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In light 0f Zika findings, stepped-up monitoring of children’s symptoms urged

December 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
In light 0f Zika findings, stepped-up monitoring of children’s symptoms urged

By Shefali Luthra A series of studies released Wednesday shed a preliminary light on the Zika virus’ consequences for children infected in the womb. But, experts said, the findings also highlight additional challenges: identifying affected babies and making sure they receive needed follow-up care as they grow. That task could prove complicated, especially as new […]

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Mumps outbreak update

December 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Mumps outbreak update

Public Health – Seattle & King County reports that as of 13 December 63 cases of mumps have been reported in the county. Most have been reported in children under age 17. Most cases have been up-to-date for their measles-mumps-rubella MMR) vaccine. The 58 cases were from Auburn, 2 from Kent, and Federal Way, Pacific, […]

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VA benefits, COBRA and retiree benefits don’t alleviate need to sign up for Medicare

December 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
VA  benefits, COBRA and retiree benefits don’t alleviate need to sign up for Medicare

By Susan Jaffe Kaiser Health News When Cindy Hunter received her Medicare card in the mail last spring, she said she “didn’t know a lot about Medicare.” She and her husband, retired teachers who live in a Philadelphia suburb, decided she didn’t need it because she shared his retiree health insurance, which covered her treatment […]

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Why the British love the National Health Service

December 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Why the British love the National Health Service

By Andrew Street, Professor, Centre for Health Economics University of York, U.K. The Second World War left the United Kingdom in ruins and in debt, yet just three years later in 1948 every household received a leaflet telling them that they were entitled to free health care. This marked the birth of the National Health Service, […]

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GOP’s timetable for getting repeal bill to Trump may be ambitious

December 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
GOP’s timetable for getting repeal bill to Trump may be ambitious

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Republicans in Congress are so eager to repeal the federal health law that some have vowed to get a bill to President-elect Donald Trump’s desk on the day he takes the oath of office. “We will move right after the first of the year on an Obamacare repeal resolution,” Senate […]

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More than 30 retail clinics popped up around Puget Sound this year – Puget Sound Business Journal

December 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
More than 30 retail clinics popped up around Puget Sound this year – Puget Sound Business Journal

Located inside drugstores, supermarkets, big-box stores as well as in stand alone locations, retail health clinics now play a large role in health care delivery around the region because health care costs are rising and patients increasingly prefer speed and convenience over longterm relationships with a primary care doctor. Source: More than 30 retail clinics […]

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When nausea from pregnancy is life-threatening

December 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
When nausea from pregnancy is life-threatening

By Marlena Schoenberg Fejzo, Associate Researcher in Medicine University of California, Los Angeles Most women experience some type of morning sickness during pregnancy, but some women develop a far more serious condition. Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), which causes severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, affects as many as 3 percent of pregnancies, leading to over 167,000 emergency department […]

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Without ACA guarantees, 52 million could have trouble getting insurance

December 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Without ACA guarantees, 52 million could have trouble getting insurance

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Kaiser Health News More than 1 in 4 adults younger than 65 live with conditions that private insurers could have declined to cover in some policies prior to the Affordable Care Act, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The researchers noted that a large share of those individuals […]

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Marketplace enrollment still important despite plans to repeal health law

December 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Marketplace enrollment still important despite plans to repeal health law

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Since Republicans have plans to repeal the federal health law, should consumers still sign up for next year’s coverage? And if the health law marketplaces disappear, might Medicare eligibility be expanded? Here are answers to some recent questions from readers. . . . get cracking. It sounds like Republicans […]

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How disease rates vary by state — and what states can do about it

December 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
How disease rates vary by state — and what states can do about it

  By Michael Ollove Stateline By many measures, Hawaii is one of the healthiest states in the union. Yet only Mississippi has a higher rate of flu or pneumonia deaths than the Aloha State. West Virginia, which is usually among the bottom dwellers in state health rankings, is in the middle of the pack when it […]

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