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Hot weather and dangerous rivers make water safety top concern

Hot weather and dangerous rivers make water safety top concern

The weather is warming up, but our area’s lakes, rivers and open water are still extremely cold. Cold water can cause even the strongest swimmers to become incapacitated from cold-water shock, causing muscles to stop working within minutes of immersion in cold water. The best decision this time of year, especially for rivers, is to stay out.

May 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Influx of elderly patients forces ER to practice comfort care

Influx of elderly patients forces ER to practice comfort care

As the nation’s elderly population swells, more older Americans are visiting the emergency room, which can be an overcrowded, disorienting and even traumatic place. One survey found 1 in 6 visits to the ER were made by an older patient, a proportion that’s expected to rise as baby boomers age.

May 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
House repeal bill compared with Obamacare – Washington Post video

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

May 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
GOP health bill would undercut some job-based insurance coverage

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.

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

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.

May 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Who will care for Abril? Parents fear for their disabled child if they are deported

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.

May 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Republicans race the clock on health care — but the calendar is not helping

Republicans race the clock on health care — but the calendar is not helping

Back in January, Republicans boasted they would deliver a “repeal and replace” bill for the Affordable Care Act to President Donald Trump’s desk by the end of the month. In the interim, that bravado has faded as their efforts stalled and they found out how complicated undoing a major law can be.

May 22, 2017 | By | Reply More