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Over One Third Of U.S. Adults Have Advanced Medical Directives

Everyone should have this conversation.Nearly 37 percent of Americans have advanced directives for end-of-life care if they become seriously ill or unable to make health care decisions, according to a new analysis of recent research. Roughly half of people with living wills or other types of advanced medical directives were …

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We Don’t Have A ‘Health Care System’

At this time in history it may serve us well to reflect on the tortuous past, the harrowing present and the unpredictable future of health care in America. First and foremost we must recognize we do not have “a health care system” — rather our health care is delivered in …

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Lyft, Uber Increasingly Offering Medical Transportation Services

“This is one of those rare innovations where you can both improve the service and reduce cost at the same time.”Instead of lights and sirens, health care transportation is increasingly featuring Lyft and Uber logos ― and that’s a good thing for nearly everyone involved. Just ask Sachin Jain, the …

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Inequality In Access To Care Undermines Cancer-Control Efforts In Latin America

Cancer is the second-biggest killer in Latin America, accounting for 19 percent of all deaths on average. The International Agency for Research on Cancer projects the number of cancer deaths in Latin America to more than double by 2035. New analysis by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) shows that in …

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More Children In U.S. Illegally To Receive Health Care

A half-dozen states plus Washington, D.C., have extended Medicaid benefits to children in the country illegally. By Michael Ollove Still, advocates regard the victory in Oregon and elsewhere as significant, certainly for the estimated 15,000 immigrant children in Oregon who are expected to become eligible for health care under the …

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Chris O’Dowd Talking About His Son’s Home Birth Is Hilarious

The comedian and his wife have two sons.Chris O’Dowd has a sense of humor about a lot of things ― including parenting. The comedian and his wife, Dawn O’Porter, have two sons, 2-year-old Art and 1-month-old Valentine. Appearing on “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” O’Dowd talked about Valentine’s birth and …

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Poor Medicare Patients May Spend More On Hospital Stays

“Beneficiaries who are least able to afford it may be at greatest risk for incurring these high costs.”Out-of-pocket spending for hospital care by people with Medicare may be higher for those with lower incomes, because they’re more likely than wealthier Medicare beneficiaries to be kept in the hospital without being …

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Jimmy Kimmel Reveals Son Needs Two More Open Heart Surgeries

The late-night host gives an update on Billy’s condition following that touching speech on health care.Jimmy Kimmel is known as a funnyman in Hollywood, but none of his on-camera moments this year were as memorable as the time he gave a serious and emotional plea for health care coverage while …

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Even The Perception That Tap Water Is Unsafe Can Harm Poor People’s Health

Even The Perception That Tap Water Is Unsafe Can Harm Poor People’s Health (Reuters Health) – Black and Hispanic adults in the U.S. have higher rates of mild dehydration than whites, and one reason may be less access to safe, clean tap water, researchers say. Since getting enough water is …

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More Than A Half Million People Struck By Cholera In Yemen

Health workers haven’t been paid in almost a year.GENEVA (Reuters) – More than half a million people in Yemen have been infected with cholera since the epidemic began four months ago and 1,975 people have died, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. Each day there are more than …

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