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Doctors need a new skill set for this opioid abuse treatment

August 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Doctors need a new skill set for this opioid abuse treatment

By Karen Shakerdge Side Effects Public Media & Kaiser Health News In a big hotel conference room near New York’s Times Square, six doctors huddle around a greasy piece of raw pork. They watch as addiction medicine specialist Michael Frost delicately marks the meat, incises it and implants four match-sized rods. “If you can do it well […]

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California doctors and hospitals tussle over role of nurse-midwives

August 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
California doctors and hospitals tussle over role of nurse-midwives

By Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News A California bill that would allow certified nurse-midwives to practice independently is pitting the state’s doctors against its hospitals, even though both sides support the main goal of the legislation. The California Hospital Association and the California Medical Association, which represents doctors, agree that nurse-midwives have the training and […]

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I’m an OB-GYN treating women with Zika: This is what it’s like

August 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
I’m an OB-GYN treating women with Zika: This is what it’s like

By Christine Curry Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Miami TheConversation.com As a medical student, I remember reading books about the early days of the HIV epidemic and wondering what it was like for doctors to take care of patients who had a new, unknown disease. It seemed to me like it would […]

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Can you really be poisoned by green or sprouting potatoes?

August 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Can you really be poisoned by green or sprouting potatoes?

By Caroline Wright/TheConversation.com Senior Lecturer in Horticulture Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom We’ve all been there, you buy some potatoes, pop them in the cupboard, and then promptly forget about them. Then the next time you open up the cupboard, you discover said potatoes have started sprouting and now resemble an alien lifeform. So what […]

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Zika: Game-changer for Florida OB/GYN doctors

August 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Zika: Game-changer for Florida OB/GYN doctors

By Sammy Mack, WLRN Kaiser Health News Late last fall, Dr. Christine Curry was at a faculty meeting with her colleagues when the conversation turned to new reports linking the Zika virus to a surge in microcephaly in infants in Brazil. “I think it’s fair to say that most obstetricians had never heard of this […]

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No time to exercise? Then a HIIT training programme might be for you

August 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
No time to exercise? Then a HIIT training programme might be for you

By Damien Gleadall-Siddall PhD Student in Sport, Health and Exercise Science University of Hull, United Kingdom When it comes to exercise, what’s your excuse? Whether it’s lack of time, money or motivation – sometimes the lure of the sofa can just be too strong – it can be all too easy to put off that […]

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Medicare’s readmission penalties hit hew high

August 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Medicare’s readmission penalties hit hew high

By Jordan Rau Kaiser Health News The federal government’s readmission penalties on hospitals will reach a new high as Medicare withholds more than half a billion dollars in payments over the next year, records released Tuesday show. The government will punish more than half of the nation’s hospitals — a total of 2,597 — having […]

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Ask Emily: Can I afford to keep my doctor?

August 4, 2016 | By | Reply More
Ask Emily: Can I afford to keep my doctor?

By Emily Bazar Kaiser Health News For most of my adult life, I’ve picked my health insurance based on one simple standard: Does my beloved primary care physician participate in the plan? I’m lucky. My generous job-based coverage has allowed me to make that choice without straining my finances. But that luck isn’t universal. Like […]

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After Louisiana flooding, the Red Cross draws a deluge of complaints

August 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
After Louisiana flooding, the Red Cross draws a deluge of complaints

By Sarah Smith ProPublica Three months after record floods swept through Louisiana in March, the government officials in charge of disaster response set up a post-mortem with area Red Cross staffers. The meeting’s purpose: Airing officials’ many complaints with the charity’s performance. “Basically, during the Miss. River flooding and the recent severe weather events, most […]

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The costs of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando

August 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
The costs of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando

By Abe Aboraya Kaiser Health News Mario Perez lives in Miami, but he was in Orlando for a housewarming party Saturday, June 11. After the party, the 34-year-old went to the Pulse nightclub for Latin night. At 2 a.m., he heard gunshots. Loud. He knew it was real. “And the minute he started shooting, I […]

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