The number of states with laws permitting marijuana use underscores a national cultural shift toward wider acceptance of the drug, despite the federal ban and limited evidence on the public health impacts of legalization.
The FDA confirms it is looking into more than one problem with the compressor, which is used to power patients’ artificial hearts.
Many aging gays and lesbians who have lived openly for decades are finding that the world of assisted living and nursing homes can be decidedly less accommodating.
Legislation recently signed by Gov. Brown will allow about 1,000 clinics statewide to bill Medi-Cal for treatment by marriage and family counselors, deepening the pool of mental health providers.
According to the neurobiologist heading a much-publicized effort funded by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, putting scientists and engineers under one roof will be key.
Treatment-resistant depression, particularly common among seniors, can raise the risk of suicide and lead to a loss of independence.
Playing with dolls is good therapy for some elderly people with dementia. They may think the dolls are real babies, but does it matter?
Twenty dying people, at peace with their mortality, shared their views on life, love and death with a Los Angeles artist for an exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance.
Participants in a mostly online diabetes self-management program had lower blood sugar and were more likely to take their medicine regularly, study finds.
A partnership between San Diego County and four health systems seeks to bridge the longstanding gap between hospitals and social services.
Older people are often given a huge number of medications, and many of them are unnecessary or even harmful.
The number of hospitalizations for stroke is rising quickly among young people, even as it drops across the U.S. population as a whole.
Overcrowding and chaos in traditional emergency rooms can harm seniors’ health. That’s prompting some hospitals to open ERs designed specifically for the elderly.
But the remaining uninsured are tough to reach.
Spending too much time in their hospital beds can leave older patients sicker than when they were first admitted.
Intensive training for such aides helps reduce repeated ER visits and hospitalizations of elderly disabled people, a pilot project suggests.
Some hospitals try to avoid sharp declines in the health of elderly patients by treating them in special units geared to their specific needs. This story is the first in a KHN series on the challenges hospitals face with an aging population.
Legislation that would allow nurse-midwives to practice independently is mired in a dispute about whether hospitals should be allowed to hire them.
Medi-Cal has become the payer of first resort for many Californians unable to afford the long-term care they need.
California is the first state to begin building an up-to-date database to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.