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Popular charity heart screenings for teens may cause more problems than they solve

February 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Popular charity heart screenings for teens may cause more problems than they solve

By Mary Chris Jaklevic Kaiser Health News Dozens of not-for-profit organizations have formed in the past decade to promote free or low-cost heart screenings for teens. These groups often claim such tests save lives by finding abnormalities that might pose a risk of sudden cardiac death. But the efforts are raising concerns. There’s no evidence […]

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What’s most likely to kill you? Measuring how deadly our daily activities are

February 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
What’s most likely to kill you? Measuring how deadly our daily activities are

By Hassan Vally, Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia It’s always distressing and tragic when we hear a report of shark attack. But what is the actual likelihood of, say, dying due to a shark encounter in Australia? How concerned about this are you as you go swimming? How concerned should you be?

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With growth of the gig economy, states rethink how workers get benefits

February 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
With growth of the gig economy, states rethink how workers get benefits

By Sophie Quinton Stateline As more and more Americans hold nontraditional jobs that don’t have benefits attached — think freelance graphic designers or Uber drivers — cities and states are exploring ways to ensure those workers still have access to workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, and other support such as help paying for health insurance. Think […]

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Some immigrants in California, fearful of deportation, shy away from Medicaid

February 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Some immigrants in California, fearful of deportation, shy away from Medicaid

By Emily Bazar Kaiser Health News Some foreign-born Californians are canceling their Medi-Cal coverage or declining to enroll in the first place, citing fears of a Trump administration crackdown on immigrants. Among those dropping coverage are people in the country legally but concerned about jeopardizing family members who lack permanent legal status, according to government […]

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GOP fix to insurance markets could spike premiums for older customers

February 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
GOP fix to insurance markets could spike premiums for older customers

By Jordan Rau and Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News Dale Marsh has not been enamored with his health insurance since the Affordable Care Act took effect. Premiums for Marsh, 53, and his wife, Tammy, rose, their deductibles grew, and they gave up access to their regular doctors to keep costs down. This year, facing monthly […]

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Swedish Health Services CEO Tony Armada resigns – Puget Sound Business Journal

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Swedish Health Services CEO Tony Armada resigns – Puget Sound Business Journal

Tony Armada has stepped down as CEO of Swedish Health Services. His departure comes less than two weeks after the Seattle Times published an investigation into patient care at Swedish Medical Center – Cherry Hill that spurred a state investigation into the medical practices. The Times investigation showed a dramatic increase in surgical volume at […]

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NIH-supported trials of testosterone therapy in older men report mixed results

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
NIH-supported trials of testosterone therapy in older men report mixed results

From the National Institutes of Health Hormone treatment improved bone strength and hemoglobin levels; may increase cardiovascular risk; had no effect on cognition. In older men with low testosterone, one year of testosterone treatment improved bone density and corrected anemia of both known and unknown causes, but also increased the volume of coronary artery plaque, […]

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Mumps continue to spread in King County

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Mumps continue to spread in King County

Mumps continue to spread in King County: Know the symptoms By Hilary N. Karasz Public Health – Seattle & King County There have been 196 cases of mumps reported in King County since the beginning of the outbreak in late November, with the vast majority of cases in the Auburn area. The number of mumps cases across the state has risen […]

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Diet and Exercise: Choices Today for a Healthier Tomorrow – Tips from NIA

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Diet and Exercise: Choices Today for a Healthier Tomorrow – Tips from NIA

From the National Institute on Aging: Learn how eating a healthy diet and exercising can help control or delay age-related health problems.

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Can marijuana ease the opioid epidemic?

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Can marijuana ease the opioid epidemic?

By Christine Vestal Stateline NEW YORK — After a 12-year battle with debilitating abdominal conditions that forced her to stop working, marijuana has helped Lynn Sabulski feel well enough to look for a job. Sabulski is among nearly 14,000 patients in New York state who are certified to use medical marijuana for one of 10 conditions, including […]

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