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More than 500,000 participate in end-of-life care discussions covered by Medicare

August 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
More than 500,000 participate in end-of-life care discussions covered by Medicare

Nationwide, slightly more than 1 percent of the more than 56 million Medicare beneficiaries have received advance-care planning talks, which focus on understanding and documenting treatment preferences for people nearing the end of their lives.

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New numbers reveal huge disparities in opioid prescribing

August 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
New numbers reveal huge disparities in opioid prescribing

Martinsville drugstores sell enough Vicodin, Percocet, OxyContin and other opioid painkillers to medicate every man, woman and child in the city for 136 days, nearly seven times the national average.

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Pregnant women shouldn’t start taking vitamin B3 just yet: reports it prevents miscarriage and birth defects are overblown

August 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Pregnant women shouldn’t start taking vitamin B3 just yet: reports it prevents miscarriage and birth defects are overblown

Reports on a new study claim supplementation with vitamin B3 during pregnancy could prevent miscarriages and birth defects. So should all pregnant women start taking B3 supplements? Not so fast.

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More immigrant children in U.S. illegally to receive health care

August 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
More immigrant children in U.S. illegally to receive health care

Twenty-seven states allow immigrant children with legal residency to access Medicaid, and those states are entitled to matching federal Medicaid dollars. But the bigger need, advocates for immigrants say, is for children without legal residency, whose family incomes are often low enough to otherwise qualify them for Medicaid.

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Asthma, more deadly with age, takes heavy toll on older adults

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Asthma, more deadly with age, takes heavy toll on older adults

Death rates for older adults with asthma are five times that of younger patients. As the prevalence of asthma climbs in people 65 and older, more seniors will grapple with its long-term impact.

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Scam alert from the Office of the Insurance Commissioner

August 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Scam alert from the Office of the Insurance Commissioner

The scammers place cold-calls to consumers and falsely claim they are with SHIBA, the Insurance Commissioner’s Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors.

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37 opioid overdoses reported within 7 days in Snohomish County

August 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
37 opioid overdoses reported within 7 days in Snohomish County

Overdoses were predominantly related to heroin. The youngest reported was 16 and the oldest was 52, with half of the overdoses being 21-30 years old.

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Solar eclipse could create once-in-a-lifetime road hazards

August 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Solar eclipse could create once-in-a-lifetime road hazards

“Don’t stand on the interstate. Don’t pull your car over. Don’t take a selfie from a bridge,” said Doug Hecox, a Federal Highway Administration spokesman. “The risk of driver distraction from this once-in-a lifetime event has never been greater. We don’t want anyone to have an ‘eclipse in judgment.’ ”

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Generic drug prices are declining, but many consumers aren’t benefiting

August 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Generic drug prices are declining, but many consumers aren’t benefiting

Outcry has been building over the rising cost of brand-name medications, but the price of generic drugs has been moving in the opposite direction. The stock prices of generic manufacturers have tumbled, but many consumers aren’t paying less at the pharmacy counter.

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Colon cancer rates rising among younger white adults — and falling among blacks

August 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Colon cancer rates rising among younger white adults — and falling among blacks

Rates of colorectal cancer among adults under age 55 and the number of deaths among that age group are rising.
The number of whites being diagnosed with colorectal cancer and their mortality rates are rising, even as blacks are seeing a decline in both categories. 

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