| Apr 2, 2014
| 1:32 PM
The idea that American women would benefit by having fewer mammograms — and having them less frequently — remains controversial. A new study tries to help women and their doctors understand why less can be more when it comes to breast cancer...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 4:51 PM
This week, the federal government is planning to release a massive database capable of providing patients with much more information about their doctors.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the government agency that runs Medicare, plans...
| May 21, 2014
| 2:30 AM
I am so confused.
If I weren't always so ravenous by mealtime, I'd probably be paralyzed by the conflicting information nutrition experts feed us. Seems to me that the Food Police need to be reprimanded for periodic flip-flops. Make up your mind,...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 6:18 PM
In the wake of a $10-million payout to a whistleblower, UCLA's School of Medicine is drawing more scrutiny over its financial ties to industry and the possibility that they compromised patient care.
A new study in this month's Journal of the American...
| May 15, 2014
| 10:23 AM
Office visits are the bread and butter of many physicians’ practices. Medicare pays for more than 200 million of them a year, often to deal with routine problems like colds or high blood pressure. Most require relatively modest amounts of a doctor&...
| May 18, 2014
A Melrose Park pain specialist charged Medicare the highest rate allowed for more than 80 percent of her established patients' office visits in 2012, government records show.
That same year, a Chicago Heights internist classified every single patient...
| May 20, 2014
That we ask and expect men and women to serve our country in the most demanding ways possible and then turn our backs on them when they return is unconscionable. Our veterans have earned our care and support. ("Growing evidence points to systemic troubles...
| May 9, 2014
| 9:33 AM
If the "prom draft" story wasn't enough to turn your stomach, consider this statistic:
One in five high school seniors reports binge drinking at prom, according to a 2013 Journal of the American Medical Association study.
'Tis the drinking season,...
| May 23, 2014
| 7:44 AM
So what do you do when you’re a death penalty state and the rest of the civilized world refuses to sell you the drugs for your lethal injections? Turn back the clock, apparently.
In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday signed a law that would...
| May 28, 2014
| 1:36 PM
The state Senate on Wednesday approved a measure that would reduce the penalty for possession of crack cocaine for sale to the same as that for powder cocaine and make it easier to get probation for both.
Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) said her...
| Jun 4, 2014
At worst, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed law limiting retail firearms customers in Chicago to one handgun purchase every 30 days will be a futile, ineffective gesture — one finger in a dike that has sprung hundreds of leaks.
After all, the...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 8:14 PM