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Opioid overdoses swamp medical examiners

July 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Opioid overdoses swamp medical examiners

Many medical examiners are working overtime and, in some places, they’re running out of refrigerated storage for bodies. When that happens, local officials typically borrow additional space at local funeral homes and hospitals, and in some cases, rent refrigerated trucks, he said. “Virtually every medical examiner’s office and toxicology laboratory in the U.S. has felt the impact of the opioid tsunami.”

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Health Care Sector Will Lose Nearly 1 Million Jobs; Most Medicaid Expansion States Will See Deeper Economic Losses

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Health Care Sector Will Lose Nearly 1 Million Jobs; Most Medicaid Expansion States Will See Deeper Economic Losses

If it becomes law, the draft Better Care Reconcilliation Act proposed by the U.S. Senate could cause an estimated 1.45 million jobs to disappear by 2026 and trigger an economic downturn in all but one state.

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Understanding the night shift-cancer connection

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Understanding the night shift-cancer connection

Most of us know that getting enough sleep is crucial for our health. Sleeping seven to nine hours a night keeps the body in good working order. Sleep too little or too sporadically for too long and you could fall prey to anything from diabetes to depression to cardiovascular disease. But it’s not just about how much you sleep. It’s also important when you sleep.

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Half the time, nursing homes scrutinized on safety by Medicare are still treacherous

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Half the time, nursing homes scrutinized on safety by Medicare are still treacherous

While special focus status is one of the federal government’s strictest forms of oversight, nursing homes that were forced to undergo such scrutiny often slide back into providing dangerous care. Of 528 nursing homes that graduated from special focus status before 2014 and are still operating, 52 percent have since harmed patients or put patients in serious jeopardy within the past three years.

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How to safely use nail care products

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How to safely use nail care products

A Consumer Update from the FDA Manicures and pedicures can be pretty. The cosmetic products used, such as nail polishes and nail polish removers, also must be safe—and are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA also regulates devices used to dry (or “cure”) artificial nails or gel nail polish as electronic […]

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A high-need patient tells her story . . .

July 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
A high-need patient tells her story . . .

Annie is living with major chronic conditions, including Type 2 Diabetes, COPD, congestive heart failure, and high blood pressure. Because of her complex health needs, she often feels limited in what she is able to do yet avoids asking for help for fear of burdening her family.

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Africa must reboot its health systems to cope with non-communicable diseases

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Africa must reboot its health systems to cope with non-communicable diseases

When it comes to killer diseases in Africa many people think of infectious diseases like tuberculosis, malaria, or even Ebola. But the reality is that diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease – known as non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – are a major threat.

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What tax breaks? Those promised in GOP plans go mostly to top 1%

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What tax breaks? Those promised in GOP plans go mostly to top 1%

There’s much talk on Capitol Hill about the tax cuts included in the Republican health plans, but unless you are a frequent user of tanning beds or have personal wealth that puts you in the top 1 percent, you might not feel much effect from them.

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10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication

July 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication

Lifestyle plays an important role in treating your high blood pressure. If you successfully control your blood pressure with a healthy lifestyle, you might avoid, delay or reduce the need for medication.

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Seniors miss out on clinical trials

July 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seniors miss out on clinical trials

More than 60 percent of cancer patients are older adults — and that will rise to 70 percent by 2040.  Yet seniors continue to be underrepresented in clinical trials, making it difficult to assess how treatments are likely to help or harm them.

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