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Learn how to avoid falling victim to fraud at free event on Feb. 15

February 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Learn how to avoid falling victim to fraud at free event on Feb. 15

The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner and AARP are hosting a free event in Puyallup on Feb. 15 where people can learn ways to avoid becoming victims of fraud. Seating is limited and registration is required. Free breakfast starts at 9:30 a.m., followed by presentations and free Medicare counseling. The event wraps up at […]

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Could a contraceptive app be as good as the pill?

February 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Could a contraceptive app be as good as the pill?

By Susan Walker, Senior Research Fellow/ Senior Lecturer in Sexual Health Anglia Ruskin University, East Anglia, United Kingdom. There’s a company that claims its smartphone fertility-tracking app is as good as the pill at preventing pregnancy. Women have long monitored their menstrual cycles as a method of contraception but this has often been seen as unreliable because […]

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Trump’s ‘global gag rule’ will cause more abortions, not fewer

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Trump’s ‘global gag rule’ will cause more abortions, not fewer

Viewpoint By Patricia Schwerdtle Academic Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Two days after large numbers of people across the globe joined Woman’s Marches, US President Donald Trump reinstated the “global gag rule”, which cuts off all US funding to international NGOs whose work includes abortion services or advocacy. Fortunately, the Dutch government has announced a plan to compensate NGOs […]

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Your questions on health insurance answered…

February 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Your questions on health insurance answered…

If Obamacare Is Being Repealed, Do The Uninsured Still Face Penalties? By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News In some recent emails, readers asked about what to expect as Republicans move to overhaul the health law. Should people bother paying the penalty for not having health insurance when they file their taxes this year? Will they be […]

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A Guide To Budget Reconciliation: The Byzantine Rules For Disassembling The Health Law

February 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
A Guide To Budget Reconciliation: The Byzantine Rules For Disassembling The Health Law

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Are over-the-counter painkillers a waste of money?

February 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Are over-the-counter painkillers a waste of money?

By Jonathan Silcock, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice University of Bradford, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England Simple painkillers (such as aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen) are widely bought over the counter and prescribed by doctors. But the stark truth is that most of these medicines don’t work very well. Professionals can’t be satisfied advising consumers and patients to take ineffective medicines. […]

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Stories are better than lectures at teaching us about health

February 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Stories are better than lectures at teaching us about health

[arve url=”https://youtu.be/LlQVn27Y1zc” align=”center” maxwidth=”770″/] By Sheila Murphy, Professor of Communication University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Humans having been using stories or narratives to transmit crucial information for thousands of years. Despite that, Western medicine largely ignores the use of narrative and instead continues to rely on lists of dos and don’t’s, facts […]

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ACA repeal seen as thwarting state addiction efforts

February 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
ACA repeal seen as thwarting state addiction efforts

By Christine Vestal Stateline In the three years since the Affordable Care Act took effect, its federally funded expansion of Medicaid to low-income adults has become the states’ most powerful weapon in the battle against the nation’s worsening opioid epidemic. Now, as Congress and President Donald Trump debate potential replacements for the law, governors, health […]

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Laughing until you die

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Laughing until you die

By Bruce Horovitz Kaiser Health News Just weeks before Christmas some years ago, Shirley Rapp and her family faced the devastating news that she had what appeared to be a terminal illness. But that didn’t stop Rapp from wanting to do one last round of Christmas shopping for her kids. Her daughter, Karyn Buxman, a […]

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Will Trump’s ban cause foreign-born doctors to look elsewhere

February 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Will Trump’s ban cause foreign-born doctors to look elsewhere

By Marshall Allen ProPublica Get sick in Toledo, Ohio, and chances are good you’ll be treated by a doctor born in another country. If you have allergies, stomach issues or neurological problems, the chances are even better. At least half of those doctors are foreign-born, Ohio Medical Board data shows — some from the seven […]

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