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How other countries achieve universal coverage

November 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
How other countries achieve universal coverage

While the term single-payer is often used to describe the way a number of other nations with universal coverage organize their health systems, it glosses over significant differences across those systems.

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The long, strange history of dieting fads

November 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
The long, strange history of dieting fads

William the Conqueror was healthy most of his life, but he became so overweight in later years that he went on a liquid diet consisting of almost nothing but alcohol. He lost enough weight to resume riding his cherished horse, but a riding accident soon led to his untimely death.

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Liquid Gold: Pain Doctors Soak Up Profits By Screening Urine For Drugs

November 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Liquid Gold: Pain Doctors Soak Up Profits By Screening Urine For Drugs

Drug testing, driven by the nation’s epidemic of painkiller addiction, generates profits across the doctor-owned network of 54 clinics, the largest pain-treatment practice in the Southeast. Medicare paid the company at least $11 million for urine and related tests in 2014, when five of its professionals stood among the nation’s top billers.

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Antibiotic resistant gonorrhea found in King County

November 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Antibiotic resistant gonorrhea found in King County

Azithromycin is one of two front-line antibiotics used to treat gonorrhea. Public Health – Seattle & King County experts have found that among men who have sex with men attending the STD clinic in Seattle, about 5% have a type of gonorrhea that can no longer be treated by azithromycin.

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Health companies race to catch UnitedHealth as Amazon laces up

November 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Health companies race to catch UnitedHealth as Amazon laces up

As soon as news surfaced last week about the potential merger of CVS Health and Aetna, all eyes turned to the looming threat from Amazon. The online retailer’s flirtation with the pharmacy business is a factor, no doubt. But many industry experts say CVS and Aetna have another huge competitor on their minds: UnitedHealth Group.

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For addicted doctors, confidential treatment that works

November 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
For addicted doctors, confidential treatment that works

Studies have found that these confidential programs have about an 80 percent success rate, far higher than the typical success rate of 50 percent for the general population. Researchers believe its rewards-based strategy and extensive follow-up care could help many more of the roughly 20 million Americans who suffer from opioid and other drug and alcohol addictions.

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Why aren’t we curing the world’s most curable diseases?

November 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why aren’t we curing the world’s most curable diseases?

One-and-a-half billion people across the world suffer from neglected tropical diseases, a group of infectious diseases that prevail in tropical and subtropical countries lacking good health care infrastructure and medical resources.

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House tax bill would scrap deduction for medical expenses

November 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
House tax bill would scrap deduction for medical expenses

The tax bill unveiled by Republicans in the House on Thursday would not, as had been rumored, eliminate the tax penalty for failure to have health insurance. But it would eliminate a decades-old deduction for people with very high medical costs.

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Bounce house regulations, enforcement lacking as injuries soar

November 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Bounce house regulations, enforcement lacking as injuries soar

Inflatable attractions like bounce houses, obstacle courses and slides have increased in popularity in recent decades. But they can be dangerous and they are often unregulated. A Stateline analysis estimates bounce houses were involved in 20,700 injuries last year.

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In opioid declaration, Trump promises to speed Medicaid waivers for more beds

October 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
In opioid declaration, Trump promises to speed Medicaid waivers for more beds

In declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency, President Donald Trump promised a variety of initiatives aimed at making more treatment available to people who are addicted to heroin and prescription pain pills.

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