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Family members often become primary caregivers for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease. tonkid/Shutterstock.com

The two obstacles that are holding back Alzheimer’s research

The first clinical trial examining a drug to treat Alzheimer's was begun 30 years ago. There is still no cure and no known way to prevent the disease. Two factors may contribute to that.
Health insurance impacts decisions about contraception, marriage and more. Kamil Macniak/shutterstock.com

How Obamacare changed the love lives of young adults

Once young women could access health insurance through their parents, they seemed to make very different decisions about contraception, abortion and marriage.
Beds with patients in an emergency hospital in Camp Funston, Kansas, during the influenza epidemic around 1918. National Museum of Health and Medicine.

The mystery of a 1918 veteran and the flu pandemic

Many healthy young men and women, including military personnel, died in the 1918 flu pandemic. It's a reminder of how dangerous influenza can be.
Another day, another diet. Yuriy Maksymiv/Shutterstock

The long, strange history of dieting fads

For centuries, people have been trying to lose weight in all sorts of ways – including drinking vinegar, avoiding swamps and stocking up on grapefruit.
Exhaustion and burnout among physicians are growing problems. wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock.com

How burnout is plaguing doctors and harming patients

The opening session of a meeting of neurologists focused on a problem plaguing doctors: burnout. Doctors are growing increasingly stressed, and it's affecting patients, too.
A computer screen showing the Healthcare.gov website for this year’s open enrollment. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Surprise! How Obamacare is beginning to look a lot like Medicaid

With open enrollment for the Obamacare exchanges under way, big changes could occur. Insurers raised their premiums, but most Obamacare consumers won't pay big increases. Taxpayers will.
Gretchen Carlson at an event Oct. 17, 2017 to promote a book she has written on how harassed women can empower themselves. AP Photo/Andy Krapo

How I discovered a wellspring of sexual harassment complaints

Sexual harassment of women is detrimental not only because of setbacks it causes in the workplace. It also harms women's health. Here's how I discovered how widespread it is.
Some tropical diseases can be treated with very inexpensive daily treatments yet remain common. Avatar_023/Shutterstock.com

Why aren’t we curing the world’s most curable diseases?

A cure for many tropical diseases was discovered 30 years ago this month. The drug is donated by its manufacturer. Why are we still dealing with neglected tropical diseases?
Plush toys, recovered from a flooded home, hang out to dry on a wrought iron gate in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Ramon Espinosa/AP

The mental health toll of Puerto Rico’s prolonged power outages

Long after the hurricane's over and the power comes back, residents can still experience lasting mental health issues.
Pres. Trump shows off an executive order he signed Oct. 12, 2017 to undo parts of the Affordable Care Act. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Will Obamacare marketplaces suffer as open enrollment begins?

Frustrated with Congress for its failure to replace Obamacare, President Trump took matters into his own hands and issued an executive order to nix parts of it. How his order will play out is unknown.
You might be surprised to find what your data says about your past – and future – health. Scanrail1/Shutterstock.com

Our laws don’t do enough to protect our health data

What can be done to prevent employers from rejecting individuals based on concern about future illnesses? Currently, nothing.
A pair of identical twins. The one on the right has OCD, while the one on the left does not. Brain Imaging Research Division, Wayne State University School of Medicine

How seeing problems in the brain makes stigma disappear

It can be very hard for people to accept that they – or their family member – are not to blame for their mental illness. Seeing the evidence in a scan can make a difference.