When it comes to finding a doctor, chances are you spend a lot more time worrying about your man, your kids, or your parents than yourself. After all, you're strong enough to soldier through the occasional cold, right?
Children who are the youngest in their class are more likely than their older classmates to be diagnosed and given medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) -- suggesting that immaturity may be part of the problem, not ADHD.
Roughly 20% of the antibiotic prescriptions written in the United States for adults each year are for sinus infections. That's an impressive statistic, given that doctors and public health officials have long doubted that antibiotics can successfully treat the condition.
If you're like most people, you're inclined to trust your doctor's advice.
Government-backed loans to doctors have surged more than 10-fold in the past decade, a trend industry insiders say is a red flag that doctors in America are in financial distress.
The payroll tax impasse in Congress has put Medicare doctors on edge over the likelihood that their pay could be slashed 27.4% in two weeks time.
Family doctors and other primary care physicians are often the first health professionals to learn that a patient is depressed, but that doesn't mean they identify all of the depression cases that walk through their offices.
Rising medical costs hobbled General Motors and Chrysler, and they're swallowing up state budgets. The country's long-term financial prognosis is grave largely because of health care entitlements.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on a 17-year old living his dream of playing football after nearly dying from a brain tumor.
It's become a classic scenario: You have a headache and after Googling it, you find out a headache can be a sign of a brain tumor.
Late last month, the Patient Protection and Affordability Act, better known as "health care reform," quietly celebrated its first birthday. The bill has its supporters, including the millions of previously uninsured Americans who will have access to coverage because of it. But its critics have been more vocal, attacking the landmark legislation for "gutting" Medicare, drastically understating the measure's probable cost, and funding a new entitlement with early premiums from still another entitlement for long-term care that's destined to go broke.
After years of being the black sheep of the medical profession, family medicine is becoming more attractive to med students. The reason -- health reform.
Do you think it is worthwhile to have a psychiatric advance directive?
Gabriela Martinez always spent a lot of time in bed, and she rarely laughed, or even spoke. For decades, her family shrugged off this unusual behavior as nervios, or "nerve problems."
Primary-care doctors now have a new--and potentially more convenient--tool to fight the bone disease osteoporosis.
There are countless opinions regarding how to improve health care in the United States, but many experts agree on one fact: "Our current health-care system is mainly a sick-care system," says Adam Perlman, executive director of the Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Now that health reform is law, many physicians are complaining that while it may help their patients, it doesn't go far enough to help doctors.
For one doctor practicing in America's heartland, the new health care law and its incentives to keep doctors on the farm is a start, not a solution, to the medical care crisis afflicting rural America.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta answers viewer questions on health care reform.
With the passage of the health care reform bill, CNN has been flooded with viewer questions about specifics of the measure and how their lives may be affected. In response, we're providing answers here, based on our reporting research, that address some of the issues you're raising most often. Got another question? E-mail us at email@example.com.
Despite the growing shortage of family doctors in the United States, medical centers last year offered higher salaries and incentives to specialist nurses than to primary care doctors, according to an annual survey of physicians' salaries.
The House's approval of a measure to reform and revamp the nation's health care system was praised Monday by consumer groups, given mixed reviews by doctors and got a thumbs down from insurers.
When Dr. Bradley Block, a family physician in Florida, began to investigate electronic medical record systems for his four-doctor practice, he discovered that many of the largest firms in the field were not particularly interested in his business.
As a 21% cut in Medicare payment rates to doctors took effect Monday, eight of the 15 patients on Dr. William Schreiber's schedule are on Medicare.
America is closer to meaningful health care reform than at any time in its history. As we have all witnessed, finding a way to both provide every American access to affordable health care while seeking to control health care costs has not been easy.
Her bedside manner is comforting, the questions to the point.
President Obama praises the Senate's health reform compromise and says the new framework will pave the way to passage.
The recent death of former Miss Argentina and model Solange Magnano is raising a lot of questions about the risks of cosmetic surgery. But even non-surgical beauty procedures can carry with them serious risks -- especially if the doctor performing them isn't a specialist.
Medicare has become a scary word to the doctors at the largest private group practice in Kansas City, Mo.
Parents who bring their kids to Dr. G. Andrew McIntosh for the chicken pox vaccine are out of luck.
Health policy experts agree that any reform in our health care system must include a well-educated, caring primary care doctor who is able to manage the health of his or her patients with an eye to using resources optimally to keep costs down.
When President Obama recently cited the number of Americans without health insurance, he declared that, "We are not a nation that accepts nearly 46 million uninsured men, women, and children."
Like a lot of their patients, doctors are sick of long waits in the waiting room and dealing with insurance companies.
At the reception desk of Barrington Family Medicine is a large vase of flowers, and that's pretty much it. There's no secretary, no nurse, no office manager and no staff.
A pair of doctors are reviving the old ways of medicine - including house calls. CNN photojournalist Bob Crowley reports.
It's time for your 2015 annual physical.
Neither of Dr. Arthur Kellerman's parents wanted to die in a hospital. His father had metastatic cancer and his mother had had multiple strokes, and Kellerman wanted to respect their wishes about the ends of their lives.
Luis Manriquez and Katherine Glass share a common -- and increasingly rare -- ambition: They both want to become family doctors.
President Obama announced Monday his choice for surgeon general -- Dr. Regina Benjamin, a 52-year-old family practice doctor who has spent most of her career tending to the needs of poor patients in a Gulf Coast clinic in Alabama.
President Obama has nominated Dr. Regina Benjamin to serve as surgeon general.
My husband's bipolar disorder was diagnosed several years ago. He has tried several medications and the side effects have far outweighed any benefits. Now he refuses to see a doctor about it because he thinks it's hopeless. Not to mention we have moved and discovered that there are few psychiatrists in the area, and the ones who will take him have a six-month waiting list. Our primary care doctor won't treat him for the bipolar (he asked). It is terrible to see him suffer from this disease without any relief in sight. Any suggestions?
Clayton Christensen, Jason Hwang and Vineeta Vijayaraghavan are right about one thing in their CNN commentary titled "We don't need more doctors." America's health care system is broken. It requires significant reform if patients are to have access to convenient, affordable and -- most importantly -- high-quality care that results in good outcomes.
Vowing not to "continue down the same dangerous road" of rising health care costs, President Obama announced on Monday a coalition for reform that included some of health care's most powerful stakeholders.
Sherry Pierce, who works at a fast food restaurant that doesn't offer health insurance, needs a dentist to look at three broken teeth that may be abscessed.
A look at "Clinic with a Heart," which supplies free medical care to patients in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Americans, frustrated by endless waits at the doctor's office, are sidestepping their family physician and taking their rashes, strep throat and pink eye to stores such as Wal-Mart and Walgreens instead.
Up to 15 percent of the U.S. population have chronic pain, and as many as five percent have pain so persistent that they need heavy-hitting painkillers, known as opioids, just to get through the day.
Did you wake up with pinkeye? Or maybe a painful sore throat or a nasty rash? You want relief and you want it now. Well, good luck getting it.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at a new survey that finds half of all primary physicans surveyed want to leave their practices.
Nearly half the respondents in a survey of U.S. primary care physicians said that they would seriously consider getting out of the medical business within the next three years if they had an alternative.
In August, just days before her daughter was to start her sophomore year of college, Dr. Lucy Sauer faced a troubling choice: Should her daughter have a device surgically implanted in her chest to control her heart rhythm?
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen offers tips on how to get a second opinion from your living room.
In a Nairobi slum, more than one in four children under 5 will die, but in a wealthier part of the Kenyan capital, the mortality rate is one in almost 67, according to a World Health Organization report released Tuesday.
Only 2% of graduating medical students say they plan to work in primary care internal medicine, raising worries about a looming shortage of the first-stop doctors who used to be the backbone of the American medical system
An estimated one percent of adults have active epilepsy, and many of them are getting insufficient treatment, according to a 19-state survey released Thursday.
Democratic presidential front-runner Sen. Barack Obama is in excellent health, according to a statement from his doctor, released by the campaign.
More and more doctors, fed up with overpacked schedules and restrictive insurance company rules, are turning their practices into full-service, concierge affairs
CNN's Monita Rajpal visits the Ducati factory in Bologna, and talks with Moto GP champion Casey Stoner
Although she loved the memories they made on vacations together, Sandra Thai regularly threw out a good number of the snapshots of her husband, Dinh.
Diabetics are holding their breath, and that may not be good news for the Pfizer, the world's biggest drugmaker.
When Michael Holton and Thomas Kintanar decided to start a medical practice in Churubusco, Ind., the two doctors, both devout Christians, say they heard a call from God. Holton, 40, was an exhauste...
LH: Lorraine Hahn GP: Grace Park
Can Prozac make you want to die? The idea seems strange, given that the drug and similar antidepressants are supposed to do just the opposite. Yet that is what Kimberly Witczak believes happened to...
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Georgia-Pacific Corp., the maker of Brawny paper towels and Dixie Cups, Sunday said it agreed to be bought by Koch Industries, Inc. for $13.2 billion.
Chiron, one of the lead manufacturers of flu shots, said the worst of its production problems are resolved, but family doctors are fuming that they're not getting enough flu shots now.
Streams of evacuees are stuck again in a familiar evacuation limbo. While out of harm's way, the return to normalcy is nowhere in sight.
A family doctor testified Wednesday that a teenager was taking a starter dose of the antidepressant Zoloft when the boy shot his grandparents to death.
Is it possible that one remedy for the ailing health-care system can be found in a Target store in Minneapolis? To see for yourself, head down the main aisle, past greeting cards and gift wrap, tow...
CNN is projecting that former Rep. Tom Coburn will win the Senate seat vacated by Republican Don Nickles in Oklahoma.
It is a common scenario: you are on medication but you forget to take it -- or worse, you cannot remember whether you took the pill you were due to take an hour ago.
At first glance, Dr. Bernard Kaminetsky seemed to be living his dream. Since childhood he'd wanted to be a family doctor, and he'd pursued his ambition diligently. Nearly 20 years of hard work had ...
Harold Shipman was the silent suburban killer, targeting elderly women with names like Norah, Winifred, and Irene, and killing them behind the lace curtains of their own homes.
You're headed for Shanghai to tour some factories or to Tanzania for a weeklong safari. Or perhaps your son or daughter is spending a semester in Madras or spring break in Belize. You check with yo...
I started having vague concerns about managed care a few years ago when my new doctor, selected from a thick roster approved by a managed-care company with which my employer has a contract, began g...
Once, you could retire with a garden hoe or a stack of novels and tell your ex-employer and Social Security where to mail your checks. Not anymore. Personal finance has gotten so complicated that n...
Mark Holowesko appears to be the very model of a modern global money manager. $ He is disarmingly young (34), lives in an offshore tax haven (the Bahamas) and drives a big BMW. He was groomed for t...
THE MARCH of science has produced this arresting tidbit: Though most of us are in a blah or foul mood three days out of ten, an annoying 0.5% of the population is in a good mood all the time. And j...
POLICYMAKERS have long argued that medicine is a market unto itself, governed by laws as strange as those of Lewis Carroll's Wonderland or Jonathan Swift's Lilliput. In fact, the forces driving up ...
HEALTH maintenance organizations take a startlingly sensible approach to cutting health care costs: Keep people well. Yet the very idea of joining one makes a lot of people sick. Why? HMOs provide ...
MOST CURES for America's ruinous, $800-billion-a-year medical bill focus on changing our profligate insurance system, which encourages patients to consume -- and doctors to provide -- too much heal...
WHAT ARE NOW EQUAL to half of all pretax profits and rising fast? Answer: company health benefits. No wonder managers are desperate. And no wonder many of them are marveling at a plan adopted by on...
Marie Greenwalt will never forget the day she thought her amateur soccer career was in jeopardy. ''I was practicing shots from about 30 yards out,'' says the 36-year-old billing clerk from Tualatin...
Have you been tempted to join your company's health maintenance organization (HMO) for its low cost but feel uncomfortable about giving up visits to your family doctor or to the top specialist in t...
MONEY asked four prominent physicians to evaluate seven of the leading medical newsletters; their comments, and composite scores on a scale of 100, are shown below. The panel included Bruce B. Dan,...
On April 1, 40 pediatricians and 35 family practitioners, disgruntled over their fees, pulled out of North Carolina's largest health maintenance organization, the 16,206-member Raleigh Blue Cross P...
For three decades now, thanks to insurance and Medicare, consumers have paid relatively little out of their own pockets for medical services. Lacking compelling reasons to trade off costs against b...
HURTING FROM an epidemic of competition, the nation's doctors are trying some hitherto unheard-of remedies. An obstetrician in Houston sends corsages to new mothers. An ophthalmologist in Kansas Ci...