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Unhappy: An Excerpt from ‘Shitfaced: Musings of a Former Drunk’

“Let’s do prank calls.” I was feeling rather bored at a seventh grade sleepover birthday party, and I realized I would have to be the one to add some excitement. “Okay,” said the birthday boy as he left the room. He came back a minute later carrying a phonebook. He …

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Will Colorado Conservatives Stop Misrepresenting The Medicaid Budget?

I can’t tell ya how excited I was to read, “Is Medicaid Gobbling Up Colorado’s Budget,” in The Denver Post, and reporter John Ingold did not let me down. The piece provides a sober look at the repeated Republican allegation, documented multiple times on this blog, that if not for …

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7 Lies Parents Need To Stop Telling Their Child’s Physician

Lying to physicians tends to be a default reaction that patients have when they are embarrassed. Embarrassed about the disease or length of time it has happened or what was going on when the problem started. However, you came for an evaluation. This means that on some level you want …

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In Rare Double Euthanasia, 91-Year-Old Couple Died ‘Confidently Holding Hands’

“Dying together was their deepest wish,” the couple’s daughter said. Ninety-one-year-old lovebirds Nic and Trees Elderhorst kissed each other goodbye and, while still holding hands, died together in a rare double euthanasia, a Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reported last week. The couple, who hailed from the town of Didam in …

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Americans’ Use of Alcohol Is on the Rise: Study

A new study has found an 11 percent increase in alcohol use among Americans between 2002 and 2012. There was an even bigger jump in high-risk drinking and alcohol-use disorders. Women, older adults and racial minorities were found to have increased their alcohol use and abuse the most.

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Pennsylvania’s First Human Case of West Nile Virus in 2017 Reported in Montgomery County

Pennsylvania’s first probable human case of the West Nile Virus infection in 2017 was detected in a Montgomery County resident, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced Tuesday. They have not revealed which Montgomery County town the person resides in. “Detecting the first human case of West Nile Virus this year …

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Trump Actions Bring Uncertainty, Trigger Health Premium Hikes for 2018: Study

The Trump administration’s own actions are triggering double-digit premium increases on individual health insurance policies purchased by many consumers, a nonpartisan study has found. The analysis released Thursday by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that mixed signals from President Donald Trump have created uncertainty “far outside the norm,” leading insurers …

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The Freshman 15 Is ‘Graduation Season Click-Bait’

It seems all graduating high school seniors know about the freshman 15. You may have heard about this infamous 15 pound weight gain from your friends, the media, maybe even a nutrition class in school. It’s time to set the record straight and stop perpetuating this myth. The freshman 15 …

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1 in 3 Cancer Patients Face Unexpected Costs: Study

A Duke University study found more than a third of cancer patients with health insurance faced out-of-pocket costs that were more than they expected. Researchers say patients with unexpected costs are less willing to pay for care and may skip or opt out of necessary treatments. A Duke University study …

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Five Die While Using Obesity Devices, FDA Says

At least five people have died soon after being fitted with balloons designed to help them lose weight, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. The FDA says it doesn’t know if the devices or the surgery to implant them is to blame but issued an alert to doctors to …

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