The Health 202: Obamacare plans face lawsuits over erroneous doctor directories

THE PROGNOSIS Supporters of the Affordable Care Act rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington on June 25, 2015. (Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/EFE/REX) Obamacare health plans have been criticized for severely restricting the doctors and hospitals that patients can see. But sometimes even those limited provider lists are riddled with errors, causing additional headaches for patients who […]

Clearing the air about e-cigarettes, vaping, nicotine and health

Consumer Reports has no financial relationship with any advertisers on this site. The promise of electronic cigarettes is straightforward: Lifelong smokers can wean themselves off a toxic habit in favor of an alternative that isn’t packed with tobacco and dozens of unsafe carcinogens. But e-cigarettes and vaping products present health concerns of their own, experts […]

How long does a joint replacement last? – Harvard Health Blog

Joint replacement surgery represents one of the biggest and most life-changing advances in modern medicine. It has meant the difference between disability from crippling arthritis and nearly normal mobility for millions of people in recent decades. The hip and knee are, by far, the most commonly replaced joints, and they have the most reliable results. […]

Health Matters: What you need to know about statins

“Statins key to living longer” – Daily Express. “Statin side-effects questioned” – BBC News. “Doctors’ fears over statins may cost lives, says top medical researcher” – The Guardian. “Statins do NOT have major side effects, claims study: Research finds users less likely to suffer maladies than control group” – Mail Online. Statins are constantly in […]

How can I help a friend in time of crisis?

In late May 2013, our family went from zero to catastrophe in 24 hours: my husband was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic lung cancer, even though he’d never smoked a day in his life. The news was surreal, like someone telling me my husband was turning into a kangaroo. Our family spent the next 4 […]

More people are choosing plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures

Unhappy with the way your body looks? People’s desire to reshape their bodies fueled an increase last year in the number of surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The total — 17,721,671 — is an increase of more than a quarter-million procedures from the year before. That […]

Drug addiction in Philadelphia documented in ‘Kensington Blues’

A photo of a homeless woman named Elizabeth is among the images, recordings and videos from “Kensington Blues,” Jeffrey Stockbridge’s award-winning project about Philadelphia’s opioid crisis. (Jeffrey Stockbridge Photography) In 2017, more than 1,200 people died of drug overdoses in Philadelphia. The vast majority were caused by opioids. Fentanyl, heroin and painkillers all took their […]