The absence of a nearby abortion clinic drives up healthcare costs, a study of California's poor has found. Women who seek follow-up care but who don’t have a local clinic often feel compelled go to an emergency room to confirm that their pregnancy is over, a practice that typically increases the abortion bill by 76 percent.
• Children in low-income families who get extra help building social skills before kindergarten may behave better and get higher grades than their peers, a small study suggests. • Researchers focused on kids that are traditionally at high risk for mental health problems and academic underachievement — low-income minority children attending high-poverty urban schools. The experiment included 10 public schools in New York City serving predominantly poor, black students.
(Reuters Health) - As more and more sick patients are going online and using social media to search for answers about their health, it's raising a lot of thorny ethical questions for doctors. "The internet and ready access to vast amounts of information are now permanent aspects of how we live our lives, including how we think about and deal with our health problems," Dr. Chris Feudtner, director of medical ethics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, said by email.