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There's An Amazing New Drug For Multiple Sclerosis. Should I Try It?

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 8:25am

The innovative drug Ocrevus looks as if it could be a game-changer for people with MS. But it's very, very expensive. And as with any new medication, the long-term safety risks are unknown.

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Who's In, Who's Left Out With The Latest Senate Health Care Bill

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:42pm

Tax breaks for the wealthy would be trimmed, and people would get the option to buy bare-bones plans. But big cuts in Medicaid and changes to coverage for pre-existing conditions remain.

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'Extreme' Opioid Use And Doctor Shopping Still Plague Medicare

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 9:31am

One-third of all Medicare recipients were prescribed opioids last year, the HHS inspector general says, with more than half a million getting high doses for at least three months.

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Mobile App Designed To Prevent Pregnancy Gets EU Approval

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 5:03am

For the first time, a medically approved birth control app has been certified as a method of contraception. It relies on math, an algorithm and a woman's body temperature to determine fertility.

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A Birth Control App Gets Certified

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 5:03am

For the first time a medically approved birth control app has been certified as a method of contraception. It relies on math, an algorithm and a woman's body temperature to determine fertility.

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'Living Drug' That Fights Cancer By Harnessing Immune System Clears Key Hurdle

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 6:08pm

An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration recommends the agency, for the first time, approve a new kind of treatment that uses genetically modified immune cells to attack cancer cells.

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Health Insurers Try Paying More Up Front To Pay Less Later

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 4:55pm

Some businesses are keeping costs down for workers by removing deductibles for supplies needed to manage diabetes and other chronic conditions.

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More People Are Making Mistakes With Medicines At Home

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 12:52pm

A study analyzing data from poison control centers finds that the rate of serious medication errors outside health care settings doubled between 2000 and 2012.

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Senate's Health Bill Would Make Life Easier For Some Small Businesses

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 11:05am

Some small businesses buy their health plans through trade associations. The GOP health bills would make those cheaper. But that could also make employer-based insurance more expensive for others.

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In Texas, People With Mental Illness Are Finding Work Helping Peers

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 3:23pm

Giving people who have serious mental illness peer support has proved so helpful that some states are starting to pay these peer specialists to bridge the gap when there aren't enough professionals.

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Credit Agencies To Ease Up On Medical Debt Reporting

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 5:00am

Starting in September, the three main credit agencies will wait 180 days before including medical debt on a credit report, giving consumers time to resolve disputes with insurers.

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'Game Of Thrones' Finds Fans Among Disability Rights Activists, Too

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 5:28pm

Several main characters in the HBO series happen to have disabilities. "I had never seen my own experience in life reflected so accurately, so vividly, so viscerally," says one disability activist.

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Survey Says: Medicaid Recipients Really Like Their Coverage And Care

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 11:39am

A new survey shows that Medicaid beneficiaries are happy with their care and don't have trouble finding a doctor.

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FAQ: How Would The Republican Health Care Bills Affect You?

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 6:00am

The bills under consideration in Congress would make big changes in health care coverage and costs for millions of people. Our searchable FAQ provides answers to key questions on where, how and why.

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Women With High-Risk Pregnancies Are More Likely To Develop Heart Disease

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 5:08am

Women who develop diabetes or high blood pressure during pregnancy, or whose babies are born prematurely, often are unaware of their own increased risk of heart disease later. So are their doctors.

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For Many, Medicaid Provides The Only Route To Mental Health Care

Sun, 07/09/2017 - 5:00am

The Senate's proposed rollback of the Medicaid expansion could cut off mental health benefits to many people who have gotten care for the first time as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

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Senate Health Bill Could Both Boost And Undercut Mental Health Funding

Sat, 07/08/2017 - 5:00am

The draft health care bill has a provision meant to increase the availability of inpatient psychiatric care. But overall cuts to Medicaid could actually lead to even fewer psychiatric beds nationwide.

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Montana Insurers Say Medicaid Cuts Would Drive Up Cost Of Private Health Plans

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 3:27pm

Montana's three main health insurance firms say the Republican Senate's proposed cuts to Medicaid, and any plan to repeal the individual mandate, could drive up health costs for everyone.

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Medicaid Expansion Has Delivered Access To Addiction Treatment, Report Finds

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 12:41pm

The Urban Institute reports that Medicaid spending on drugs used to treat opioid addiction and overdoses has risen sharply, raising questions about the potential impact of Medicaid cuts.

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Georgia OB-GYN Will Lead Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 10:53am

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, who leads the Georgia Department of Public Health, has been appointed CDC director. She'll take over as the Trump administration seeks big cuts to the CDC's budget.

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