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End-of-life are better for patients with cancer and dementia, study

June 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
End-of-life are better for patients with cancer and dementia, study

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News A new study offers surprising findings about end-of-life care — specifically, physicians tend to be more likely to accommodate the advanced-care wishes of patients with cancer or dementia than renal disease, congestive heart failure, pulmonary disease or frailty.

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Supreme Court strikes down key restriction in Texas anti-abortion law

June 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Supreme Court strikes down key restriction in Texas anti-abortion law

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News The Supreme Court struck down key aspects of a Texas abortion law Monday, casting doubt on similar laws in nearly two dozen states. At issue in the court’s decision were two specific provisions of a sweeping law to restrict abortions passed by the Texas legislature in 2013. The provisions […]

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Downgraded accreditation triggered state, federal investigation at Virginia Mason | Puget Sound Business Journal

June 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Downgraded accreditation triggered state, federal investigation at Virginia Mason | Puget Sound Business Journal

A regulatory agency’s decision to downgrade Virginia Mason Medical Center’s accreditation status earlier this month because of issues with quality and safety standards prompted a dual state and federal investigation. Virginia Mason has already taken corrective action to fix the issues raised, but the Washington state Department of Health says “there is an ongoing investigation, […]

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Supreme Court strikes down restrictive Texas abortion law

June 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Supreme Court strikes down restrictive Texas abortion law

“The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to abortion rights advocates, striking down a Texas law imposing strict regulations on abortion doctors and facilities that its critics contended were specifically designed to shut down clinics.” Source: Supreme Court strikes down restrictive Texas abortion law

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How FluMist lost its place in the flu-fighting toolbox

June 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
How FluMist lost its place in the flu-fighting toolbox

By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News What led to the abrupt fall of FluMist — the nasal spray version of influenza vaccine — which until recently was considered the preferred alternative to the injectable vaccine for younger children? No one is quite sure, but there were hints of trouble for the past three flu seasons. […]

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Alert: Tainted coke may have killed two in King County

June 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Alert: Tainted coke may have killed two in King County

Acetylfentanyl-laced cocaine may have killed two in King County Update 6/23/16: The King County Medical Examiner has completed its investigation into the cause and manner of death. Ms. Sara J. Valenzuela (case number 16-01091) died from an acute combination of acetyl fentanyl, cocaine, opiate (likely heroin), alprazolam, and diazepam. Maria D. Paschell (case number 16-01092) died […]

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Filling a prescription? You might be better off paying cash

June 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Filling a prescription? You might be better off paying cash

By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News Some consumers who use health insurance copays to buy prescription drugs are paying far more than they should be and would be better off paying with cash, especially for generics. The added cost runs as high as $30 or more per prescription, say pharmacists, and the money is largely […]

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Blood lead levels rose in town after switch to Flint River water – CDC

June 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Blood lead levels rose in town after switch to Flint River water – CDC

From the CDC Investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today thatwhen the source of the water supply was switched to the Flint River, without appropriate corrosion control measures, young children who drank the water had blood lead levels (BLLs) that were significantly higher than when the source of water was […]

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To fight antibiotic resistance, we need to fight bad prescribing habits

June 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
To fight antibiotic resistance, we need to fight bad prescribing habits

By John Gums Conversation.com May’s announcement that a strain of bacteria with genes conferring resistance to colistin, our antibiotic of last resort, was identified in the United States, is just the latest report highlighting the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance is driven by many factors, the most significant of which is inappropriate prescribing. This is when […]

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Health effects of egg donation not well studied

June 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Health effects of egg donation not well studied

By Sandra G. Boodman Kaiser Health News Maggie Eastman considers it the worst decision she ever made. In 2003, beset by $30,000 in tuition debt and imbued with a burst of altruism, Eastman, a college senior, decided to donate her eggs to help an infertile couple have a baby. Over the next decade she donated […]

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