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Most hospital palliative care programs are understaffed

September 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Most hospital palliative care programs are understaffed

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Most hospitals offer palliative care services that help people with serious illnesses manage their pain and other symptoms and make decisions about their treatment, while providing emotional support and assistance in navigating the health system. But hospital programs vary widely, and the majority fail to provide adequate staff to meet national […]

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The curious origin of the double-conk theory for curing amnesia

September 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
The curious origin of the double-conk theory for curing amnesia

By Mary Spiers, Drexel University This article was originally published on The Conversation You’re probably familiar with the TV or movie plot device where a character is conked on the head, loses memory or identity and then gets conked again and memory is restored. Classic examples are in the 1951 Tom and Jerry Cartoon Nit-Witty Kitty and […]

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Poll finds majority of Americans want restraints on drug prices

September 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Poll finds majority of Americans want restraints on drug prices

By Jordan Rau Kaiser Health News An overwhelming majority of Americans favor government action to restrain prescription drug prices, according to a poll released Thursday. Eighty-two percent of those polled said they want Medicare to negotiate prices with the companies, which Congress does not allow. Seventy-eight percent favored limiting the amount companies can charge for […]

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A practical to-do list for family caregivers

September 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
A practical to-do list for family caregivers

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News Ask Kathy Kenyon about what it’s like to be a family caregiver, and she’ll give you an earful. On several occasions, doctors have treated this accomplished lawyer like she was an interloper — not the person to whom her elderly parents had entrusted health care and legal decision-making. Kenyon wasn’t […]

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A ‘Medical Bill You Can Understand’ contest winners announced

September 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
A ‘Medical Bill You Can Understand’ contest winners announced

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xyrq5wrJBRQ[/embedyt] From the Department of Health and Human Services Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the winners of the HHS “A Bill You Can Understand” challenge, a design and innovation challenge to solicit new approaches and draw national attention to a common complaint with the health care system: that medical […]

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Increase in youth suicide prompt states to act

September 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Increase in youth suicide prompt states to act

By Michael Ollove Stateline SALT LAKE CITY — When J.D. Goates was 17 and newly graduated from high school, he decided that he had had enough. His thoughts of suicide, which had begun when he was eight, had become stronger. He was ashamed of being bisexual, especially because his Mormon church told him that homosexuality […]

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Deadly opioid overwhelms first responders and crime labs in Ohio

September 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Deadly opioid overwhelms first responders and crime labs in Ohio

By Jake Harper, Side Effects Public Media Kaiser Health News Jamie Landrum has been a police officer for two years in District 3 on the west side of Cincinnati. In late August, the city was hit by 174 overdoses in six days. Landrum says officers were scarce. “We were literally going from one heroin overdose, […]

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When drug reviewers leave the FDA, they often go to work for pharma

September 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
When drug reviewers leave the FDA, they often go to work for pharma

By Sydney Lupkin Kaiser Health News More than a quarter of the Food and Drug Administration employees who approved cancer and hematology drugs from 2001 through 2010 left the agency and now work or consult for pharmaceutical companies, according to research published by a prominent medical journal Tuesday. Dr. Vinay Prasad, a hematologist-oncologist and assistant professor […]

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US an outlier: Maternal mortality rates rise since 2000 – UW study finds

September 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
US an outlier: Maternal mortality rates rise since 2000 – UW study finds

By Micheal Ollove Stateline Although the United States recently experienced a slight drop in maternal deaths, the nation’s maternal mortality rate has risen steeply since 2000 at the same time it fell by more than a third globally. New data from the University of Washington’s Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, a research group funded […]

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Expert panel recommends expansion of services with no cost sharing for women

September 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Expert panel recommends expansion of services with no cost sharing for women

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News The list of preventive services that women can receive without paying anything out of pocket under the health law could grow if proposed recommendations by a group of mostly medical providers are adopted by federal officials later this year. The draft recommendations, which are subject to public comment until Sept. 30,  build upon […]

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