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Overdose deaths fall in 14 states

Overdose deaths fall in 14 states

New provisional data released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that drug overdose deaths declined in 14 states — including Washington state — during the 12-month period that ended July 2017, a potentially hopeful sign that policies aimed at curbing the death toll may be working.

February 22, 2018 | By | Reply More
5 questions to ask your aging parents’ doctors

5 questions to ask your aging parents’ doctors

The population of seniors, or people age 65 or over, in the US neared 48 million last year and is steadily growing. Consequently, millions of adult children find themselves taking care of their parents’ medical needs. What can you do to try to help your parents manage their health? The answer is: Learn to ask questions and become your parents’ advocate.

February 21, 2018 | By | Reply More
Growing up in poverty weakens later health – even if you escape it

Growing up in poverty weakens later health – even if you escape it

Children who grow up in poverty may be at risk of poorer health in adulthood – even if they escape poverty later in life. This suggests that childhood adversity doesn’t just affect our choices, but also directly compromises the biological ability of our bodies to stay healthy.

February 21, 2018 | By | Reply More
Salmonella outbreaks linked to live poultry

Salmonella outbreaks linked to live poultry

In 2017, the US had more Salmonella cases linked to backyard poultry than ever recorded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — 1,120 cases in 48 states and D.C. In Washington, 23 cases associated with this outbreak were reported to state health officials. This is more than double the number of cases of Salmonella associated with backyard poultry outbreaks in the previous two years combined.

February 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Reducing red tape for traveling nurses

Reducing red tape for traveling nurses

Proponents of the nurse licensing agreements argue that it helps fill jobs in places where there aren’t enough nurses and enables nurses to respond quickly to natural disasters across state lines.Opponents argue that states have different standards, course requirements and guidelines and that nurses licensed in one state may lack the necessary knowledge or experience to practice in another one.

February 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Trump administration proposes rule to loosen curbs on short-term health plans

Trump administration proposes rule to loosen curbs on short-term health plans

Short-term plans can reject applicants with preexisting medical problems, which Obamacare plans cannot do. As a result some people who switch to them from Obamacare coverage may see “reduced access to some services,” and “increased out of pocket costs, possibly leading to financial hardship.”

February 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Processed food linked to cancer? Uncritical media coverage ignores problems with study

Processed food linked to cancer? Uncritical media coverage ignores problems with study

News stories suggesting we are all going to die from what we eat seem to be very popular. But foods into poisons by stating that individual foods or food groups are “bad” or cause cancer simplifies an extremely complex topic to a point and can be misleading.

February 19, 2018 | By | Reply More
In an effort to curb drug costs, states advance bills to prod feds on importation

In an effort to curb drug costs, states advance bills to prod feds on importation

For years, American consumers have tried to buy cheaper drugs from Canada, sometimes packing into buses for day trips to Canadian pharmacies. But the practice is illegal. The states want to change that, and set up a formal process that nets broader savings.

February 19, 2018 | By | Reply More
Trump’s historic Medicaid shift goes beyond work requirements

Trump’s historic Medicaid shift goes beyond work requirements

Requiring able-bodied adults to work for their Medicaid is just part of the Trump administration’s drive to remake the decades-old health insurance program for the poor.

February 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
‘Bill of the month’: A college student’s $17,850 drug test

‘Bill of the month’: A college student’s $17,850 drug test

Elizabeth Moreno, then 28, a student at Texas State University in San Marcos had surgery for back pain. Her surgeon ordered a urine test. She thought it was routine. Bill for the test? $17,850

February 16, 2018 | By | Reply More