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Cryonics: hype, hope or hell?

November 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Cryonics: hype, hope or hell?

By Neera Bhatia, Deakin University and Julian Savulescu University of Oxford A 14-year-old dying girl has won the right to have her body cryonically preserved immediately after she died, according to a recent UK High Court decision. The girl, known as JS, hoped that sometime in the future, when doctors found a cure for her cancer, […]

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Drug prices, senior programs may deliver blow to state budgets

November 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Drug prices, senior programs may deliver blow to state budgets

By Michael Ollove Stateline Higher prescription drug prices, combined with changes to Medicare and Social Security, could deal a $1.6 billion blow to state budgets next year by forcing them to ratchet up spending on Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for the poor. Without congressional intervention, most state Medicaid agencies will have to come […]

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Back to the future: Insurance pools for high-risk patients could be revived

November 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Back to the future: Insurance pools for high-risk patients could be revived

By Pauline Bartolone Kaiser Health News It wasn’t so long ago that health insurance horror stories fueled discussions around the family dinner table and the national debate over health care reform. “One company said I was too heavy,” said Scott Svonkin, of Los Angeles, of the time he was denied an individual health policy in […]

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Clinics help keep people with serious mental illness out of ER

November 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Clinics help keep people with serious mental illness out of ER

By Liz Szabo Kaiser Health News SAN ANTONIO— Yolanda Solar has battled a life-threatening disease for more than three decades. The disease nearly killed her last summer, and Solar, a 73-year-old grandmother, was rushed to the hospital by ambulance. When Solar was discharged one week later, she received bad news: She would have to wait […]

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Dementia rate declines sharply among elderly

November 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Dementia rate declines sharply among elderly

  By Liz Szabo Kaiser Health News A new study finds that the prevalence of dementia has fallen sharply in recent years, most likely as a result of Americans’ rising educational levels and better heart health, which are both closely related to brain health. Dementia rates in people over age 65 fell from 11.6 percent […]

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What to ask your doctor before taking opioids – FDA tips

November 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
What to ask your doctor before taking opioids – FDA tips

Consumer update from the US Food and Drug Administration Every patient should ask questions when getting a new prescription. This is especially important when your doctor, dentist or other health care professional prescribes you an opioid, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine and morphine. What should you ask? 1. Why do I need this medication — […]

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The next frontier in reproductive tourism? Genetic modification

November 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
The next frontier in reproductive tourism? Genetic modification

By Rosa Castro Postdoctoral Associate in Science and Society Duke University The birth of the first baby born using a technique called mitochondrial replacement, which uses DNA from three people to “correct” an inherited genetic mutation, was announced on Sept. 27. Mitochondrial replacement or donation allows women who carry mitochondrial diseases to avoid passing them on to […]

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In Depressed Rural Kentucky, Worries Grow Over Medicaid

November 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
In Depressed Rural Kentucky, Worries Grow Over Medicaid

By Phil Galewitz Kaiser Health News MANCHESTER, Ky. — For Freida Lockaby, an unemployed 56-year-old woman who lives with her dog in an aging mobile home in one America’s poorest places, the Affordable Care Act was life altering. The law allowed Kentucky to expand Medicaid in 2014 and made Lockaby — along with 440,000 other low-income state […]

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Uncertain Fate Of Health Reform Law Giving Health Industry Heartburn

November 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Uncertain Fate Of Health Reform Law Giving Health Industry Heartburn

By Julie Rovner and Chad Terhune Kaiser Health News Six years into building its business around the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s $3 trillion health care industry may be losing that political playbook. Industry leaders, like many voters, were stunned by the election of Donald Trump and unprepared for Republicans’ plans to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. […]

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Investigation finds widespread abuse of the disabled | Associated Press

November 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Investigation finds widespread abuse of the disabled | Associated Press

The Chicago Tribune investigation found more than a thousand cases of abuse and neglect of Illinois adults with disabilities who were placed into private group homes. The investigation found at least 42 deaths linked to abuse and neglect in group homes or their day programs over the last seven years. [The] investigation also shows 1,311 […]

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