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Doctor confesses: I lied to protect colleague in malpractice suit

September 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Doctor confesses: I lied to protect colleague in malpractice suit

By Marshall Allen ProPublica Almost two decades ago Dr. Lars Aanning sat on the witness stand in a medical malpractice trial and faced a dilemma. The South Dakota surgeon had been called to vouch for the expertise of one of his partners whose patient had suffered a stroke and permanent disability after an operation. The […]

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EpiPen not just for kids: Medicare spending for the drug up 1,100 percent

September 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
EpiPen not just for kids: Medicare spending for the drug up 1,100 percent

By Julie Appleby and Mary Agnes Carey Kaiser Health News Even as the cost of EpiPens dramatically rose, so too did the number of prescriptions written for patients in Medicare, sending spending by the program skyrocketing nearly 1,100 percent from 2007 to 2014, a new report shows. During the same period, the total number of […]

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Falls are leading cause of injury and death in older Americans – CDC

September 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Falls are leading cause of injury and death in older Americans – CDC

6 Steps to Prevent a Fall from National Council on Aging on Vimeo. You might think you’re never going to fall, but the truth is 1 in 3 older adults fall every year in the U.S. The good news is that most falls are preventable. Start by learning 6 easy steps. From the Centers for […]

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How do antibiotic-resistant bacteria get into the environment?

September 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
How do antibiotic-resistant bacteria get into the environment?

Rainfall can sometimes be accompanied by sewage overflows and discharges. Photo by:j-No/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND   By Suzanne Young, University of South Florida and Valerie Harwood, University of South Florida. Originally published on The Conversation Antibiotic resistance is a growing public health problem. The United Nations recently acknowledged this as “one of the biggest threats to modern medicine,” dedicating […]

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Reporter’s Notebook: Pregnant and caught in Zika test limbo

September 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Reporter’s Notebook: Pregnant and caught in Zika test limbo

By Sammy Mack, WLRN Kaiser Health News I’m the health reporter covering the Zika story here at WLRN in Miami, and I’m a pregnant woman. When Florida Gov. Rick Scott made free Zika testing available to all pregnant Floridians through the Florida Department of Health, I was one of the more than 2,200 women who […]

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Obesity, violence hamper U.S. progress on U.N. health goals: study | Reuters

September 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Obesity, violence hamper U.S. progress on U.N. health goals: study | Reuters

The United States ranked 28th, below many other wealthier nations, due to its relatively high rates of death caused by violence, HIV, alcohol abuse, childhood obesity and suicide. The United States also lagged among high-income countries on maternal and child mortality, reflecting large differences in the accessibility and quality of healthcare. Source: Obesity, violence hamper […]

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Working out how much exercise to do will take more than the latest wearable tracker

September 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Working out how much exercise to do will take more than the latest wearable tracker

By Dylan Thompson, University of Bath This article was originally published on The Conversation Ancient Greek scholars realised long ago that physical activity was a requirement for good health. Hippocrates proposed that “eating alone will not keep a man well – he must also take exercise”, while Galen later noted that “the body is in need of […]

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How can we get pharma companies to do more for global health? Try ranking them

September 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
How can we get pharma companies to do more for global health? Try ranking them

By Nicole Hassoun, Binghamton University, State University of New York From TheConversation.org The World Health Organization reports that a third of the world’s population cannot access important medicines for some of the world’s most devastating diseases, like malaria and tuberculosis. There are many reasons these drugs are out of reach of so many people, but the […]

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Gap plans: Would you like some insurance with your insurance?

September 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Gap plans: Would you like some insurance with your insurance?

By Bram Sable-Smith, Side Effects Public Media Kaiser Health News For the first time in her life, 26-year-old freelance designer Susannah Lohr had to shop for health insurance this year. She called up a major insurer in the St. Louis area where she lives, and it offered her a plan with a hefty $6,000 deductible […]

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Operating room equipment at UW Medical Center found to be contaminated with Legionella

September 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Operating room equipment at UW Medical Center found to be contaminated with Legionella

From the University of Washington Medical Center Three pieces of operating room equipment at the University of Washington Medical Center have been found to have Legionella bacteria; these are heater/cooler units used to indirectly heat and cool blood during cardiac surgery. The water from these machines does not come into contact with the patient’s blood at […]

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