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Providers try Uber and Lyft for patients who need a ride

August 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
Providers try Uber and Lyft for patients who need a ride

By Zhai Yun Tan Kaiser Health News Edith Stowe, 83, waited patiently on a recent afternoon at the bus stop outside MedStar Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia. It’s become routine for her, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Stowe, who lives about five miles from the hospital, comes into the medical […]

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Medical devices for obesity: What to know – FDA

August 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Medical devices for obesity: What to know – FDA

From the US Food and Drug Administration Before a medical device is recommended, doctors will probably want their patients to have tried lifestyle changes that include healthy eating and increased physical activity. Even if a person is prescribed an obesity treatment device, he or she still must make lifestyle changes. How is obesity measured? Which […]

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Elderly patients in the hospital need to keep moving

August 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Elderly patients in the hospital need to keep moving

By Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Thelma Atkins ended up in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital-Highlands after a neighbor in her senior living center ran over her feet with a motorized scooter. Terri Middlebrooks, a nurse at the hospital, tried to figure out how active the 92-year-old Atkins was […]

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US faces obstetrician shortage

August 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
US faces obstetrician shortage

By Michael Ollove Stateline Faced with a shortage of obstetricians and gynecologists and nurse midwives, several states are considering proposals that advocates say would improve health care for women. But with the female population of the United States and number of babies born here projected to increase sharply over the next decade and beyond, scholars […]

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As states OK medical marijuana laws, doctors struggle with knowledge gap

August 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
As states OK medical marijuana laws, doctors struggle with knowledge gap

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News Medical marijuana has been legal in Maine for almost 20 years. But Farmington physician Jean Antonucci says she continues to feel unprepared when counseling sick patients about whether the drug could benefit them. Will it help my glaucoma? Or my chronic pain? My chemotherapy’s making me nauseous, and nothing’s […]

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Talk to your agent or broker about coverage for college students

August 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Talk to your agent or broker about coverage for college students

From the Office of the Insurance Commissioner Many college students are heading back to college or starting their college careers this time of year. In addition to outfitting students with laptops and dorm room supplies, parents may want to think about whether their students are covered by the right insurance policies.  Health insurance Under the […]

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Administration paints rosy future for Obamacare Marketplaces

August 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Administration paints rosy future for Obamacare Marketplaces

By Phil Galewitz Kaiser Health News Despite dire warnings from Republicans and some large insurers about the stability of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, an Obama administration report released Thursday indicated the individual health insurance market has steadily added healthier and lower-risk consumers. Medical costs per enrollee in the exchanges in 2015 were unchanged compared […]

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More small, midsize firms choose to pay workers’ medical costs directly

August 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
More small, midsize firms choose to pay workers’ medical costs directly

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Instead of buying a health insurance policy to cover their workers, a growing number of small and midsized companies are opting to pay their employees’ medical claims directly, a potentially riskier practice financially called self-insuring, a recent study found. Between 2013 and 2015, the proportion of midsized companies with […]

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Race, ethnicity affect kids’ access to mental health care, study

August 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Race, ethnicity affect kids’ access to mental health care, study

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News One in five Americans is estimated to have a mental health condition at any given time. But getting treatment remains difficult — and it’s worse for children, especially those who identify as black or Hispanic. That’s the major finding in research published Friday in the International Journal of Health […]

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Local woman died from bacteria common in horses

August 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Local woman died from bacteria common in horses

From Public Health – Seattle & King County BETTER KNOW A GERM: STREP ZOOEPIDEMICUS By Vance Kawakami, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at Public Health – Seattle & King County Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report discussed a recent, fatal Streptococcus equi subspecies zooepidemicus(Strep zooepidemicus) human infection contracted from close contact with a horse […]

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