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Medicaid has a bull’s-eye on its back, which means no one Is entirely safe

September 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicaid has a bull’s-eye on its back, which means no one Is entirely safe

Although it started as a plan to cover only the poor, Medicaid now touches tens of millions of Americans who live above the poverty line. The program serves as a backstop for America’s scattershot health care system.

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Failing medical implants are causing hundreds of thousands of people misery

September 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Failing medical implants are causing hundreds of thousands of people misery

Thousands of women across the world have been left in terrible pain after being implanted with transvaginal mesh – a device to treat urinary incontinence or prolapse. How did a medical implant that has caused so much damage to these women’s bodies and lives come to be sold?

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Money-saving offer for Medicare’s late enrollees is expiring. Can they buy time?

September 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Money-saving offer for Medicare’s late enrollees is expiring. Can they buy time?

Many older Americans who have Affordable Care Act insurance policies are going to miss a Sept. 30 deadline to enroll in Medicare, and they need more time to make the change, advocates say.

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Uncertainty over health care’s future hobbles entrepreneurs

September 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Uncertainty over health care’s future hobbles entrepreneurs

Stinson Dean is used to taking risks. The entrepreneur from Independence, Mo., says coping with the ups and downs of the market is an inevitable part of his business. But when he started his company about a year and a half ago, he laid down a firm rule.“One of the things I wasn’t willing to risk was the health of my family,” Dean said.

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Rich American seniors are getting healthier, leaving the poor behind

September 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rich American seniors are getting healthier, leaving the poor behind

The U.S. has seen substantial improvements in life expectancy over the past century. However, a closer look tells a worrisome story: The health divide is widening across socioeconomic groups. Gains in good health primarily went to more advantaged groups.

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Attorneys general in 37 states urge insurance industry to do more to curb opioid epidemic

September 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Attorneys general in 37 states urge insurance industry to do more to curb opioid epidemic

On Sunday, ProPublica and The New York Times reported that many insurance companies limit access to pain medications that carry a lower risk of addiction or dependence, even as they provide comparatively easy access to generic opioid medications. The safer drugs are more expensive.

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Nursing home disaster plans often faulted as ‘paper tigers’

September 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nursing home disaster plans often faulted as ‘paper tigers’

Around the country, facilities have been caught unprepared for far more mundane emergencies than the hurricanes that recently struck Florida and Houston. But those homes rarely face severe reprimands, records show, even when inspectors identify repeated lapses.

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5 tips on how to prepare for a disaster on a budget

September 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
5 tips on how to prepare for a disaster on a budget

Whenever I think about emergency preparedness, it sounds like a lot of work and a lot of money. When money is tight, it’s hard to make emergency preparedness a priority. Since it is National Preparedness Month, I decided to find ways to help save money while preparing for an emergency.

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Exposure to pet and pest allergens during infancy linked to reduced asthma risk

September 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Exposure to pet and pest allergens during infancy linked to reduced asthma risk

Children exposed to high indoor levels of pet or pest allergens during infancy have a lower risk of developing asthma by 7 years of age. While previous studies have found that reducing allergen exposure in the home helps control established asthma, the new findings suggest that exposure to certain allergens early in life, before asthma develops, may have a preventive effect.

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As care shifts from hospital to home, guarding against infection galls to families

September 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
As care shifts from hospital to home, guarding against infection galls to families

As more medical care shifts from hospital to home, families take on more complex, risky medical tasks for their loved ones. But hospitals have not done enough to help these families, said Dr. Amy Billett, director of quality and safety at the cancer and blood disorders center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Children’s Hospital.

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