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Never too late to operate? Surgery near end of life is common, costly

February 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
Never too late to operate? Surgery near end of life is common, costly

Surgery like this has become all too common among those near the end of life, experts say. Nearly 1 in 3 Medicare patients undergo an operation in the year before they die, even though the evidence shows that many are more likely to be harmed than to benefit from it.

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Trump’s perfect score on brain test spawns DIY cognitive exam

February 27, 2018 | By | Reply More
Trump’s perfect score on brain test spawns DIY cognitive exam

When Donald Trump aced a cognitive test in January, scores of people tried to take it, too, based mostly on media reports that invited them to match wits with the president. Casual users puzzled over line drawings of animals, while others wondered what it meant if they were bad at subtracting by sevens.

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Larger role for midwives could improve deficient U.S. care for mothers and babies

February 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Larger role for midwives could improve deficient U.S. care for mothers and babies

Shortages of maternity care have reached critical levels: Nearly half of U.S. counties don’t have a single practicing obstetrician-gynecologist. Nevertheless, thanks in part to opposition from doctors and hospitals, midwives are far less prevalent in the U.S. than in other affluent countries.

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Ten ERs in Colorado tried to curtail opioids and did better than expected

February 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Ten ERs in Colorado tried to curtail opioids and did better than expected

The goal was for the group of hospitals to reduce opioids by 15 percent. Instead, the hospitals did much better: opioid prescriptions went down 36 percent on average.

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Overdose deaths fall in 14 states

February 22, 2018 | By | Reply More
Overdose deaths fall in 14 states

New provisional data released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that drug overdose deaths declined in 14 states — including Washington state — during the 12-month period that ended July 2017, a potentially hopeful sign that policies aimed at curbing the death toll may be working.

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5 questions to ask your aging parents’ doctors

February 21, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
5 questions to ask your aging parents’ doctors

The population of seniors, or people age 65 or over, in the US neared 48 million last year and is steadily growing. Consequently, millions of adult children find themselves taking care of their parents’ medical needs. What can you do to try to help your parents manage their health? The answer is: Learn to ask questions and become your parents’ advocate.

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Growing up in poverty weakens later health – even if you escape it

February 21, 2018 | By | Reply More
Growing up in poverty weakens later health – even if you escape it

Children who grow up in poverty may be at risk of poorer health in adulthood – even if they escape poverty later in life. This suggests that childhood adversity doesn’t just affect our choices, but also directly compromises the biological ability of our bodies to stay healthy.

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Salmonella outbreaks linked to live poultry

February 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Salmonella outbreaks linked to live poultry

In 2017, the US had more Salmonella cases linked to backyard poultry than ever recorded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — 1,120 cases in 48 states and D.C. In Washington, 23 cases associated with this outbreak were reported to state health officials. This is more than double the number of cases of Salmonella associated with backyard poultry outbreaks in the previous two years combined.

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Reducing red tape for traveling nurses

February 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Reducing red tape for traveling nurses

Proponents of the nurse licensing agreements argue that it helps fill jobs in places where there aren’t enough nurses and enables nurses to respond quickly to natural disasters across state lines.Opponents argue that states have different standards, course requirements and guidelines and that nurses licensed in one state may lack the necessary knowledge or experience to practice in another one.

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Trump administration proposes rule to loosen curbs on short-term health plans

February 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Trump administration proposes rule to loosen curbs on short-term health plans

Short-term plans can reject applicants with preexisting medical problems, which Obamacare plans cannot do. As a result some people who switch to them from Obamacare coverage may see “reduced access to some services,” and “increased out of pocket costs, possibly leading to financial hardship.”

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