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Why does it take so long to hire a nurse?

November 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Why does it take so long to hire a nurse?

By Sophie Quinton Stateline HOUSTON — The skyscrapers at the Texas Medical Center are filled with hospital beds. The commuters waiting in the heat for the train wear scrubs. The young woman dodging traffic on a bicycle may be studying to be a doctor, a nurse or a dentist. Houston is known for its energy jobs, […]

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Medical device company representatives may be helping out with your surgery

November 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Medical device company representatives may be helping out with your surgery

Medical Device Employees Are Often In The O.R., Raising Concerns About Influence By Sandra G. Boodman Kaiser Health News They are a little-known presence in many operating rooms, offering technical expertise to surgeons installing new knees, implanting cardiac defibrillators or performing delicate spine surgery. Often called device reps — or by the more cumbersome and […]

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As vaccine exemptions grow, parents seek transparency in schools

November 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
As vaccine exemptions grow, parents seek transparency in schools

By Anna Casey Kaiser Health News AUSTIN, Texas — Georgia Moore was diagnosed with leukemia the day after her 10th birthday. The fourth-grader began an intense chemotherapy regimen, which left her immune system vulnerable and kept her from attending her small, private Montessori school here. But her younger sister Ivy was in kindergarten at the […]

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New study could pressure VA to expand Agent Orange benefits

November 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
New study could pressure VA to expand Agent Orange benefits

By Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, and Mike Hixenbaugh, The Virginian-Pilot A new study has found a close relationship between Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War and high blood pressure, a conclusion that could lead the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to dramatically expand the number of veterans eligible for compensation. The study, published last week […]

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What women should know about Essure permanent birth control – FDA Consumer Update

November 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
What women should know about Essure permanent birth control – FDA Consumer Update

A Consumer Update from the US Food and Drug Administration The U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to advise women to carefully consider the benefits and risks associated with permanent birth control devices, like the FDA-approved Essure device, along with other birth control options. That’s why FDA recently approved important labeling changes for Essure. Among […]

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Many caregivers spend $7K annually out of pocket, study

November 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Many caregivers spend $7K annually out of pocket, study

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News Denise Sleeper has sold her home, spent most of her retirement savings and quit her job to care for her husband since his Alzheimer’s disease struck two years ago. “It’s been like a tsunami in my life,” said Sleeper, of Gilford, N.H. She’s drained $168,000 from the couple’s retirement […]

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Despite anger at individual mandate, GOP plan could also have penalties

November 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Despite anger at individual mandate, GOP plan could also have penalties

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that people have health insurance or pay a fine is one of the least popular provisions of the law, and one that Republicans have pledged to eliminate when they repeal and replace Obamacare. But take a look at some of the conservative replacement proposals that […]

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Shopping tips for enrolling in a health insurance plan

November 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Shopping tips for enrolling in a health insurance plan

From Washington Healthplanfinder Open enrollment has begun! This year, customers have over 90 plans to choose from on Washington Healthplanfinder, including new dental plans. With so many options, shopping for coverage can be tough. Here are some tips to make your choices easier.

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Why repealing Obamacare may not be as easy as Trump thinks – Viewpoint

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Why repealing Obamacare may not be as easy as Trump thinks – Viewpoint

By Bill Custer Georgia State University Candidate Trump repeatedly called for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act during the campaign, but it is unclear what President Trump will actually do about the ACA. It is not clear even with President Trump, and Republican majorities in the House and Senate, whether full repeal is possible and […]

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Abortion by mail delivers promise for better access but political questions remain

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Abortion by mail delivers promise for better access but political questions remain

By Phil Galewitz Kaiser Health News When the abortion pills arrived in her mailbox this summer, she felt anxious but also in control, knowing she could end her pregnancy entirely in the privacy of her own home. “I was happy that I was going to be able to do it myself and I did not […]

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