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Skeptics question the value of hydration therapy for the healthy

October 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Skeptics question the value of hydration therapy for the healthy

By Taunya English, WHYY Kaiser Health News Yana Shapiro is a partner at a Philadelphia law firm with an exhausting travel schedule and two boys, ages 9 and 4. When she feels run-down from juggling everything and feels a cold coming on, she books an appointment for an intravenous infusion of water, vitamins and minerals. […]

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Is 20-someting too late for a guy to get the HPV vaccine?

October 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Is 20-someting too late for a guy to get the HPV vaccine?

By Jake Harper, Side Effects Public Media Kaiser Health News Television is making me anxious about sex — more anxious than usual. I keep seeing scary ads featuring young people asking their parents why they didn’t get the vaccine to protect against the human papillomavirus — HPV. If you’re unfamiliar with HPV, it’s a sexually transmitted […]

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New California law will more finely parse health data on Asians

October 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
New California law will more finely parse health data on Asians

By Pauline Bartolone Kaiser Health News For years, California has used a limited number of categories to map out health trends among Asian ethnic groups. People of Taiwanese descent may have been folded into the Chinese demographic group in identifying death, disease and pregnancy rates. Fijian people were lumped into the category of “other Asian.” […]

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What do we know about marijuana’s medical benefits? Two experts explain the evidence

October 22, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
What do we know about marijuana’s medical benefits? Two experts explain the evidence

By Steven Kinsey, West Virginia University Divya Ramesh, University of Connecticut Currently 25 states and the District of Columbia have medical cannabis programs. On Nov. 8, Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota will vote on medical marijuana ballot initiatives, while Montana will vote on repealing limitations in its existing law. We have no political position on cannabis legalization. […]

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Researchers unlock mystery of how Zika spreads in human cells

October 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Researchers unlock mystery of how Zika spreads in human cells

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News Researchers have discovered a piece in the puzzle of how the Zika virus spreads in human cells and neutralizes the body’s defenses. A study by scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine answered a fundamental question posed by biologists: What happens when the virus enters […]

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People in Africa are living longer but lifestyle diseases are rising

October 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
People in Africa are living longer but lifestyle diseases are rising

By Charles Wiysonge Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa Malaria, HIV, pneumonia, and diarrhoea are the leading killers on the African continent, according to a recently released study looking at the burden of diseases across the world. In 1980 the list looked different. Then the leading […]

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Long-term, reversible contraception gains traction with young women

October 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Long-term, reversible contraception gains traction with young women

By Michael Tomsic, WFAE Kaiser Health News Nurse practitioner Kim Hamm talked in soothing tones to her 14-year-old patient as she inserted a form of long-acting contraception beneath the skin of the girl’s upper arm. “This is the numbing medicine, so you’re going to feel me touch you here,” she said, taking the teen’s arm. […]

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To curb unintended pregnancy, states turn to IUDs — in the delivery room

October 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
To curb unintended pregnancy, states turn to IUDs — in the delivery room

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News AUSTIN — Peggy Wall, a family nurse practitioner at a local community health center, treats many women in their 40s, who already have a family and find themselves confronting an accidental pregnancy. Many, she says, wish they had taken preventive steps after their last child was born and could […]

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Health insurance Navigators will be everywhere this season

October 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Health insurance Navigators will be everywhere this season

By Keith Seinfeld Public Health – Seattle & King County The past three years have proven historic for improving health insurance coverage across America – and especially in King County. Enrollment efforts led by Public Health—Seattle & King County helped push the county’s rate of uninsured adults below eight percent – cutting the rate more […]

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Link between health spending and life expectancy: US is an outlier – Our World In Data

October 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Link between health spending and life expectancy: US is an outlier – Our World In Data

The US stands out as an outlier: the US spends far more on health than any other country, yet the life expectancy of the American population is not longer but actually shorter than in other countries that spend far less. Source: Link between health spending and life expectancy: US is an outlier – Our World […]

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