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Getting Patients To Their Medical Appointments - Unnecessary Cost or Great Savings?

Aug 03 2018 - 06:08

Non-Emergency Medical Transportation helps Medicaid patients keep their medical appointments. As some states expand Medicaid, they want to drop the service. A whitepaper by the industrial leaders tries to make a case for the benefit of the service using MathMagic. It doesn't, but should. 

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The Most Common Methods of Murder

Aug 02 2018 - 16:08

The board game Clue taught us that murder weapons could be diverse. My favorite version of the game, Clue Master Detective, featured eight potential weapons: candlestick, lead pipe, wrench, horseshoe, poison, rope, knife, and of course, the revolver.

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Condom Re-Use is a Thing. It Shouldn't Be.

Aug 02 2018 - 12:08

Due to the endlessly creative ways we inadvertently harm ourselves, health officials felt compelled to step in to reduce unintentional injury.

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Condom Reuse is A Thing. It Shouldn't Be.

Aug 02 2018 - 12:08

Due to the endlessly creative ways we inadvertently harm ourselves, health officials felt compelled to step in to reduce unintentional injury.

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Medicare for All: The Devilish Details of Higher Costs, More Access & Possible Savings

Aug 02 2018 - 08:08

The Mercatus Center's report on the financial impact of Senator Sanders' Medicare for All proposal reveals the details. The media insists on feeding us biased headlines and soundbites; an informational meal of empty calories.

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Medicare For All - The Devilish Details of Higher Costs, More Access, And Possibly Savings

Aug 02 2018 - 08:08

The Mercatus Center's report on the financial impact of Senator Sanders' Medicare for All proposal reveals the details. The media insists on feeding us biased headlines and soundbites; an informational meal of empty calories.

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Medicare 4 All - The Devilish Details of Higher Costs, More Access, And Possibly Savings

Aug 02 2018 - 08:08

The Mercatus Center's report on the financial impact of Senator Sanders' Medicare for All proposal reveals the details. The media insists on feeding us biased headlines and soundbites; an informational meal of empty calories.

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Another Year, Another Failed Breastfeeding Policy Push By WHO, UNICEF

Aug 02 2018 - 00:08

When ideology not medical reasoning guides infant feeding policy, nobody wins.

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Atacama Desert Has Highest Levels of UV Radiation on Earth

Aug 01 2018 - 22:08

The Atacama Desert is an inhospitable place.

Covering some 40,000 square miles, the desert is located mostly in Chile, but its outer regions stretch into nearby Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina. Given some of the striking imagery from the area, you could be forgiven for thinking you are gazing at a photograph of Mars.

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Alan Alda, Vocal Science Communicator: Early Action is Key to Battling Parkinson's

Aug 01 2018 - 14:08

The main reason the 82-year-old actor decided to publicly disclose that he has Parkinson's disease is that Alda is a self-proclaimed science communicator. And he's sharing what he's learning about dealing with this condition, so others can learn how to live with it more effectively and not be "immobilized by fear."

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Carvone: One Molecule, Two Different Scents And Flavors

Aug 01 2018 - 12:08

A plant-based chemical called carvone is found in a number of plants, especially spearmint and caraway. Carvone is commonly used to flavor foods. There is an interesting chemical factoid here. Carvone actually comes in two almost identical forms and they have different scents and flavors. Welcome to stereochemistry. 

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Kicking Butts in New England; MA to Raise Smoking Age to 21

Aug 01 2018 - 07:08

Congratulation to the state of Massachusetts for raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products and cigarettes to 21, from 18. Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, signed the bill into law late last week, and the new law will take effect in five months, on New Year's Eve.

The measure also includes added restrictions on e-cigarette purchase and use. The Bay State becomes the sixth state in the U.S. to raise its legal age to 21, joining California, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey and Oregon.

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Do Migratory Patients, Snowbirds, Use Healthcare Differently?

Aug 01 2018 - 03:08

Snowbirds, humans migrating from North to South at approaching winter seem to use health care resources in the same way, irrespective of where they may be. 

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McDonald's Outbreak: What Is Cyclospora?

Jul 31 2018 - 15:07

E. coli. Salmonella. Campylobacter. Norovirus. When somebody gets sick eating at a restaurant, these are often the culprits. But McDonald's has been hit by an outbreak of Cyclospora. I'm a PhD microbiologist -- who has taken two classes in medical microbiology -- and I'd never heard of that. What is it?

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Lawsuit Against Anthem Aims To Protect Patients From Insurer’s Bad Policy

Jul 31 2018 - 11:07

When health insurers keep trying to practice medicine without a license, we all lose. 

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Upside To Tariffs: Fewer Supplements in the U.S.

Jul 31 2018 - 10:07

While trade groups and economists debate the merits or impacts of tariffs designed to create more equality in U.S. trade, one group of barnacles that remain a free rider on the ships of commerce using FDA exemptions, a lack of common sense, and a tariff imbalance is really nervous: The $45 billion American dietary supplement industry.

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Smokers Likely To Have Worse Diets Too

Jul 31 2018 - 09:07

A new study using data from 5,293 U.S. adults determined that smokers consumed around 200 more calories a day than non-smokers or former smokers, despite eating smaller portions of food. That means more snacking, treating treats like meals. This is in contrast to a time when smokers gained weight after they stopped, because they ate more to occupy their hands and mouths.

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Does Case Volume Promote Safety While Reducing Access? CMS and Physicians Wrestle With The Trade-Off

Jul 31 2018 - 08:07

Greater patient volumes result in more experience and better outcomes. But for rural and underserved areas there may not be enough volume to maintain a clinically safe practice. The trade-off of access and outcome is at the heart of a discussion of TAVR, transcatheter aortic valve replacement, a replacement for open surgery. 

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ACSH Explains: What's The Story On Bromopropane?

Jul 31 2018 - 07:07

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and was signed into law June 22, 2016. It created a mandatory requirement for EPA to evaluate existing chemicals with clear and enforceable deadlines, to do so in a transparent fashion, and to do so using risk-based chemical assessments rather than rely on simple epidemiological correlations. 

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Humanities Enrollment Is in Free Fall

Jul 31 2018 - 01:07

Enrollment in the humanities is collapsing. Why? Probably because (1) There is a widespread belief that humanities degrees should be avoided; (2) the humanities generate too much nonsensical research; and (3) the humanities, and academia in general, are politically biased.

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