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Doctors and patients, listen up. Starting in 2019, private insurers may hold unprecedented power in determining standards of care for Medicare patients.
The health news media paid a lot of attention to last week's story about medical errors. But much of the resulting coverage was misleading and failed to scrutinize the underlying evidence.
After winning 9 awards from 13 nominations at independent film festivals since its premiere in the fall of 2014, “The Syndrome” by Meryl and Susan Goldsmith is now available on demand in North America, the first documentary distributed by Freestyle Digital Media.
Preventable medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the U.S after heart disease and cancer. Medical mistakes claim about 400,000 people every year in U.S. It seems that the number of deaths due to medical negligence is increasing every year.
A University of Iowa study found MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) in 70 percent of hogs on farms studied and in 64 percent of workers; resistant bacteria were found on an unopened soft drink can in a car following a poultry truck.
In June of 2011, I was taking care of annual appointments, and I was getting the exams that I had been postponing because of more pressing health issues. That June, I was scheduled to have a routine thyroid ultrasound for my annual follow up of thyroid nodules.
The tragedy in Flint continues to fill headlines. But nearly every community is at risk from some form of lead contamination. In our webinar this week, veteran reporters and experts offered journalists fresh ideas for covering such stories.
The harm from misleading media messages about health care is very real. But by putting a human face and voice to these harms, we can begin to correct some of these wrongs, explains HealthNewsReview.org's Gary Schwitzer.
Long-awaited federal audits are finally here under the the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
NFL receiver Josh Cribbs recently had his brain analyzed and was told his brain resembled that of a 52-year-old. He's only 32 years old. In Cleveland, Cribbs told reporters he worries what his future will look like.

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