What sugar really does to your body (and why it's so hard to kick the craving)

We all know that consuming too much sugar is unhealthy—but just how dangerous is it to have a sweet tooth? Here's what the research shows, Jane Brody writes for the New York Times' "Well."

Read More

She's an ICU nurse. But she still couldn't bring herself to write an end-of-life directive.

In a Washington Post perspective, ICU nurse Andrea Useem shares her struggle to write an advance directive—despite her intimate understanding of how important such documents are for families who must make end-of-life decisions for a loved one.

Health officials say two experimental treatments could treat Ebola

Health officials on Monday announced that two experimental treatments appear to have improved the survival rates of patients infected with the Ebola virus, and the treatments now will be offered to all patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo who have contracted the virus.

USPSTF proposes screening all adults for illicit drug use

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Tuesday issued a draft recommendation that providers screen all adult patients for illicit drug use, marking the first time the task force has proposed such a recommendation.

Around the nation: California bill would require state to investigate vaccine exemptions

The bill would require the state health department to review vaccine exemptions if a school's vaccination rate drops below 95%, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Iowa, and Louisiana.

The 'secret' to an extremely long life? Maybe it's just bad record-keeping.

Why do certain areas of the world seem to have such large concentrations of people who live past 110 years old? According to a working paper, the answer may be bad record-keeping, Kelsey Piper writes for Vox.

Exchange enrollment is down among unsubsidized buyers, CMS finds

About 10.6 million U.S. residents enrolled in Affordable Care Act exchange plans by March 15 of this year, a slight decline from last year, according to CMS data released Monday.

40% of patients faced 'surprise' out-of-network bills at in-network hospitals in 2016

According to a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, 40% of in-network ED and inpatient admissions among privately insured patients in 2016 resulted in an out-of-network bill—and the rate of such bills has been rising dramatically.