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Some states roll back ‘retroactive Medicaid,’ a buffer for the poor — and for hospitals

November 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Some states roll back ‘retroactive Medicaid,’ a buffer for the poor — and for hospitals

If you’re poor, uninsured and fall seriously ill, in most states if you qualify for Medicaid — but weren’t enrolled at the time — the program will pay your medical bills going back three months. It protects hospitals, too, from having to absorb the costs of caring for these patients.

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Sip wine and chat about postponing motherhood — At an ‘Egg Social’

November 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Sip wine and chat about postponing motherhood — At an ‘Egg Social’

In the past, egg freezing was primarily for women who risked infertility because of cancer treatments. But in recent years, more women have been choosing to freeze their eggs for non-medical reasons — such as not being ready to have a baby.

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Experts explain why lead found In fidget spinners is no idle threat

November 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Experts explain why lead found In fidget spinners is no idle threat

That fidget spinner your kid can’t put down? It turns out it may be putting children at risk for lead exposure. That’s according to a report out Thursday from a consumer advocacy group, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund.

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Obamacare shopping is trickier than ever. Here’s a cheat sheet.

November 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Obamacare shopping is trickier than ever. Here’s a cheat sheet.

Experts’ advice, in brief, is: SHOP AROUND. Play with different options on healthcare.gov or state marketplaces. Don’t just renew this year’s plan. More than ever, for 2018 that might not be the best deal.

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Study shows U.S. dads trending older

November 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Study shows U.S. dads trending older

A man’’s fertility generally has a longer shelf-life than that of a woman, but it’s important to know that the risk of abnormalities in children tends to rise with a father’s age. Research suggests a potential increase in autism, psychiatric problems, and neurological disease in children born to older fathers.

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Person-centered counseling doesn’t work in the long term – Viewpoint

November 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Person-centered counseling doesn’t work in the long term – Viewpoint

Person-centred counselling is one of the most popular treatments for mental health problems. If focuses on how patients view themselves in the here and now, rather than how a therapist interprets their unconscious thoughts. And the patient takes the lead in finding solutions to their own problems. However, despite its popularity it doesn’t appear to make people better in the long term.

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Grass-roots network of doctors delivers supplies to Puerto Rico

November 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Grass-roots network of doctors delivers supplies to Puerto Rico

Across the United States mainland, an agile, jury-rigged network of doctors has scrambled to deliver aid to their counterparts in Puerto Rico, often reaching clinics before federal assistance arrived. They draw on a sense of solidarity in the medical community, connections formed through the hurricanes in Houston and Florida — and the use of private jets belonging to corporations, sports teams and individual donors.

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For active seniors, choosing offers a cozier alternative to downsizing

November 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
For active seniors, choosing offers a cozier alternative to downsizing

While groups of friends may discuss growing old together on common ground, in most cohousing communities, the residents start as strangers who plan to help each other for the rest of their lives.

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How other countries achieve universal coverage

November 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
How other countries achieve universal coverage

While the term single-payer is often used to describe the way a number of other nations with universal coverage organize their health systems, it glosses over significant differences across those systems.

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The long, strange history of dieting fads

November 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
The long, strange history of dieting fads

William the Conqueror was healthy most of his life, but he became so overweight in later years that he went on a liquid diet consisting of almost nothing but alcohol. He lost enough weight to resume riding his cherished horse, but a riding accident soon led to his untimely death.

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