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Medicaid tweak might offer means to improve U.S. maternal health

November 13, 2019

Via: The Medical News

When Madavia Johnson gave birth to Donald Ray Dowless III last year, she was hit by a case of severe postpartum anxiety. She was scared to carry her son downstairs or drive him in a car. She couldn’t manage to […]


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Warren says out-of-pocket health spending will total $11 trillion in the next decade. We checked her math

November 12, 2019

Via: The Medical News

Promoting her much-discussed plan to create a single-payer “Medicare for All” health system, Sen. Elizabeth Warren emphasized a striking figure. “If we make no changes over the next 10 years, Americans will reach into their pockets and pay out about […]


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Health education intervention may promote healthier lifestyle in underserved communities

November 11, 2019

Via: The Medical News

A unique study conducted in a multi-ethnic, underserved community in New York City shows if young adults are properly taught about heart healthy behaviors and strictly adhere to specific interventions, they may see significant benefits to their cardiovascular health when […]


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Employers are scaling back their dependence on high-deductible health plans

October 29, 2019

Via: The Medical News

Everything old is new again. As open enrollment gets underway for next year’s job-based health insurance coverage, some employees are seeing traditional plans offered alongside or instead of the plans with sky-high deductibles that may have been their only choice […]


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For generation Juul, nicotine addiction happens fast and is hard to shake

October 21, 2019

Via: The Medical News

When Will tried his first vape during his sophomore year, he didn’t know what to expect. It was just something he had vaguely heard about at his high school. “I just sort of remember using it a bunch of times, […]


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Think ‘Medicare for All’ is the only democratic health plan? Think again

October 15, 2019

Via: The Medical News

If you tuned in for the first five nights of the Democratic presidential debates, you might think “Medicare for All” and providing universal care are the only health care ideas Democrats have. With four months to go before the Feb. […]


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Problem Of Prescription Opioid Misuse, Abuse, Overuse, And Diversion Is Multifactorial

October 7, 2019

Via: Forbes

As nationwide litigation focuses attention on the putative role that marketing may have played in fueling prescription opioid prescribing, there is a tendency to overlook the multiple factors that contributed to the problem of prescription opioid misuse, abuse, overuse, and […]


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How Recession Proof Is The Pharmaceutical Industry?

October 2, 2019

Via: Forbes

There are warning signs of a an imminent U.S. recession. Yesterday’s release of data showing a worldwide slump in manufacturing may be the most ominous sign yet. The U.S. manufacturing index sunk to its lowest level in 10 years. The […]


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The deep divide: State borders create Medicaid haves and have-nots

October 2, 2019

Via: The Medical News

Patricia Powers went a few years without health insurance and couldn’t afford regular doctor visits. So she had no idea cancerous tumors were silently growing in both of her breasts. If Powers lived just across the Mississippi River in Illinois, […]


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It’s 2040: How Did American Healthcare Become The Best In The World?

October 1, 2019

Via: Forbes

The U.S. healthcare system has no shortage of problems. Independent studies confirm it’s the most expensive and least effective in the developed world. There’s also no shortage of ideas to reverse rising costs, lagging quality and declining satisfaction ratings. Earlier […]


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Skin-lightening cream put a woman into a coma. It could happen again.

October 1, 2019

Via: The Medical News

She had been buying face cream through a friend of a friend for 12 years. This time, it was Pond’s “Rejuveness,” a version of the company’s anti-wrinkle cream that is made and sold in Mexico. But someone in the Mexican […]


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An effective strategy to deter tobacco use in middle and high school students

September 26, 2019

Via: The Medical News

An innovative strategy called Teens Against Tobacco Use showed promise as an effective strategy to deter tobacco use in middle and high school students, according to a research study by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) […]


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Pros and cons of gene editing technology

September 17, 2019

Via: The Medical News

CRISPR technology has greatly facilitated gene editing. Associate Professor Thorsten Müller from Ruhr-Universität Bochum and Dr. Hassan Bukhari from Harvard Medical School discuss its pros and cons in a review article in the journal “Trends in Cell Biology” from 12 […]


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Primary Care Is Integral To Improving U.S. Healthcare, But Is Falling Further Behind

September 16, 2019

Via: Forbes

Judging from healthcare advertisements on the Internet, television, and radio, specialists rule the roost as healthcare providers in the U.S. healthcare system. From orthopedic surgeons to cancer centers to ophthalmologists, it’s hard to avoid the onslaught of advertising for specialist […]


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Cancer patients identify ‘bad luck’ or fate as third most likely cause of disease

September 16, 2019

Via: The Medical News

What role does fate play when it comes to the 145,000 people diagnosed with cancer each year in Australia and 125,000 people in Vietnam? Smoking, sun exposure, poor diet, alcohol consumption and inadequate exercise are proven risk factors for many […]