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Health News Update 17 September 2012

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Popular antibiotics may carry serious side effects: “Antibiotics are important drugs, often restoring health and even saving lives.  But like all drugs, they can have unwanted and serious side effects, some of which may not become apparent until many thousands of … Continue reading

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More Secrets of the ACA

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As promised, here are some more lesser known effects of the comprehensive Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, but most often, simply ACA): Workplace breastfeeding support! Joan Younger Meek is a physician and the head of the United States … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes: Other Parts of the ACA

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA), the massive — 2,700 pages! — healthcare reform law, must sometimes feel like a bit like Cinderella: an unwanted, misunderstood stepchild, blamed for everything bad, credited with nothing good.  Then again, others treat the legislation … Continue reading

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Health News Updates 12 September 2011

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‘Spinning’ study results happens at all levels: “The positive ‘spin‘ that study abstracts and press releases put on research outcomes can distort – and possibly misinform – media coverage of those studies, researchers found.  Spin in a study press release was … Continue reading

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Health Updates 11 September 2012

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Does Romney favor preexisting condition ban?  “Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s position on insurance coverage for patients with preexisting conditions became a matter of some confusion Sunday, and a spokesman’s clarification only muddied the waters further.  On NBC’s “Meet the … Continue reading

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Health Updates 7 September 2012

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‘Magic’ carpet could help shield elderly from falls: “Researchers report that it’s possible to use plastic optical fibers in carpeting to warn seniors when their walking patterns might put them in danger of falling.  The fibers, placed on a carpet underlay, … Continue reading

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Health Updates 4 September 2012

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Rare infection prompts neti pot warning: “Neti pots – those odd teapotlike vessels used to wash out the nasal passage – have won legions of fans who rely on them for relief from allergies, congestion and colds.  But now, after two … Continue reading