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Why market competition has not brought down health care costs – Viewpoint

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why market competition has not brought down health care costs – Viewpoint

Compared with Canada’s single payer system, American doctors and hospitals have nearly twice as many administrative staff workers. So whether the ACA remains in force or it’s replaced by something else, I believe we won’t be able to control health costs until we revamp the system with something like single payer.

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Why some patients aren’t getting palliative care

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why some patients aren’t getting palliative care

Palliative care has been shown to increase patients’ satisfaction with the care they receive and to save on medical expenses. But despite dramatic growth in the number of hospitals providing such care over the last decade, full palliative care services remain unavailable to many patients.

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Amount of opioids prescribed In U.S. has been falling since 2010

July 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Amount of opioids prescribed In U.S. has been falling since 2010

The amount of opioids prescribed in the United States peaked in 2010 and has been declining gradually since then. Still, the amount in 2015 is three times higher than at the turn of the century, they said.

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Do-it-yourself detox can be ‘Freddy Krueger’ scary — and usually fails

July 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Do-it-yourself detox can be ‘Freddy Krueger’ scary — and usually fails

There are recovery and treatment centers that can help people quit using drugs. But this help can be expensive, and waiting lists for state and city-funded programs are often extremely long. So can detoxing on your own be the solution? In most cases, the answer is no.

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Fifth hantavirus diagnosis confirmed in Washington state, most reported since 1999

July 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fifth hantavirus diagnosis confirmed in Washington state, most reported since 1999

Washington state officials confirmed today that the number of people diagnosed with potentially deadly hantavirus this year has reached five, the highest number reported in the state since 1999.

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Opioid overdoses swamp medical examiners

July 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Opioid overdoses swamp medical examiners

Many medical examiners are working overtime and, in some places, they’re running out of refrigerated storage for bodies. When that happens, local officials typically borrow additional space at local funeral homes and hospitals, and in some cases, rent refrigerated trucks, he said. “Virtually every medical examiner’s office and toxicology laboratory in the U.S. has felt the impact of the opioid tsunami.”

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Health Care Sector Will Lose Nearly 1 Million Jobs; Most Medicaid Expansion States Will See Deeper Economic Losses

July 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Health Care Sector Will Lose Nearly 1 Million Jobs; Most Medicaid Expansion States Will See Deeper Economic Losses

If it becomes law, the draft Better Care Reconcilliation Act proposed by the U.S. Senate could cause an estimated 1.45 million jobs to disappear by 2026 and trigger an economic downturn in all but one state.

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Understanding the night shift-cancer connection

July 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Understanding the night shift-cancer connection

Most of us know that getting enough sleep is crucial for our health. Sleeping seven to nine hours a night keeps the body in good working order. Sleep too little or too sporadically for too long and you could fall prey to anything from diabetes to depression to cardiovascular disease. But it’s not just about how much you sleep. It’s also important when you sleep.

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Half the time, nursing homes scrutinized on safety by Medicare are still treacherous

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Half the time, nursing homes scrutinized on safety by Medicare are still treacherous

While special focus status is one of the federal government’s strictest forms of oversight, nursing homes that were forced to undergo such scrutiny often slide back into providing dangerous care. Of 528 nursing homes that graduated from special focus status before 2014 and are still operating, 52 percent have since harmed patients or put patients in serious jeopardy within the past three years.

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How to safely use nail care products

July 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
How to safely use nail care products

A Consumer Update from the FDA Manicures and pedicures can be pretty. The cosmetic products used, such as nail polishes and nail polish removers, also must be safe—and are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA also regulates devices used to dry (or “cure”) artificial nails or gel nail polish as electronic […]

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