Democrats move to offense on health care; seek 'big ideas'
1/12/2018 5:12:05 PM

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar Democrats are shifting to offense on health care, emboldened by successes in defending the Affordable Care Act. They say their ultimate goal is a government guarantee of affordable coverage for all. With Republicans unable to agree on their vision, Democrats are debating ideas that range from single-payer, government-run care for all, to new insurance options anchored in popular programs like Medicare or Medicaid. There's also widespread support for authorizing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, an idea once advocated by candidate Donald...

Usage remains low for pill that can prevent HIV infection
1/12/2018 5:10:34 PM

By David Crary From gritty neighborhoods in New York and Los Angeles to clinics in Kenya and Brazil, health workers are trying to popularize a pill that has proven highly effective in preventing HIV but which—in their view—remains woefully underused. Marketed in the United States as Truvada, and sometimes available abroad in generic versions, the pill has been shown to reduce the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90 percent if taken daily. Yet worldwide, only about a dozen countries have aggressive, government-backed programs to promote the pill. In the U.S.,...

Apple investors urge action to curb child gadget addiction
1/12/2018 5:08:07 PM

Major Apple investors have urged the iPhone maker to take action to curb growing smartphone addiction among children, highlighting growing concern about the effects of gadgets and social media on youngsters. New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers' Retirement System, or CalSTRS, said in open letter to Apple that the company must offer more choices and tools to help children fight addiction to its devices. “There is a developing consensus around the world including Silicon Valley that the potential long-term consequences of new technologies need...

Collusion and Health Insurance Mandate
1/12/2018 5:04:43 PM

By Calvin Woodward and Joan Lowy While speaking in defense of his mental capabilities, President Donald Trump said the question of collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russians is a dead issue, which it isn't. He also said the mandate to buy health insurance or pay a fine is gone—another premature death announcement. Trump's series of tweets Saturday, as he lashed out at a new book questioning his smarts, took a scattershot approach to the facts, as did his words later to reporters at Camp David. All of this capped a week in which he took unearned credit for safe...

Duo goes viral with photos of black girls with natural hair
12/27/2017 7:56:52 PM

By Sheila M. Poole The kinks. The waves. The twists. The blooming afro. Atlanta photography duo Kahran and Regis Bethencourt want to celebrate the versatility and beauty of natural hair. A year ago, the owners of CreativeSoul Photography launched the “AfroArt” series, which features African-American girls in all their natural hair glory. Although the series was shot a year ago, it recently went viral, thanks in part to social media shout outs from celebrities like Taraji P. Henson, Morris Chestnut and Tia Mowry. The collection is powerful in its...