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How to get long-term care at home without busting the bank

How to get long-term care at home without busting the bank

The vast majority of older adults receive long-term care at home, not in nursing homes. But few people plan for this expense. Nor do they see long-term care insurance as a viable option — because it’s expensive and is often seen as protection against the cost of nursing home care.

July 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
States have tried versions of ‘Skinny Repeal.’ It didn’t go well.

States have tried versions of ‘Skinny Repeal.’ It didn’t go well.

Premiums rose and insurers fled, leaving consumers who buy their own coverage, because they don’t get it through their jobs, with fewer choices and higher prices.

July 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rural Californians Want Price Relief From GOP Health Bill, But Unlikely To Get It

Rural Californians Want Price Relief From GOP Health Bill, But Unlikely To Get It

Many in this Republican corner of California are looking to the GOP majority in Congress to bring some relief from high premium prices. But for most of them, prices would jump even more under the main proposals the party has served up so far, and fewer services would be covered,

July 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Who knew Senate health bill debate could be so complicated?

Who knew Senate health bill debate could be so complicated?

Budget reconciliation rules limit debate to 20 hours. While that 20-hour clock starts running as soon as the Senate votes to proceed to the bill, the debate can be paused. In other words, the Senate can recess for the night, then come back the next day and the clock would resume where it left off the day before. The 20 hours does not include time spent voting on amendments.

July 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
CDC reminds travelers to Europe: Protect against measles

CDC reminds travelers to Europe: Protect against measles

With the peak summer travel season under way, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reminding travelers to Europe and other global destinations to take steps to protect themselves against measles amid outbreaks of the disease.

July 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
California Valley Fever cases highest on record

California Valley Fever cases highest on record

The number of Valley Fever cases in California rose to a record level in 2016, with 5,372 reported — a jump of 71 percent from the previous year. The fungal infection, known as coccidioidomycosis, or “cocci,” is most common in the southern portion of the Valley and along the Central Coast of California.

July 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
5 Ways White House Can Use Its Muscle To Undercut Obamacare

5 Ways White House Can Use Its Muscle To Undercut Obamacare

The White House can take a number of behind-the-scenes steps to sabotage the exchanges and hasten their undoing. Already, it’s deploying some of those tactics. Here’s a look at five ways the White House is already working to weaken the health law, and what that means for consumers.

July 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
How accurate are pathologists’ interpretation of melanoma skin biopsies?

How accurate are pathologists’ interpretation of melanoma skin biopsies?

New research indicates that pathologists are likely to agree when lesions are benign or highly malignant, but often disagree when gray-area lesions are less obviously characterized.

July 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
The diet paradox: why your subconscious makes you crave naughty foods

The diet paradox: why your subconscious makes you crave naughty foods

Dieting often involves “giving up” more pleasurable foods in an attempt to reduce calorie intake. But if we are asked to avoid eating a food we enjoy, we often crave it – and even have a greater desire to consume the forbidden item than if we have not been deprived.

July 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
How a community-based approach to mental health is making strides in Zimbabwe

How a community-based approach to mental health is making strides in Zimbabwe

Patients diagnosed with a mental health issue are referred to the friendship bench where they are met by a trained community counsellor who offers them counseling. Counsellors are trained to use local terms that patients feel comfortable with, such as Kuvhura pfungwa _(opening the mind), _kusimudzira (uplifting) and kusimbisa (to strengthen).

July 23, 2017 | By | Reply More