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

Cuts to Medicaid May Limit Access to Nursing Homes

ORANGE, Va. — Alice Jacobs, 90, once owned a factory and horses. She raised four children and buried two husbands.<p>But years in an assisted living center drained her savings, and now she relies on Medicaid to pay for her care at Dogwood Village, a nonprofit, county-owned nursing home here.<p>“You think …

Health Care

The Right Question

<i>Wrong Question. Wrong questions get wrong answers.</i><br>-- <b>Master Gregory</b>, Seventh Son, 2014<p>Is healthcare a right?<p>You know, a right?<p>With all the many ideas …

Civil Rights

In Washington state, a healthcare repeal lesson learned the hard way

Republicans in the state of Washington didn’t wait long in the spring of 1995 to fulfill their pledge to roll back a sweeping law expanding health coverage in the state.<p>Coming off historic electoral gains, the GOP legislators scrapped much of the law while pledging to make health insurance …

ObamaCare

FDA Clears First Cancer Drug Based On Genetics of Disease, Not Tumor Location

By Natalie Grover and Bill Berkrot<p>Merck & Co's immunotherapy Keytruda chalked up another approval on Tuesday as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration …

Cancer

Trump, Shouting ‘Death Spiral,’ Has Nudged Affordable Care Act Downward

WASHINGTON — When Aetna, the health insurance giant, announced this month that it was pulling out of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchange in Virginia in 2018, President Trump responded on Twitter: “Death spiral!”<p>When Humana announced plans to leave all the health law’s marketplaces next …

Health Care

The Best Replacement for Obamacare Is Medicaid

In defending their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republican leaders in Congress argue that the insurance marketplaces created by the law are failing. They aren’t completely wrong.<p>Trouble began with faulty websites during the rollout in 2013. Since then, enrollment continues to be below …

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What happened when Alzheimer’s patients were treated for the diseases we actually have cures for

Last summer, a research group from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) quietly published the results of a new approach in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. What they found was striking. Although the size of the study was small, every participant demonstrated such marked improvement …

Medicine

Trump: GOP health care bill 'guarantees' coverage for pre-existing conditions

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump says the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act "guarantees" coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions -- a claim that could undercut the legislation the White House is currently pushing on Capitol Hill.<p>"Pre-existing …

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Dying at home might sound preferable. But I’ve seen the reality

Just 1% of terminally ill patients want to die in hospital, and yet more than a third do so – with good reason<p>“He is terminally ill, came in septic and they decided to resuscitate because there were no other directions,” says my intern.<p>The patient is in his 50s, gaunt and frail, too weak to even …

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Doctors have finally found a more accurate way than BMI to determine whether your weight is healthy

After you hopped off the scale at your last doctor's visit, your physician might have shown you a colorful chart of your body mass index, or BMI.<p>The index, a measure of body fat based on your weight in relation to your height, can be traced back to the 1830s. Despite its popularity, it's now …

Mayo Clinic

Lyme Patients Are Bending The Old Rules Of Scientific Research, To The Dismay Of Some Scientists

Feeling neglected by traditional scientific research, thousands of chronic Lyme disease patients are turning to the internet to conduct a study of their own. Critics worry their data won’t be useful.<p>In late 2015, Lorraine Johnson was frustrated with what she felt was the slow progress of research …

Non-O blood groups associated with higher risk of heart attack

Paris, France - 30 April 2017: Having a non-O blood group is associated with a higher risk of heart attack, according to research presented today at …

Obamacare Saved a Girl With Cancer. Trumpcare Could Ruin Her.

Erin Potter has a pre-existing condition—because she's not dead. The Affordable Care Act helped her beat leukemia. The GOP just voted to gut her future.<p><i>Editor's Note: This story has been updated with the passage of the American Health Care Act in the House.</i><p>CLEVELAND — Erin Potter doesn’t remember …

ObamaCare

A vending machine at the UC Davis campus dispenses Plan B pills

<b>(CNN) —</b> Students at UC Davis can now press A4 for Plan B.<p>A new vending machine in a University of California Davis study room traded the usual Hot Cheetos and Red Bull for condoms, tampons, pregnancy tests, Advil, and the morning after pill (or Plan B). They call it the "Wellness To Go" …

UC Davis

“Abortion is never mentioned” in the Bible—a Christian ob-gyn on why choice is pro-life

To those working in reproductive rights in the US, doctor Willie Parker is a hero. “A colored boy from Birmingham,” Alabama, as his 1962, pre-Civil Rights Act birth certificate described him, Parker grew up in abject poverty, fourth of six children, raised by a fierce single mother. Against all of …

Rights & Freedoms

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned -- and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we have been told a story about addiction by our teachers and by our governments. This story is so deeply ingrained in our minds that we take it for granted. It seems obvious. It …

Addiction

G.O.P. Bill Would Make Medical Malpractice Suits Harder to Win

WASHINGTON — Low-income people and older Americans would find it more difficult to win lawsuits for injuries caused by medical malpractice or defective drugs or medical devices under a bill drafted by House Republicans as part of their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.<p>The bill would impose …

Health Care

Primary care teams as catalysts for innovative care: New white paper

As the first point of contact for many patients, primary care providers have a unique opportunity to impact patient health and health care spending.<p>A …

New Prescription Drugs: A Major Health Risk With Few Offsetting Advantages

by Donald W. Light Few people know that new prescription drugs have a 1 in 5 chance of causing serious reactions after they have been approved. That …

In Deep Red America, The Rise of the Abortion Doula

Reproductive Health<p>In Deep Red America, The Rise of the Abortion Doula<p>“Just as a laboring patient needs emotional and physical support in the …

Head, Neck, and Eye Movements That Modulate Tinnitus

1. Caird D, Klinke R. Processing of interaural time and intensity differences in the cat inferior colliculus. Exp Brain Res. 1987;68(2):379–392. …

F.D.A. Approves First Drug to Treat Severe Multiple Sclerosis

The Food and Drug Administration approved on Tuesday the first drug to treat a severe form of multiple sclerosis, offering hope to patients who previously had no other options to combat a relentless disease that leads to paralysis and cognitive decline.<p>The federal agency also cleared the drug to …

Medicine

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 …

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

Trump Supporters Have the Most to Lose in 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 …

ObamaCare

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 …

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 …

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