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Healthcare’s dirty little secret: results from many clinical trials are unreliable

October 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Healthcare’s dirty little secret: results from many clinical trials are unreliable

By Heidi Gardner, University of Aberdeen; Katie Gillies, University of Aberdeen, and Shaun Treweek, University of Aberdeen Originally published on The Conversation Clinical trials have been the gold standard of scientific testing ever since the Scottish naval surgeon Dr James Lind conducted the first while trying to conquer scurvy in 1747. They attract tens of billions of […]

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Organ donation and the opioid epidemic: ‘An unexpected life-saving legacy’

October 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Organ donation and the opioid epidemic: ‘An unexpected life-saving legacy’

By Martha Bebinger, WBUR Kaiser Health News On the final day of June 2015, Colin LePage rode waves of hope and despair. It started when LePage found his 30-year-old son, Chris, at home after an apparent overdose. Paramedics rushed Chris by helicopter to one of Boston’s flagship medical centers. Doctors revived Chris’s heart, but struggled […]

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Grandmother’s little helper – a new drug problem emerges

October 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
Grandmother’s little helper – a new drug problem emerges

Considerable potential for addiction. Acdx/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA By Tony Rao King’s College London In the early 1960s, a benzodiazepine called Valium became the first drug to enter the mass market to treat anxiety. It took decades of overprescribing “mother’s little helper” before doctors finally acknowledged that the drug was highly addictive. Twenty years later, a […]

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First working eggs made from stem cells points to fertility breakthrough

October 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
First working eggs made from stem cells points to fertility breakthrough

By Adam Watkins Research fellow, Cell & Tissue Biomedicine Aston University, Birmingham, UK Scientists have for the first time shown that fully mature egg cells can be grown in the lab, raising hope for new infertility treatments. Until now, researchers have only been able to produce cells that resemble sperm or eggs, but which can rarely […]

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Frustrations runs deep for customers forced to change marketplace plans routinely

October 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
Frustrations runs deep for customers forced to change marketplace plans routinely

By Jordan Rau Kaiser Health News Andrea Schankman’s three-year relationship with her insurer, Coventry Health Care of Missouri, has been contentious, with disputes over what treatments it would pay for. Nonetheless, like other Missourians, Schankman was unnerved to receive a notice from Coventry last month informing her that her policy was not being offered in […]

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We could prevent millions of cancer deaths each year with knowledge we already have

October 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
We could prevent millions of cancer deaths each year with knowledge we already have

By David Hunter Vincent L. Gregory Professor of Cancer Prevention, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University ice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel has released 10 recommendations to accelerate a new national effort “to end cancer as we know it.” These initiatives, focused mainly on the U.S., will almost certainly […]

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Diverse Medicaid rules hurt in fighting addiction

October 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Diverse Medicaid rules hurt in fighting addiction

By Christine Vestal Stateline In an opioid epidemic that is killing tens of thousands of people nationwide, finding and paying for addiction treatment remains a challenge for low-income Americans, particularly in the South and parts of the West. The Affordable Care Act required Medicaid, the joint state-federal health program for the poor, to start paying for […]

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Officials warn some older marketplace customers to switch to Medicare

October 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Officials warn some older marketplace customers to switch to Medicare

By Susan Jaffe Kaiser Heath News Ever since the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces opened for business in 2014, the Obama administration has worked hard to make sure Americans sign up. Yet officials now are telling some older people they might have too much insurance and they should cancel their marketplace policies. The federal […]

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How narrow is the plan? Gov’t begins test of tool to compare health plan networks

October 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
How narrow is the plan? Gov’t begins test of tool to compare health plan networks

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News The incredible shrinking provider network is nothing new in marketplace plans. One way insurers have kept premiums in check on the individual market is by reducing the number of providers available in a plan’s network. Earlier this year, the federal government said that it would introduce a tool this […]

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Walmart to host free health check-ups, Saturday

October 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Walmart to host free health check-ups, Saturday

For a four hour period on Saturday, Oct. 15, Walmart stores nationwide will offer free health screenings, education, services and products. The event, called Walmart Wellness Day, will take place from noon—4pm local time on Saturday, Oct. 15 in more than 4,600 Walmart stores across the country. The event will provide free blood glucose, blood pressure, vision screenings […]

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