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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — After a year of chemo and radiation, doctors told Penelope “Penny” Wingard in 2014 that her breast cancer was in remission. She’d been praying for this good news. But it also meant she no longer qualified for a program in her state that offers temporary Medicaid coverage to patients undergoing active breast cancer treatment. Wingard became uninsured. She’d survived ...

DALLAS -- Raleigh Dewan’s grandmother was a true Southern belle. For family dinners, Grand June would get out the fine china and cook lavish meals of fried chicken with spiced grits, brown gravy and yeast rolls that took hours to rise, but that Dewan said came out “insanely” beautiful. When Grand June developed Parkinson’s disease, Dewan watched as hand tremors made it difficult for her to ...

PROSPER, Texas — Almost everything about the opening of the 2019 Prosper High School Eagles’ football season was big. The game in this Dallas-Fort Worth suburb began with fireworks and a four-airplane flyover. A trained eagle soared over the field. And some 12,000 fans filled the team’s new stadium, a $53 million colossus with the largest video screen of any high school venue in Texas. Atop ...

When Sara Laub’s period was late, the New York City resident shrugged it off. She’d used an intrauterine device, or IUD, for three years and knew her odds of getting pregnant were extremely slim. But after 10 days had passed, Laub, 28, took a home test in early July and got unwelcome news: She was pregnant. Laub went to a Planned Parenthood clinic because she knew someone could see her ...

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Karanjit Singh and William Wong playfully needled each other on a phone call recently, one accusing the other of having egged him into running last Sunday’s Urban Cow half-marathon in Sacramento. Singh is a doctor, a Dignity Health cardiologist in fact, and Wong, his patient. In their jousting, though, they sounded like friends. The 71-year-old Wong survived a heart attack ...

I woke up in a strange bedroom with 24 electrodes glued all over my body and a plastic mask attached to a hose covering my face. The lab technician who watched me all night via video feed told me that I had “wicked sleep apnea” and that it was “central sleep apnea” — a type that originates in the brain and fails to tell the muscles to inhale. As a journalist — and one terrified by the diagnosis ...

President Joe Biden elucidated his thoughts on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in an interview with “60 Minutes” last month. “The pandemic is over. … We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lot of work on it. But the pandemic is over. If you notice, no one’s wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape, and so, I think it’s changing.” Leaving aside for a moment ...