Bellevue Hospital Rushes Patients Into Weight-Loss Surgery

Early one morning in February, a guard clanged on the door of David Mustiga’s jail cell on Rikers Island. Soon, the 43-year-old was shackled and put on a bus to Bellevue. Rikers detainees often struggle to get even rudimentary medical care. But Mr. Mustiga and 10 other prisoners have undergone elective bariatric surgery at Bellevue, […]

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Panera Bread’s Charged Lemonade Linked to Second Death in Lawsuit

A Florida man died after drinking three servings of a heavily caffeinated beverage from Panera Bread, according to a lawsuit filed against the company on Monday. It is the second lawsuit linking the beverage, Charged Lemonade, to a death. Dennis Brown, 46, died in October after suffering a “cardiac event” while walking home from a […]

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Why Long-Term Care Insurance Falls Short for So Many

For 35 years, Angela Jemmott and her five brothers paid premiums on a long-term care insurance policy for their 91-year-old mother. But the policy does not cover home health aides whose assistance allows her to stay in her Sacramento bungalow, near the friends and neighbors she loves. Her family pays $4,000 a month for that. […]

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Energy Drink Risks: What to Know After Panera Lawsuit

A lawsuit over the death of a 21-year-old with a heart condition who died last year after drinking a highly caffeinated lemonade at Panera Bread has renewed longstanding questions about the safety of energy drinks. The woman’s parents, who filed the lawsuit last week, said that she was likely unaware of how much caffeine was […]

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Lawsuit Challenges Insurance Restrictions on Weight Loss Drugs Like Wegovy

Jeannette Simonton was a textbook candidate for the obesity drug Wegovy when her doctor prescribed it to her in February. At 5 feet 2 inches and 228 pounds, she had a body mass index of nearly 42 — well above the cutoff U.S. regulators had approved for eligibility for the medication. She also had serious […]

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For Black Mothers, Birthing Centers, Once a Refuge, Become a Battleground

Gabrielle Glaze felt scolded and shamed when she delivered her first son in a Birmingham, Ala., hospital, forced to observe strict rules about lying stationary through her contractions and enduring countless cervical checks from “total strangers” who seemed disappointed by her body’s progress. So when Ms. Glaze, 33, gave birth to a second son in […]

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Supporters of Aid in Dying Sue N.J. Over Residency Requirement

Judy Govatos has heard that magical phrase “you’re in remission” twice, in 2015 and again in 2019. She had beaten back Stage 4 lymphoma with such aggressive chemotherapy and other treatments that at one point she grew too weak to stand, and relied on a wheelchair. She endured several hospitalizations, suffered infections and lost nearly […]

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Legal Actions Seek Guarantee of Abortion Access for Patients in Medical Emergencies

Early in her pregnancy, Jaci Statton was in her kitchen when she felt like she was going to pass out and saw that her jeans had become soaked with blood. Doctors told her the pregnancy was not viable and that it could threaten her life if an abortion was not performed soon, she said. But […]

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Appeals Court Upholds Legality of Abortion Pill but With Significant Restrictions

A federal appeals court panel said on Wednesday that the abortion pill mifepristone should remain legal in the United States but with significant restrictions on patients’ access to it, setting up a showdown before the Supreme Court on the fate of the most common method of terminating pregnancies. The decision, which would prohibit the pill […]

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Religious Freedom Arguments Underpin Wave of Challenges to Abortion Bans

After she received the medication, the process took a different turn. Via Zoom, a minister prompted Mikayla to look in a mirror to reflect on self-empowerment and recite: “One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.” After swallowing the first pill in the two-drug regimen, Mikayla recited a tenet about prioritizing science. The minister […]

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Appeals Court Says Abortion Pill Can Remain Available but Imposes Temporary Restrictions

The Justice Department said on Thursday that it would ask the Supreme Court to block a ruling by a federal appeals panel that limited the distribution and access to the abortion pill mifepristone. In a case that has national implications for abortion access, the three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth […]

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Ex-Nurse Convicted in Fatal Medication Error Gets Probation

A former nurse whose medication error killed a patient in Tennessee was sentenced to three years of probation on Friday, ending a case that had prompted concern among health care workers fearful that medical mistakes will be criminalized. The nurse, RaDonda Vaught, apologized to the relatives of the 75-year-old victim, Charlene Murphey, who was injected […]

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