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Democrats’ next health care issue to tackle? ‘Underinsurance’

A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party's pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year's elections. It's not the uninsured, but rather the problem of high out-of-pocket costs for people already covered. Show More Summary

Psychology Around the Net: May 23, 2015

This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers mental health and the workforce, dating with a mental illness, how pets can help your mental health, and more! May Is Mental Health Awareness Month — Here’s Why Companies Should Care: Does your company realize the crucial impact […]

How hepatitis C treatment is a glimpse of health care’s future

Hepatitis C is one of the most common chronic infectious illnesses in the U.S. today and affects nearly 3.2 million Americans. Complications of hepatitis C infection include liver cancer as well as cirrhosis.  Many patients with chronic hepatitis ultimately develop liver failure and will die without liver transplantation.  In the last year,  a new drug […]

Obamacare May Force Some Insurers to Boost Their Premiums An Alarming Amount

On the whole, the Affordable Care Act is working pretty well, getting more people insured and increasing the quality of insurance overall. But on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported an alarming development: Health insurers on many state exchanges are looking to boost their premiums a ridiculous amount in 2016. Show More Summary

You said a mouthful, Doctor

yesterdayHealth : The Checkup

Everybody likes to have an attractive smile, everybody goes to the dentist, everybody uses the Internet. So why, in a world full of online chatter about medicine, wellness, drugs, nutrition, health care, yada yada.?.?. why do we see so few Internet conversations about dentistry?Read full article >>

WHO warns: Careful with names of diseases

Fresh from stumbling to victory over Ebola in Africa, the World Health Organization has set its sights on a new adversary: disease... names. Yes, the names.

Russia considers two bills to restrict abortion

'Free medical care programs are directed first of all towards saving lives and health of people. An abortion is not a medical or health-improving procedure,' the bills' sponsor tweeted.

Casting doubt on the role of wearables and engagement platforms in health care

ANALYSIS: It’s human nature. People get fired up about healthy habits for a period of time, then they go back to being their old selves.

Obama administration throws Rick Scott a temporary Medicaid bone

The Obama administration has offered Florida Gov. Rick Scott a partial compromise in Scott's ongoing fight to get federal money for health care that's not Obamacare Medicaid expansion money. Scott has asked the administration to reverse...Show More Summary

Hot Pockets imagines its greasy place in the VR gaming future

Hot Pockets are the official food of those who have declared: "I've given up caring about my health and I just want radiated bread, cheese and 'meat.'" But you can't deny how easy it is to pop one in the microwave when you're just the right amount of hungry, desperate and need something you can consume with one hand. Show More Summary

WHA reaches agreement on polio, International Health Regulations and strengthening surgical care

The World Health Assembly continued progress Friday, reaching agreements on polio eradication; further implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005); surgical care and medical products. Delegates at the World Health Assembly...Show More Summary

Shenzhen Stocks Rising 500% Dwarf Hong Kong Shares Wild Ride

``Investors have piled into the non-state companies that dominate the Shenzhen bourse after the government pledged to support developing industries, including technology and health care, to shift the economy away from manufacturing and property development.''

Understanding the Information Needs of Cancer Survivors

Obtaining a clear bill of health after chemo doesn’t mean a cancer patient is out of the woods. Survivors have special needs that must be addressed as part of a long term care plan. Judging by the nature and topics of their information seeking, cancer patients’ information needs appear to differ depending on the type […]

Following the health news stream from publication to news release to media coverage

Harold J. DeMonaco is the Assistant Chief Medical Office for Care Transitions at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a long-time contributor to It is always interesting to see how the results of a well-designed and important study can get distorted as they flow through the media. Show More Summary

Let’s celebrate nurses by reining in patient satisfaction

Let’s take a moment to consider what makes a terrific nurse. First, by way of gathering information, let’s consider the health care industry’s present views on excellence in nursing.  Let’s think about how this conception of excellence in nursing aligns with our own perspectives. In a recent Atlantic article, titled “The Problem with Satisfied Patients,” […]

Bringing Innovation to Mental Health Services

Over the decades, we have made many improvements in care for people living with mental illness. In addition to the scientific discoveries about the brain funded by the National Institutes of Health that are improving medical treatments,...Show More Summary

Inflation in check, but signs point to price hikes

Health care costs spiked in April, while consumers are still benefiting from slumping energy prices

Joel Osteen: Churches Need to Provide Spiritual Guidance That Military Caregivers Long For

With over 5.5 million Americans devoting their lives to caring for loved ones suffering from debilitating health conditions resulting from their military service, televangelist Joel Osteen says it is the church's role to ensure that military and veteran caregivers get the spiritual guidance they need to build their faith.

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