August 12, 2009 Democrats say a health insurance exchange would help provide affordable insurance options by fostering competition to lower costs. In an exchange, people could choose from a variety of insurance providers and a public plan option.
July 22, 2009 Scientists were surprised to find that chimps infected with a close relative of HIV can die of AIDS. Previous studies suggested the simian virus caused little or no disease.
July 21, 2009 You'd think with two wars and a stumbling economy, it would be enough for a new administration to focus on the big-ticket and national security issues — and leave a health-system makeover for calmer times.
July 15, 2009 A Senate committee approved a plan along party lines to remake the American health care system. The bill would cost $600 billion and provide subsidies to make it easier for many people to get health insurance. Meanwhile, House Democrats pushed forward their own version of health reform.
May 19, 2009 So far, young people have been the most likely victims of swine flu, but that could change, says Rear Admiral Anne Schuchat, the interim deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Science and Public Health Program.
May 1, 2009 The burden is increasingly falling on local officials to decide what to do with suspected flu cases. Individual schools and even whole school districts are shutting down, and airlines are scrambling to determine the best course of action. Here's a look at which steps actually slow disease and which don't.
April 28, 2009 As reports of swine flu cases continue to rise, the World Health Organization says it suspects that U.S. swine flu patients may have transmitted the virus to others in the United States — which, if confirmed, would signal that the new flu strain is spreading beyond travelers returning from Mexico.
March 11, 2009 Dr. Margaret Hamburg, former New York City health commissioner, is President Obama's choice to lead the Food and Drug Administration. Hamburg would face a wide range of issues, including the potential regulation of tobacco by the FDA and a possible overhaul of the nation's food safety system.
January 27, 2009 A woman in Southern California has given birth to octuplets — six boys and two girls. It's believed to be only the second successful delivery of octuplets in the United States.
January 15, 2009 Those aboard a US Airways jet that made an emergency landing in the Hudson River on Thursday risked developing hypothermia, though the risk of serious injury was low given their short time in the water. When the plane landed, the water temperature was 41 degrees and the air temperature was 20.
November 19, 2008 The pioneering operation used a section of windpipe engineered in a laboratory with adult human stem cells. Engineering new tissues and organs from stem cells has long been sought as a solution to overcome a chronic shortage of donor organs.
November 9, 2008 A new research study finds that many people who have no signs of heart disease should be taking statin drugs, which lower cholesterol and may have other benefits. Prescribing a generic version could save patients — and insurance companies — millions of dollars.
July 2, 2008 Europe spends far less on health care than the United States, while managing to cover all citizens and rank above the U.S. on most measures of good health.
May 23, 2008 Sen. John McCain appears in overall good health, despite some close calls over the past eight years. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has had no recurrence of melanoma, a form of skin cancer. McCain has had at least three melanomas removed in the past 15 years, the most recent in 2000.