Weekly Health Digest: Ambulance Bills, Tampon Ban, and Health Economics

Will Congress Bring Sky-High Air Ambulance Bills Down To Earth? Jackie Fortier An investigation by Kaiser Health News and NPR found that the cost of getting medivac helicopter rides range from $28,000 to $97,000. Unlike most markets, increased competition has actually led to price increases for these life saving services. New legislation may be able…

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Weekly Health Digest: Cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Homelessness

Globally, losing the fight against cancer and other chronic diseases Susan Scutti New analysis shows that more than half of the countries making up the United Nations will fail to reduce premature deaths from cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, and diabetes by 2030. These were commitments that all countries in the UN agreed to…

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Weekly Health Digest: E-Cigarette Epidemic, Opioid Overprescription, and New Medicare

​New Medicare Advantage Tool To Control Drug Prices Could Narrow Choices Susan Jaffe New restrictions under the Medicare Advantage plans could require patients to try low-priced drugs before high-priced ones. Medicare Advantage plans, which are run under private companies approved by traditional Medicare, cover approximately 20 million people across the country. Critics are concerned that…

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Weekly Health Digest: Multiple Sclerosis, Inactivity, and Raging Wildfires

​’Pandemic’ of inactivity increases disease risk worldwide, WHO study says Susan Scutti With physical activity levels continuing to trend downwards worldwide, a World Health Organization (WHO) study has shown that people are in need of lifestyle modifications. The researchers recorded people’s activity levels at work and at home.  Their results showed a distinction between wealthier…

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Weekly Health Digest: Salmonella, Lead in Tap Water, and Multistate E. coli

207 million eggs in nine states recalled over salmonella fears Faith Karimi Rolling Acres Farms has chosen to recall 206,749,248 eggs after suspected salmonella contamination. Eggs were sold at both retail stores and restaurants in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Affected brands includeCountry Daybreak, Coburn…

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Weekly Health Digest: Coffee and Cancer, Infant Death Mutation, and Online Medical Portals

Coffee requires cancer warning, California judge rules Associated Press While science is still trying to answer the question of whether or not coffee is bad for your health, one judge has already come to a verdict. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle ruled that coffee sellers in the state of California should have to…

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