Jessica Porten went to a women’s clinic in Sacramento, CA that accepts her Medicaid coverage, to talk about medication options and therapy. Porten admitted to the nurse that she was having some violent thoughts. “I described maybe hitting myself or squeezing the baby too tight,” she said. “But I was very adamant through the entire appointment that I was not going to hurt myself and I was not going to hurt my children.”

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CancerSEEK is a noninvasive test that can detect cancers of the ovary, liver, stomach, pancreas, esophagus, colorectum, lung, or breast

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Black Mothers Are Dying

January 12, 2018

The toll of racism on maternal health. The recent, high-profile death of Erica Garner, a 27-year-old African-American mother of two — one of them a 4-month-old infant — is a tragic example of how racism and access to health care for black mothers is a national crisis

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Buyer be wary. We are witnessing great promise in medicine today. The vocabulary dazzles: “precision medicine,” “stem cells,” “moon shot,” and other terms that hint at exciting new possibilities. But it is also a time of great vulnerability for patients

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Citing uncertainties about the risks and benefits of an experimental therapy for fetuses whose kidneys do not develop, bioethicists at Johns Hopkins, including our Jeremy Sugarman, and a team of medical experts are calling for rigorous clinical trials in the use of a potential treatment, known as amnioinfusion

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Facebook is expanding its artificial intelligence-based suicide prevention efforts. The company said today that it has plans to eventually monitor and respond to suicidal intent on Facebook “worldwide,” excluding the European Union

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Dr. Adnan Hyder hopes the program can have as big an impact on public health policy in Afghanistan as it has in Pakistan. “To me, the fundamental innovation here is to stop the … brain drain,” said Hyder, adding that all trainees from Afghanistan will be asked to do work that will not only contribute to their degrees but also to the important policies around injury and trauma in their country

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For some, progress cannot come soon enough. Running short on time, dying cancer patients are concocting do-it-yourself versions of highly experimental cancer therapies, without the oversight of doctors or regulators

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