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Feed Me, Pharma: More Evidence That Industry Meals Are Linked to Costlier Prescribing

June 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Feed Me, Pharma: More Evidence That Industry Meals Are Linked to Costlier Prescribing

By Charles Ornstein ProPublica Evidence is mounting that doctors who receive as little as one meal from a drug company tend to prescribe more expensive, brand-name medications for common ailments than those who don’t. A study published online Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine found significant evidence that doctors who received meals tied to specific drugs […]

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More colleges offering ‘Sober Dorms

June 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
More colleges offering ‘Sober Dorms

By Teresa Wiltz Stateline Ryan had a pattern: He’d enroll in college with the best of intentions, start drinking and drugging, then drop out. Three years ago, as he prepared to enroll at the University of Miami, his fifth school, he had what he called a “white light moment.” “I realized there was absolutely no […]

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Your doctor will see you in the telemedicine kiosk

June 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Your doctor will see you in the telemedicine kiosk

By Phil Galewitz Kaiser Health News WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — On the day abdominal pain and nausea struck Jessica Christianson at the office, she discovered how far telemedicine has come. Rushing to a large kiosk in the lobby of the Palm Beach County School District’s administrative building where she works, Christianson, 29, consulted a […]

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States tackle dire doctor shortages

June 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
States tackle dire doctor shortages

By Michael Ollove Stateline Earlier this month, dignitaries gathered at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro to cut the ribbon on a new medical school, only the second in a state with a dire shortage of doctors. The school will greet an incoming class of 115 students in August, but it will not belong to the […]

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Medicare advisory panel targets rising drug prices in latest report

June 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Medicare advisory panel targets rising drug prices in latest report

By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News Congress should move to slow spending in Medicare’s drug benefit by adopting a package of changes that could save billions, but would also add costs to insurers and have mixed effects on enrollees, an independent advisory commission said Wednesday.

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Risk for hepatitis B exposure in Virginia Mason dialysis unit low – Public Health – Seattle & King County

June 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Risk for hepatitis B exposure in Virginia Mason dialysis unit low – Public Health – Seattle & King County

Today, Virginia Mason Medical Center notified the public about a lapse in recommended hepatitis B screening and isolation procedures for patients who had received care in their dialysis unit. Public Health – Seattle & King County conducted an investigation into the risk to patients and staff at Virginia Mason.

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Apply lessons of the battlefield to trauma care, report recommends

June 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Apply lessons of the battlefield to trauma care, report recommends

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News Tens of thousands of American lives could be saved each year with a concerted national effort to emulate what top military and civilian trauma centers are doing, a prestigious panel of top medical experts reported Friday.

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States making it harder to skip vaccines

June 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
States making it harder to skip vaccines

By By Sarah Breitenbach Stateline When Jennifer Stella’s two children were babies, she made sure they got all the usual vaccines. But when one started having seizures and the other developed eczema after they’d gotten immunizations, the Vermont woman decided her kids would no longer get shots required to attend school.

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Florida stores help consumers buy imported drugs despite federal ban

June 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Florida stores help consumers buy imported drugs despite federal ban

By Phil Galewitz Kaiser Health News LAKELAND, Fla. — A hardy market for imported low-cost prescription drugs has taken root in Florida, nourished by older Americans and tolerant regulators.

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