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Doctors quick to change practice for breast cancer patients, study

July 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Doctors quick to change practice for breast cancer patients, study

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Doctors cling to comfortable, widely used medical practices, even if they’re no longer particularly effective, right? A new study disputes that popular perception. In the case of a particular breast cancer treatment at least, many physicians quickly abandoned it after a clinical trial showed it was ineffective.

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High copays for brand-name drugs soak Medicare D patients, study

July 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
High copays for brand-name drugs soak Medicare D patients, study

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News A new study takes a fresh measure of generic drugs’ price advantages, revealing how much more Medicare Part D patients shelled out in copayments for two popular brand-name drugs in 2013. The result: 10.5 times more. Copayments averaged $42 for both Crestor, a cholesterol medication, and Nexium, taken for […]

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Consumers’ sunscreen picks don’t measure up, skin doctors say

July 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Consumers’ sunscreen picks don’t measure up, skin doctors say

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Kaiser Health News When it comes to consumers choosing sunscreen, they are often drawn to a product’s scent, texture and, of course, performance, according to a study published Wednesday in JAMA Dermatology. It also found that, in many instances, these sunblocks don’t measure up to the standards recommended by the American […]

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Motor vehicle crash fatalities in the U.S. could drop by half with proven strategies

July 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Motor vehicle crash fatalities in the U.S. could drop by half with proven strategies

Lower death rates in high-income comparison countries suggest that progress is possible  From the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention About 90 people die each day from motor vehicle crashes in the United States, resulting in the highest death rate among 19 high-income comparison countries. The country has made progress in road safety, reducing […]

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If you want to spend a bundle on your bundle of joy, go to Northern California

July 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
If you want to spend a bundle on your bundle of joy, go to Northern California

By Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News Everyone knows that real estate is no bargain in Northern California. It turns out that giving birth ain’t cheap either. New research on the cost of childbirth in the nation’s 30 largest metropolitan areas ranks Sacramento and San Francisco as the two most expensive for both vaginal delivery and […]

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Medicaid, insurers begin to lift curbs on pricey hepatitis C drugs

July 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Medicaid, insurers begin to lift curbs on pricey hepatitis C drugs

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News After legal battles and lobbying efforts, tens of thousands of people with hepatitis C are gaining earlier access to expensive drugs that can cure this condition. States that limited access to the medications out of concern over sky-high prices have begun to lift those restrictions — many, under the threat […]

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Learn more about Medicare at free event July 9 in Seattle

July 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
Learn more about Medicare at free event July 9 in Seattle

Are you new to Medicare? The Office of the Insurance Commissioner’s Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) will be at the Seattle Central Library from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. You will learn about: Medicare parts A, B, C and D Your Medicare benefits and options How to get help paying […]

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Increasing number of U.S. adults living with congenital heart defects

July 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
Increasing number of U.S. adults living with congenital heart defects

From the American Heart Association More children with  congenital heart defects are living into adulthood  — creating the need for more health specialized services and better tracking systems to collect data for these patients of all ages, a new study appearing in the American Heart Association journal Circulation has found. According to the study, about 1.4 million adults and […]

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VA pledges new study into Agent Orange effects

July 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
VA pledges new study into Agent Orange effects

By Charles Ornstein and Terry Parris Jr., ProPublica, and Mike Hixenbaugh, The Virginian-Pilot July 1, 2016 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding its efforts to determine how Vietnam veterans and their children have been affected by exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange. The VA will conduct its first nationwide survey of Vietnam veterans […]

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Young adults can face challenges to health enrollment

July 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
Young adults can face challenges to health enrollment

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News The Obama administration is making a push to get young adults covered on the health insurance marketplaces, both for their own good and that of the marketplaces, which need healthy people to balance sicker ones in the risk pool. While experts applaud the beefed up outreach planned for the coming months, they […]

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