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Rich American seniors are getting healthier, leaving the poor behind

September 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rich American seniors are getting healthier, leaving the poor behind

The U.S. has seen substantial improvements in life expectancy over the past century. However, a closer look tells a worrisome story: The health divide is widening across socioeconomic groups. Gains in good health primarily went to more advantaged groups.

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Attorneys general in 37 states urge insurance industry to do more to curb opioid epidemic

September 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Attorneys general in 37 states urge insurance industry to do more to curb opioid epidemic

On Sunday, ProPublica and The New York Times reported that many insurance companies limit access to pain medications that carry a lower risk of addiction or dependence, even as they provide comparatively easy access to generic opioid medications. The safer drugs are more expensive.

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Nursing home disaster plans often faulted as ‘paper tigers’

September 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nursing home disaster plans often faulted as ‘paper tigers’

Around the country, facilities have been caught unprepared for far more mundane emergencies than the hurricanes that recently struck Florida and Houston. But those homes rarely face severe reprimands, records show, even when inspectors identify repeated lapses.

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5 tips on how to prepare for a disaster on a budget

September 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
5 tips on how to prepare for a disaster on a budget

Whenever I think about emergency preparedness, it sounds like a lot of work and a lot of money. When money is tight, it’s hard to make emergency preparedness a priority. Since it is National Preparedness Month, I decided to find ways to help save money while preparing for an emergency.

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Exposure to pet and pest allergens during infancy linked to reduced asthma risk

September 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Exposure to pet and pest allergens during infancy linked to reduced asthma risk

Children exposed to high indoor levels of pet or pest allergens during infancy have a lower risk of developing asthma by 7 years of age. While previous studies have found that reducing allergen exposure in the home helps control established asthma, the new findings suggest that exposure to certain allergens early in life, before asthma develops, may have a preventive effect.

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As care shifts from hospital to home, guarding against infection galls to families

September 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
As care shifts from hospital to home, guarding against infection galls to families

As more medical care shifts from hospital to home, families take on more complex, risky medical tasks for their loved ones. But hospitals have not done enough to help these families, said Dr. Amy Billett, director of quality and safety at the cancer and blood disorders center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Children’s Hospital.

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Conference seeks to connect patients with metastatic breast cancer with researchers

September 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Conference seeks to connect patients with metastatic breast cancer with researchers

The conference brings patients and caregivers together with medical professionals and scientists for the most current information on breast cancer treatments, research trials, integrative medicine, patient support and issues/advocacy for metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer.

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Forgoing conventional cancer treatments for alternative medicine increases risk of death

September 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Forgoing conventional cancer treatments for alternative medicine increases risk of death

In a large study, patients with nonmetastatic breast, lung, or colorectal cancer who chose alternative therapies had substantially worse survival than patients who received conventional cancer treatments. After a median of 5 years, patients with breast or colorectal cancer were nearly five times as likely to die if they had used an alternative therapy as their initial treatment than if they had received conventional treatment.

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Trump’s deadline on ‘Dreamers’ reverberates through health industries

September 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Trump’s deadline on ‘Dreamers’ reverberates through health industries

There are no firm statistics showing how many Dreamers work in the health care sector, but industry leaders suggested that DACA’s end could have an impact, especially among medical students and home health aides. Multiple health care groups denounced the administration’s move.

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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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