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How measles detectives work to contain latest outbreak

Across the nation, public health departments are redirecting scarce resources to try to control the spread of measles. Their success relies on shoe-leather detective work that is one of the great untold costs of the measles resurgence.... Read more»0

The women's health issue no one talks about: Depression

About 1 out of 5 women in America will experience depression in her lifetime, twice the number of men. Over the past decade, people have increasingly treated depression with medication: And today, about 15 percent of women take an antidepressant. Are they being overprescribed? It's complicated.... Read more»0

Measles outbreak sparks bid to strengthen Calif. vaccine law

State lawmakers in California introduced legislation Wednesday that would require children to be fully vaccinated before going to school, a response to a measles outbreak that started in Southern California and has reached 107 cases in 14 states.... Read more»0

Doctors' testimony crucial as border kids seek asylum

Asylum cases are among the most difficult immigration status cases to win and a doctor’s testimony can help sway the decision. Such medical-legal partnerships have cropped up in New York and California, where thousands of unaccompanied minors have settled with their families or friends who were already in the U.S.... Read more»0

Adults with serious mental illness face 80% unemployment

Employment rates for people with a serious mental illness are dismally low and getting worse, according to a report from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Just 17.8 percent of people receiving public mental health services were employed in 2012 – down from 23 percent in 2003.... Read more»0

Study puts a price tag on autism

Autism exacts a heavy toll on families across the country, but what is the financial cost of the disorder? ... Read more»0

Parents of mentally ill adult children frustrated by privacy law

Even if parents are providing health insurance, they often can’t find out about what’s happening when their adult children suffer from severe mental illnesses. ... Read more»0

Latino groups worry about funding for Affordable Care Act enrollment

The Obama administration is counting on Latinos to help make the Affordable Care Act a success, but there may be troubles ahead: Hispanic health centers and community organizations say they don’t have the funding or resources to carry out the complicated sign up process for the 10 million Latinos who will be eligible for new public and subsidized health coverage options.... Read more»0

Triage system helps colleges treat mentally ill students

Over the past decade, colleges and universities across the country have seen an influx of students with mental health needs. The stigma of mental illness has started to dissipate, and more students are comfortable seeking help.... Read more»0

After Conn. shootings, questions about mental health insurance

Insurance coverage for mental health treatment has long been spotty. More than a quarter of adults have a diagnosable mental health problem in any given year, but fewer than half receive treatment. While the Affordable Care Act goes a long way toward assuring coverage for most Americans, some gaps persist.... Read more»0

Sued over an $1,800 hospital bill

Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio, has sued nearly 1,600 people in county court between 2009 and 2011. Most of them were patients who were unable to pay their medical bills.... Read more»0

Medicare adds new accountable care organizations

The Obama administration announced Tuesday that 27 health systems have been selected to participate in Medicare’s Shared Savings Program.... Read more»0

Treating a scorpion sting: $100 in Mexico, $12,000 in Az

The vast difference in cost to treat a scorpion sting in Mexico and Arizona is causing some consternation among doctors and hospitals in the state where about 11,000 people are stung by scorpions each year. ... Read more»0

Hospitals hope to improve outlook by turning for-profit

Cash-poor nonprofit hospitals, unable to borrow money for needed improvements in facilities and equipment, are eagerly seeking for-profit suitors. ... Read more»0