Category Archives: Health and Medical

Stop Misusing the Term “Health Care”

Confusion about “health care” stems from the misuse of the term itself. In common usage, the term “health care” is used as a synonym for “medical care” and “medical insurance,” although these terms have widely different meanings. This is more than an issue of semantics. There are serious policy implications of using the wrong words, and the misuse reflects an entitled attitude among the populace and lazy thinking by the media, academia, and politicians.

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Robotic Heart Could Save Lives [VIDEO]

What would you do if you had a heart attack that permanently damaged your heart? This is a question that many face every day. A patient facing these conditions is quite limited. The answer most people say is heart transplant. But, people can wait on lists for a long time waiting for an acceptable transplant. But, now, a new device has been invented. It’s a robotic heart that could save lives. The robotic heart, developed by Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital researchers, fits around a heart and helps it beat.

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Judge Rules Health Insurance Companies Matter More Than Taxpayers

Largely overlooked last week in the wake of President Donald Trump’s court battle was another controversial judicial ruling. On Thursday the US Court of Claims rewarding Moda Health, an Oregon-based health insurer, $214 million for losses it took participating in the high risk insurance pools established under the Affordable Care Act. The dispute came after Republicans eliminated funding for tax payer subsidies to those firms that lost money writing insurance for high risk individuals.

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Which Over-The-Counter Cold Medicine Is Best For You?

Having a cold is miserable and it can be overwhelming to sort through the wide array of medications with different side effects—especially when you’re not feeling well. When dealing with a cold, it’s best to pinpoint which symptom is bothering you most and find the medication that targets that ailment since antibiotics are ineffective against viral infections such as a cold. Here is a list of some common medications to look for that can help you feel better.

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Sadly, One Does Not Simply Repeal ObamaCare

The health reform framework that became the Affordable Care Act has a long history and many champions from all political philosophies. While the ACA will long be associated with Pres. Obama and is most often called Obamacare, many other politicians and policy makers had been working on similar plans for years including George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Mitt Romney. Sadly, full repeal of the Affordable Care Act would result in at least 18 million Americans losing health care coverage, and that would come at a political and economic cost.

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Obama Administration Confirms Obamacare Premiums Will Surge By 25% In 2017

It turns out, pretty much nothing that Obama and his healthcare “experts” predicted about Obamacare actually came true. With 2017 rates now finalized across the country, in fact, Obamacare premiums are expected to increase an average of 25% nationally according to data from the Kaiser Foundation. Meanwhile, the 10 hardest hit states will see premiums increase an average of 62% while Arizona is officially the biggest loser with rates in Phoenix soaring 145%.

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Risk Of “Mass Exodus” Of Doctors From Medicare Looms

If faced with increased reporting and administrative burdens, declining reimbursements and new payment arrangements that put their income at risk, many doctors – especially independent practitioners – may feel that they simply can’t afford to participate in Medicare any more. One recent survey of physicians found nearly 40-percent expect a “mass exodus” from Medicare over MACRA. Given the predicted shortage of doctors over the next decade and an aging population, this would be disastrous.

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Can Nicotine Protect The Aging Brain?

Everyone knows that tobacco products are bad for your health, and even the new e-cigarettes may have harmful toxins. However, according to research at Texas A&M, it turns out the nicotine itself—when given independently from tobacco—could help protect the brain as it ages, and even ward off Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease. Share This Article

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