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Family members who care for elderly relatives need help too – study

September 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Family members who care for elderly relatives need help too – study

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News Elderly Americans’ well-being is at risk unless the U.S. does much more to help millions of family caregivers who sacrifice their own health, finances and personal lives to look out for loved ones, reported a study released Tuesday. Nearly 18 million people care for a relative older than 65 […]

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Employer costs slow as consumers use less care, deductibles soar – study

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Employer costs slow as consumers use less care, deductibles soar – study

By Jay Hancock and Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News Employer health insurance expenses continued to rise by relatively low amounts this year, aided by moderate increases in total medical spending but also by workers taking a greater share of the costs, new research shows. Average premiums for employer-sponsored family coverage rose 3.4 percent for 2016, […]

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Poor blood-pressure control puts 5 million older Americans at risk – CDC

September 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Poor blood-pressure control puts 5 million older Americans at risk – CDC

From the CDC Some 5 million Medicare Part D enrollees age 65 and older are not taking their blood pressure medicine properly, increasing their risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and death, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Medicare Part D is a federal program that […]

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Stop making health and well-being a moral issue

September 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Stop making health and well-being a moral issue

By Rafael Euba, King’s College London From TheConversation.com Applying a human moral construct to nature by dividing foods and lifestyles into good and bad is misleading. In reality, nothing in nature is either good or bad. For instance, our bodies need cholesterol for a variety of important purposes, while exercise and sports can be dangerous and […]

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Only a few, small Zika outbreaks likely in continental US

September 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Only a few, small Zika outbreaks likely in continental US

A map of North America plotting the local Zika transmission potential over time and space. Areas displayed in red have the highest Zika transmission potential. Zhang et al, CC BY-NC-ND Authors: Natalie Exner Dean Postdoctoral Associate in Biostatistics, University of Florida Alessandro Vespignani Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor, Northeastern University Elizabeth Halloran Researcher, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research […]

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Insurers may insist on counseling before genetic tests for breast cancer

September 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Insurers may insist on counseling before genetic tests for breast cancer

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Health care providers and insurers agree that it’s in everyone’s best interest to refer women for genetic testing if their family history of breast or ovarian cancer puts them at higher risk. What they don’t agree on is what should happen before testing, specifically whether women need to be advised by a […]

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Parents often battle to get their children mental health services at school

September 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Parents often battle to get their children mental health services at school

By Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News SPARTANBURG, S.C. — On a hot summer day last month, Sydney, 15, and Laney, 8, were enjoying their last two weeks of freedom before school started. The sisters tried to do flips over a high bar at a local playground. “You’ve got to pull your hips into the bar, like […]

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Update on E. coli outbreak linked to Ballard’s Matador restaurant

September 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Update on E. coli outbreak linked to Ballard’s Matador restaurant

The investigation is continuing to evolve, and information may change. From Public Health – Seattle & King County In addition to the 5 known ill people described in Public Health – Seattle & King County’s original update on Friday, September 9 who ate at Matador, we are aware of 5 other people who became ill with […]

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What is pneumonia? – Khan Academy explains [video]

September 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
What is pneumonia? – Khan Academy explains [video]

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzJNabJAPaE[/embedyt]From the Khan Academy Pneumonia is a medical condition where lung tissue becomes inflamed, usually caused by a virus or bacteria. Learn how shortness of breath, cough, and fever are common symptoms of this condition and why they occur in pneumonia. More free lessons at: http://www.khanacademy.org/video?v=dz… 0:01 Overview of lung physiology 2:03 Fluid in […]

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Tossed unused surgical supplies wastes millions of dollars, study

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Tossed unused surgical supplies wastes millions of dollars, study

By Ana B. Ibarra Kaiser Health News It’s long been a problem for the nation’s hospitals: A staggering number of medical supplies — from surgical gloves to sponges to medications — go unused and are discarded after surgeries. A recent study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco has put a price tag on that […]

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