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Toxic Gas That Sterilizes Medical Devices Prompts Safety Rule Update

Over the past two years, Madeline Beal has heard frustration and even bewilderment during public meetings about ethylene oxide, a cancer-causing…

Readers Call on Congress to Bolster Medicare and Fix Loopholes in Health Policy

Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names.…

Hacking at UnitedHealth Unit Cripples a Swath of the US Health System: What to Know

Darius Tahir Early in the morning of Feb. 21, Change Healthcare, a company unknown to most Americans that plays a huge role in the U.S. health system,…

Bathroom Bills Are Back — Broader and Stricter — In Several States

Republican lawmakers in several states have resurrected and expanded the fight over whether transgender people may use bathrooms and other…

California Takes Up White House Call to Toughen Gun Storage Rules

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers are weighing a pitch from the White House for states to toughen gun storage rules as legislation…

The Supreme Court Confronts a Public Health Challenge: Homeless Encampments

Homelessness is a soaring public health crisis, with a record 653,000 unhoused people in the United States, according to federal estimates. Tent…

California Lawsuit Spotlights Broad Legal Attack on Anti-Bias Training in Health Care

Ronnie Cohen Los Angeles anesthesiologist Marilyn Singleton was outraged about a California requirement that every continuing medical education course…

Say That Again: Using Hearing Aids Can Be Frustrating for Older Adults, but Necessary

It was an every-other-day routine, full of frustration. Every time my husband called his father, who was 94 when he died in 2022, he’d wait for…

Without Medicare Part B’s Shield, Patient’s Family Owes $81,000 for a Single Air-Ambulance Flight

Debra Prichard was a retired factory worker who was careful with her money, including what she spent on medical care, said her daughter, Alicia…

A Government Video Would Explain When Abortion Is Legal in South Dakota

South Dakota lawmakers want state officials to create an educational video to help doctors understand when they can end a pregnancy without risking…