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As Syphilis Invades Rural America, A Fraying Health Safety Net Is Failing To Stop It

Syphilis is spreading from big cities into rural counties across the Midwest and West. One Missouri clinic has seen more than six times as many cases in the first few months of 2019 compared with the same period last year. Communities grappling with budget cuts and crumbling public health infrastructure also lack experience in fighting the disease.

Planned Parenthood’s ‘Risky Strategy’ To Update Its Image

The nation’s largest reproductive health services provider is in the midst of a high-stakes effort to showcase what it considers its vital role in providing community health care.

KHN & PolitiFact HealthCheck

Hickenlooper Expanded Medicaid, Created State-Run Marketplace To Insure Nearly All Coloradans

We wondered how Colorado’s uninsured rate changed during John Hickenlooper’s time in the governor’s mansion and how it compares with the rest of the country.

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Jennifer Haberkorn of the Los Angeles Times, Joanne Kenen of Politico and Kimberly Leonard of the Washington Examiner join KHN’s Julie Rovner to answer listener questions about the fate of the Affordable Care Act, “Medicare-for-all“ and how to talk about health care costs. Also, for extra credit, the panelists offer their favorite “extra credit” stories of the week.

Bill Of The Month

Watch: Price of a Brace Brings Soccer Player to His Knees

KHN ethnic media editor Paula Andalo appeared on Telemundo, where she offered advice about how to avoid overpaying for medical equipment you may not need.

Elite Hospitals Plunge Into Unproven Stem Cell Treatments

Critics are concerned about the explosion in controversial stem cell procedures offered by clinics — and, increasingly, respected hospitals.

Workplace Wellness Programs Barely Move The Needle, Study Finds

New research published in JAMA detected some changes in healthy behavior like weight and stress, but little overall impact in workers’ health status or employer health care spending.

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Special Coverage

Mourning Paradise

The depth of psychological damage after the fire in Paradise, Calif., may depend on how much help residents are getting now.

Finding Homeless Patients A Place To Heal

Starting July 1, California hospitals must keep a log of the homeless patients they discharge and where they go.

Psychiatric ERs

Hospitals are opening emergency units that calmly cater to patients with mental health needs.

Students With Addictions Immersed In The Sober Life At ‘Recovery’ High Schools

 

On The Border

Volunteer doctors struggle to provide stopgap care to immigrants.

Look Up Your California Hospital

Is it being penalized by Medicare?

How to Fight ‘Scary’ Superbugs?

Cooperation — and a special soap.

Tainted Drugs

Tainted Drugs

When medicine makes patients sicker.

'Medieval Diseases' Flare

Outbreaks of infectious diseases are resurging in California and around the country, particularly among homeless populations.

Picture of Health

Heavy Rains, End Of Drought Could Help Keep West Nile Virus Subdued — For Now

Scientists say drought can spur transmission of the disease and that wetter winters since 2015 have helped reduce the number of infections in California. In the long term, however, climate change could mean more drought — and more infections.

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