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Prevention experts propose easing advice on number of cervical cancer screenings

September 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Prevention experts propose easing advice on number of cervical cancer screenings

Instead of getting both a Pap test and an HPV test to screen for cervical cancer, many women should get just one or the other at regular intervals, according to a draft recommendation published this week by a panel of prevention experts.

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How protecting your dog’s health also protects yours

September 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
How protecting your dog’s health also protects yours

We want your pup to be healthy because healthy dogs are happy dogs and happy dogs make happy owners. But, we also want your four-legged friends to be healthy because when they are protected against certain diseases, so are you!

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Why the unpopular individual mandate is likely to endure (for now)

September 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why the unpopular individual mandate is likely to endure (for now)

The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that Americans either carry health insurance or pay a fine remains the law’s most unpopular feature. Nevertheless, a bipartisan group of governors is insisting that the so-called individual mandate remain in place — at least for now.

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New Medicare card design revealed today

September 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
New Medicare card design revealed today

The new card contains a unique, randomly assigned number that replaces consumers’ Social Security numbers. The purpose is to prevent fraud, combat identity theft and safeguard taxpayer dollars.

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Doctors need to tell people they can get rid of type 2 diabetes through weight loss – nutrition expert

September 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Doctors need to tell people they can get rid of type 2 diabetes through weight loss – nutrition expert

Type 2 diabetes is one of the commonest and most expensive diseases. What most people don’t know is that with a bit of hard work, it is possible to become non-diabetic again. Beating the disease, however, typically requires losing more than 30 pounds.

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Want to fix America’s health care? First, focus on food – viewpoint

September 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Want to fix America’s health care? First, focus on food – viewpoint

Food is the number one cause of poor health in America. Poor diet is not just about individual choice, but about the systems that make eating poorly the default for most Americans. If we want to cut down on disease and achieve meaningful health care reform, we should make it a top priority to address our nation’s nutrition crisis.

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Rabid bat numbers continue to rise in WA

September 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rabid bat numbers continue to rise in WA

Twelve bats found in public parks and private homes across Washington have tested positive for rabies since August 1. While health officials test for and find rabid bats every year – typically during summer months – the August numbers are the highest in a decade, bringing the total number to 21 this year.

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Reporter’s Notebook: In health care, a good price is hard to find

September 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Reporter’s Notebook: In health care, a good price is hard to find

The vast majority of contracts between doctors or hospitals and insurance companies are subject to a gag clause, which prohibits either party from disclosing negotiated rates. That means it’s almost impossible for consumers to find out what they are going to be charged.

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Uninsured rate falls to record low of 8.8%

September 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Uninsured rate falls to record low of 8.8%

Three years after the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion took effect, the number of Americans without health insurance fell to 28.1 million in 2016, down from 29 million in 2015, according to a federal report released Tuesday.

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How to protect yourself from Medicare fraud – Office of the Insurance Commissioner

September 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
How to protect yourself from Medicare fraud – Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Protect your Medicare number. Treat it like a credit card and don’t carry it with you unless you need to use it. Don’t give out your Medicare, Social Security or bank account numbers over the phone or in person, unless you made contact – and you trust the person.

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