Health

FACT CHECK: Did Republicans 'Essentially' Repeal Obamacare?

Health | David Sivak

Check Your Fact

U.S. President Donald Trump celebrates with Congressional Republicans after the U.S. Congress passed sweeping tax overhaul legislation on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., December 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Republicans voted to repeal the individual mandate

Doctor Says Physicians Pushed Pain Pills Because It Was Convenient, 'Solved A Problem For Us'

Health | Nick Givas
Doctor Offering Patient Medication (ShutterStock/Steve Heap)

‘Makes me question being in medicine’

Health Officials Are Panicking Over A Shortage Of The Opioid Overdose Antidote

Health | Steve Birr
Drug abuse concept., overdose asian female drug addict hand, drugs narcotic syringe in hand on the floor. (Photo: Shutterstock/SanchaiRat)

‘You can’t put a price on life’

Pro-Life Lawyers Give Top Doc Ultimatum On Home Abortion Pills

Health | Grace Carr
A newborn baby dressed in white clothes sleeps in the cradle. (Photo: shutterstock/pyrozhenka)

‘Endangering the lives of women’

No Jail Time For Doctor Accused Of Inseminating Patients With His Sperm

Health | Grace Carr
Doctor checks the heart rate or vital sign of a fetus (Shutterstock/Teerawit Chankowet)

‘Lasting impact through generations’

Doctors May Soon Prescribe An Overdose Reversal Drug To Patients On Opioids

Health | Steve Birr
Oxycodone is the generic name for a range of opoid pain killing tablets. Prescription bottle for Oxycodone tablets and pills on metal table for opioid epidemic illustration (Shutterstock/Steve Heap)

‘Naloxone saves lives’

Hormone Therapy Isn't Giving Guys Who Want To Become Women The Breasts They Want

Health | Grace Carr
Here is a photo of a transgender person. (Photo: shutterstock/Marco Brockmann)

Much smaller than expected

Ohio Senate Passes Bill To Ban Down Syndrome Abortions

Health | David Krayden

‘Every Ohioan deserves the right to life, no matter how many chromosomes they have.’

British Doctor Says Women Taking Abortion Pills At Home Is Totally Cool

Health | Grace Carr
The hands of mother and baby are captured closeup. (Shutterstock)

‘Risk miscarrying on her way home’

Canadian Health Care Wait Times More Than Double In 25 Years

Health | David Krayden
Sen. Bernie Sanders introducing his "Medicare for All' single-payer healthcare plan. Washington, U.S., September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

‘We haven’t seen any significant shift in policy to address the situation’

Opioid Busts Yield Enough Fentanyl To Kill Ohio's 'Entire Population'

Health | Steve Birr
A law enforcement staff shows confiscated heroin before burning it in the headquarters of the Drug Control Agency in Dushanbe May 30, 2008. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

‘Not much more than five or six small grains of salt’

Birth Control Linked To Cancer, New Study Finds

Health | Grace Carr
Scientists have linked hormonal contraceptives to an increased prevalence of breast cancer. (Photo: Shutterstock)

‘Absolute increases in risk were small’

CVS Merger Could Net Aetna CEO $500 Million

Health | Nick Givas
Aetna website homepage. It is an American managed health care company. Aetna logo visible. (Photo: ShutterStock/Casimiro PT)

Deal to be finalized in 2018

US Spent More On Health Care In One Year Than Britain's Entire 2016 GDP

Health | Robert Donachie
A protester rallies during U.S. House voting on the American Health Care Act, which repeals major parts of the 2000 Affordable Care Act know as Obamacare on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 4, 2017. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)

‘The U.S. spent…’

New Lawsuit Targeting Big Pharma Seeks To Recoup 'Significant Economic Damages' From Opioid Crisis

Health | Steve Birr
Prescription painkiller Hydrocodine Bitartrate and Acetaminopohen, 7.5mg/325mg pills, made by Mallinckrodt sit on a counter at a local pharmacy, in Provo, Utah, U.S., April 25, 2017. (Photo: REUTERS/George Frey)

‘Dubious’

Rate Of Babies Born Addicted To Painkillers Surges More Than 80 Percent In Colorado

Health | Steve Birr
A man injects himself with heroin using a needle obtained from the People's Harm Reduction Alliance, the nation's largest needle-exchange program, in Seattle, Washington April 30, 2015. The People's Harm Reduction Alliance launched its free meth pipe program, which is pioneering but illegal, in March after learning from its own survey that 80 percent of area meth users would be less likely to inject drugs if given access to pipes. The theory behind the Alliance's handout program is that giving meth pipes to drug users may steer some away from needles, which are far riskier than smoking, especially if the user is sharing with another person infected with HIV or hepatitis C. There is little scientific evidence to support that claim, but the Alliance, a privately funded needle-swap group run by drug users, said it has distributed more than 1,000 pipes in Seattle in a matter of weeks and could expand to other cities in Washington state and Oregon. Opponents say giving away meth pipes discourages quitting while wasting resources on an untested scheme that will not solve a city-wide health problem. Picture taken April 30, 2015. REUTERS/David Ryder

‘People are turning to heroin’

Opioid Deaths At Hospitals Quadruple, Fueled By Medicare Patients

Health | Steve Birr
A used needle sits on the ground in a park in Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S., May 30, 2017, where individuals were arrested earlier in the day during raids to break up heroin and fentanyl drug rings in the region, according to law enforcement officials. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

‘Fastest-growing share’

Massachusetts Medical Society Now Cool With Assisted Suicide

Health | Grace Carr
Old people in a park. (Shutterstock/oneinchpunch)

‘Rescinded its longstanding opposition’

20 Minnesota Counties Are Suing Big Pharma Over 'Fraudulent Marketing' Of Painkillers

Health | Steve Birr
Prescription painkiller Hydrocodine Bitartrate and Acetaminopohen, 7.5mg/325mg pills, made by Mallinckrodt sit on a counter at a local pharmacy, in Provo, Utah, U.S., April 25, 2017. (Photo: REUTERS/George Frey)

‘Widespread and deeply deceptive’

'Do Not Resuscitate' Tattoo Sparks Emergency Room Confusion

Health | Grace Carr
Doctors and nurses are placing their hands on top of each other. (Photo: Shutterstock/Moopixel)

‘Tattoo regret is not rare’