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Why more states are getting serious about sunscreen

July 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why more states are getting serious about sunscreen

In the past four months, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Utah and Washington have enacted laws declaring students may use sunscreen in school and at after-school activities, no doctor’s note required.

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Medicaid cuts could upend rural health services

July 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicaid cuts could upend rural health services

Republican bills to replace the federal health law would worsen rural areas’ financial straits through reductions in Medicaid funding. Patient advocates predict that would lead to fewer enrollees, more shutdowns of rural facilities, reduced payments to doctors and fewer programs for people with health needs or disabilities.

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Drugmakers’ money-back guarantees: an answer to rising prices or a ‘carnival game’?

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Drugmakers’ money-back guarantees: an answer to rising prices or a ‘carnival game’?

There is scant evidence this new approach lowers costs. Pharmaceutical companies still set the drug’s list price and have to agree to the criteria upon which they will be measured. Moreover, the savings don’t always trickle down to consumers.

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STD rates double in Snohomish County over five years.

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
STD rates double in Snohomish County over five years.

Snohomish County has had a 40 percent increase in chlamydia, a 112 percent increase in syphilis, and a 243 percent increase in gonorrhea.

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Researchers use smartphone data to gauge physical activity worldwide

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Researchers use smartphone data to gauge physical activity worldwide

Globally, the average user recorded about 5,000 steps per day. But amount of activity often varied greatly within countries, with greater inequality being linked to higher rates of obesity.

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Why market competition has not brought down health care costs – Viewpoint

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why market competition has not brought down health care costs – Viewpoint

Compared with Canada’s single payer system, American doctors and hospitals have nearly twice as many administrative staff workers. So whether the ACA remains in force or it’s replaced by something else, I believe we won’t be able to control health costs until we revamp the system with something like single payer.

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Why some patients aren’t getting palliative care

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why some patients aren’t getting palliative care

Palliative care has been shown to increase patients’ satisfaction with the care they receive and to save on medical expenses. But despite dramatic growth in the number of hospitals providing such care over the last decade, full palliative care services remain unavailable to many patients.

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Amount of opioids prescribed In U.S. has been falling since 2010

July 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Amount of opioids prescribed In U.S. has been falling since 2010

The amount of opioids prescribed in the United States peaked in 2010 and has been declining gradually since then. Still, the amount in 2015 is three times higher than at the turn of the century, they said.

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Do-it-yourself detox can be ‘Freddy Krueger’ scary — and usually fails

July 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Do-it-yourself detox can be ‘Freddy Krueger’ scary — and usually fails

There are recovery and treatment centers that can help people quit using drugs. But this help can be expensive, and waiting lists for state and city-funded programs are often extremely long. So can detoxing on your own be the solution? In most cases, the answer is no.

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Fifth hantavirus diagnosis confirmed in Washington state, most reported since 1999

July 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fifth hantavirus diagnosis confirmed in Washington state, most reported since 1999

Washington state officials confirmed today that the number of people diagnosed with potentially deadly hantavirus this year has reached five, the highest number reported in the state since 1999.

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