How to pick a doctor — or break up with one
Finding a good primary care doctor can feel a little bit like dating. It’s awkward. Your expectations are high. You know it’s rough out there, but you’re still secretly hoping to find the one. So where do you begin? Just like dating, finding a doctor you click with is all... Read more
Juul doesn’t need to advertise to young people
Following intense scrutiny from public health professionals and the government, Juul announced it would try to reach fewer young people with its advertising in the U.S. The company terminated its Instagram and Facebook accounts. However, according to a study  in the BMJ journal Tobacco Control, and interviews with several researchers,... Read more
Energy drinks: Pick-me-up or health hazard?
As more people turn to energy drinks when they feel a little sluggish — sales increased a whopping 5,000% between 1994 and 2014 — many health experts are concerned that they are a more dangerous choice than coffee or other sources of caffeine, especially for teens and young adults. Read more
Rural residents with a disability face financial insecurity
According to a recent poll NPR conducted with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 49% of rural Americans couldn’t afford a sudden expense of $1,000. The percentage was much higher — 70% — for people who, like Carol Burgos, have disabilities. Read more
Balloons, pills, sleeves: Weight-loss options grow
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty or ESG, changes the stomach’s structure without surgery. It’s one of several newer or soon-to-be approved less-invasive ways to lose weight — including gastric balloons and capsules — that have expanded obesity treatments. Nearly 40% of U.S. adults are obese, putting them at a higher risk... Read more

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