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Social Security Costs to Exceed Income in 2020, Trustees Say Entitlements
Social Security Costs to Exceed Income in 2020, Trustees Say
2019-04-22 23:10:42
by Dan McCue

Both Social Security and Medicare are on unstable financial footing, and lawmakers need to act sooner rather than later to shore up America’s bedrock retirement programs and phase in needed changes, the trustees of both programs said in reports released... Read More

How to Fight ‘Scary’ Superbugs? Cooperation — and a Special Soap Health
How to Fight ‘Scary’ Superbugs? Cooperation — and a Special Soap

Hospitals and nursing homes in California and Illinois are testing a surprisingly simple strategy against the dangerous, antibiotic-resistant superbugs that kill thousands of people each year: washing patients with a special soap. The efforts — funded with roughly $8 million... Read More

For Women, Tourette’s Syndrome Means Added Burdens, and Also Rewards Health
For Women, Tourette’s Syndrome Means Added Burdens, and Also Rewards

PHILADELPHIA — Sara Henya’s art is her music, and her instrument is the harp. She makes playing look easy, effortless. Her fingers move like cascading water: fluid, graceful, sure. But when her fingers are still, well, that’s a different story.... Read More

Lethal Plans: When Seniors Turn to Suicide in Long-Term Care Health
Lethal Plans: When Seniors Turn to Suicide in Long-Term Care

When Larry Anders moved into the Bay at Burlington nursing home in late 2017, he wasn’t supposed to be there long. At 77, the stoic Wisconsin machinist had just endured the death of his wife of 51 years and a... Read More

Opioid Treatment Programs Gear Up to Provide Suicide Care Health
Opioid Treatment Programs Gear Up to Provide Suicide Care

WASHINGTON — It’s long been suspected that the nation’s unprecedented drug overdose epidemic and sharply rising suicide rates are linked. Now health researchers are finding concrete evidence that the two preventable causes of death — which are among the top... Read More

UCSD Patient Gets First Cancer Treatment Made From Stem Cells Health
UCSD Patient Gets First Cancer Treatment Made From Stem Cells

SAN DIEGO — A new form of cancer immunotherapy has been given to a University of California, San Diego Health patient in the first test of immune cells grown from stem cells. The patient, Derek Ruff, is being treated for... Read More

Heavy Rains, End of Drought Could Help Keep West Nile Virus Subdued — For Now Health
Heavy Rains, End of Drought Could Help Keep West Nile Virus Subdued — For Now

The end of California’s drought, announced last month amid one of the rainiest winters in memory, could offer a surprising benefit: reduced transmission of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus. Longer term, however, more severe droughts associated with climate change could... Read More

On the Border, Volunteer Doctors Struggle to Provide Stopgap Care to Immigrants Health
On the Border, Volunteer Doctors Struggle to Provide Stopgap Care to Immigrants

EL PASO, Texas — It wasn’t the rash covering Meliza’s feet and legs that worried Dr. José Manuel de la Rosa. What concerned him were the deep bruises beneath. They were a sign she could be experiencing something far more... Read More

Elite Hospitals Plunge Into Unproven Stem Cell Treatments Health
Elite Hospitals Plunge Into Unproven Stem Cell Treatments

The online video seems to promise everything an arthritis patient could want. The six-minute segment mimics a morning talk show, using a polished TV host to interview guests around a coffee table. Dr. Adam Pourcho extols the benefits of stem... Read More

Congress Passes Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Environment
Congress Passes Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan
2019-04-11 12:16:33
by Dan McCue

Bipartisan legislation enacting a long sought after drought plan for seven states in the Colorado River basin has been sent to the White House for President Donald Trump's signature. Senator Martha McSally, R-Ariz., and Representative Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., fast-tracked passage... Read More

Some Congressmen Want to Halt Appalachian Mountaintop Coal Mining Health
Some Congressmen Want to Halt Appalachian Mountaintop Coal Mining
2019-04-10 13:01:22
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Residents of Appalachian states warned about severe health and environmental consequences from renewed mountaintop coal mining during a congressional hearing Tuesday. Lawmakers called the hearing to address concerns raised by Trump administration policies to loosen environmental restrictions on... Read More

Medicaid Expansion Boosts Hospital Bottom Lines — and Prices Health
Medicaid Expansion Boosts Hospital Bottom Lines — and Prices

The Medicaid expansion promoted by the Affordable Care Act was a boon for St. Mary’s Medical Center, the largest hospital in western Colorado. Since 2014, the number of uninsured patients it served dropped by more than half, saving the nonprofit... Read More

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