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In opioid epidemic, resistance to medication costs lives

December 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
In opioid epidemic, resistance to medication costs lives

By Christine Vestal Stateline Dr. Marvin Seppala wrote a book on conquering drug addiction with counseling and group therapy. The spiritual, abstinence-based strategy pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous helped him overcome his own alcohol and cocaine addiction when he was 19. As medical director of Minnesota’s fabled Hazelden clinic, he watched it work for patients. He […]

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Mumps cases spike, raising questions about need for vaccine boosters

December 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Mumps cases spike, raising questions about need for vaccine boosters

By Rebecca Smith, Side Effects Public Media Kaiser Health News Caroline Brown, a sophomore at the University of Missouri, got a fever over Thanksgiving break. Soon it became painful to bite down, and her cheek began to swell. A trip to her physician confirmed it — Caroline had the mumps. “Mumps kind of sounds like […]

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Mumps spreading across Washington state, health officials warn

December 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Mumps spreading across Washington state, health officials warn

From Washington Department of Health Mumps Outbreak Alert Español WARNING – Mumps is a contagious disease spreading now in Washington State. Mumps has spread and health officials urge immunization. The Washington State Department of Health reminds people across the state to take precautions to help stop the spread of mumps. It’s especially important for you to take […]

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US penalizes hospitals for drug-resistant infections

December 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
US penalizes hospitals for drug-resistant infections

By Jordan Rau Kaiser Health News The federal government has cut payments to 769 hospitals with high rates of patient injuries, for the first time counting the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs in assessing penalties. The punishments come in the third year of Medicare penalties for hospitals with patients most frequently suffering from potentially avoidable complications, […]

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Alleged scheme to fix generic drug prices started at dinners and ‘Girls Nights Out’

December 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Alleged scheme to fix generic drug prices started at dinners and ‘Girls Nights Out’

By Liz Szabo and JoNel Aleccia and Mark Zdechlik, Minnesota Public Radio Kaiser Health News The high prices Americans pay for generic drugs may have been cooked up by pharmaceutical salespeople on golf courses, at a New Jersey steakhouse or over martinis at a “Girls Nights Out” in Minnesota. Details emerging from an ongoing investigation […]

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Number of mumps cases in King County reaches 93

December 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Number of mumps cases in King County reaches 93

Public Health – Seattle & King County reports that as of Tuesday, 20 December, 93 cases of mumps have been reported in King County. Most have been in children and teens 17-years-old and younger. Most were up-to-date on their measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Seventy-six of the cases live in Auburn, 3 in Federal Way, 3 in […]

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The ‘cancer Olympics’: Why envy, rivalry exist among some patients 

December 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
The ‘cancer Olympics’: Why envy, rivalry exist among some patients 

Survivors often compare their cancers — a normal yet potentially unhealthy exercise, experts say By Bill Briggs / Fred Hutch News Service Their words stun, even sting, years later. “I wish I had breast cancer,” Penny said on the video. “I wish I had testicular cancer,” Andy added. Both had been diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic […]

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Faced with unaffordable drug prices, tens of millions by medicine outside U.S.

December 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Faced with unaffordable drug prices, tens of millions by medicine outside U.S.

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News As drug prices have spiraled upward in the past decade, tens of millions of generally law-abiding Americans have committed an illegal act in response: They have bought prescriptions outside the U.S. and imported them. One was Debra Miller, of Collinston, La., who traveled to Mexico four times a year […]

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For minor illnesses or injuries, where is the best place to seek care?

December 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
For minor illnesses or injuries, where is the best place to seek care?

For Minor Illnesses and Injuries, Several Options Offer Quicker, More Affordable Alternative to Emergency Rooms By Dr. Richard Smith, Medical Director, Intermountain Region, Humana When you are sick or injured, it is essential for you to get the care you need. Connecting with your primary care physician is typically the best first step. However, if that […]

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Slum health is not urban health: why we must distinguish between the two

December 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Slum health is not urban health: why we must distinguish between the two

By Alex Ezeh, African Population and Health Research Center; Blessing Mberu, African Population and Health Research Center, and Tilahun Haregu, African Population and Health Research Center We live in an urban century. Already more than 50% of the global population lives in urban areas. The United Nations estimates that by 2030 five billion of the world’s […]

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