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By Dr. Jean Layton | curated finds from the medical forefront

Late G.O.P. Proposal Could Mean Plans That Cover Aromatherapy but Not Chemotherapy

Most Republicans in Congress prefer the type of health insurance market in which everyone could “choose the plan that’s right for them.”<p>Why should a 60-year-old man have to buy a plan that includes maternity benefits he’ll never use? (This is an example that comes up a lot.) In contrast, the …

Health Care

How Republicans quietly sabotaged Obamacare long before Trump came into office

Billions that should go to Obamacare are missing, thanks to senators like Marco Rubio<p>Donald Trump suggested that the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) was a clever ruse by our first Black president and his Democratic friends to have a successful health-care system in place for his own …

Health Care

9 health reform lies Congress members are telling their constituents

We fact-checked lawmakers’ letters on health care. They were full of untruths and misinformation.<p>In the race to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle have been guilty of spreading erroneous statements, exaggerating the truth, and skimping on …

Health Care

Patients Lose Sight After Stem Cells Are Injected Into Their Eyes

Three women suffered severe, permanent eye damage after stem cells were injected into their eyes, in an unproven treatment at a loosely regulated clinic in Florida, doctors reported in an article published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine.<p>One, 72, went completely blind from the …

Medicine

Why Trump Supporters Have the Most to Lose With the G.O.P. Repeal Bill

The people who stand to lose the most in tax credits under the House Republican health plan tended to support Donald J. Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, according to a new Upshot analysis.<p>Over all, voters who would be eligible for a tax credit that would be at least $1,000 smaller …

Health Care

First-year doctors will be allowed to work 24-hour shifts starting in July

First-year doctors will be allowed to work 24-hour shifts in hospitals across the United States starting July 1, when a much-debated cap that limits the physicians to 16 consecutive hours of patient care is lifted, the organization that oversees their training announced Friday.<p>The Chicago-based …

Health Care

The People Helped by the Republican Health-Care Bill

Though most old and sick people will be worse off under the GOP bill, it might be a boon—real or perceived—for people earning just above the Obamacare subsidy cutoff.<p>House Republicans unveiled Monday the American Health Care Act, their long-promised plan to replace Obamacare. The bill is similar …

Health Care

Four GOP senators pledge to vote against rolling back Medicaid expansion

Four GOP senators on Monday told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) they will vote against any ObamaCare repeal bill that eliminates the …

Health Care

Forbidding Forecast For Lyme Disease In The Northeast

Last summer Felicia Keesing returned from a long trip and found that her home in upstate New York had been subjected to an invasion.<p><b>What Causes Pandemics? We Do</b><p>In this series, NPR explores the causes behind our new hyperinfectious era. Join the conversation with the hashtag #KillerViruses or tweet …

Flu

She’s 17 and Needs Birth Control. Do We Turn Our Backs?

LEWISTON, Me. — She is 17 years old, has an alarming itch “down there” and has come to the family planning clinic because she doesn’t know where else to go.<p>Sara Hayes, a nurse practitioner, breezes into the examining room and soothes the teenager. Hayes takes a swab and quickly diagnoses a mild …

Did You Get Bit By A Lyme-Infested Tick? Here's What To Do

This spring and summer may be a doozy for Lyme disease, at least in parts of the Northeast.<p>"We're anticipating 2017 to be a particularly risky year for Lyme," says Rick Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York.<p>Ostfeld has been studying the …

Microbiology

In Trump’s ‘Maternity Leave’ Plan, The Devil — and the Stereotypes — Are In the Details

The time for paid family leave for everyone is now.In Donald Trump’s speech to Congress this week, he surprised many by mentioning the need to …

Employment Law

Did Chinese scientists find autism’s missing puzzle piece?

BY J.B. HANDLEY February 22, 2017<p><i>Scientists appear to be far closer to explaining the mechanisms of action within the body that cause autism. Most of</i> …

We All Want Healthcare To Cost Much Less — But We Are Asking The Wrong Question

We All Want Healthcare To Cost Much Less — But We Are Asking The Wrong Question<p><b>Imagine this: Healthcare — the whole system — for half as much.</b> …

Information Update - New safety information on injectable gadolinium-based contrast agents used in MRI scans

OTTAWA – Health Canada has conducted a safety review of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) due to growing scientific evidence that gadolinium …

Medicine

How would repealing the Affordable Care Act affect health care and jobs in your state?

State<p>Drop in overall state employment<p>Number of jobs lost<p>Jobs lost per 1,000 jobs in the state<p>Billions of federal health care dollars …

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Your smartphone could soon be a powerful tool for detecting skin cancer

They’ll be some of the weirder selfies you’ve ever taken, but a study using artificial intelligence to analyze images of skin lesions suggests that smartphones may soon help humans detect skin cancer.<p>Published today in Nature, the study began with an unremarkable image-recognition network provided …

Cancer

Same-sex twins are taller and heavier than opposite-sex twins (but only if breastfed): Possible evidence for sex bias in human breast milk

Brief Report<p>a, b, , ,<br>• c<p>a Department of Management, London School of Economics and Political Science, London WC2A 2AE, UK<br>• b Department of Clinical, …

In search of the stroke detector

Up to 50% of stroke diagnoses are inaccurate. What if a small biosensor could do the job precisely? Robert McCrum, who survived a ‘brain attack’ 22 years ago, traces one team’s long journey to a breakthrough<p>Stroke, or “brain attack”, is the third biggest killer in the western world, after cancer …

Medicine

Controversial IVF technique produces a baby girl -- and for some, that's a problem

<b>(CNN) —</b> It was a first for the entire world: Using a controversial in vitro fertilization technique, doctors in Kiev, Ukraine, helped a previously infertile couple conceive and deliver a baby girl. Some critics say, for genetic reasons, the use of this IVF method should have been restricted to …

Genetics

NMAH | Polio: Two Vaccines

<b>Sabin and Salk</b><br>While the large-scale clinical trial with Salk vaccine went ahead in 1954, Albert Sabin continued developing his live-virus vaccine. …

How to fight back when an insurer denies your healthcare claim

Insurance companies are playing the odds, patient advocates say. They’re counting on people not having the stamina to challenge every denied claim, even when there’s a valid medical reason for a drug or treatment being covered.<p>“It’s intimidating,” said Betsy Imholz, special projects director for …

Health Care

Healthcare without Planned Parenthood: Wisconsin and Texas point to dark future

As Republicans prepare to defund Planned Parenthood nationally, those left to provide contraception and other services in states which have already done so say women of color and from low-income groups will surely be hit the hardest<p>In the remote western plains of Texas, the Midland-Odessa region is …

Abortion

The hidden reason Republicans are so eager to repeal Obamacare

Repeal cuts taxes for millionaires, even if millions lose insurance.<p>There is one fact that is both central to the debate over repealing the Affordable Care Act yet strangely absent from explicit discussion about it. One of the main ways the ACA makes health insurance affordable is by providing …

Health Care

Rate Review the 80/20 Rule

The health care law provides 2 ways to hold insurance companies accountable and help keep your costs down: Rate Review and the 80/20 rule.<p>Rate Review …

Op-Ed: Why Big Pharma should be afraid. Very afraid

Bernie Sanders is upset. But after a fascinating vote in the U.S. Senate Wednesday night, it's Big Pharma that should be upset. In fact Big Pharma …

Addiction

Here’s How Stress Might Cause Heart Attacks, Strokes

A new study using brain scans shows how stress might cause heart attacks: people whose fear centers are more active also have a higher risk of heart attack or stroke.<p>The findings point to the amygdala — often called the fear center in the brain. But the amygdala, which are a nut-sized pair of …

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