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The mifepristone pill is one option for medication abortion that can be purchased online and used at home. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

What is a medication, or medical, abortion? 5 questions answered by 3 doctors

Three experts answer questions about the effectiveness, safety and side effects of medication abortion, using mifepristone followed by misoprostol.
Frailty is a state of reduced physical function for seniors living independently in the community. It can affect endurance, balance, cognition or social engagement. (Shutterstock)

Faster diagnosis of frailty in seniors aging at home is key to helping them stay independent

Frailty — the physical limitations of seniors living in the community — needs to be assessed before it can be addressed with social and health support. Virtual assessments can speed up this process.
Removing ultrasound and pelvic exam requirements for medication abortion could help expand access to care. Oleg Rebrik/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Abortion pills are safe to prescribe without in-person exams, new research finds

During the pandemic, health care providers began prescribing abortion pills without requiring in-person exams. This practice could help people access the care they need when abortion rights are in limbo.
Virtual care is a way to deliver health-care services using technology to remotely connect patients and health professionals. (Shutterstock)

Virtual care still has a place in post-pandemic health care

Given the success of telehealth and virtual care during the pandemic, it would be a mistake to automatically return to pre-pandemic norms of health care.
A man fills out an online application during a job fair hosted by the city of Chicago in July 2012. The fair offered computer access to people who do not have internet access. Scott Olson/Getty Images

No internet, no vaccine: How lack of internet access has limited vaccine availability for racial and ethnic minorities

Early numbers show that people from racial and ethnic minorities have lower vaccination rates. Lack of internet access could be a reason.
Private insurers saw telehealth claims increase over 4,000% from 2019 to 2020. Solskin/DigitalVision via Getty Images

Health insurers are starting to roll back coverage for telehealth – even though demand is way up due to COVID-19

Widely adopted in the US when pandemic precautions kept people home, telehealth faces a challenge as insurance coverage changes, right when its popularity had surged.
Rural health providers have had to adapt to the pandemic by providing services in locations like school gyms and community centers. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Rural health cooperatives are challenged by connectivity and social distancing – but are innovating

The pandemic has exacerbated existing issues of connectivity and access, but providers and patients are finding creative solutions.
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Video and phone consultations only scratch the surface of what telehealth has to offer

The six-month extension to Medicare-funded telehealth has given us time to gather more evidence and think beyond surviving the pandemic. We can do more with telehealth.
Amy Blais, a telehealth nurse at HomeHealth Visiting Nurses in Saco, Maine. Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

How the old-fashioned telephone could become a new way for some to see their doctor

The old-fashioned telephone – well, maybe not a rotary dial, but a phone nonetheless – became a way during the pandemic for patients to ‘see’ their doctors. Could this trend continue?

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