Health

Pregnant person in a striped gray and black shirt holding a purple flower as someone touches their abdomen

This Tiny Pill Could Lower Mortality Rates for Black Babies

It could prevent a life-threatening condition called preeclampsia—but many patients don’t know it can help.

A man with dark hair sits in a chair holding his young daughter across his lap inside of her hospital room.

Spike in Uninsured May be Linked to Trump Immigration Policies

The number of uninsured people in America has increased for the first time in nearly a decade.

Hands holding a red sign that reads, "Stop the war on choice."

California Poised to Be First State to Provide Free Medication Abortions to College Students

The law will benefit the students at public universities in the state, who are predominantly people of color and may face geographic and economic hurdles to obtaining the medical procedure.

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Cancer Alley Residents Stop New Chemical Plant From Opening

A lawsuit and protests pushed a Chinese petrochemical firm to withdraw its approved application to build in Louisiana.

Aerial shot of Abaco Island, Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian

8 Ways To Help The Bahamas Recover From Hurricane Dorian

“We are in the midst of one of the greatest national crises in our country’s history.”

Exterior of Planned Parenthood of St. Louis. Gray-painted bricks, blue signage.

Court Temporarily Blocks Missouri's Eight-Week Abortion Ban

But new restrictions—including for cases of fetal Down Syndrome—were allowed to go into effect.

Doctors and nurses hold signs protesting family separation.

Trump Admin Threatens Migrants Seeking Life-Saving Medical Care With Deportation

Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.): “This is a new low. Donald Trump is literally deporting kids with cancer.”

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Governor Philip D. Murphy at podium in Newark, New Jersey. American and yellow New Jersey flags in the background.

New Plan Seeks to Replace Newark's Lead Pipes In Less Than 3 Years

With the national spotlight on the city’s lead water crisis, officials have shaved seven years off the initial timeline to replace pipes.

Pallets of water with a line of people standing behind them in Newark, New Jersey at a bottled water distribution center

The Decisions and Inaction Behind Newark's Lead Water Crisis

An investigation by The New York Times reveals years of mismanagement.

Young White man in blue scrubs draws blood from Black man wearing hospital gown.

Medical Association Blasts Trump Administration for Attacking Health Care Rights

American Medical Association to Department of Health and Human Services: “This proposal marks the rare occasion in which a federal agency seeks to remove civil rights protections.”

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How City Planners Are Battling Rising Temps Across Nation

Global warming is causing major climate shifts. Now, cities are making major changes to protect their most vulnerable residents.

people holding signs in support of Planned Parenthood and reproductive rights

Planned Parenthood Withdraws From Title X Program

“We believe that the Trump administration is doing this as an attack on reproductive health care and to keep providers like Planned Parenthood from serving our patients.” 

Pediatricians Highlight Impact of Racism On Children's Health

A new statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics urges doctors and policymakers to address bias and discrimination in health care.

Ras Baraka. Black man in gray suit and white shirt talks into microphone.

Lead Concerns Push Newark to Distribute Bottled Water to Residents

The EPA says residents should not drink tap water, even if it’s been filtered. The city says more tests are needed.

Alexis McGill Johnson. Black woman in a black dress stands in front of a white step and repeat with logos on it.

Planned Parenthood's New Leader On Racial Equity and Reproductive Health Freedom

Alexis McGill Johnson talks to Colorlines about bringing her life’s work as a racial justice organizer to the reproductive health care organization.

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New Study Pinpoints the Most Urgent Needs of TGNC People Living With HIV

The Transgender Law Center documented the top legal and health care barriers for HIV-positive trans and gender nonconforming people. The goal is “data-driven advocacy led by the community for the community.”

Christopher Remmey. Man in profile with mustache and beard sitting in low light looks past the camera.

WATCH: Doc Explores How Criminal Justice System Fails People With Mental Illnesses

“Forty hours of mental health training in a police academy that’s seven-and-a-half months long isn’t long enough.”

fruit aisle in supermarket with melons and oranges

Trump Administration Seeks to Strip 3.1 Million People of Food Security

The quest to prevent lower-income earning people from accessing food stamps via the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program continues.

Trans Pride flags with blue, pink, white, pink, blue stripes.

Rev. Elena Rose Vera On the Hotline Created for Trans People, by Trans People

Trans Lifeline executive director: “We’re not just people that need to be rescued, but also have extraordinary gifts.” 

A Mexican baby

Study Finds Increase in Latinx Preterm Births After Trump Election

Researchers emphasized a connection between psychosocial stress and an increase in babies born early after 45 won the White House.