October 9, 2019

“Canada Allows Scrutiny of Drug Trials”

Canada’s health department is making clinical study reports submitted by companies seeking approval for new drugs and treatments publicly available through an online portal. The reports play an important role in helping regulators make their decisions and transparency advocates want the U.S. to do the same.

Rural Health Quarterly
September 20, 2019

“Here Come the Dental Therapists”

More states are passing laws to extend their use, but can opposition from dental societies be overcome?

CQ Researcher
June 14, 2019

“Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing”

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing, introduced in 2000, has seen explosive growth in recent years. Critics say reports produced by the testing companies can be inaccurate, misleading and vulnerable to hacking.

CQ Researcher
February 22, 2019

“Sexually Transmitted Diseases”

After falling to historic lows in the early 2000s, rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are soaring to record levels. Does the surge spell a crisis?

Rural Health Quarterly
December 12, 2018

“Medicaid Expansion Benefits Rural Americans”

In the wake of the November mid-term election, more states will be expanding Medicaid, the government’s largest health insurance program, and rural Americans are poised to be big beneficiaries, researchers say.

CQ Researcher
November 9, 2018

“Global Tourism Controversies”

Global tourism is growing rapidly, propelled by rising prosperity, cheap airfares and the ease of online booking. But many destinations, from the canals of Venice to Utah's Zion National Park, are struggling to accommodate hordes of visitors.

Rural Health Quarterly
September 5, 2018

“Webside Manner”


Medical schools embrace telemedicine training but only a few make it a requirement.

CQ Researcher
August 31, 2018

“Education Funding”

A wave of teacher protests has focused national attention on education funding and reinvigorated debates on how best to pay teachers and whether increased school funding significantly raises student achievement.

August 29, 2018

“To Boost Patient Participation, Clinical Trials Come Home”

Companies are using digital technologies — smartwatches, mobile apps, and wearable biosensors — to conduct virtual trials. Is it the way forward?

CQ Researcher
May 18, 2018

“The State of Clinical Trials

Few patients participate, causing nearly a fifth of trials to shut down early or before they even begin. In addition, trials are becoming increasingly long, complex and costly.

Healthline News
April 6, 2018

“Direct Patient Access to Labs”

Patient portals now provide people with medical test results before they see their doctor. This helps inform, but it can also lead to anxiety or confusion.

Healthline News
February 15, 2018

“States Seeking Ways to Import Prescription Drugs from Canada”


Legislators in five states have introduced bills that would allow medications to be imported from Canada. They say it would save consumers money.

Rural Health Quarterly
January 28, 2018

“Rural Broadband Saves Lives”


The necessary broadband for telehealth is often not available in rural America.

Healthline News
January 26, 2018

“Should All Women Be Tested for Breast, Ovarian Cancer Gene Mutations?”

Researchers say testing women age 30 and over would reduce the number of breast and ovarian cancer cases.

CQ Researcher
January 19, 2018

“Future of Puerto Rico”

Puerto Rico is still reeling from two devastating hurricanes last September and an 11-year recession, which have renewed a bitter debate over the U.S. territory's political status.

Healthline News
Januray 2, 2018

“FDA and Homeopathy”

The Food and Drug Administration plans to crack down on homeopathic treatments the agency says pose the greatest safety risk.

Sage Business Researcher
October 30, 2017

“The Knowledge Economy”

Colleges and universities increasingly are viewed as engines of economic growth – and measured against their ability to fulfill that role. The trend is intimately bound up with the shift, in the United States and most other developed nations, toward a knowledge-based economy.

Rural Health Quarterly
August 1, 2017

“Community Health Workers Face A Changing Landscape”


Hospitals and health plans are hiring community health workers to help improve quality of care, but CHWs worry about retaining ties to their communities.

CQ Researcher
July 21, 2017

“Medical Marijuana”

Americans overwhelmingly approve of medical marijuana, but research has not kept up with changing norms and laws.

CQ Researcher
April 21, 2017

“High-Tech Policing”

Controversial new technologies are transforming how police pursue suspects, monitor suspicious activity and seek to deter crime.

March 6, 2017

“Excess brain fluid may predict autism in high-risk babies”


It may be possible to predict autism in infants who have older siblings with the disorder, according to a news study.

Medical Economics
February 10, 2017

“Why do doctors ignore hospital rankings?”


Last year, the government unveiled a new and controversial rating system for hospitals, yet most doctors ignore it.

CQ Researcher
January 6, 2017

“Trump Presidency”


Donald Trump rode a populist wave to the presidency. An assessment two weeks before his inauguration.

CQ Researcher
October 28, 2016

“Sports Betting”


Americans spend billions of dollars a year betting on sports, the vast majority of it illegally. But there is a growing debate over whether sports betting should be legalized.

September 21, 2016

“Is the 5-second rule for dropped food safe?”


Researchers say the answer is “no!”

Medical Economics
July 10, 2016

“Patient record transparency and the impact on physicians”


The Boston-based OpenNotes initiative encourages physicians to share their notes with patients.

CQ Researcher
June 17, 2016

“Coal Industry’s Future”


The coal industry is getting crushed as power plants turn to cheap, cleaner natural gas and zero-emissions solar and wind power.

CQ Researcher
April 22, 2016

“Managing Western Lands”


A quiet rebellion is seeking to force the federal government to relinquish public land to Western states.

CQ Researcher
January 22, 2016

"Fighting Cancer"


Scientists caution that cancer is not just one disease amenable to a single cure but rather more than 100 complex and related diseases, many of which have defied decades of experimental treatments.

CQ Researcher
September 18, 2015

“Far Right Extremism”


The massacre of African-American worshippers at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. has spurred debate about the strength of the government's efforts to fight far-right extremism.

Business Researcher
July 20, 2015

“CEO Compensation”


CEOs of some of the largest U.S. companies are paid more than $100 million a year in salary, bonuses, stock and stock options. Some say the system for setting pay is broken.


CQ Researcher
March 20, 2015

“Online Dating”


Online dating is a multibillion-dollar industry. Yet some researchers say matchmaking algorithms are no better than chance at providing suitable partners.

December 2, 2014

“As simple as holding hands: Creating bonds when memory fades”


Experts recommend using the senses to bond with those with dementia.

CQ Researcher
October 31, 2014

“Campus Sexual Assault”


Charges of sexual assault on college and university campuses — and how school officials investigate and adjudicate them — are receiving unprecedented attention.

CQ Researcher
September 12, 2014

“Teen Suicide”


Suicide is the second leading cause of death for teenagers, but mental health experts don’t fully understand the causes of suicide.