Sarah writes about health care costs, quality, disparities and the challenges people face navigating a complex health system.

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‘What is happening to my baby?’ Type 1 diabetes rising among young children of color in Philadelphia.

Type 1 diabetes is a brutal disease for people of any age or race. Yet research shows that children of color fare far worse than whites, suffering serious complications such as vision loss, kidney failure, severe circulatory problems, and other consequences of blood sugar gone awry.

Racial bias in health care hurts patients. But that can change.

Menda Stewart had studied symptoms like her daughter had in nursing school. So she took McKenzie to the pediatrician’s office and asked that she be tested for type 1 diabetes. “She doesn’t need that,” the nurse said confidently.

Unemployed and uninsured because of coronavirus? You may be eligible for Medicaid.

Newly uninsured individuals may be eligible for a plan through the federal marketplace, healthcare.gov. Others may have low enough family incomes to qualify for Medicaid.

Are contact lenses safe to wear during coronavirus outbreak?

Mouths and noses have gotten the most attention as potential entry points for the virus, but germs can just as easily enter your body through your eyes.

A face mask isn’t sure protection from coronavirus, but it may be worthwhile — along with these self-defense measures

Medical experts explain why you should wash your hands instead of getting a face mask to protect against coronavirus.

Coronavirus ventilator treatment could be hindered by drug shortage at hospitals

Coronavirus treatment could be affected by a looming shortage of medications used with ventilators.

Lizzo sends lunch delivery to Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania workers

Workers at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania were treated to free lunch...from Lizzo.

Coronavirus delaying nonurgent medical procedures, leaving some patients anxious and in pain

Nonurgent medical procedures have been delayed — and with good reason. But for patients needing treatment for serious medical conditions, such as cancer, scheduling uncertainty adds to their medical anxiety.

Pennsylvania adjusts dental restrictions to allow emergency procedures

Pennsylvania walked back dental work restrictions to make it easier for people to get emergency care.

Trump touted an anti-malaria drug for the coronavirus. Now Philly patients who need it can’t get it.

The drug has not been clinically tested as a treatment for COVID-19. Patients rely on the medication to treat chronic conditions like lupus.