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Reaction to the GOP health bill: Voices from the states

May 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Reaction to the GOP health bill: Voices from the states

As the American Health Care Act moves toward the Senate, many people around the country are reacting to it. Among them, people with preexisting conditions who worry about losing their coverage.

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Rural shoppers face slim choices, steep premiums on exchanges

May 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rural shoppers face slim choices, steep premiums on exchanges

People living in sparsely populated areas who shopped for coverage on the state health insurance marketplaces in 2017 frequently had just one or two insurers from which to pick and often faced significantly higher premiums than did people in more urban areas.

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Arthroscopy does not relieve knee pain or improve function, panel finds

May 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Arthroscopy does not relieve knee pain or improve function, panel finds

Knee arthroscopy is performed more than 2 million times a year across the globe, and in the United States alone costs more than $3 billion annually. But the panel found the surgery did not provide lasting pain relief or improve function.

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Only 21% of voters approve of the Republican health care plan, poll

May 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Only 21% of voters approve of the Republican health care plan, poll

Only 21 percent of American voters approve of the Republican health care plan passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week, a slight improvement over the 17 percent who approved of the first health care plan in March. Overall, 56 percent of those polled said they disapproved of the plan.

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Whoever fills the role, the new WHO director-general has a rocky road ahead

May 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Whoever fills the role, the new WHO director-general has a rocky road ahead

Given the number of other public and private organisations that are often better funded and focused on specific areas of public health, whether the WHO should shrink its scope and focus on pandemic response and to lending its support to strengthening core health systems is now being debated.

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What science tells us about successful ageing

May 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
What science tells us about successful ageing

If we look to animal models of successful ageing, biological and chronological ageing don’t always go hand in hand. Lobsters live a very long time and they don’t seem to show reductions in function with aging. And naked mole rats show reduced ageing. Their chronological age differs from their biological age and their mortality rates don’t accelerate as they age, like in most mammals.

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Throwing injuries in young baseball players: Is there something we are not considering?

May 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Throwing injuries in young baseball players: Is there something we are not considering?

The majority of injuries in overhead throwers occur in the throwing arm. When including pitcher and position players, anywhere from 51 to 69 percent of all reported injuries occurred in the throwing arm.

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Public restrooms become ground zero in the opioid epidemic

May 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Public restrooms become ground zero in the opioid epidemic

Increasingly, opioid users are using public bathrooms to inject drugs, forcing restaurant and shop owners to deal with overdoses. Some doctors, nurses and public health workers argue any solution to the opioid crisis will need to include safe injection sites, where users can get high with medical supervision.

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Overdose deaths from fentanyl and related drugs in Washington state on the rise

May 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Overdose deaths from fentanyl and related drugs in Washington state on the rise

The synthetic opioid fentanyl and other fentanyl-like drugs were involved in the deaths of at least 70 people in Washington in 2016. Fentanyl is a fast-acting, powerful opioid – 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin.

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Parents Of Sick Children Fear Trap If States Have Say On ‘Preexisting Conditions’

May 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Parents Of Sick Children Fear Trap If States Have Say On ‘Preexisting Conditions’

Before the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, it was common for people with preexisting conditions to be charged much higher premiums or to be denied coverage altogether. If a state decides to waive the federal law’s protections, this could happen again.

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