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Support grows for civil commitment of opioid users

June 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Support grows for civil commitment of opioid users

Amid an opioid addiction epidemic that is killing more than 90 Americans every day, there is a growing movement to make it easier for relatives and health care providers to quickly secure court orders to forcibly confine and treat people who are addicted to drugs.

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Long waits and long odds for those who need Social Security disability

June 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Long waits and long odds for those who need Social  Security disability

In the U.S., less than half of all people who apply for disability benefits — about 45 percent — are ultimately accepted. Getting a hearing takes an average of nearly 600 days.

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Some seniors just want to be left alone, which can lead to problems

June 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Some seniors just want to be left alone, which can lead to problems

As many as 28 percent of patients offered home health care when they’re being discharged from a hospital — mostly older adults — say “no” to those services, according to a new report.

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AARP: States lag in keeping Medicaid enrollees out of nursing homes

June 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
AARP: States lag in keeping Medicaid enrollees out of nursing homes

States are making tepid progress helping millions of elderly and disabled people on Medicaid avoid costly nursing home care by arranging home or community services for them instead, according to an AARP report released Wednesday.

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Explosion of tattooing, piercing tests state regulators

June 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Explosion of tattooing, piercing tests state regulators

Health officials worry that unregulated body art studios may not follow safe practices, which can lead to scarring, nerve damage and infections, including hepatitis C, the leading cause of liver cancer in the U.S.

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Fighting AIDS in the Deep South: Glimmers of Hope

June 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fighting AIDS in the Deep South: Glimmers of Hope

Southern states have the highest rates of new HIV and AIDS diagnoses, the largest percentage of people living with the disease, and the most people dying from it. As AIDS death rates decline in the U.S., they are also declining in the region, albeit more slowly.

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‘How long have I got, doc?’ Why many cancer patients don’t get answers

June 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘How long have I got, doc?’ Why many cancer patients don’t get answers

Huge numbers of cancer patients lack basic information, such as how long they can expect to live, whether their condition is curable or why they’re being prescribed chemotherapy or radiation,

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Zika in Lacey, Washington — One mother’s saga

June 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Zika in Lacey, Washington — One mother’s saga

But when Aryanna Guadalupe Sanchez-Rios arrived — 5 pounds, 10 ounces, with a cap of straight, dark hair — it was clear that Rios’ fears had been realized. The baby’s head was far smaller than normal — 27 centimeters instead of the typical 35 centimeter.

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Out of work and looking for insurance? COBRA may be the best bet for now.

June 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Out of work and looking for insurance? COBRA may be the best bet for now.

I just lost my job, and I can either sign up to buy the same coverage through COBRA or go into a marketplace plan. COBRA is really expensive — $800 a month for me — but I’m worried that anything I buy on the marketplace now might disappear or be unaffordable next year. What’s the best way to go?

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If insurance market crashes, can lawmakers put the pieces back together?

June 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
If insurance market crashes, can lawmakers put the pieces back together?

In his high-stakes strategy to overhaul the federal health law, President Donald Trump is threatening to upend the individual health insurance market with several key policies. But if the market actually breaks, could anyone put it back together again?

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