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Vaccines are not just for kids

July 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Vaccines are not just for kids

By Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News The word “immunization” has long evoked images of nervous children wincing as they get injections to protect them from measles, mumps and other diseases. Now California’s doctors are turning their attention to adults, who haven’t been as diligent about getting their own shots. We recently spoke to Dr. Ruth […]

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As cases multiply, officials scramble to stop abuse of nursing home residents on social media

July 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
As cases multiply, officials scramble to stop abuse of nursing home residents on social media

By Charles Ornstein and Jessica Huseman ProPublica. When a certified nursing assistant in Hubbard, Iowa, shared a photo online in March of a nursing home resident with his pants around his ankles, his legs and hand covered in feces, the most surprising aspect of state health officials’ investigation was this: It wasn’t against the law. […]

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State suspends medical director of Seattle Pain Centers

July 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
State suspends medical director of Seattle Pain Centers

Action impacts eight clinics throughout Washington From the Washington State Medical Commission: The Washington State Medical Commission suspended the medical license of Frank D. Li for alleged violations of the Uniform Disciplinary Act and for violation of the Washington State Pain Rules. The charges say Dr. Li consistently provided treatment that was an extreme departure […]

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Psychotherapists gravitate toward those who can pay

July 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Psychotherapists gravitate toward those who can pay

By April Dembosky, KQED Kaiser Health News There’s something that really bothers Stanford psychiatry professor Keith Humphreys. When he thinks of all the years he spends training the next generation of psychiatrists, the enormous investment in medical school and residency, he wants them to devote that education to taking care of people with serious mental […]

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Despite concerns, seniors often leave hospitals with opioid prescriptions, study finds

July 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Despite concerns, seniors often leave hospitals with opioid prescriptions, study finds

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News It’s a common scenario: Someone checks into a hospital for surgery or an illness and leaves with a prescription for an opioid painkiller, opening the door to long-term use and dependence. A recent study examined this pattern and found the prescriptions are used and renewed more often than you might imagine. Researchers […]

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First female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus infection reported in New York City

July 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
First female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus infection reported in New York City

First known case of female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus infection has been reported in New York City, the US Centers for Disease Control said Friday. The New York City  report of female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus infection is the first documented case of sexual transmission of Zika from a woman to her sex […]

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DEA, state crack down on pain doctor over opiate prescriptions, citing 18 deaths | The Seattle Times

July 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
DEA, state crack down on pain doctor over opiate prescriptions, citing 18 deaths | The Seattle Times

A Seattle doctor who heads a chain of eight Washington pain clinics has been barred from practicing medicine after state regulators charged that he failed to properly monitor prescription use of powerful opiates, possibly contributing to at least 18 deaths since 2010. Officials also said they have either started investigations or filed complaints regarding more […]

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Zika outbreak to end in two to three years, scientists predict | Reuters

July 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Zika outbreak to end in two to three years, scientists predict | Reuters

The researchers, whose work is published in the journal Science, estimated that infections from the mosquito-borne virus will become so widespread in affected countries that populations will develop what is called “herd immunity.” This occurs when a high percentage of a population has become immune to an infection either through developing natural immunity or through […]

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Fat or fiction? The truth about 9 diet myths

July 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Fat or fiction? The truth about 9 diet myths

Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? Does fat content matter more than calories? A nutrition researcher weighs in. Losing weight is hard — so it’s tempting to grab onto any promise of a diet or trick that will help you lose pounds quickly. Almost daily, we’re bombarded with news stories telling […]

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Palliative care sometimes adds to families’ stress burden, study

July 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Palliative care sometimes adds to families’ stress burden, study

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News Palliative-care counseling from trained specialists is not routinely needed for all families of patients with chronic critical illnesses and sometimes it might worsen their emotional distress, cautions a recent study. Habitually providing scarce palliative care services to cases indiscriminately may be ineffective when the meetings are limited to just […]

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