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Health risks to farmworkers increase as workforce ages

Health risks to farmworkers increase as workforce ages

The average farmworker in the US is now 45 years old. These older workers have a greater chance of getting injured and of developing chronic illnesses, which can raise the cost of workers’ compensation and health insurance.

December 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
How to talk to your doctor about information you find online

How to talk to your doctor about information you find online

Not everyone is keen on patients getting medical information from the internet. Some heath professionals have doubts about the quality and usefulness of the information available. There are also suggestions that “cyberchrondria” may be fuelling a surge in unnecessary tests and appointments.

December 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Stopping opioid addiction at one key source: The Hospital

Stopping opioid addiction at one key source: The Hospital

It’s a simple enough idea: Surgeons should give patients fewer pills after surgery — the time when many people are first introduced to what can be highly addictive painkillers. They should also talk to patients about the proper use of opioids and the associated risks.

December 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Your plumber offers a money-back guarantee. Should your doctor?

Your plumber offers a money-back guarantee. Should your doctor?

You wouldn’t pay a mechanic for a faulty muffler or a restaurant for spoiled food. If you did, you would expect a refund. But the same arrangement between buyer and seller hasn’t historically existed in medical care. Some argue that maybe it should.

December 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
New maternal mortality strategy relies on ‘medical homes’

New maternal mortality strategy relies on ‘medical homes’

The medical homes provide the most advanced obstetrical care, but they also seek to alleviate nonmedical circumstances that could put mother and child in jeopardy, such as addiction, domestic abuse and a lack of secure housing and healthy food.

December 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Do incentives lead people to make healthy choices?

Do incentives lead people to make healthy choices?

Health plans, medical practices and some Medicaid programs are increasingly offering financial incentives to motivate Medicaid patients to engage in more preventive care and make healthier lifestyle choices. Does it work?

December 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
How an historic heart transplant created a celebrity scientist 50 years ago

How an historic heart transplant created a celebrity scientist 50 years ago

South Africa’s Chris Barnard stands out in medical history as the heart surgeon who became a global household name after transplanting the first human heart on 3 December 1967. The historic surgery captured the world’s imagination and was hailed by 20th-century historians as socially and scientifically of equal significance compared to the moon-landing in 1969.

December 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
As kratom use surges, some states enact bans

As kratom use surges, some states enact bans

A powder ground from the leaves of an indigenous Southeast Asian tree related to the coffee plant, kratom offers pain relief and mood enhancement, similar to prescription painkillers. Advocates say the substance could help reduce the nation’s reliance on highly addictive and often deadly prescription painkillers. Some addiction experts also argue the plant could be used as an alternative to methadone, buprenorphine and suboxone in medication-assisted therapy for opioid addiction.

December 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
States — and 9M kids — ‘In a bind’ as Congress dawdles on CHIP funding

States — and 9M kids — ‘In a bind’ as Congress dawdles on CHIP funding

If Congress reauthorizes CHIP funding, states are in the clear. But they can’t bank on it yet, and states have to prepare to shut down if the funding doesn’t come through.

December 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
People with disability have a lot to offer employers

People with disability have a lot to offer employers

People with disability are more likely to be unemployed or economically inactive. And even if they are employed, they are more likely to be underemployed and have poor quality jobs including lower perceived fairness of pay.

December 2, 2017 | By | Reply More