Is the Forced Contraception Alleged by Britney Spears Legal?

The United States has a dark history of court-sanctioned sterilization, but more recent rulings and legislation suggest it would violate a basic right. Among the stunning assertions that the pop star Britney Spears made to a Los Angeles probate judge this week, as she sought to end her protracted conservatorship, was one that shook experts …

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Discretamente, Biden está transformando la red de seguridad de Medicaid

La administración Biden está diseñando en silencio una serie de expansiones de Medicaid que pueden reforzar las protecciones para millones de estadounidenses de bajos ingresos y sumar más personas al programa. Los esfuerzos de Biden, que han sido eclipsados ​​en gran medida por otras iniciativas económicas y de salud, representan un cambio abrupto en contra …

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La esperanza de vida de los hispanos y afroamericanos ha sufrido la peor baja desde la Segunda Guerra Mundial

Aunque James Toussaint nunca ha tenido covid, la pandemia está afectando profundamente su salud. Primero, en la primavera de 2020, el hombre de 57 años perdió su trabajo entregando repuestos para una concesionaria de automóviles de Nueva Orleans, cuando la economía local se congeló. Luego, se atrasó en el pago del alquiler. El mes pasado, …

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: How to Expand Health Coverage

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Democrats in Congress and several states are making it a priority to try to boost health insurance coverage, but they have very different ideas. Some are working …

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Hold the Tequila. The Sunrise Is All Some Travelers Need.

As vaccination levels rise and Americans head back to the roads and skies, sober travel, a subset of vacations once relegated to 12-steppers and recovering addicts, is going mainstream. One year into the coronavirus pandemic, after months of gaining weight and feeling groggy, Mayra Ramirez stopped drinking. And this summer, she’ll mark a new milestone …

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‘Death Doulas’ Provide Aid at the End of Life

As parents of a child with a progressive and potentially fatal illness, Maryanne and Nick O’Hara lived on hope. Hope that their daughter, Caitlin, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age 2, would prove the statistics wrong and live longer than the 46 years expected. Hope that she would receive the lung transplant she …

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Biden Quietly Transforms Medicaid Safety Net

The Biden administration is quietly engineering a series of expansions to Medicaid that may bolster protections for millions of low-income Americans and bring more people into the program. Biden’s efforts — which have been largely overshadowed by other economic and health initiatives — represent an abrupt reversal of the Trump administration’s moves to scale back …

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Black and Hispanic Americans Suffer Most in Biggest US Decline in Life Expectancy Since WWII

Although James Toussaint has never had covid, the pandemic is taking a profound toll on his health. First, the 57-year-old lost his job delivering parts for a New Orleans auto dealership in spring 2020, when the local economy shut down. Then, he fell behind on his rent. Last month, Toussaint was forced out of his …

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Calming Computer Jitters: Help for Seniors Who Aren’t Tech-Savvy

Six months ago, Cindy Sanders, 68, bought a computer so she could learn how to email and have Zoom chats with her great-grandchildren. It’s still sitting in a box, unopened. “I didn’t know how to set it up or how to get help,” said Sanders, who lives in Philadelphia and has been extremely careful during …

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When Summer Begins

Inside and out. Welcome. Here in New York, it’s officially summer. If it’s hot where you are, your exercise regimen may need some modifications. Gretchen Reynolds has ideas — including freezing your underwear. Sam Sifton is fishing for fluke, a highlight of his summer meals. And Concepción de León has information on how the Delta …

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Miles de niños perdieron a sus padres por covid. ¿Adónde está la ayuda?

Cinco meses después de que su esposo muriera por covid-19, Valerie Villegas puede ver cómo el duelo ha marcado a sus hijos. Nicholas, el bebé, que tenía 1 año cuando murió su padre y casi desteta, ahora quiere tomar la teta a toda hora, y llama a cada hombre alto de cabello oscuro “Dada”, la …

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Turn Tech to Your Advantage in the New Hybrid Workplace

With people splitting work hours between office and home, it can be a challenge to figure out what tools to use in which situation. When the pandemic blended our professional and personal lives by forcing many of us to work from home, we learned a valuable lesson about tech. It can be an incredibly useful …

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Are There More Moths This Year?

Advice from an army of very busy exterminators. “I’m not gentle with them anymore,” said Laura Love. “I see one and I’m like, ‘I’m coming for you.’” Ms. Love, 29, a model in Los Angeles, has waged war against the webbing clothes moths that she recently discovered during a quarantine closet clean, finding the pests …

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Thousands of Young Children Lost Parents to Covid. Where’s Help for Them?

Five months after her husband died of covid-19, Valerie Villegas can see how grief has wounded her children. Nicholas, the baby, who was 1 and almost weaned when his father died, now wants to nurse at all hours and calls every tall, dark-haired man “Dada,” the only word he knows. Robert, 3, regularly collapses into …

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At Texas Border, Pandemic’s High Toll Lays Bare Gaps in Health and Insurance

EL PASO, Texas — Alfredo “Freddy” Valles was an accomplished trumpeter and a beloved music teacher for nearly four decades at one of the city’s poorest middle schools. He was known for buying his students shoes and bow ties for their band concerts, his effortlessly positive demeanor and a suave personal style — “he looked …

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Covid’s Delta Variant: What We Know

The variant is gaining traction worldwide. But vaccines are driving down coronavirus case numbers in the U.S., and it’s unclear whether Delta will reverse that trend. The super-contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus is now responsible for about one in every five Covid-19 cases in the United States, and its prevalence has doubled in the …

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How to Have the Hard Vaccination Conversations

Asking someone if they’ve had a Covid shot can be tricky. Here’s how to navigate the new norms of health disclosure. Ashley Z. Ritter’s vaccination conflict came to a head in April. She’d hired a part-time babysitter for her three kids just as the family moved to a new home in Yardley, Pa., last August. …

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It’s Summer in the Ski Towns, 2.0

Last year, mountain resorts were overrun by travelers in search of space and fresh air. The visitors are expected back, but now the towns have expanded activities and plans in place to deal with the crowds. For their vacation this summer, Susan Tyler and her husband have booked a house in the small ski resort …

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