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GOP health bill would undercut some job-based insurance coverage

May 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
GOP health bill would undercut some job-based insurance coverage

The American Health Care Act that recently passed the House would fundamentally change the individual insurance market, and it could significantly alter coverage for people who get coverage through their employers too.

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Changes in visa program puts foreign-born doctors in limbo

May 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Changes in visa program puts foreign-born doctors in limbo

For parts of the country that have difficulty attracting American-born doctors, the uncertainty swirling around the H-1B program is already creating problems, with doctors tied up in legal uncertainty rather than treating patients.

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Who will care for Abril? Parents fear for their disabled child if they are deported

May 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Who will care for Abril? Parents fear for their disabled child if they are deported

Abril was born convulsing, and doctors encouraged the family to send her to a pediatric hospice, but they decided to bring her home instead. Given her serious brain damage and severe cerebral palsy, Abril wasn’t expected to live past six months. But now her parents face deportation.

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Republicans race the clock on health care — but the calendar is not helping

May 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Republicans race the clock on health care — but the calendar is not helping

Back in January, Republicans boasted they would deliver a “repeal and replace” bill for the Affordable Care Act to President Donald Trump’s desk by the end of the month. In the interim, that bravado has faded as their efforts stalled and they found out how complicated undoing a major law can be.

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Social media helps officials spot public health threats – but only for the rich?

May 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Social media helps officials spot public health threats – but only for the rich?

Every day, people use the internet to seek and share health information. This opens up exciting new ways for scientists to study the health of a population, an approach known as digital epidemiology.

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Five bloodcurdling medical procedures that are no longer performed … thankfully

May 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Five bloodcurdling medical procedures that are no longer performed … thankfully

Over time, a number of historic surgical “cures” fell out of favour because they were more akin to a method of torture. Here are five of the most extraordinary and unpleasant: Trepanation, lobotomy, rhinoplasty, lithotomy and bloodletting.

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Overwrought marketing? Ads, not research, create some pharma best-sellers

May 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Overwrought marketing? Ads, not research, create some pharma  best-sellers

An ad campaign for a relatively rare neurological condition has helped fuel the controversy over how direct-to-consumer advertising — typified by ads that call on you to “ask your doctor” about a possible treatment — takes niche medicine and promotes its use for a broad range of patients and fosters the use of pricey prescription products when cheaper ones might suffice.

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Things your gynecologist wishes you would do

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Things your gynecologist wishes you would do

No matter a woman’s age or how comfortable she is with her gynecologist, she may still be unsure about a few things, like which symptoms are worth mentioning, how often to make an appointment and how to prepare for an exam.

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Outbreaks of parasitic infections linked to swimming pools double – CDC

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Outbreaks of parasitic infections linked to swimming pools double – CDC

Outbreaks of a parasitic infection linked to swimming pools and water playgrounds are increasingly being reported to CDC, with twice as many outbreaks in 2016 as in 2014. At least 32 outbreaks caused by Cryptosporidium(also known as “Crypto”) linked to swimming pools or water playgrounds in the United States were reported in 2016

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Ten reasons why we should all love cyclists – a view from the UK

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Ten reasons why we should all love cyclists – a view from the UK

Cyclists globally are much maligned by drivers who may never have thought about the many benefits they provide. In fact, cycling as a form of truly sustainable transport is increasingly the focus of attention by governments seeking solutions to multiple societal problems..

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