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Elderly hospital patients arrive sick, often leave disabled

August 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
Elderly hospital patients arrive sick, often leave disabled

By Anna Gorman — Photos by Heidi de Marco Kaiser Health News SAN FRANCISCO — Janet Prochazka was active and outspoken, living by herself and working as a special education tutor. Then, in March, a bad fall landed her in the hospital. Doctors cared for her wounds and treated her pneumonia. But Prochazka, 75, didn’t […]

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Federal health officials seek to stop social media abuse of nursing home residents

August 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Federal health officials seek to stop social media abuse of nursing home residents

By Charles Ornstein and Jessica Huseman ProPublica Federal health regulators have announced plans to crack down on nursing home employees who take demeaning photographs and videos of residents and post them on social media. The move follows a series of ProPublica reports that have documented abuses in nursing homes and assisted living centers using social […]

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At fabled addiction treatment center, a new approach

August 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
At fabled addiction treatment center, a new approach

By Christine Vestal Stateline ST. PAUL, Minnesota — For decades, the fabled Hazelden Foundation here has relied on group therapy, individual counseling and other nonmedical approaches to help tens of thousands of people recover from drug and alcohol addiction. But several years ago, Hazelden realized that too many of its opioid-addicted patients were dying of […]

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Online tool can help you sort out health claims

August 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Online tool can help you sort out health claims

From medical treatment to diet and lifestyle choice: how to spot unreliable health research By Amy Nimegeer, Chris Patterson, and Shona Hilton TheConversation.com One day we’re told that coffee causes cancer, the next that it protects us from it. Does this sound familiar? We’re all bombarded by confusing and contradictory health information every day – supposedly based on scientific […]

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Doctors need a new skill set for this opioid abuse treatment

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Doctors need a new skill set for this opioid abuse treatment

By Karen Shakerdge Side Effects Public Media & Kaiser Health News In a big hotel conference room near New York’s Times Square, six doctors huddle around a greasy piece of raw pork. They watch as addiction medicine specialist Michael Frost delicately marks the meat, incises it and implants four match-sized rods. “If you can do it well […]

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California doctors and hospitals tussle over role of nurse-midwives

August 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
California doctors and hospitals tussle over role of nurse-midwives

By Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News A California bill that would allow certified nurse-midwives to practice independently is pitting the state’s doctors against its hospitals, even though both sides support the main goal of the legislation. The California Hospital Association and the California Medical Association, which represents doctors, agree that nurse-midwives have the training and […]

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I’m an OB-GYN treating women with Zika: This is what it’s like

August 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
I’m an OB-GYN treating women with Zika: This is what it’s like

By Christine Curry Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Miami TheConversation.com As a medical student, I remember reading books about the early days of the HIV epidemic and wondering what it was like for doctors to take care of patients who had a new, unknown disease. It seemed to me like it would […]

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Can you really be poisoned by green or sprouting potatoes?

August 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Can you really be poisoned by green or sprouting potatoes?

By Caroline Wright/TheConversation.com Senior Lecturer in Horticulture Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom We’ve all been there, you buy some potatoes, pop them in the cupboard, and then promptly forget about them. Then the next time you open up the cupboard, you discover said potatoes have started sprouting and now resemble an alien lifeform. So what […]

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Zika: Game-changer for Florida OB/GYN doctors

August 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Zika: Game-changer for Florida OB/GYN doctors

By Sammy Mack, WLRN Kaiser Health News Late last fall, Dr. Christine Curry was at a faculty meeting with her colleagues when the conversation turned to new reports linking the Zika virus to a surge in microcephaly in infants in Brazil. “I think it’s fair to say that most obstetricians had never heard of this […]

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No time to exercise? Then a HIIT training programme might be for you

August 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
No time to exercise? Then a HIIT training programme might be for you

By Damien Gleadall-Siddall PhD Student in Sport, Health and Exercise Science University of Hull, United Kingdom When it comes to exercise, what’s your excuse? Whether it’s lack of time, money or motivation – sometimes the lure of the sofa can just be too strong – it can be all too easy to put off that […]

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