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Patient advocacy groups take in millions from drugmakers. Is there a payback?

Patient advocacy groups take in millions from drugmakers. Is there a payback?

Drug company donations to patient advocacy groups totaled $116 million in one year, dwarfing the total amount the companies spent on federal lobbying.

April 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
Family members fight for right to visit ailing relatives

Family members fight for right to visit ailing relatives

At least 11 states to enact laws that help relatives who are being prevented from seeing infirm or disabled family members. Under the laws, relatives can seek a court order permitting visitation and communication. The order must be granted, unless the ailing relative is found to be mentally competent and objects to contact.

April 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
Without context or cushion, do online medical results make sense?

Without context or cushion, do online medical results make sense?

A decade ago, most patients were informed over the phone or in person by the doctor who had ordered testing and could explain the results. But in the past few years, hospitals and medical practices have urged patients to sign up for portals, which allow them rapid, round-the-clock access to their records.

March 27, 2018 | By | Reply More
Aid-in-dying gains momentum as former opponents change their minds

Aid-in-dying gains momentum as former opponents change their minds

John Baudanza and his wife, Amanda three days after John was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. Baudanza supported medical aid-in-dying, which the Massachusetts Legislature is debating. He died in physical agony, Amanda said, in his parents’ home on Cape Cod in 2015.

March 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
From the ER to Inpatient care — at home

From the ER to Inpatient care — at home

Brigham Health in Boston is one of a slowly growing number of health systems that encourage selected acutely ill emergency department patients who are stable and don’t need intensive, round-the-clock care to opt for hospital-level care at home.

March 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
Larger role for midwives could improve deficient U.S. care for mothers and babies

Larger role for midwives could improve deficient U.S. care for mothers and babies

Shortages of maternity care have reached critical levels: Nearly half of U.S. counties don’t have a single practicing obstetrician-gynecologist. Nevertheless, thanks in part to opposition from doctors and hospitals, midwives are far less prevalent in the U.S. than in other affluent countries.

February 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Growing up in poverty weakens later health – even if you escape it

Growing up in poverty weakens later health – even if you escape it

Children who grow up in poverty may be at risk of poorer health in adulthood – even if they escape poverty later in life. This suggests that childhood adversity doesn’t just affect our choices, but also directly compromises the biological ability of our bodies to stay healthy.

February 21, 2018 | By | Reply More
In an effort to curb drug costs, states advance bills to prod feds on importation

In an effort to curb drug costs, states advance bills to prod feds on importation

For years, American consumers have tried to buy cheaper drugs from Canada, sometimes packing into buses for day trips to Canadian pharmacies. But the practice is illegal. The states want to change that, and set up a formal process that nets broader savings.

February 19, 2018 | By | Reply More
Trump’s historic Medicaid shift goes beyond work requirements

Trump’s historic Medicaid shift goes beyond work requirements

Requiring able-bodied adults to work for their Medicaid is just part of the Trump administration’s drive to remake the decades-old health insurance program for the poor.

February 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
‘Bill of the month’: A college student’s $17,850 drug test

‘Bill of the month’: A college student’s $17,850 drug test

Elizabeth Moreno, then 28, a student at Texas State University in San Marcos had surgery for back pain. Her surgeon ordered a urine test. She thought it was routine. Bill for the test? $17,850

February 16, 2018 | By | Reply More