Private Programs Provide Access to Birth Control. They Can Also Deprive Women of Choice

If you’re an undocumented immigrant in Tennessee, you don’t have a lot of options when it comes to birth control. You can’t get an abortion—it’s been banned with very limited exceptions since 2022. You can’t get services from state public-health clinics, which lost federal funding with the abortion ban. The state has backfilled the funding, … Read more

‘Hospital at Home’ Could Be the Future of Health Care. Not Everyone Thinks It’s a Good Idea

In July 2022, Rudie Watzig collapsed. The diagnosis was as serious as it was unexpected—cirrhosis of the liver—and it landed him in the intensive care unit for what he considered a period of sheer torture. “I hated it. I hated being in the hospital,” says Watzig, 44, of Portland, Oregon. “Not seeing my kids … … Read more

Tuberculosis Could Be the Next Global Health Crisis. Is the World Ready?

For those living in affluent countries, it’s easy to forget about tuberculosis, which seems like a disease of the Victorian era. In the U.S., thanks to investments in public health and TB surveillance infrastructure, less than 600 people died from the disease in 2020. Compared to COVID-19, which caused 350,000 deaths that same year, it’s … Read more

Vanderbilt’s Decision to Turn Over Trans Patient Records to the State Sparks Backlash

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) confirmed Tuesday that it turned over transgender patients’ medical records to the Tennessee attorney general as part of an investigation into medical billing—a move that stirred controversy and privacy concerns. VUMC offers transgender-related health care for adults and minors in Tennessee and nearby states, where these services are increasingly limited … Read more