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How effective will the flu vaccine be this year?

December 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
How effective will the flu vaccine be this year?

How well each season’s flu vaccine works to prevent illness varies from season to season, depending on the match between the flu viruses the vaccine is designed to protect against and the flu viruses that are circulating when the flu season arrives. Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Jeff Duchin explains

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The invisible infertile: how cultural beliefs can shape statistics

December 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
The invisible infertile: how cultural beliefs can shape statistics

An estimated 15% of couples worldwide are infertile. But measuring infertility across populations is not easy, especially when some social groups are under the radar of survey data sources.

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Health risks to farmworkers increase as workforce ages

December 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Health risks to farmworkers increase as workforce ages

The average farmworker in the US is now 45 years old. These older workers have a greater chance of getting injured and of developing chronic illnesses, which can raise the cost of workers’ compensation and health insurance.

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How to talk to your doctor about information you find online

December 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
How to talk to your doctor about information you find online

Not everyone is keen on patients getting medical information from the internet. Some heath professionals have doubts about the quality and usefulness of the information available. There are also suggestions that “cyberchrondria” may be fuelling a surge in unnecessary tests and appointments.

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Stopping opioid addiction at one key source: The Hospital

December 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Stopping opioid addiction at one key source: The Hospital

It’s a simple enough idea: Surgeons should give patients fewer pills after surgery — the time when many people are first introduced to what can be highly addictive painkillers. They should also talk to patients about the proper use of opioids and the associated risks.

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Your plumber offers a money-back guarantee. Should your doctor?

December 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Your plumber offers a money-back guarantee. Should your doctor?

You wouldn’t pay a mechanic for a faulty muffler or a restaurant for spoiled food. If you did, you would expect a refund. But the same arrangement between buyer and seller hasn’t historically existed in medical care. Some argue that maybe it should.

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New maternal mortality strategy relies on ‘medical homes’

December 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
New maternal mortality strategy relies on ‘medical homes’

The medical homes provide the most advanced obstetrical care, but they also seek to alleviate nonmedical circumstances that could put mother and child in jeopardy, such as addiction, domestic abuse and a lack of secure housing and healthy food.

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Do incentives lead people to make healthy choices?

December 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Do incentives lead people to make healthy choices?

Health plans, medical practices and some Medicaid programs are increasingly offering financial incentives to motivate Medicaid patients to engage in more preventive care and make healthier lifestyle choices. Does it work?

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How an historic heart transplant created a celebrity scientist 50 years ago

December 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
How an historic heart transplant created a celebrity scientist 50 years ago

South Africa’s Chris Barnard stands out in medical history as the heart surgeon who became a global household name after transplanting the first human heart on 3 December 1967. The historic surgery captured the world’s imagination and was hailed by 20th-century historians as socially and scientifically of equal significance compared to the moon-landing in 1969.

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As kratom use surges, some states enact bans

December 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
As kratom use surges, some states enact bans

A powder ground from the leaves of an indigenous Southeast Asian tree related to the coffee plant, kratom offers pain relief and mood enhancement, similar to prescription painkillers. Advocates say the substance could help reduce the nation’s reliance on highly addictive and often deadly prescription painkillers. Some addiction experts also argue the plant could be used as an alternative to methadone, buprenorphine and suboxone in medication-assisted therapy for opioid addiction.

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