Lots of challenges have faced medical publishing as the Internet has evolved. From predatory journals to the rise of open access journals to the simple fact that the stacks and stacks of physical paper journals are depleting, removing a long-time key funding source.
In one recent article – ironically enough in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes – Harlan M. Krumholz, M.D., describes nine “deficiencies in the current model that fuel the sense that journals as we have known them are approaching their final act.” Continue reading
Medications — including many over-the-counter drugs — are among the greatest contributors to accelerated cognitive decline in older adults, according to experts at the recent Gerontological Society of America conference in Orlando, Fla. Yet, they are probably the most frequent reversible contributor to adverse cognitive events. Continue reading
Photo: Barbara Haddock Taylor/Baltimore SunHeather and Eli Powell
A routine dental checkup for a Baltimore 4-year-old turned into a health care odyssey for his mother.
It all began when a dentist told Heather Powell that her son Eli had several cavities, and would need to go under general anesthesia to have eight crowns placed on his back teeth. Continue reading
While end-of-life planning may be more common by providers and patients, there are “substantial” racial disparities when it comes to hospice use among some older adults, according to a new study. Researchers found that end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients who were African American or Native American were 44 percent less likely to take use hospice care than white patients. Asian-Americans were 43 percent less likely to do so. Continue reading
The off-year Kentucky governor’s election put the future of the Affordable Care Act into question in that state. Kentucky is the only southern state to have run its own ACA health insurance exchange, and go ahead with Medicaid expansion. And it’s been seen as a success. A half million people got covered, mostly under Medicaid. Uninsurance rates plummeted in 2014 more than in any other state – and Kentucky has more than its share of poverty and ill health.
Matt Bevin, the millionaire tea party GOP candidate, was elected on a pledge to undo most of it. Continue reading
Photo: Amanda Mills/Centers for Disease Control and PreventionThe November issue of Health Affairs looks at food as a social determinant of health. AHCJ members can access the journal for free.
When it comes to food as a social determinant of health, the issue can be daunting for reporters. Is it about cost? Or access, location and time, or maybe behaviors, education and literacy? What about obesity and other diseases? There are so many factors that it can be hard to settle on an angle to investigate.
If you’ve thought about trying to cover food as a health issue but haven’t been sure exactly where to start, the November issue of Health Affairs could be a good launching pad. The journal, which is available free for AHCJ members, dedicated the issue to food – from shopping habits and menus to Medicaid costs and obesity. Continue reading
No other country in the world pays as much for drugs as the United States — not even other wealthy countries such as Canada, Germany, Japan or France. Using studies, published analyses, news stories and expert interviews, journalist Roxanne Nelson dug into the reasons for the big disparities in drug pricing between the U.S. and other countries in her Medscape story “Why Are Drug Costs So High in the United States?” (registration required).
In a recent Q&A with her, Nelson explained her reporting and writing process for the piece, which earned second place in the Trade Publications/Newsletters category of the 2014 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism.
Nelson is a Seattle-based writer specializing in health and medical subjects. She also has a strong clinical background, having worked as a registered nurse for ten years, primarily in maternal-child health. She also has worked with HIV/AIDS patients and in pediatric ICU.
Read our conversation with Nelson about how she went about pulling together her award-winning piece.
One clear lesson that health law advocates have drawn during the first two enrollment seasons under the Affordable Care Act is that many, many people need help sorting through their health plan choices as they try to enroll.
Among the many ways to get that assistance is by consulting a government-funded navigator or in-person assister (IPA), who must have training in the health law and enrollment procedures. Continue reading
The latest report on AHCJ members’ awards, fellowships, job changes and other news includes Diane Atwood, Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn, Sharon Dunten, Audrey Dutton, Karl Eisenhower, Peter Eisler, P. Mona Khanna, Nick Mulcahy, Marianne O’Hare, Cheryl Platzman Weinstock, Gary Schwitzer, Liz Seegert and Jenny Wagner. Continue reading
Organizers of free megaclinics at city stadiums and rural fairgrounds frequently describe their efforts as “Band-Aid” solutions to a much deeper problem with access to health services in many communities.
The shortage of oral health providers in poor and isolated areas is often severe, for example. The need for dental care tops the list of many of the people seeking care. Continue reading