Rural America has too few doctors and clinics. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Rural America has too few doctors and clinics. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) A study led by Harvard Medical School researchers found that people in counties with too few primary care physicians live more than a year and a half less on average than peers in better-served regions, and indicated that the government may be undercounting areas in need.

Obesity is more likely for girls from disadvantaged neighborhoods than for boys from the same areas. (AP Image/Carlos Osorio)
Obesity is more likely for girls from disadvantaged neighborhoods than for boys from the same areas. (AP Image/Carlos Osorio) Children from disadvantaged neighborhoods are at greater risk of developing obesity during childhood, but the impact of a child’s neighborhood is strongest among girls, according to an analysis of over 200,000 children from one of America’s largest metropolitan areas.

Outpatient therapy with buprenoprhine might be just as effective as expensive residential treatment. (AP Image/Elise Amendola)
Outpatient therapy with buprenoprhine might be just as effective as expensive residential treatment. (AP Image/Elise Amendola) Residential addiction treatment centers commonly request high up-front payments and admit patients before they’re clinically screened, according to researchers who posed as heroin users shopping for care, findings they said show the need for “greatly increased oversight” of the programs.