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Venezuelan boy’s death sparks anger over health care crisis 28.5.2016 Washington Post: World
Venezuelans are expressing dismay over the death of an 8-year-old boy with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma who had become a symbol of the crisis-wracked nation’s collapsed health care system.
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Rio Olympics should be reconsidered due to Zika danger, scientists say 28.5.2016 Technology

Rio Olympics should be reconsidered due to Zika danger, scientists sayA group of 150 doctors and scientists sign a letter urging the World Health Organization to call for moving or postponing the summer Olympics due to the threat of the virus.


WHO told holding Games amid Zika outbreak 'unethical' 28.5.2016 CNN: Top Stories
The summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro should be postponed or moved "in the name of public health" due to the widening Zika outbreak in Brazil, more than 100 prominent doctors and professors said Friday in an open letter to the World Health Organization.
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What we know so far about the superbug in the Pennsylvania case 28.5.2016 Washington Post
What we know so far about the superbug in the Pennsylvania case
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Trump on Immigrants and Health Care Costs: Just Plain Wrong 28.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Leah Zallman

Throughout the primary season, leading Republican presidential candidates vied over who could bash immigrants the hardest. And they were promising more than border walls. Donald Trump is the most extreme immigrant-blamer; according to his website, “Providing healthcare to illegal immigrants costs us some $11 billion annually.

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Mergers in the healthcare sector: why you'll pay more 28.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

We know all about the benefits in store for us when big hospital chains merge and bigger health insurance companies grow even bigger: 

Lower prices. More efficient healthcare. More innovation. Better customer service.

That's what hospital and insurance companies say, anyway. 

But here's what the...

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Doctors fire back at bad Yelp reviews - and reveal patients' information online 27.5.2016 Washington Post
In trying to respond to negative ratings online, some health providers appear to be violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
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The ‘Woman Card’ Brings a Wealth of Disadvantages 27.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Sonali Kolhatkar

“If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote …” Donald Trump asserted back in April, adding: “The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card.”

Sadly, his remark did not only reflect his own sexist views. Apparently, there are plenty of Americans who believe that womanhood is an advantage when it comes to running for the highest office in the country.

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To cut wait times, VA wants nurses to act like doctors. Doctors say veterans will be harmed. 27.5.2016 Washington Post
To cut wait times, VA wants nurses to act like doctors. Doctors say veterans will be harmed.
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Chasing an epidemic: On the road with Brazil's Zika detectives 27.5.2016 L.A. Times - World News

In a place where the bite of a common mosquito has brought crippling birth defects and early death, they are the detectives sent to gather clues about the crime.

The four women have been plying the back roads of northeastern Brazil for days. Their quarry: new mothers who may have been infected...

Nursing homes for boomers gain traction over opposition in Chicago area 27.5.2016 Chicago Tribune: Business
Aging baby boomers are transforming the conventional nursing home. The stigma attached to nursing homes most often is that they're a place you go to die. The last thing baby boomers, who came of age in the '60s and '70s and practically invented youth culture, will ever admit is that they are ...
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Cancer deaths rose during the recession. But why? 27.5.2016 Washington Post
Cancer deaths rose during the recession. But why?
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Researchers discover dangerous bacteria in Pa. resistant to last-resort antibiotics 27.5.2016 Washington Post
For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying a deadly bacteria with a gene that makes it resistant to antibiotics of last resort, an alarming development that the top U.S. public health official said could mean “the end of the road” for antibiotics.
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Women Who Have To Delay Pumping Risk Painful Breast Engorgement 26.5.2016 NPR News
Pumping breast milk may seem optional, but women who don't pump or breast-feed on a regular schedule risk engorgement, a painful condition that can lead to infection and other medical complications.
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Trump on Immigrants and Health Care Costs: Just Plain Wrong 26.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Throughout the primary season, leading Republican presidential candidates vied over who could bash immigrants the hardest. And they were promising more than border walls. Donald Trump is the most extreme immigrant-blamer; according to his website , "Providing healthcare to illegal immigrants costs us some $11 billion annually. If we were to simply enforce the current immigration laws and restrict the unbridled granting of visas to this country, we could relieve healthcare cost pressures on state and local governments." As with many of Trump's claims, this one is wrong. But unlike some of his other falsehoods, the media has left this one unchallenged. Trump's $11 billion figure comes from an obviously biased study that's based on outlandish assumptions. For instance, it counts as "immigrants" millions of U.S. citizens -- children who were born in the U.S. of immigrant parents. It also assumes that immigrant families have high health care costs, ignoring a raft of data showing that immigrants use little ...
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Five days and five nights with Doctors Without Borders 26.5.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
They're in a crowded refugee camp, running the only hospital in a war-torn corner of South Sudan.
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Almost 1,000 people have been killed in attacks on health-care facilities since 2014, WHO says 26.5.2016 Washington Post
Almost 1,000 people have been killed in attacks on health-care facilities since 2014, WHO says
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Bernie Sanders Easily Wins the Policy Debate 26.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Jeffrey D. Sachs

Mainstream U.S. economists have criticized Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’s proposals as unworkable, but these economists betray the status quo bias of their economic models and professional experience. It’s been decades since the United States had a progressive economic strategy, and mainstream economists have forgotten what one can deliver. In fact, Sanders’s recipes are supported by overwhelming evidence — notably from countries that already follow the policies he advocates. On health care, growth and income inequality, Sanders wins the policy debate hands down.

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Pregnant Women are Regularly Taking Medicine That Could Harm Their Kids 26.5.2016 Mother Jones
Marquita Smiley's first surprise was discovering she was pregnant. Her second was how miserable being pregnant felt. With her older daughter, she had experienced some mild queasiness. This time, the nausea and vomiting were so bad, "I would be calling off work and not wanting to get out of bed." As a single mom in Birmingham, Alabama, and a social worker who investigated cases of child abuse, she didn't have that option. Her OB-GYN wrote a prescription for Zofran (generic name ondansetron), which had been developed for cancer patients ravaged by radiation and chemotherapy but had become the preferred treatment for extreme morning sickness. The pills melted in Smiley's mouth, dissolving the nausea with them. "I felt so much better," she said. "So we just kept kinda going with it." Between 50 and 90 percent of women spend some part of their early pregnancies sick to their stomachs, and what begins as simple nausea can become dangerously debilitating. Some expectant women use ondansetron for only a few ...
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The Medical Community Must Come to the Defense of Purvi Patel 26.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
When you come to the hospital for medical help, you don't expect to leave in handcuffs. But that's exactly what happened to Purvi Patel when she came to an Indiana emergency room seeking assistance in July 2013. Ms. Patel arrived at the emergency room with bleeding following a recent pregnancy, a situation many women may experience. She stated she had been pregnant, and had already disposed of the fetal remains. Ms. Patel's medical providers contacted law enforcement officers. She was then arrested on the charge of "neglect of a dependent." A month later, prosecution added the charge of feticide as well. On March 30, 2015 , Ms. Patel received an unprecedented 20-year prison sentence for two implicitly contradictory charges -- feticide and neglect of a dependent. She remains incarcerated today. On May 23, Ms. Patel's case came up for appeal . After a year of silence, the medical community needs to come to her defense, and ensure that such a series of events does not come to pass again. None of us can ...
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