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King County woman may have acquired rare infection from seafood

November 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
King County woman may have acquired rare infection from seafood

Public Health investigates rare bacterial infection associated with raw seafood Consumers advised to dispose of tilapia fish from a local grocery store The bacterium — Vibrio vulnificus — can cause life-threatening illness From Public Health – Seattle & King County After a King County woman was diagnosed with a rare and sometimes fatal bacterial infection called Vibrio […]

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As we all live longer, the world needs a health system revolution to cope with ageing patients

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As we all live longer, the world needs a health system revolution to cope with ageing patients

By Onil Bhattacharyya, Frigon-Blau Chair in Family Medicine Research Women’s College Hospital University of Toronto All over the world, people are living longer. A large part of this is due to improved treatment for illness; we can see this in the reduction in death rates from cardiovascular disease and the 32% reduction in mortality from chronic obstructive pulmonary […]

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Tattoo regret: Can you make it go away?

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Tattoo regret: Can you make it go away?

By Greg Hall Assistant Clinical Professor Case Western Reserve University Almost half of people between 18 and 35 have tattoos, and almost one in four regrets it, according to a 2016 Harris Poll. Based on an estimate of about 60 million people in that age group, that would mean that about 7.5 million people have tattoo regret. […]

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A consumers guide to Medicare’s new rules on doctor pay

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A consumers guide to Medicare’s new rules on doctor pay

By Steven Findlay Kaiser Health News The federal government has issued final regulations that reform the way Medicare pays doctors. If the new rules achieve their intended goal, all Americans — and not just Medicare enrollees — could see improvements in the quality of their care. The regulations, which were issued last month, stem from […]

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Why does it take so long to hire a nurse?

November 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Why does it take so long to hire a nurse?

By Sophie Quinton Stateline HOUSTON — The skyscrapers at the Texas Medical Center are filled with hospital beds. The commuters waiting in the heat for the train wear scrubs. The young woman dodging traffic on a bicycle may be studying to be a doctor, a nurse or a dentist. Houston is known for its energy jobs, […]

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Medical device company representatives may be helping out with your surgery

November 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Medical device company representatives may be helping out with your surgery

Medical Device Employees Are Often In The O.R., Raising Concerns About Influence By Sandra G. Boodman Kaiser Health News They are a little-known presence in many operating rooms, offering technical expertise to surgeons installing new knees, implanting cardiac defibrillators or performing delicate spine surgery. Often called device reps — or by the more cumbersome and […]

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As vaccine exemptions grow, parents seek transparency in schools

November 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
As vaccine exemptions grow, parents seek transparency in schools

By Anna Casey Kaiser Health News AUSTIN, Texas — Georgia Moore was diagnosed with leukemia the day after her 10th birthday. The fourth-grader began an intense chemotherapy regimen, which left her immune system vulnerable and kept her from attending her small, private Montessori school here. But her younger sister Ivy was in kindergarten at the […]

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New study could pressure VA to expand Agent Orange benefits

November 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
New study could pressure VA to expand Agent Orange benefits

By Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, and Mike Hixenbaugh, The Virginian-Pilot A new study has found a close relationship between Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War and high blood pressure, a conclusion that could lead the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to dramatically expand the number of veterans eligible for compensation. The study, published last week […]

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What women should know about Essure permanent birth control – FDA Consumer Update

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What women should know about Essure permanent birth control – FDA Consumer Update

A Consumer Update from the US Food and Drug Administration The U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to advise women to carefully consider the benefits and risks associated with permanent birth control devices, like the FDA-approved Essure device, along with other birth control options. That’s why FDA recently approved important labeling changes for Essure. Among […]

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Many caregivers spend $7K annually out of pocket, study

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Many caregivers spend $7K annually out of pocket, study

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News Denise Sleeper has sold her home, spent most of her retirement savings and quit her job to care for her husband since his Alzheimer’s disease struck two years ago. “It’s been like a tsunami in my life,” said Sleeper, of Gilford, N.H. She’s drained $168,000 from the couple’s retirement […]

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