Why Washington health officials fear novel coronavirus may have been quietly spreading

JUDY WOODRUFF: The toll from the coronavirus is edging up tonight across the United States. So far, there are six known deaths, all in Washington state, but there are fears the virus is considerably more widespread than previously known. Lisa Desjardins begins our coverage LISA DESJARDINS: In the greater Seattle area, health officials now question […]

With novel coronavirus deaths rising, health officials face grilling on Capitol Hill

JUDY WOODRUFF: The coronavirus outbreak has claimed more American lives and more American wealth. The death toll reached nine today, with more than 100 diagnosed cases nationwide. And as economic damage spread, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell announced that the Central Bank is cutting a key interest rate by half-a-point. JEROME POWELL, Federal Reserve Chairman: […]

Bernie Sanders on Iran, health care and Democratic electability

JUDY WOODRUFF: Democratic presidential candidates have been speaking about Iran as they seek to contrast their foreign policy visions against that of the current commander in chief. In New York City, former Vice President Joe Biden said President Trump’s decision to strike out at Qasem Soleimani was dangerously incompetent. JOSEPH BIDEN (D), Presidential Candidate: So […]

Sick Venezuelans struggle to survive amid crumbling health system, lack of care

JUDY WOODRUFF: We now return to our series Inside Venezuela. The South American country is in the midst of a political, economic, and humanitarian crisis. And under that weight, its health care system is collapsing. With support from the Pulitzer Center, special correspondent Marcia Biggs went undercover to film this report. And a warning: This […]

The ACA is now embedded in U.S. health care — and its legality is still in question

JOHN YANG: Since its creation, there has been no letup in the fight over Obamacare. As William Brangham reports, a federal appeals court has likely ensured it will be an issue in the 2020 campaign and beyond. WILLIAM BRANGHAM: That’s right, John. A federal appeals court struck down the individual insurance mandate. It was a […]

Ambitious Louisville study seeks to understand impact of trees on our health

JUDY WOODRUFF: As we know, trees can add beauty and a sense of serenity to a neighborhood. But, as John Yang discovered, researchers have launched an ambitious project in Louisville, Kentucky, to see if greenery can also improve public health. JOHN YANG: On a crisp morning in South Louisville, a 20-foot evergreen is deployed into […]

How Do Tax Cuts, Hikes Fit Into Obama’s American Jobs Act?

bjbjLULU JUDY WOODRUFF: Next, the president’s jobs plan and questions about its potential impact. Tonight, we look at the centerpiece of the bill, tax cuts and tax credits. The president continued to make the case for it today, but leading Republicans on Capitol Hill remained skeptical. President Obama returned to the road today, this time […]

High-Deductible Plans ‘Quiet Revolution in Health Insurance’

bjbjLULU JEFFREY BROWN: Next, a growing change in the way Americans are buying and receiving health insurance. NewsHour health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser reports. BETTY ANN BOWSER: Dennis Adams is what the insurance industry calls a young invincible. DENNIS ADAMS, professional dancer: I figured nothing would happen to me. When I was 26 or 25, […]

Rooting Out Waste in Health Care by Taking Cue From Toyota

bjbjVwVw JEFFREY BROWN: And now a question you might not have pondered before: What can a medical center learn from an auto manufacturer? NewsHour health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser has the answer. BETTY ANN BOWSER: Sixty-three-year-old Robert Sherrell had no idea lower back pain could hurt so much. ROBERT SHERRELL, patient: I was like, wow, […]

Vaping in Schools: ‘Juuling’ Is Popular Among Teens Despite Health Risks

– Cigarette smoking among American young people is at historic lows. But the number of children using electronic cigarettes has increased. The government estimates the number is two million. Although e-cigarettes deliver nicotine, many teens mistakenly believe there are no serious health risks. And since newer devices look like computer thumb drives, it’s harder for […]