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Many COPD patients struggle to pay for each medicinal breath

June 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Many COPD patients struggle to pay for each medicinal breath

An estimated 1 in 9 Medicare beneficiaries are diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and prescriptions for inhalers like Spiriva and Advair account for billions in Medicare spending each year. Yet, even with Medicare coverage many enrollees can’t afford their copays.

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Salmonella outbreak sickens 16 in Washington state

June 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Salmonella outbreak sickens 16 in Washington state

The Department of Health confirmed today that 16 people have been diagnosed with Salmonella after coming in contact with live poultry. The people infected are from Chelan, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, King (2), Kitsap, Kittitas, Lewis, Mason, Pierce (2), Snohomish, Yakima (2), and Whatcom counties.

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Coaching overdose survivors to avoid the next one

June 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Coaching overdose survivors to avoid the next one

Nationwide, tens of thousands of opioid overdose victims have been saved over the last two decades by first responders, friends, family and bystanders who administered naloxone, an opioid overdose antidote. But the majority of those who are rescued from near death go back to using drugs as soon as they leave the hospital, pushed by the brutal withdrawal symptoms that accompany an opioid overdose reversal.

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Caring for a loved one? Care for yourself, too

June 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Caring for a loved one? Care for yourself, too

A 2015 report found that roughly 43.5 million adults in the United States had provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the prior year. The need is expected to increase as baby boomers age and become caregivers for loved ones or require care for themselves.

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Tom Price bought drug stocks. Then he pushed pharma’s agenda in Australia.

June 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Tom Price bought drug stocks. Then he pushed pharma’s agenda in Australia.

Price’s lobbying abroad is another example of how his work in Congress could have benefitted his investment portfolio. He traded hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of shares in health-related companies while taking action on legislation and regulations affecting the industry.

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Esophageal cancer rates are rocketing – here’s what you need to know about the disease

June 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Esophageal cancer rates are rocketing – here’s what you need to know about the disease

Oesophageal cancer is an aggressive disease with one of the worst survival rates of all cancers. Early diagnosis and treatment is critical as it can significantly improve survival odds. Unfortunately, many people don’t recognise the symptoms. Heartburn, hoarseness and difficulty swallowing are often dismissed by patients as “nothing serious”.

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Seniors putting together teams they can call on for help

June 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seniors putting together teams they can call on for help

Millions of older adults are peering into an uncertain future without knowing whom they can count on to be at their side. Many are unmarried, without children, living alone. Some have adult children living elsewhere, with demanding jobs and busy lives. Others have spouses who were ill or temperamentally unsuited to the task.

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Beware of snake bites, warns Washington Poison Center

May 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
Beware of snake bites, warns Washington Poison Center

While the vast majority of snakes found in Washington are harmless, the Western rattlesnake is capable of delivering a venomous bite. These species are typically limited to regions east of the Cascade Mountains, but may cross over to other regions.

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Handshake-free zone: Keep those hands–and germs–to yourself in the hospital

May 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
Handshake-free zone: Keep those hands–and germs–to yourself in the hospital

The sign says: “To help reduce the spread of germs, our NICU is now a handshake-free zone. Please find other ways to greet each other.” They didn’t ban handshakes outright. They suggested other options: a fist bump. A smile. A bow. A wave. A non-contact Namaste gesture.

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GOP health bill pleases most Republicans, but not many other Americans

May 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
GOP health bill pleases most Republicans, but not many other Americans

The health overhaul bill passed by the House earlier this month accomplishes one major feat: It is even less popular than the not-very-popular Affordable Care Act it would largely replace, a new poll finds.

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