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Fainting and the summer heat: Warmer days can make you swoon, so be prepared

May 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fainting and the summer heat: Warmer days can make you swoon, so be prepared

Fear, pain, the sight of blood or prolonged standing – think the long lines of summer travel – can trigger fainting. These triggers set off a reflex that causes our hearts to paradoxically slow instead of speed up, and our blood vessels to dilate instead of constrict. Blood pressure and brain blood flow plummet, and we faint.

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Three strategies to defend GOP health bill: Euphemisms, false statements and deleted comments | Viewpoint

May 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Three strategies to defend GOP health bill: Euphemisms, false statements and deleted comments | Viewpoint

Lawmakers are misleading their constituents about health with three main tactics: providing incorrect information, using euphemisms for the impact of their actions, and deleting comments critical of their actions.

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Millions of ill people may face ‘extremely high premiums’ under house bill, CBO says

May 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Millions of ill people may face ‘extremely high premiums’ under house bill, CBO says

The Republican overhaul of the federal health law would leave as many as one-sixth of Americans living in states where older and sicker people might have to pay much more for their health care or be unable to purchase insurance at all, the CBO report found.

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House repeal bill compared with Obamacare – Washington Post video

May 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
House repeal bill compared with Obamacare – Washington Post video

ACA vs. AHCA: How the Republican plan stacks up against Obamacare – A video from the Washington Post

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Zika virus spread undetected for many months, NIH-supported study finds

May 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Zika virus spread undetected for many months, NIH-supported study finds

Genetic analysis of samples collected as the Zika virus (ZIKV) spread throughout the Americas after its introduction in 2013 or 2014 has shown that the virus circulated undetected for up to a year in some regions before it came to the attention of public health authorities.

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Needless medical tests not only waste billions — They can do harm

May 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Needless medical tests not only waste billions — They can do harm

Some experts estimate that at least $200 billion is wasted annually on excessive testing and treatment. This overly aggressive care also can harm patients, generating mistakes and injuries believed to cause 30,000 deaths each year.

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Health debate heats up in Montana in this week’s special election

May 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Health debate heats up in Montana in this week’s special election

Montana’s one and only seat in the House of Representatives is up for grabs, and in the final weekend before Thursday’s special election, the underdog Democrat was hammering the Republican health care bill in TV ads.

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GOP health bill would undercut some job-based insurance coverage

May 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
GOP health bill would undercut some job-based insurance coverage

The American Health Care Act that recently passed the House would fundamentally change the individual insurance market, and it could significantly alter coverage for people who get coverage through their employers too.

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Changes in visa program puts foreign-born doctors in limbo

May 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Changes in visa program puts foreign-born doctors in limbo

For parts of the country that have difficulty attracting American-born doctors, the uncertainty swirling around the H-1B program is already creating problems, with doctors tied up in legal uncertainty rather than treating patients.

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Who will care for Abril? Parents fear for their disabled child if they are deported

May 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Who will care for Abril? Parents fear for their disabled child if they are deported

Abril was born convulsing, and doctors encouraged the family to send her to a pediatric hospice, but they decided to bring her home instead. Given her serious brain damage and severe cerebral palsy, Abril wasn’t expected to live past six months. But now her parents face deportation.

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