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Want to fix America’s health care? First, focus on food – viewpoint

September 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Want to fix America’s health care? First, focus on food – viewpoint

Food is the number one cause of poor health in America. Poor diet is not just about individual choice, but about the systems that make eating poorly the default for most Americans. If we want to cut down on disease and achieve meaningful health care reform, we should make it a top priority to address our nation’s nutrition crisis.

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Rabid bat numbers continue to rise in WA

September 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rabid bat numbers continue to rise in WA

Twelve bats found in public parks and private homes across Washington have tested positive for rabies since August 1. While health officials test for and find rabid bats every year – typically during summer months – the August numbers are the highest in a decade, bringing the total number to 21 this year.

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Reporter’s Notebook: In health care, a good price is hard to find

September 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Reporter’s Notebook: In health care, a good price is hard to find

The vast majority of contracts between doctors or hospitals and insurance companies are subject to a gag clause, which prohibits either party from disclosing negotiated rates. That means it’s almost impossible for consumers to find out what they are going to be charged.

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Uninsured rate falls to record low of 8.8%

September 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Uninsured rate falls to record low of 8.8%

Three years after the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion took effect, the number of Americans without health insurance fell to 28.1 million in 2016, down from 29 million in 2015, according to a federal report released Tuesday.

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How to protect yourself from Medicare fraud – Office of the Insurance Commissioner

September 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
How to protect yourself from Medicare fraud – Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Protect your Medicare number. Treat it like a credit card and don’t carry it with you unless you need to use it. Don’t give out your Medicare, Social Security or bank account numbers over the phone or in person, unless you made contact – and you trust the person.

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5 Free Apps to Conquer Your Emergency Preparedness Procrastination

September 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
5 Free Apps to Conquer Your Emergency Preparedness Procrastination

If you’re like me, you’ve been reading the coverage of the hurricanes and feeling like you should do something to be prepared for disasters. Here are five apps that helped me prepare, plus a bonus app to help kids start to understand emergency preparedness.

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Washington and other western states try to tame homegrown marijuana

September 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Washington and other western states try to tame homegrown marijuana

Regulators in Washington, Oregon and Colorado are trying to tame what has proven to be an unruly crop of home growers. The biggest concern is that outsized home growers may be selling their produce across state lines.

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If you’re blindsided by health plan changes, learn the root causes — and your rights

September 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
If you’re blindsided by health plan changes, learn the root causes — and your rights

How much notice is required if benefits change? Do insurers have to give you a heads up if your plan doesn’t meet the minimum coverage standard under the Affordable Care Act? 

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The seven tactics industries use to undermine public health policies

September 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
The seven tactics industries use to undermine public health policies

By Rob Moodie, University of Melbourne Across Africa there are examples of governments trying to introduce policies that improve health, and protect the environment only to find their efforts undermined by unhealthy corporations, and their industry associations. A case in point is South Africa’s efforts to introduce a tax on sugary drinks to reduce the […]

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Female doctors show more empathy than male doctors

September 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Female doctors show more empathy than male doctors

Recent research has found that female doctors are better at empathy than male doctors, and this probably makes them better doctors.

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