Sunday , 20 January 2019

Health

Gofundme: About a third of money raised on site has been for medical expenses

This story is from Kaiser Health News Scrolling through the GoFundMe website reveals seemingly an endless number of people who need help or community support. A common theme: the cost of health care. It didn’t start out this way. Back in 2010, when the crowdfunding website began, it suggested fundraisers for “ideas and dreams,” “wedding donations and honeymoon registry” or …

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Macedonia extends school break because of air pollution

Macedonia’s government has ordered the winter break for students to be extended to Jan. 23 because of extremely high levels of toxic particles in the air in many cities throughout the country. The government said in a statement Sunday that the measure is to “shorten the time of exposure of students to air pollution and to protect their health.” City …

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Lawyer: Incapacitated woman who gave birth not in coma

A lawyer for the family of an incapacitated Arizona woman who gave birth in a long-term care facility said she is not in a coma as previously reported. The Arizona Republic reported Friday that attorney John Micheaels said the 29-year-old woman has “significant intellectual disabilities” and does not speak but has some ability to move, responds to sounds and is …

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Ohio Health Department investigates doctor for deaths

The state Department of Health is investigating a doctor accused of ordering potentially fatal doses of the powerful painkiller fentanyl for 27 gravely ill patients who died at an Ohio hospital system. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the Health Department is investigating Dr. William Husel, a former Columbus-based Mount Carmel Health System physician, on behalf of the U.S. Centers for …

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How dogs are saving diabetics' lives

Can a dog’s nose save a diabetic’s life? Man’s best friends are known to sniff out bombs, drugs and even bedbugs, but can they smell trouble for type 1 diabetics? A new study done in the UK shows that the diabetic “alert” dogs were able to detect 70 percent of episodes of abnormal blood sugar, incidents which can be dangerous, …

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Arizona is only state where tribes avoid Medicaid work rules

Arizona has become the only state in the country where members of federally recognized tribes are exempt from work or volunteer requirements for Medicaid benefits, while 120,000 state residents risk losing health coverage if they don’t comply. The announcement came Friday from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which said it believes the exemption is consistent with the tribes’ …

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Companies disproportionately target black, Latino youth in TV ads for unhealthy foods

Extreme weight gain in children is a dangerous mental and physical health epidemic in the United States, and public health officials have implored children and their parents to lay off the sugar-sweetened beverages, fast food and unhealthy snacks. But according to a report released this week by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut, …

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Promising new drug for aggressive stage IV breast cancer encounters setback

Federal approval of a highly anticipated breast cancer drug was delayed by the Food and Drug Administration this week. The drug, sacituzumab govitecan, which is produced by Immunomedics, was previously designated a “breakthrough therapy” by the FDA “based on preliminary evidence that it demonstrates substantial improvement over existing therapies for a life threatening disease.” According to Michael Pehl, president and …

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