How to Cut Drug Prices: Experts Weigh In

Pill bottles on a conveyor belt at an Express Scripts warehouse in New Jersey this year. Express Scripts, a huge pharmacy benefit management firm, can use its clout to influence how drug makers price their products.CreditCreditJulio Cortez/Associated Press Americans are generally uncomfortable with pharmaceutical prices — which are the highest for brand drugs among wealthy […]

Why Hospitals Should Let You Sleep

Short sleep durations are associated with several negative effects, including hypertension and mood disorders. CreditCreditRahav Segev for The New York Times ByAustin Frakt If part of a hospital stay is to recover from a procedure or illness, why is it so hard to get any rest? There is more noise and light than is conducive […]

Why Standing Desks Are Overrated

Standing at a desk may offer some conveniences, but it’s not a substitute for exercise. CreditCreditKendrick Brinson for The New York Times We know that physical activity is good for us, and that being sedentary is not. Some have extrapolated this to mean that sitting, in general, is something to be avoided, even at work. […]

A Sense of Alarm as Rural Hospitals Keep Closing

Downtown in Independence, Kan., in 2015. A hospital nearby closed that year, worrying town residents. Now another rural Kansas hospital, in Fort Scott, is set to close. CreditCreditAmy Stroth for The New York Times Hospitals are often thought of as the hubs of our health care system. But hospital closings are rising, particularly in some […]

What if Everyone Voted?

Early voting in Atlanta this month.CreditCreditKevin D. Liles for The New York Times In Hawaii, Illinois and Vermont, voters who haven’t registered yet will be able to on Election Day, right before they cast a ballot. In Indiana, Mississippi and Georgia, the registration deadline is now weeks past, and registered voters who turn up will […]