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Single woman’s search for autism therapist foiled by insurance companies

July 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Single woman’s search for autism therapist foiled by insurance companies

By April Dembosky, KQED Kaiser Health News A 12-year-old boy named Strazh hangs from the monkey bars, staring at the ground. The other kids in the park aren’t interested in him. And he’s not interested in them. “I just like to play by myself,” he says. Strazh has autism. Today is a good day. But […]

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Supplements Can Make You Sick – Consumer Reports

July 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Supplements Can Make You Sick – Consumer Reports

But there’s no reliable way to tell whether any given supplement is safe. And the fact remains that dietary supplements—which your doctor may recommend and may sit right alongside trusted over-the-counter medications or just across from the prescription drug counter—aren’t being regulated the same way as drugs. Source: Supplements Can Make You Sick – Consumer […]

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Lack of exercise costs world $67.5 billion and 5 million lives a year | Reuters

July 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Lack of exercise costs world $67.5 billion and 5 million lives a year | Reuters

A study of one million people has found that physical inactivity costs the global economy $67.5 billion a year in healthcare and productivity losses, but an hour a day of exercise could eliminate most of that. Sedentary lifestyles are linked to increased risks of heart disease, diabetes and cancer, researchers found, but activity – such […]

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More than 90,000 people in Washington state infected with hepatitis C, report

July 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
More than 90,000 people in Washington state infected with hepatitis C, report

From the Washington State Department of Health More than 90,000 people in Washington are likely infected with hepatitis C, an infectious disease which can cause liver damage, liver failure, and liver cancer, according to a new report by the Washington State Department of Health. According to the report, there are about 550 hospitalizations a year […]

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Decades after ban, lead paint lingers

July 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Decades after ban, lead paint lingers

By Teresa Wiltz Stateline In the wake of the Flint water crisis, states are rushing to test for high levels of lead in drinking water. But many are failing to come to grips with a more insidious problem: lingering lead paint in homes and schools. Paint, rather than drinking water, remains the main source of lead poisoning of young […]

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Warning: Government listing of clinical trials doesn’t tell you what the cost of care will be

July 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Warning: Government listing of clinical trials doesn’t tell you what the cost of care will be

Website ClinicalTrials.gov Doesn’t Disclose Costs To Patients By Emily Bazar Photos by Heidi de Marco Kaiser Health News Last summer, Linda Smith learned she was losing significant cartilage in her knees, a consequence of her lifelong love of skiing, running and ultimate frisbee. Diagnosed with osteoarthritis, she wanted to avoid surgery and was eager to […]

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Some seniors surprised to be automatically enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans

July 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Some seniors surprised to be automatically enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans

By Susan Jaffe Kaiser Health News Only days after Judy Hanttula came home from the hospital after surgery last November, her doctor’s office called with bad news: Records showed that instead of traditional Medicare, she had a private Medicare Advantage plan, and her doctor and hospital were not in its network. Neither the plan nor […]

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Well known hospitals fail to score 5 stars in Medicare ratings

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Well known hospitals fail to score 5 stars in Medicare ratings

Many Well-Known Hospitals Fail To Score 5 Stars In Medicare’s New Ratings By Jordan Rau Kaiser Health News The federal government released its first overall hospital quality rating on Wednesday, slapping average or below average scores on many of the nation’s best-known hospitals while awarding top scores to many unheralded ones. The Centers for Medicare […]

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Blood clot deaths tied to hours of daily TV time | Reuters

July 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Blood clot deaths tied to hours of daily TV time | Reuters

People who watch television for five or more hours a day have more than twice the risk of those who watch half as much TV to die of a blood clot in the lung, a large Japanese study suggests. Source: Blood clot deaths tied to hours of daily TV time | Reuters

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Opioid epidemic making it harder for older addicts to get services

July 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Opioid epidemic making it harder for older addicts to get services

By Christine Vestal Stateline PORTLAND, Maine — When Clifton Hilton decided to quit drinking this month, he called a residential drug and alcohol detoxification center in this coastal Maine city on a Friday afternoon and was told a bed was available for him. But by the time he arrived on a bus from Bangor the next […]

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