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Aging and addicted: The opioid epidemic affects older adults, too

December 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Aging and addicted: The opioid epidemic affects older adults, too

By Jenny Gold Photos by Heidi de Marco Kaiser Health News It took a lot of convincing for John Evard to go to rehab. Seven days into his stay at the Las Vegas Recovery Center, the nausea and aching muscles of opioid withdrawal were finally beginning to fade. “Any sweats?” a nurse asked him as […]

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Hospitals and surgery centers play tug-of-war over America’s ailing knees

December 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Hospitals and surgery centers play tug-of-war over America’s ailing knees

By Christina Jewett Kaiser Health News Five years ago, Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum, an orthopedic surgeon in the Bronx who replaces more than 200 knees each year, would have considered it crazy to send a patient home the same day as a knee replacement operation. And yet there he was this year, as the patient, home […]

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ProPublica files lawsuit seeking agent orange documents from the VA

December 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
ProPublica files lawsuit seeking agent orange documents from the VA

By Charles Ornstein ProPublica ProPublica has sued the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, claiming the agency failed to promptly process a request for correspondence with a consultant about Agent Orange, a toxic defoliant used during the Vietnam War. The lawsuit, filed late Friday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., alleges that the delays violated […]

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When looking for a nursing home, your hospital may provide little help

December 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
When looking for a nursing home, your hospital may provide little help

By Jordan Rau Kaiser Health News At age 88, Elizabeth Fee looked pregnant, her belly swollen after days of intestinal ailments and nausea. A nurse heard a scream from Fee’s room in a nursing home, and found her retching “like a faucet” before she passed out. The facility where she died in 2012 was affiliated […]

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Prescription drugs — the changing face of addiction

December 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Prescription drugs — the changing face of addiction

From the Mayo Clinic According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, addiction to prescription opioid painkillers is real. Of the 21.5 million Americans 12 or older who had a substance use disorder in 2014, 1.9 million had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain pills. Addicts aren’t just the stereotypical shady figures […]

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A low-price drug cocktail will reduce death with dignity cost in Colorado

December 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
A low-price drug cocktail will reduce death with dignity cost in Colorado

By JoNel Aleccia Kaiser Health News As Colorado’s aid-in-dying law takes effect this month, proponents say they’ll make sure terminally-ill patients have access to a new, affordable drug concoction that will avoid the $3,000 cost of a common lethal sedative that has skyrocketed in price. Officials with Compassion & Choices, an advocacy group, are reaching […]

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Medicare part B special enrollment period deadline

December 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Medicare part B special enrollment period deadline

From the Office of the Insurance Commissioner for Washington State People who failed to enroll in Medicare Part B when they first became eligible for Medicare (Initial Enrollment Period) because they mistakenly believed they could continue with their Health Benefits Exchange plan and subsidies, have a limited time to apply for a Special Enrollment Period […]

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As more women drink, some states take action

December 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
As more women drink, some states take action

By Christine Vestal Stateline As the holidays approach, state and local governments are gearing up for a predictable surge in drunken driving and emergency room visits related to binge drinking. Little has changed when it comes to America’s alcohol problem, with one exception: substantially more women are drinking compared to a decade ago, and a […]

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Please, baby, please: Some couples try crowdfunding for IVF

December 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Please, baby, please: Some couples try crowdfunding for IVF

By Stephanie O’Neill Kaiser Health News Crowdfunding is a popular way to raise money for everything from birthday bashes to political protests. But on some of the big online fundraising sites, you’ll find public pleas for something far more personal — infertility treatments. Greg and Julia Fry of Ithaca, N.Y., were in their early 30s […]

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A woman doctor may be better for your health

December 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
A woman doctor may be better for your health

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News When a patient goes to the best hospital, he or she usually hopes for a doctor who is knowledgeable and experienced. Something else to wish for? A woman physician. That’s because female doctors may on average be better than their male counterparts at treating patients in the hospital and […]

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