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Did gender bias derail a potential birth control option for men?

November 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Did gender bias derail a potential birth control option for men?

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News Who’s in charge of preventing pregnancy? For years, available contraception methods have generally made this a woman’s responsibility. But researchers report they may be getting closer to changing the calculation, according to findings published last week in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. They offered evidence that a new hormonal […]

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Laughing gas for labor pain? It’s poised for a comeback

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Laughing gas for labor pain? It’s poised for a comeback

By Kristin Espeland Gourlay, RINPR Kaiser Health News Since the mid-1800s, laughing gas been used for pain relief, but it’s usually associated with a visit to the dentist. In the early 20th century, women used it to ease the pain of labor, but its use declined in favor of more potent analgesia. Now, a small […]

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Health problems plague many childhood cancer survivors, study

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Health problems plague many childhood cancer survivors, study

‘Durable Cure’ Is Goal For Childhood Cancer, But Recent Patients Have Persistent Issues By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Kaiser Health News Although advances in medicine are saving more children diagnosed with cancer, new research suggests some lingering health problems in adulthood are growing with each generation of survivors. In a study published Monday by the Annals […]

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Why health care providers & public health professionals say vaccines are not the cause of recent acute flaccid myelitis cases

November 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Why health care providers & public health professionals say vaccines are not the cause of recent acute flaccid myelitis cases

By Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer Public Health – Seattle & King County Recent cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) locally and across the US have parents, health care providers and public health professionals deeply concerned and looking hard for the cause, which remains unknown. Based on what we do know about causes of AFM, […]

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Could Colorado’s proposed health care plan be a model for the rest of us? – Viewpoint

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Could Colorado’s proposed health care plan be a model for the rest of us? – Viewpoint

By Anders Fremstad  Colorado State University Coloradans will vote Nov. 8 on a plan that would provide all state residents with health care when they need it. Amendment 69 would replace an inefficient private insurance system with a cooperative insurer that would cover Coloradans similarly to how Medicare covers our seniors. The measure, called ColoradoCare, builds […]

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Beyond farmers markets: cities, states champion locally grown food

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Beyond farmers markets: cities, states champion locally grown food

By Sarah Breitenbach Stateline Six years ago, only a few U.S. cities had food policy directors — strategists tasked with connecting communities with local farm products and improving access to food in underserved neighborhoods. Now, in line with a national push to improve access to healthy foods and support urban agriculture, nearly 20 cities have […]

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California’s drug price initiative: Will voters ‘send a signal to Washington?’

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California’s drug price initiative: Will voters ‘send a signal to Washington?’

By Pauline Bartolone Kaiser Health News This year, Mary O’Connor and her father made voting a family affair. O’Connor’s father is a Vietnam veteran, so she was especially interested in his views on Proposition 61, a California ballot measure that would peg the state’s payments for prescription drugs to prices paid by the Department of […]

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Seniors suffer amid widespread fraud by Medicaid caretakers

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Seniors suffer amid widespread fraud by Medicaid caretakers

By Melissa Bailey Kaiser Health News An Alaska man developed gangrenous toes. A Philadelphia woman froze to death on the street. An Illinois woman died emaciated, covered in excrement. These patients suffered as their government-paid caretakers neglected them, collecting paychecks under a Medicaid program that gives elderly and disabled people non-medical assistance at home. In […]

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Uninsured in coal country: Desperate Americans still turn to volunteer clinics

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Uninsured in coal country: Desperate Americans still turn to volunteer clinics

By Sarah Varney Kaiser Health News GRUNDY, Virginia — Sandra Cook got in line midday on a recent Friday for dental care that she wouldn’t receive until the next morning. Hundreds more like her showed up at Riverview Elementary and Middle School here, many planning to spend the night, just as buses brought kids home […]

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Obama urges Americans to sign up for health insurance in weekly address

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Obama urges Americans to sign up for health insurance in weekly address

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