Pioneering study links testicular cancer among military personnel to ‘forever chemicals’
By: Hannah Norman and Patricia Kime - August 14, 2023
Gary Flook served in the Air Force for 37 years, as a firefighter at the now-closed Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois and the former Grissom Air Force Base in Indiana, where he regularly trained with aqueous film forming foam, or AFFF — a frothy white fire retardant that is highly effective but now known […]
Social media is fueling enthusiasm for weight loss drugs. Are regulators watching?
By: Darius Tahir and Hannah Norman - April 24, 2023
Suzette Zuena is her own best advertisement for weight loss. Zuena, the “founder/visionary” of LH Spa & Rejuvenation in Livingston and Madison, New Jersey, has dropped 30 pounds. Her husband has lost 42 pounds. “We go out a lot,” Zuena said of the pair’s social routine. “People saw us basically shrinking.” They would ask how […]
Travel nurses see fortunes change as COVID money dries up
By: Hannah Norman - May 14, 2022
Tiffanie Jones was a few tanks of gas into her drive from Tampa, Florida, to Cheyenne, Wyoming, when she found out her travel nurse contract had been canceled. Jones, who has been a nurse for 17 years, caught up with a Facebook group for travel nurses and saw she wasn’t alone. Nurses had reported abruptly […]
Microbiome start-ups promise to improve your gut health, but is the science solid?
By: Hannah Norman - January 2, 2022
After Russell Jordan sent a stool sample through the mail to the microbiome company Viome, his idea of what he should eat shifted. The gym owner in Sacramento, California, had always consumed large quantities of leafy greens. But the results from the test — which sequenced and analyzed the microbes in a pea-sized stool sample […]
COVID testing has turned into windfall for hospitals, providers
By: Jay Hancock and Hannah Norman - June 26, 2021
Pamela Valfer needed multiple covid tests after repeatedly visiting the hospital last fall to see her mother, who was being treated for cancer. Beds there were filling with covid patients. Valfer heard the tests would be free. So, she was surprised when the testing company billed her insurer $250 for each swab. She feared she […]