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How older patients can dodge pitfalls entrenched in our health system

November 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
How older patients can dodge pitfalls entrenched in our health system

The US health care system serves the elderly poorly. A new book provides guidance to help seniors receive the best care possible.

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FDA warns about stem cell therapies

November 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
FDA warns about stem cell therapies

Stem cells have been called everything from cure-alls to miracle treatments. But don’t believe the hype. Some unscrupulous providers offer stem cell products that are both unapproved and unproven. So beware of potentially dangerous procedures—and confirm what’s really being offered before you consider any treatment

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New app maps overdose epidemic in real time

November 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
New app maps overdose epidemic in real time

The app, called ODMAP, is designed to track drug overdoses, both fatal and non-fatal, by location, as they happen. And because the same application can be used by all state and local authorities, the resulting database is the first to support a nationwide map.

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Some states roll back ‘retroactive Medicaid,’ a buffer for the poor — and for hospitals

November 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Some states roll back ‘retroactive Medicaid,’ a buffer for the poor — and for hospitals

If you’re poor, uninsured and fall seriously ill, in most states if you qualify for Medicaid — but weren’t enrolled at the time — the program will pay your medical bills going back three months. It protects hospitals, too, from having to absorb the costs of caring for these patients.

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Sip wine and chat about postponing motherhood — At an ‘Egg Social’

November 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Sip wine and chat about postponing motherhood — At an ‘Egg Social’

In the past, egg freezing was primarily for women who risked infertility because of cancer treatments. But in recent years, more women have been choosing to freeze their eggs for non-medical reasons — such as not being ready to have a baby.

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Experts explain why lead found In fidget spinners is no idle threat

November 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Experts explain why lead found In fidget spinners is no idle threat

That fidget spinner your kid can’t put down? It turns out it may be putting children at risk for lead exposure. That’s according to a report out Thursday from a consumer advocacy group, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund.

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Obamacare shopping is trickier than ever. Here’s a cheat sheet.

November 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Obamacare shopping is trickier than ever. Here’s a cheat sheet.

Experts’ advice, in brief, is: SHOP AROUND. Play with different options on healthcare.gov or state marketplaces. Don’t just renew this year’s plan. More than ever, for 2018 that might not be the best deal.

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Study shows U.S. dads trending older

November 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Study shows U.S. dads trending older

A man’’s fertility generally has a longer shelf-life than that of a woman, but it’s important to know that the risk of abnormalities in children tends to rise with a father’s age. Research suggests a potential increase in autism, psychiatric problems, and neurological disease in children born to older fathers.

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Person-centered counseling doesn’t work in the long term – Viewpoint

November 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Person-centered counseling doesn’t work in the long term – Viewpoint

Person-centred counselling is one of the most popular treatments for mental health problems. If focuses on how patients view themselves in the here and now, rather than how a therapist interprets their unconscious thoughts. And the patient takes the lead in finding solutions to their own problems. However, despite its popularity it doesn’t appear to make people better in the long term.

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Grass-roots network of doctors delivers supplies to Puerto Rico

November 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Grass-roots network of doctors delivers supplies to Puerto Rico

Across the United States mainland, an agile, jury-rigged network of doctors has scrambled to deliver aid to their counterparts in Puerto Rico, often reaching clinics before federal assistance arrived. They draw on a sense of solidarity in the medical community, connections formed through the hurricanes in Houston and Florida — and the use of private jets belonging to corporations, sports teams and individual donors.

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