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Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 4:00am
News reports on health reform tend to focus on patients and consumers. But how are doctors faring? Some voice complaints of administrative kinks, reimbursement struggles, and coverage confusion. But not all of these problems are new, and some docs emphasize the gains being made.
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Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 4:00am
A new review published this week marshals further evidence that childhood vaccines are not associated with autism or leukemia. Meanwhile, pertussis and measles outbreaks have been on the rise, partly owing to parents choosing to not have their kids vaccinated.
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July 03, 2014 | 1 comments
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 12:30am
Like fashion and football, health care has its trends. And one of the bigger trends now is “hot-spotting,” the practice of using data to identify those who are the “super utilizers” of the health care system and surrounding them with services in an attempt to cut health care spending. ...
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July 03, 2014 | 0 comments
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 12:00am
Check out this week's jobs in the health journalism field, and for journalists who cover issues in aging or work for ethnic media outlets, don't forget to apply to the the Journalists in Aging Fellows program this week.
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July 03, 2014 | 0 comments
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 4:00am
Last week, the Health Officers Assoc. of California announced it will launch a continuing medical education program for valley fever. It shouldn't have required widespread press and the new U.S. House majority leader to get to this point.
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July 02, 2014 | 0 comments
Friday, June 27, 2014 - 7:07am
Health officials, overtly protecting the meat industry, have succeeded in spinning the disease so it is now considered something that "just happens" rather than a grave breakdown of our agricultural system.
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June 27, 2014 | 0 comments
Friday, June 27, 2014 - 4:00am
A new collaboration among media outlets is building a new database of health care prices by asking people to share how much they paid for common procedures. The results could shed light on how much services typically cost, and eventually help bring costs down.
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June 27, 2014 | 0 comments
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 4:00am
New data show that tax credits have dramatically lowered premiums for those on Obamacare plans. But for employees stuck with high-deductible plans, big out-of-pocket costs can drain bank accounts and incentivize going without care.
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June 26, 2014 | 1 comments
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 12:00am
Take a look at this week's new listings for radio, online and magazine positions in public and private organizations.
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June 26, 2014 | 0 comments
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 10:30am
It's well-known that toxic stress and childhood adversity can lead to poorer health. But sobering new research focusing on the tips of chromosomes finds that a child’s experience of traumatic, violent family events can impact kids at the most basic cellular levels.
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June 25, 2014 | 0 comments
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 10:30am
The American Academy of Pediatrics announced a new policy this week urging parents to read to their kids starting at birth, and for pediatricians to recommend the practice during doctor visits. The policy reflects recent research that stresses the importance of early literacy in child development.
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June 24, 2014 | 0 comments
Monday, June 23, 2014 - 4:00am
Research shows that involving parents more deeply in their kid's care has lasting benefits for both child and parent. In one study, mothers in the treatment group had less depression and PTSD symptoms, while kids had far fewer behavioral problems one year later.
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June 23, 2014 | 0 comments
Friday, June 20, 2014 - 8:01am
This month, after the National Institute of Health announced that it was seeking $4.5 billion for its work on President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released its recommendation that the research explicitly include ethical perspectives.
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June 20, 2014 | 0 comments
Friday, June 20, 2014 - 4:00am
In the not-so-distant past, parents weren't always allowed to accompany their children throughout the hospital, creating added anxiety for both. Advances in child psychology helped changed that, and now parents routinely follow their kids every step of the way.
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June 20, 2014 | 0 comments
Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 12:00pm
A quirk in the Affordable Care Act may leave an estimated half-million children without access to affordable health coverage, and that number could grow. The glitch in the law could be easily fixed by the president or Congress, but despite recent efforts, the problem persists.
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June 19, 2014 | 0 comments

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