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Interview: Dr. Loma Flowers on mental health care in the black community

In many African-American communities, mental health issues have a history of being under-treated and under-diagnosed. KALW's Leila Day talks with local psychiatrist Dr. Loma Flowers about the reasons why many in the black community may still resist therapy.

UNC expert: Regular care is key to prostate cancer diagnosis

Dr. Adam Zolotor thinks physicians should diagnose prostate cancer based on symptoms rather than screening. "I would pose to you that a usual source of care and a trusted physician or health care provider is the No. 1 thing we can do to get men diagnosed earlier and treated earlier," he said.

Let's talk: A closer look at social anxiety disorder

Earlier this year, I shut down at the Association of Health Care Journalists conference in Denver. What makes me crumble like this? I don’t know, but I have a hunch: I’m pretty sure I have a social phobia.

Los inmigrantes indocumentados esperan una nueva opción de cobertura médica en California

Cansada por el peso de la edad, y con un deterioro progresivo de su cuerpo debido a la diabetes, Juana está pendiente de las noticias, desde que supo que hay una propuesta de ley en California para brindar seguro médico a las personas que, como ella, no tienen documentos.

Undocumented Immigrants Await a New Option for Health Care Coverage in California

Exhausted from the burden of her age and diabetes, Juana now pays more attention to the news. She recently learned of a California proposal to offer health insurance to people who are undocumented.

A Tiny Living Room Health Insurance Enrollment Center: A Model to Replicate?

Una mujer decidió por su cuenta convertir su casa en centro de inscripción. Invitó a sus familiares y vecinos, en su mayoría desasegurados, que estaban indecisos sobre si inscribirse o pagar la multa. ¿Podría ser un modelo a replicar para inscribir a más latinos?

A Tiny Living Room Health Insurance Enrollment Center: A Model to Replicate?

A Mexican-American woman decided to convert her house into a health insurance registration center. She invited her family and neighbors, most of them uninsured. Could this be a model strategy to sign up more Latinos?

Addiction clinics ready for an Obamacare boom

Heroin addiction grabbed the national spotlight recently after famed actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died on Super Bowl Sunday. He was almost certainly not alone that day — about 100 Americans die every day from drug overdoses. Can anything be done to stop this?

Do you need to love your doctor? Cancer made me realize that I do

The oncologist is the person who will look after my cancer for the rest of my life, however long it lasts. I need to trust him or her implicitly. Just for starters, I need to trust the treatments prescribed for me will work, even if they make me feel sicker than I felt in the first place.

What Are the True Addiction Risks of Pain Medicine?

Reporting on Health Contributing Editor William Heisel set off a spirited discussion this week on Twitter on the risk of addiction to opioid pain medicine. What are the implications for chronic pain management and treatment?



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