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Automated registry helping patients better manage their diabetes

December 15, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Automated registry helping patients better manage their diabetes

Primary care providers at Virginia Mason had developed a Diabetes Registry that automatically analyzes our medical records to identify patients with or at risk for diabetes, track how well they are doing; and bring them back for care when needed.

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The common and not so common injuries sustained at Christmas

December 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
The common and not so common injuries sustained at Christmas

In in the US, there were 407 Christmas-related admissions to emergency departments in December 2016. Surprisingly, more than half of those admitted were women. Of the 407 admissions, 84 were caused by Christmas lights, 40 were caused by Christmas trees and/or their supports, and 159 were caused by Christmas decorations. The remainder were from a variety of causes.

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Shortage of mental health providers thwarts police push for drug treatment

December 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Shortage of mental health providers thwarts police push for drug treatment

The LEAD program was launched in Seattle six years ago. Health advocates argued that the only way to break the cycle of repeated petty crimes and arrests was to provide housing and mental health and addiction services to people who needed it most. At that time, it was the police department that was reluctant to sign up.

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Good friends might be your best brain booster as you age

December 14, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Good friends might be your best brain booster as you age

SuperAgers stand out in one area: the degree to which they reported having satisfying, warm, trusting relationships. (In other areas, such as having a purpose in life or retaining autonomy, they were much like their “normal” peers.)

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Why do people hate Obamacare, anyway?

December 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why do people hate Obamacare, anyway?

A big part of why people don’t like the health law is that they don’t understand what it does or how it works. Some of that is because health care is complicated.

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These annual checkups help seniors not only survive but thrive

December 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
These annual checkups help seniors not only survive but thrive

Wellness coaching aims to rethink how we treat aging, said Aline Russotto, Orchard Cove’s executive director. “We used to be at our very best when somebody was in crisis,” she said. But Orchard Cove staff think they can help residents live healthier and happier lives by shifting the focus away from “fixing what’s broken,” said Russotto, to “living your best day every single day until the end.”

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An Overlooked Epidemic: Older Americans taking too many unneeded drugs

December 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
An Overlooked Epidemic: Older Americans taking too many unneeded drugs

Researchers estimate that 25% of people ages 65 to 69 take at least five prescription drugs to treat chronic conditions, a figure that jumps to nearly 46% for those between 70 and 79. Doctors say it is not uncommon to encounter patients taking more than 20 drugs to treat acid reflux, heart disease, depression or insomnia or other disorders.

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How to save money on your prescription drugs

December 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
How to save money on your prescription drugs

If you’re willing to do a little extra work, it is possible to lower your prescription bills. A reporter for The New York Times and a reporter for ProPublica both found instances this year in which drugs prescribed for family members could be purchased for less money without using their insurance coverage.

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When buying prescription drugs, some pay more with insurance than without it

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When buying prescription drugs, some pay more with insurance than without it

Patrik Swanljung of Anacortes, Washingtonn handed his Medicare prescription card to the pharmacist at his local Walgreens and was told that he owed $83.94 for a three-month supply. Alarmed at that price, Swanljung went online and found Blink Health, a start-up, offering the same drug — generic Crestor — for $45.89.

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In era of increased competition, hospitals fret over ratings

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In era of increased competition, hospitals fret over ratings

In a highly competitive market, no one wants to be a “C”-rated safety hospital any more than a “C”-rated restaurant for cleanliness. So, one hospital didn’t take its new “C” grade sitting down but sued the ratings group for defamation.

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