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‘A huge improvement’: Study finds inmates benefit from much shorter TB treatment

November 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
‘A huge improvement’: Study finds inmates benefit from much shorter TB treatment

By Elaine Korry Kaiser Health News Jails and federal prisons in California and elsewhere are adopting new treatment guidelines for latent tuberculosis (TB) infection based on research showing that it can be treated effectively during a much shorter period. A recent study led by local and state health officials compared the new and more traditional […]

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Should you still sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act? YES

November 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Should you still sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act? YES

By Keith Seinfeld Public Health – Seattle & King County Ever since the election, people are wondering whether their health insurance coverage will survive next year, if the Affordable Care Act (sometimes called “Obamacare”) is targeted for repeal. The short answer is, Yes. Your insurance should stay the same all through 2017, whether you are enrolled […]

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Cranberries can’t cure urinary tract infections, and other good reasons to publish negative research results – viewpoint

November 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Cranberries can’t cure urinary tract infections, and other good reasons to publish negative research results – viewpoint

By Rémi Thomasson, Université Paris Descartes – USPC and Antoine Muchir, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) – Sorbonne Universités Cranberries, the little red berries from North America, are not effective for curing urinary tract infections. This piece of information is bound to disappoint the women who have been swallowing cranberry capsules for years in the […]

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US ‘not there yet’ on achieving mental health parity

November 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
US ‘not there yet’ on achieving mental health parity

By Michael Ollove Stateline It is more difficult for Americans to find psychiatrists and mental health therapists who participate in their health insurance “networks” than it is to find other kinds of health care providers, according to a new survey. Ninety-two percent of respondents were able to find a medical specialist in their health plan networks, but […]

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Retail clinics don’t drive down ER visits, study

November 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Retail clinics don’t drive down ER visits, study

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Even if there’s a retail health clinic less than a 10-minute drive away, consumers are just as likely to go to the emergency department for low-level problems like bronchitis or urinary tract infections, a recent study found. “Our results aren’t necessarily the wooden stake in the heart of retail […]

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High-dollar prescribers proliferate in Medicare’s drug program

November 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
High-dollar prescribers proliferate in Medicare’s drug program

By Charles Ornstein and Ryann Grochowski Jones ProPublica, Nov. 17, 2016, 5 a.m. The number of doctors who each prescribe millions of dollars of medications annually in Medicare’s drug program has soared, driven by expensive hepatitis C treatments and rising drug prices overall, federal data obtained by ProPublica shows. The number of providers who topped […]

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King County woman may have acquired rare infection from seafood

November 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
King County woman may have acquired rare infection from seafood

Public Health investigates rare bacterial infection associated with raw seafood Consumers advised to dispose of tilapia fish from a local grocery store The bacterium — Vibrio vulnificus — can cause life-threatening illness From Public Health – Seattle & King County After a King County woman was diagnosed with a rare and sometimes fatal bacterial infection called Vibrio […]

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As we all live longer, the world needs a health system revolution to cope with ageing patients

November 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
As we all live longer, the world needs a health system revolution to cope with ageing patients

By Onil Bhattacharyya, Frigon-Blau Chair in Family Medicine Research Women’s College Hospital University of Toronto All over the world, people are living longer. A large part of this is due to improved treatment for illness; we can see this in the reduction in death rates from cardiovascular disease and the 32% reduction in mortality from chronic obstructive pulmonary […]

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Tattoo regret: Can you make it go away?

November 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
Tattoo regret: Can you make it go away?

By Greg Hall Assistant Clinical Professor Case Western Reserve University Almost half of people between 18 and 35 have tattoos, and almost one in four regrets it, according to a 2016 Harris Poll. Based on an estimate of about 60 million people in that age group, that would mean that about 7.5 million people have tattoo regret. […]

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A consumers guide to Medicare’s new rules on doctor pay

November 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
A consumers guide to Medicare’s new rules on doctor pay

By Steven Findlay Kaiser Health News The federal government has issued final regulations that reform the way Medicare pays doctors. If the new rules achieve their intended goal, all Americans — and not just Medicare enrollees — could see improvements in the quality of their care. The regulations, which were issued last month, stem from […]

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