Job-Based Insurance

This week, I answer questions about how the Republican proposal to overhaul the health law could affect job-based insurance and what the penalties for not having continuous coverage mean. Perhaps anticipating a spell of uninsurance, another reader wondered if people can rely on the emergency department for routine care. Q: Will employer-based health care be affected by the …

Read more

Health Debate Heats Up In Montana For This Week’s Special Election

Montana’s one and only seat in the House of Representatives is up for grabs, and in the final weekend before Thursday’s special election, the underdog Democrat was hammering the Republican health care bill in TV ads. The ads open with Democrat Rob Quist asking, “Did you know half of all Montanans have a preexisting condition?” …

Read more

Losing Their Clothes, Finding Themselves

By RUTH LA FERLA May 23, 2017 Stephanie Thomas stared down the video camera, steeled to shed her clothes and share her deepest insecurities with a roomful of strangers. Her audience at Zen House on the Lower East Side of Manhattan had arrived late last month for an open call to participate in a YouTube project called “What’s …

Read more

5 Times Cher Was the Ultimate #FitnessGoals

Did you catch Cher’s performance at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night? Not only did she hit the stage in a sheer, bedazzled body suit looking incredible, she dropped a little humble-brag about how she stays in such great shape. “I can do a 5-minute plank, okay?” she told the audience. Yep, 71-year-old Cher can plank longer than most people …

Read more

Viewpoints: Problems In The Meat Industry; Trump’s ‘Global Gag Rule’; Opioid Fight Stumbles

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. The New York Times: Health Leaders Must Focus On The Threats From Factory FarmsThis week, the World Health Organization — which works globally to improve human health — will meet in Geneva to select a new director general. We have a mission for that …

Read more

Thoughts On Health Reform: Decision On Subsidies Due Today; Protect Kids In Medicaid

Opinion writers reflect on changes for the nation’s health care system. Los Angeles Times: The Entire Healthcare Industry Is Panicking That Trump Is About To Blow Up ObamacareOrganizations representing most of the healthcare industry — along with attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia — took desperate steps Friday in a last-ditch …

Read more

State Highlights: Texas Vaccination Bill Concerns Doctors; Major Reforms Sought In Iowa After Deaths Of Teens In Foster Care

Media outlets report on news from Virginia, Texas, California, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Georgia, Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin. The Associated Press: Doctors Worry As Texas Lawmakers OK Vaccine RestrictionsTexas moved closer Friday to restricting emergency immunizations given to children removed from troubled homes, worrying doctors and handing a political victory for vaccination opponents in a state …

Read more

Merger Would Make Steward Health Care The Largest Private For-Profit Hospital Operator

Boston-based Steward Health Care System announces that it will acquire Franklin, Tenn.-based IASIS Healthcare for $2 billion. Boston Globe: Steward Health Care Merges With Tenn. Hospital System Steward Health Care System, founded almost seven years ago to rescue a group of struggling Massachusetts hospitals, is making its biggest move yet to become a national player in …

Read more

Dwindling Supply Of Vital But Simple Drug Setting Hospitals On Edge

Because of the shortage, doctors are having to make tough decisions on how they treat their patients. “Does the immediate need of a patient outweigh the expected need of a patient?” one asked. “It’s a medical and ethical question that goes beyond anything I’ve had to experience before.” In other public health news: infertility, pumping …

Read more

Carfentanil Intensifying Already Deadly Opioid Epidemic

The synthetic drug is 10,000 times more potent than morphine. The Star Tribune: 5 More Carfentanil-Related ODs Confirmed By Hennepin County Medical Examiner Five more people have died from overdoses related to the powerful drug carfentanil, bringing the total to 10 deaths in Minnesota, the Hennepin County medical examiner confirmed Friday… Carfentanil, a powerful opioid new to …

Read more

Hospital Sepsis Protocols Can Increase Survival Chances, Study Finds

Many doctors have been skeptical about proposed regulations for screening and treating the life-threatening complication that afflicts tens of thousands of Americans. Stat: Doctors Have Resisted Guidelines To Treat Sepsis. New Study Suggests Those Guidelines Save LivesEven in the face of increased pressure from regulators, many doctors have failed to fully embrace early screening and treatment …

Read more

Texas Lawmakers Pass Strict Abortion Bill, Shifting Priority From Protecting Mother To Protecting Fetus

The legislation bans a commonly used procedure for second-trimester abortions, similar to laws that courts have blocked in other states. And Missouri asks an appellate court to step in over a judge’s decision to block the state’s abortion restrictions. Texas Tribune: Texas House Approves New Abortion RestrictionsGOP House lawmakers took a sweeping approach to anti-abortion …

Read more

Georgia Appears To Dodge A Bullet As Blue Cross Doesn’t Signal Plans To Pull Back Operations

In its initial filings with the state, the company says it will continue to sell individual policies in all 159 counties. In other news, a New Hampshire paper reports indications that premiums could go up significantly and California Healthline examines which companies are enticing customers on that exchange. Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Blue Cross Blue Shield May …

Read more

The Science of Adolescent Sleep

May 22, 2017 The Checkup By PERRI KLASS, M.D. Why do children wake up early when they are young but want to stay in bed till noon as teenagers? Experts say it’s biology. Adolescents’ bodies want to stay up late and sleep late, putting them out of sync with what their school schedules demand of …

Read more

The Worst Fat in the Food Supply

May 22, 2017 Personal Health By JANE E. BRODY As strange as it may seem to someone who is not a chemist, the movement of a single hydrogen atom from one side of a molecule to the other can change a simple, naturally occurring food ingredient into a deadly substance. The transformed ingredient I’m speaking …

Read more

Who Will Care For Abril? Parents Fear For Their Disabled Child If They Are Deported

Every few minutes, Abril begins to choke. Diagnosed as a baby with severe cerebral palsy and epilepsy, the Santa Cruz, Calif., 8-year-old has never spoken, or walked or cleared her own throat. Dozens of times a day, her parents, Rafael and Sonia, use a special machine to suction out saliva and phlegm from their oldest …

Read more

New York State Wants Its Prescription Drug Money Back — Or Else

New York Medicaid regulators aim to use the threat of imposing increased scrutiny of prescription drugs — such as eyeing their relative effectiveness and their profit margins — to coax additional discounts from drugmakers. The rules, signed into law in mid-April as part of the state’s budget, don’t go as far as the surcharge that …

Read more

Republicans Race The Clock On Health Care — But The Calendar Is Not Helping

Back in January, Republicans boasted they would deliver a “repeal and replace” bill for the Affordable Care Act to President Donald Trump’s desk by the end of the month. In the interim, that bravado has faded as their efforts stalled and they found out how complicated undoing a major law can be. With summer just …

Read more