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Stem cell transplant induces remission in multiple sclerosis

February 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Stem cell transplant induces remission in multiple sclerosis

From the National Institutes of Health Immunosuppressive therapy followed by stem cell transplantation induced remission of a common form of multiple sclerosis over a 5-year follow-up period. Multiple sclerosis causes damage to the brain and nerve fibers. yodiyim/iStock/Thinkstock. MS is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the central nervous system. It results in […]

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Trump wants to change Medicaid funding; could his ideas work?

February 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Trump wants to change Medicaid funding; could his ideas work?

Analysis By Cossy Hough, Clinical Assistant Professor School of Social Work University of Texas at Austin Medicaid, which has provided safety net health care for millions of Americans with low incomes since 1965, pays for medical care for about 75 million people in the U.S., including almost two-thirds of those in nursing homes. You likely know […]

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Docs bill Medicare for end-of-life consultations as ‘death panel’ fears re-emerge

February 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Docs bill Medicare for end-of-life consultations as ‘death panel’ fears re-emerge

By JoNel Aleccia Kaiser Health News End-of-life counseling sessions, once decried by some conservative Republicans as “death panels,” gained steam among Medicare patients in 2016, the first year doctors could charge the federal program for the service. Nearly 14,000 providers billed almost $35 million — including nearly $16 million paid by Medicare — for advance care planning conversations for about […]

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Influence of GOP doctors caucus grows as Congress looks to replace health law

February 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Influence of GOP doctors caucus grows as Congress looks to replace health law

By Phil Galewitz Kaiser Health News The confirmation of Tom Price, the orthopedic surgeon-turned-Georgia congressman, as secretary of Health and Human Services represents the latest victory in the ascendancy of a little-known but powerful group of conservative physicians in Congress he belongs to — the GOP Doctors Caucus. During the Obama administration, the caucus regularly […]

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How a travel ban could worsen doctor shortages in US hospitals and threaten primary care

February 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
How a travel ban could worsen doctor shortages in US hospitals and threaten primary care

Analysis: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Feb. 9 upheld the restraining order on President Trump’s immigration ban. A key argument used by the States of Washington and Minnesota was the negative impact of the ban on higher education, but an important corollary is the impact on medical care in the […]

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Use of risky brain-affecting drug combinations rising among seniors

February 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Use of risky brain-affecting drug combinations rising among seniors

Opioids, tranquilizers, antidepressants and antipsychotics affect the central nervous system, and combining them can put older people at risk. But new data show concerning prescribing trends. By Kara Gavin Writer for University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation The number of older Americans taking three or more brain-affecting medicines has more than doubled […]

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Obamacare came to Montana Indian Country and brought jobs

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Obamacare came to Montana Indian Country and brought jobs

By Eric Whitney, Montana Public Radio Kaiser Health News The Affordable Care Act created new health coverage opportunities for more than half a million Native Americans and Alaska Natives — and jobs have followed on its coattails. In Montana, this is playing out at the Blackfeet Community Hospital. It’s the only hospital on the Blackfeet reservation, […]

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A deep dive into 4 GOP health care talking points

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A deep dive into 4 GOP health care talking points

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Republican leaders have a lengthy list of talking points about the shortcomings of the health law. Shortly before his inauguration last month, President Donald Trump said that it “is a complete and total disaster. It’s imploding as we sit.” And they can point to a host of issues, including […]

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Heart Failure: If properly managed, this common condition isn’t a life changer

February 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Heart Failure: If properly managed, this common condition isn’t a life changer

By Sara Weiss, MD Cardiologist and Heart Failure Specialist Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center According to the American Heart Association’s latest statistics, it affects 6.5 million Americans and is projected to increase 46 percent by 2030, resulting in more than 8 million people with the malady. Unfortunately, though, this common condition was given […]

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Few smokers seek CT scans to check for lung cancer, study

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Few smokers seek CT scans to check for lung cancer, study

Despite Prevention Guidelines, Few Smokers Seek CT Scans To Check For Lung Cancer By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Lung cancer screening rates have barely budged in recent years, according to a new study, even though under the health law many people don’t have to pay anything out-of-pocket for them because the test is recommended […]

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