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The future of stem cells: tackling hype versus hope

January 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
The future of stem cells: tackling hype versus hope

By Melissa Little, Program Leader of Stem Cells Australia University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia For many people suffering from disabling conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, spinal injury and paralysis, multiple sclerosis, macular degeneration, heart disease, renal failure and even cancer, announcements in the press around breakthroughs in stem cell research undoubtedly bring hope. The challenge remains how to […]

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New rule protects consumers from unintentional long-term care policy lapses

January 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
New rule protects consumers from unintentional long-term care policy lapses

By Mike Kreidler Washington State Insurance Commissioner This week, we adopted a rule that affects consumers who have long-term care insurance policies and their families. If you are not familiar with long-term care insurance, it pays for the polcyholder to stay in a long-term care facility when their health meets certain criteria. Many consumers purchase […]

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Can machines really tell us if we’re sick?

January 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Can machines really tell us if we’re sick?

[arve url=”https://youtu.be/IvmLEq9piJ4″ align=”center” maxwidth=”770″/] By Anton van den Hengel, Professor of Computer Science University of Adelaide, Australia Researchers have built an algorithm that can classify skin lesions as cancerous or benign with the same accuracy as dermatologists. This week US scientists announced they have developed an algorithm, or a computerised tool, to identify skin cancers through […]

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Should scientists ask your permission to study your blood and tissues?

January 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Should scientists ask your permission to study your blood and tissues?

The privacy debate over research with your blood and tissue – Viewpoint Kayte Spector-Bagdady, Research Investigator, Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Michigan Many people don’t realize that their leftover tissue, blood or other samples – otherwise known as “biospecimens” – taken during a visit to the doctor or hospital might be stripped of identifying information […]

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Drug distributors penalized for turning blind eye in opioid epidemic

January 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Drug distributors penalized for turning blind eye in opioid epidemic

By Charles Ornstein ProPublica As the toll of the opioid epidemic grows, scores of doctors have lost their licenses and some have gone to prison. Pharmacies are being sued and shuttered. Pharmaceutical manufacturers are under investigation and face new rules from regulators. But penalties against companies that serve as middlemen between drug companies and pharmacies […]

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At party retreat, GOP still searching for health law consensus

January 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
At party retreat, GOP still searching for health law consensus

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Republicans from the House, Senate and White House gathered in Philadelphia this week searching, among other things, for some agreement on how exactly to “repeal and replace” the federal health law. By the end of the second day of the three-day retreat, however, it was clear they […]

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White House pulls ads encouraging people to enroll for ACA health insurance

January 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
White House pulls ads encouraging people to enroll for ACA health insurance

The political news website Politico reports that the Trump administration has pulled the plug on all Obamacare outreach and advertising in the crucial final days of the 2017 enrollment season. Even ads that had already been placed and paid for have been pulled, sources within the Department of Health and Humans Services told the website. […]

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Harborview to test patients and staff who may have come into contact with patient with TB

January 26, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Harborview to test patients and staff who may have come into contact with patient with TB

By James Apa Public Health – Seattle & King County A patient at Harborview Medical Center (HMC) in Seattle was recently diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB). The patient potentially came into contact with other patients and staff on three different occasions between mid-December and January 20. Public Health – Seattle & King County has been notified, and […]

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How to make homes better for seniors using wheelchairs or walkers

January 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
How to make homes better for seniors using wheelchairs or walkers

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News When Dan Bawden teaches contractors and builders about aging-in-place, he has them get into a wheelchair. See what it’s like to try to do things from this perspective, he tells them. That’s when previously unappreciated obstacles snap into focus. Bathroom doorways are too narrow to get through. Hallways don’t […]

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‘Not turning back’: California governor vows to protect state’s health care

January 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Not turning back’: California governor vows to protect state’s health care

By Pauline Bartolone Kaiser Health News In an unusually impassioned speech, Gov. Jerry Brown vowed Tuesday to protect California’s health care gains under Obamacare against Republican attempts in Washington, D.C., to roll them back. “More than any other state, California has embraced the Affordable Care Act,” Brown told state legislators and appointees in his annual […]

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