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Why insurance companies control your medical care – analysis

October 4, 2016 | By | Reply More
Why insurance companies control your medical care – analysis

By Christy Ford Chapin, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Originally published on The Conversation It’s that time of year again. Insurance companies that participate in the Affordable Care Act’s state health exchanges are signaling that prices will rise dramatically this fall. And if insurance costs aren’t enough of a crisis, researchers are highlighting deficiencies in health care […]

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Health law focuses on women’s preventive services, but it offers men help, too

October 4, 2016 | By | Reply More
Health law focuses on women’s preventive services, but it offers men help, too

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News This week, I answered a couple of questions from readers about preventive health benefits and looked into coverage options for people who travel frequently. Why aren’t there preventive health recommendations for men like there are for women under the health law? Women and breast cancer get so much attention by […]

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When pretend is real for Alzheimer’s patients

October 4, 2016 | By | Reply More
When pretend is real for Alzheimer’s patients

Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News BEVERLY HILLS — Sitting beside a neatly made crib, 88-year-old Vivian Guzofsky held up a baby doll dressed in puppy dog pajamas. “Hello gorgeous,” she said, laughing. “You’re so cute.” Guzofsky, who has Alzheimer’s disease, lives on a secure memory floor of a home for seniors. Nearly every day, she visits […]

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Washington secures $1.5 billion to enhance Medicaid services

October 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Washington secures $1.5 billion to enhance Medicaid services

From the Office of the Governor OLYMPIA –Gov. Jay Inslee and the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) announced today a new state-federal partnership that aims to bolster state efforts to improve the physical and mental health of Washington families and transform the state’s Apple Health (Medicaid) program to control costs. After months of detailed negotiations, […]

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Many doctors treating alcohol problems overlook successful drugs

October 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Many doctors treating alcohol problems overlook successful drugs

By Emma Yasinski Kaiser Health News As millions of Americans battle alcohol abuse problems each year, public health officials suggest that two often overlooked medications might offer relief to some. More than 18 million people abuse or are dependent on alcohol, yet a key study funded by the federal government reported last year that only […]

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Why Bruce Springsteen’s depression revelation matters

October 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Why Bruce Springsteen’s depression revelation matters

By Alex Lubet, University of Minnesota This article was originally published on The Conversation.  E Street lead guitarist Steve Van Zandt once said Bruce Springsteen never took drugs because he was afraid he might reprise his father’s depression. It turns out that Springsteen was suffering from mental illness all along. Much of the buzz surrounding Bruce Springsteen’s […]

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Most hospital palliative care programs are understaffed

September 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Most hospital palliative care programs are understaffed

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Most hospitals offer palliative care services that help people with serious illnesses manage their pain and other symptoms and make decisions about their treatment, while providing emotional support and assistance in navigating the health system. But hospital programs vary widely, and the majority fail to provide adequate staff to meet national […]

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The curious origin of the double-conk theory for curing amnesia

September 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
The curious origin of the double-conk theory for curing amnesia

By Mary Spiers, Drexel University This article was originally published on The Conversation You’re probably familiar with the TV or movie plot device where a character is conked on the head, loses memory or identity and then gets conked again and memory is restored. Classic examples are in the 1951 Tom and Jerry Cartoon Nit-Witty Kitty and […]

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Poll finds majority of Americans want restraints on drug prices

September 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Poll finds majority of Americans want restraints on drug prices

By Jordan Rau Kaiser Health News An overwhelming majority of Americans favor government action to restrain prescription drug prices, according to a poll released Thursday. Eighty-two percent of those polled said they want Medicare to negotiate prices with the companies, which Congress does not allow. Seventy-eight percent favored limiting the amount companies can charge for […]

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A practical to-do list for family caregivers

September 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
A practical to-do list for family caregivers

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News Ask Kathy Kenyon about what it’s like to be a family caregiver, and she’ll give you an earful. On several occasions, doctors have treated this accomplished lawyer like she was an interloper — not the person to whom her elderly parents had entrusted health care and legal decision-making. Kenyon wasn’t […]

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