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Getting better data on which drugs are killing people

August 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Getting better data on which drugs are killing people

By Christine Vestal Stateline AUBURN, Ala. — As the opioid epidemic surges, Alabama’s toxicologists are testing more blood samples from overdose victims to determine what drugs were in their bodies. But the results of those costly and time-consuming tests are not always ending up on death certificates. More often than not, when overdose victims are […]

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Emergency preparedness for people with diabetes – Tips from CDC

August 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Emergency preparedness for people with diabetes – Tips from CDC

From the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Living with diabetes requires a lot of scheduling and planning, so emergencies or natural disasters can be a big problem. Be prepared for emergency situations with these resources. Being Prepared for a Disaster When You Have Diabetes[PDF-167KB]Use this tip sheet to help you build a plan, […]

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Research Check: Do we really need to do five times as much exercise as we’ve been told?

August 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Research Check: Do we really need to do five times as much exercise as we’ve been told?

From TheConversation.com Brigid Lynch: Senior Research Fellow, Cancer Council Victoria Paul Gardiner: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Healthy Ageing The University of Queensland For decades, public health guidelines around the world have recommended adults get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity most days of the week. This is roughly equivalent to 150 minutes of […]

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Doctors, hospitals prepare for difficult talks about medical errors

August 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Doctors, hospitals prepare for difficult talks about medical errors

By Zhai Yun Tan Kaiser Health News It was a fourth of July weekend but Sharon O’ Brien, an intensive care physician, was not celebrating. A medical error earlier landed a patient in her ICU. The patient eventually died — and she had to decide what to tell the patient’s family. Should she apologize? How much […]

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Health official warns Zika could spread across U.S. Gulf | Reuters

August 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Health official warns Zika could spread across U.S. Gulf | Reuters

The possibility of transmission in Gulf States such as Louisiana and Texas will likely fuel concerns that the virus, which has been shown to cause the severe birth defect known as microcephaly, could spread across the continental United States, even though officials have played down such an outcome. Source: Health official warns Zika could spread […]

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Hidden exclusions leave gaps in women’s care – study

August 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Hidden exclusions leave gaps in women’s care – study

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Buried in the fine print of many marketplace health plan documents is language that allows them to refuse to cover a range of services, many of which disproportionately affect women, a recent study found. It’s unclear the extent to which these coverage “exclusions” have prevented patients from getting needed treatments. An […]

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People with Obamacare plans filled more prescriptions, but had lower costs

August 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
People with Obamacare plans filled more prescriptions, but had lower costs

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News The 2010 health law was meant to expand insurance coverage so that Americans could get medical care they would otherwise go without — and not spend a fortune doing so. Though it’s still early, new evidence suggests this scenario is playing out. Research published online by Health Affairs Wednesday examines […]

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Insurance doesn’t ensure children get eye exams, study

August 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Insurance doesn’t ensure children get eye exams, study

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Kids from less affluent homes, even when they have health insurance, are not as likely as others to get vision screenings that can identify conditions like lazy eye before the damage becomes irreversible, a new study found. Researchers at the University of Michigan examined commercial health insurance claims data between 2001 […]

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Benton county woman dies of West Nile virus

August 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Benton county woman dies of West Nile virus

From the Washington State Department of Health West Nile virus: Tests confirm Washington’s first death from disease in 2016 Avoid mosquito bites to prevent West Nile virus The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) confirmed the first death due to West Nile virus this year in Washington. A Benton County woman in her 70s was […]

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Excessive heat warning through ’til 9 p.m. — Weather Service warns

August 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Excessive heat warning through ’til 9 p.m. — Weather Service warns

From the National Weather Service Temperature: climbing into the 90s Friday and Saturday afternoon. Temperatures will lower into mainly the 60s overnight. Timing: temperatures will peak today and then level off or lower slightly on Saturday. Expect significant cooling on Sunday, with temperatures returning to near normal. Impacts: hot weather increases the potential for dehydration […]

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