The University of Washington’s School of Medicine is No. 1 for training in primary care, according to the latest US News & World Report rankings. The school was ranked No. 12 in the magazine’s rankings of top research institutions.
By Eric Brumwell, MD
Dermatologist, Virginia Mason Bainbridge Island Medical Center.
The name may be unfamiliar, but the appearance is common.
Although you may not have heard of actinic keratosis, if you’re someone who spends time in the sun, you run a high risk of developing one or more in your lifetime.
In fact, since people often have more than one, it is common for dermatologists to refer to them in the plural, “keratoses.”
According to the Society for Investigative Dermatology and The American Academy of Dermatology, actinic keratosis is the most common pre-cancer in the United States. It affects more than 58 million Americans.
What are they? And what do they look like? [Read more…] about Actinic Keratosis: Awareness, Skin Exams Key to Treating the Most Common Pre-Cancer
KHN On Call: How Retooled Health Law Might Treat Those With A History Of Illness
Kaiser Health News
Many people are worried about how potential changes to the federal health law might affect them. But few are as concerned as those with preexisting health conditions.
The Affordable Care Act made it illegal for insurers to deny or charge people more money because of a history of illness.
That’s a pretty big deal because an estimated 52 million American adults have such conditions — ranging from serious ailments like diabetes and HIV to more minor maladies like acne or seasonal allergies.
Before the ACA, people with these conditions were often denied insurance. If they were offered insurance, it could cost more or didn’t include coverage of their condition.
Republicans insist they want to continue to allow people with preexisting conditions to maintain their coverage in any replacement for the health law, and the current draft of the American Health Care Act retains that provision.
“We are protecting those patients living with preexisting conditions,” said House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) at the start of his committee’s consideration of the bill March 8.
But it is not yet clear how they will be able to do it, which leads to our listener question this week. [Read more…] about What is you’re already sick? Will you be able to get insurance?
House Republicans introduced the American Health Care Act (AHCA), their proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare).
At a press conference, Speaker Paul Ryan called this bill “an act of mercy.” For the most vulnerable, that characterization is ironic at best.
Yes, there are winners in this bill. But those who benefit would be predominantly young, healthy and less likely to need insurance or older, well off and more likely to be able to afford insurance.
The potential effects of this bill on certain segments of the population are clear: For the millions of Americans with multiple chronic conditions, and for nearly 100 million Americans who earn less than US$40,000 a year, AHCA would bring less coverage and higher costs than under the ACA. [Read more…] about The House health plan: Here’s how the numbers don’t add up for the poor
By Christine Vestal
DENVER — At Bruce Randolph School, a majority Hispanic high school in a gang-plagued neighborhood in north Denver, there’s always a waiting list to see Amanda Ingram and her therapy dog, Pauletta.
Students sign up to visit Ingram during breaks in classes to talk about family and social troubles while they play with the big black Labrador retriever lolling at her feet. “With Pauletta here, they don’t have to look at me,” Ingram said. “It makes it easier for them to talk about uncomfortable issues.”
But one issue they rarely talk directly about is their marijuana use, although Ingram is a drug and alcohol counselor. “They’re teenagers,” she said. “If I told them they needed to cut back or quit using pot, they’d never do it. And they probably wouldn’t come back.”
As marijuana legalization sweeps the nation, physicians and public health officials are sounding alarms about its potentially harmful effects on young people. And counselors like Ingram are trying different approaches to address and treat use and addiction among adolescents. [Read more…] about As legal marijuana spreads, worries about teen addiction grow