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Half the time, nursing homes scrutinized on safety by Medicare are still treacherous

July 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Half the time, nursing homes scrutinized on safety by Medicare are still treacherous

While special focus status is one of the federal government’s strictest forms of oversight, nursing homes that were forced to undergo such scrutiny often slide back into providing dangerous care. Of 528 nursing homes that graduated from special focus status before 2014 and are still operating, 52 percent have since harmed patients or put patients in serious jeopardy within the past three years.

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How to safely use nail care products

July 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
How to safely use nail care products

A Consumer Update from the FDA Manicures and pedicures can be pretty. The cosmetic products used, such as nail polishes and nail polish removers, also must be safe—and are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA also regulates devices used to dry (or “cure”) artificial nails or gel nail polish as electronic […]

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A high-need patient tells her story . . .

July 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
A high-need patient tells her story . . .

Annie is living with major chronic conditions, including Type 2 Diabetes, COPD, congestive heart failure, and high blood pressure. Because of her complex health needs, she often feels limited in what she is able to do yet avoids asking for help for fear of burdening her family.

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Africa must reboot its health systems to cope with non-communicable diseases

July 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Africa must reboot its health systems to cope with non-communicable diseases

When it comes to killer diseases in Africa many people think of infectious diseases like tuberculosis, malaria, or even Ebola. But the reality is that diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease – known as non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – are a major threat.

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What tax breaks? Those promised in GOP plans go mostly to top 1%

July 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
What tax breaks? Those promised in GOP plans go mostly to top 1%

There’s much talk on Capitol Hill about the tax cuts included in the Republican health plans, but unless you are a frequent user of tanning beds or have personal wealth that puts you in the top 1 percent, you might not feel much effect from them.

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10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication

July 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication

Lifestyle plays an important role in treating your high blood pressure. If you successfully control your blood pressure with a healthy lifestyle, you might avoid, delay or reduce the need for medication.

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Seniors miss out on clinical trials

July 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seniors miss out on clinical trials

More than 60 percent of cancer patients are older adults — and that will rise to 70 percent by 2040.  Yet seniors continue to be underrepresented in clinical trials, making it difficult to assess how treatments are likely to help or harm them.

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The yoga paradox: how yoga can cause pain and treat it

July 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
The yoga paradox: how yoga can cause pain and treat it

Yoga carries with it a higher than expected risk of a painful wrist, elbow and shoulder, possibly due to poses like downward dog, new research suggests. But it’s not all bad news. The same study adds to growing evidence yoga can help manage low back and neck pain.

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How flu changes within the human body may hint at future global trends

July 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
How flu changes within the human body may hint at future global trends

In the past several years, advances in genome sequencing have begun to shed light on the beginnings of viral evolution, deep within individual infections. Could a single person’s flu infection tell us about how the virus changes across the world? As it turns out, a surprising amount.

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Safe under the ACA, patients with preexisting conditions now fear bias

June 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Safe under the ACA, patients with preexisting conditions now fear bias

With the protections of Obamacare in place, physicians in recent years have urged patients to be screened for a variety of diseases and predisposition to illness, feeling confident it would not affect their future insurability. But the results recorded on patients’ charts could haunt them, experts say.

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