Charles Ornstein

‘All the hospitals are full’: Overwhelmed ICUs leave COVID-19 patients waiting in ERs

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Deaths at home suggest coronavirus is hitting Houston harder than reported

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There's a crisis boiling over in Houston hospitals as coronavirus cases surge: 'I’m really worried about next week'

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Here's what we know — and don’t know — about possible coronavirus treatments promoted by Trump

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The message you need to hear is 'stay home' — no matter what some public officials say

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This Pioneering Heart Surgeon Has a Secret History of Research Violations, Conflicts of Interest and Poor Outcomes

There’s a story Bud Frazier tells often. It was around 1966, and Frazier, now one of the world’s most celebrated heart surgeons, was a medical student at Baylor College of Medicine.

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How the Nation’s Opioid Epidemic Is Morphing - and Growing

The nation’s opioid epidemic shows no signs of abating—and in fact may be headed in a far more dangerous direction.

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Why Is Texas Slashing Much-Needed Special Education Services?

Federal law mandates that school districts provide special education services to students with disabilities--physical, emotional or developmental. But outside the public’s view, the state of Texas has decided that fewer students should get those services. It pressured school districts to meet an artificial benchmark of 8.5 percent, a rate far below that of any state, according to a Houston Chronicle investigation.

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Big Pharma Is Seducing Patients With Co-Pay Coupons: Is It Making Drugs More Expensive Overall?

A few months back, after returning from a family vacation that involved lots of pool time, my 9-year-old son complained that his ear hurt. A Sunday morning trip to urgent care brought a diagnosis of swimmer's ear—an infection of the outer ear canal—and a prescription for ear drops.

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