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Infant gut microbes linked to allergy, asthma risk

September 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Infant gut microbes linked to allergy, asthma risk

From the National Institutes of Health Our digestive tracts are home to trillions of microbes—including bacteria, fungi, and viruses. This microbial community, known as the microbiota, plays a role in illness and health. Scientists have suspected that infants’ gut microbiota could influence how their immune systems develop. A team led by Drs. Christine C. Johnson […]

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How ZIP codes nearly masked the lead problem in Flint

September 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
How ZIP codes nearly masked the lead problem in Flint

By Richard Casey Sadler, Michigan State University From The Conversation.com I write this as we approach the first anniversary of my involvement in the Flint Water Crisis, an ongoing catastrophe and basic failure of government accountability that will soon approach three years. On Sept. 25, 2015, I received a call from my colleague – the now-renowned […]

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FDA approves first drug to treat rare form of muscular dystrophy

September 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
FDA approves first drug to treat rare form of muscular dystrophy

By Liz Szabo Kaiser Health News The Food and Drug Administration Monday approved the first drug to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare and lethal muscle weakening disorder that affects about 15,000 Americans. The FDA’s approval of the drug, Exondys 51, also known generically as eteplirsen, came over the objections of its own advisory committee, […]

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4 Medication Safety Tips for Older Adults

September 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
4 Medication Safety Tips for Older Adults

From the Food and Drug Administration Whether you’re settling into your sixties or heading into your ninth decade, be careful when taking prescription and over-the-counter medicines, herbal preparations, and supplements. And if you’re caring for older loved ones, help them stay safe, too. Why the special concern? The older you get, the more likely you […]

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Seattle dentists, clinics and a hospital partner to provide specialty care for teeth

September 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Seattle dentists, clinics and a hospital partner to provide specialty care for teeth

By Zhai Yun Tan Kaiser Health News For Medicaid or uninsured patients who require complex dental surgeries, seeking care can be a daunting journey of clinic hopping when many health centers are ill-equipped to offer that level of service — and the clinics that can are financially out of reach. Eventually, the pain often lands these […]

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The women’s health issue no one talks about

September 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
The women’s health issue no one talks about

By Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News Kieley Parker never imagined she would need an antidepressant. “I always win those stupid sunshine and happiest person awards. People see me as an incredibly joyful person,” she said. But in fall 2014, Parker left her job as a third-grade teacher and moved to Tulsa, Okla., with her fiancé. […]

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Studies link cancer patient’s survival time to insurance status

September 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Studies link cancer patient’s survival time to insurance status

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Privately insured people with two types of cancer were diagnosed earlier and lived longer than those who were uninsured or were covered by Medicaid, according to two new studies. In one study, researchers examined data from more than 13,600 adult patients who had glioblastoma multiforme, the most common type […]

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As aerial spraying continues in Miami’s Zika fight, effectiveness up in air

September 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
As aerial spraying continues in Miami’s Zika fight, effectiveness up in air

By Emily Kopp Kaiser Health News This story has been updated and was first published on Aug. 29. The aerial-spraying campaign against Zika-carrying mosquitoes continues in two Florida counties this week, and if the blitz succeeds as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hopes, it could be one for the record books. Scant published research […]

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Clinical trial results must be published within 12 months, NIH says

September 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
Clinical trial results must be published within 12 months, NIH says

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPF7gGbCuWQ[/embedyt] In an effort to make information about clinical trials widely available to the public, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today issued a final rule that specifies requirements for registering certain clinical trials and submitting summary results information to ClinicalTrials.gov. The new rule expands the legal requirements for submitting registration and […]

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‘Pay-for-Performance’ aims to save money on High Drug Prices

September 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
‘Pay-for-Performance’ aims to save money on High Drug Prices

By Michael Ollove Stateline Can states save money on increasingly expensive prescriptions for Medicaid patients by setting prices based not on drugmakers’ wishes, but on how well the medicines control, contain or cure disease? The notion of tying drug payments to results, called “pay-for-performance pricing” or “value-based pricing,” already is being tested by some health insurance […]

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