stat stories by Bob Tedeschi

Steven St. John for STAT Dr. Leslie Hayes, a primary care physician in Española, N.M., was trained…
Spencer Platt/Getty Images Suboxone is used to treat patients with opioid use disorders.
Steven St. John for STAT Hayes at El Centro Family Health in Española, N.M.


In the face of one of the country’s most pressing and fastest-growing public health crises, few primary care doctors treat substance abuse disorders.

Matthew Orr/STAT Rachel Lefebvre and her husband, Fred, meet with her oncologist, Dr. Thomas…
Matthew Orr/STAT Lefebvre and her son Sebastien at their home in Melbourne, Fla.
Matthew Orr/STAT Lefebvre researches clinical trials at her home.


Immunotherapy offers the hope of remission, if not a cure, for some patients, but many have only one shot at the clinical trials that could help.

Craig Fritz for STAT Nurse practitioner Chris Ruge visits bedbound Senaida Buston. Buston's artificial joints have…
Screen capture via ECHO Project Project ECHO medical experts discuss cases in a recorded video conference. (Screen capture via…
Craig Fritz for STAT Ramon Valencia rests in bed at his home in Las Vegas, N.M.,…


An idealistic doctor has been building a program to train physicians to deliver specialized care in an effort to cut down on wait times and reduce costs.

Kayana Szymczak for STAT Dr. Michael VanRooyen, director of Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, outside of his home.
Michael VanRooyen VanRooyen removes a bullet from a soldier's wrist in South Sudan, 2000.
Kayana Szymczak for STAT VanRooyen tends to the beehive in the backyard of his home in…


Dr. Michael VanRooyen, an emergency physician, now trains the next generation of humanitarian doctors at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images Johnny Matheny shows people his robotic limb during the DARPA Demo Day…
Leigh Vogel for STAT Michael McLoughlin is program manager and chief engineer for the Johns Hopkins…


Michael McLoughlin helped lead the development of technologies, which have helped amputees experience lifelike movement of prosthetic limbs.

Stephanie Strasburg for STAT A shuttered building along the roadside in the Appalachian region of Ohio.
Stephanie Strasburg for STAT Bailey Mullins, 3, hangs out on the porch of her home in…
Stephanie Strasburg for STAT Across the Ohio River from Pomeroy, Ohio, power plant stacks rise into…


As deaths from cancer have steadily declined across much of the country, Appalachia remains an outlier. A cancer epidemiologist is trying to fix that.

Steven G. Smith for STAT Jerry Valentino of Waterbury, Conn., is receiving cancer treatment through a local…
Steven G. Smith for STAT Valentino’s treatment includes a once-daily medication.
Steven G. Smith for STAT Valentino is part of an innovative lung cancer trial called Lung-MAP.


Veterans have less access to cutting-edge cancer treatments, but a new initiative is aiming to change that by enrolling them in more clinical trials.

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