China's leaders want more babies, but local officials resist

Published Feb. 18 2019

Facing a future demographic crisis and aging society, China's leaders are desperately seeking to persuade couples to have more children.

Flu still on the rise in Alabama

Published Feb. 15 2019

Flu cases are still on the rise in Alabama.

Now's your chance to change your Medicare Advantage plan

Published Feb. 14 2019

Medicare Advantage enrollees get a new, second chance to find the right health coverage this year.


Cleaning routine shows promise in curbing superbug infection

Published Feb. 14 2019

Think of it as decontaminating yourself.

Health officials warn patrons of Dalton restaurant about possible hepatitis A exposure

Published Feb. 7 2019

Anyone who ate at the Crescent City Tavern in Dalton, Georgia, last month should be on alert for symptoms associated...

Telemedicine's challenge: Getting patients to click the app

Published Feb. 6 2019

Walmart workers can now see a doctor for only $4. The catch? It has to be a virtual visit.

Northwest measles outbreak revives debate over vaccine laws

Published Feb. 4 2019

A measles outbreak near Portland, Oregon, has revived a bitter debate over so-called "philosophical" exemptions to childhood vaccinations as public...

Family made billions on opioid as crisis raged, filing says

Published Feb. 1 2019

The family behind OxyContin raked in billions of dollars as it pushed to keep patients on the powerful painkiller longer...

Study: Many small kids in US are using too much toothpaste

Published Feb. 1 2019

Too many young kids are using too much toothpaste, increasing their risk of streaky or splotchy teeth when they get...

Lawsuit: Opioid maker considered move into addiction drugs

Published Feb. 1 2019

As the nation's opioid crisis was deepening, the company that makes a powerful prescription painkiller considered marketing an anti-addiction drug...

Trump plan would channel prescription discounts to patients

Published Jan. 31 2019

The Trump administration Thursday unveiled a plan to channel now-hidden prescription drug rebates directly to patients, saying it would bypass...

Patients in Northwest measles outbreak traveled to Hawaii

Published Jan. 30 2019

A measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest became more worrisome Wednesday with word that people infected with the extremely contagious...


E-cigs outperform patches and gums in quit-smoking study

Published Jan. 30 2019

A major new study provides the strongest evidence yet that vaping can help smokers quit cigarettes, with e-cigarettes proving nearly...

Measles outbreak grows in northwest US, 30 cases reported

Published Jan. 25 2019

The number of confirmed measles cases near Portland grew to 30 on Friday — an outbreak boosted by lower-than-normal vaccination...

Organic price premiums dip as demand grows, choices multiply

Published Jan. 23 2019

U.S. shoppers are still paying more for organic food, but the price premium is falling as organic options multiply.

Need hospital care or tests? Here are some ways to get cost estimates

Published Jan. 18 2019

Want to know how much your hospital is going to charge for that knee surgery?

McCallie students get glimpse of robotic surgery through simulations [photos]

Published Jan. 17 2019

General surgeon Walter Rose never imagined a future when robots would help perform surgery when he graduated from McCallie School...

Opioid crisis brings unwanted attention to wealthy family

Published Jan. 17 2019

The Sackler name is emblazoned on the walls at some of the world's great museums and universities, including the Smithsonian,...

Tennessee hit hard by hepatitis C mostly because of opioid epidemic, according to report

Published Jan. 16 2019

Tennessee is one of the states hardest hit by hepatitis C, and the opioid epidemic is largely to blame, according...

Tennessee scientists weighed response to anti-vax politician

Published Jan. 11 2019

What should a state health department do when its newly elected congressman gets a rush of social media attention challenging...

Judge: Women could lose free birth control coverage under rule

Published Jan. 11 2019

A U.S. judge said Friday that a "substantial number" of women would lose free birth control coverage under new rules...

Surgeons fear pelvic mesh lawsuits will spook patients

Published Jan. 10 2019

Doctors who specialize in female pelvic medicine say lawsuits by four states, including Washington and California, over products used to...

Smoking burns your wallet, along with your lungs

Published Jan. 9 2019

Smoking kills nearly half a million people in the United States each year, but the deadly habit damages Americans' wallets,...