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How to Get the Best Plan When You Have a Chronic Illness

How to Get the Best Plan When You Have a Chronic Illness

Purchasing medical coverage on one of the health exchanges is complicated enough. Add a chronic illness to the mix, and it can be downright impossible to choose the right plan. People suffering from chronic illnesses often take multiple medications and have an army of specialists and a preferred physician, all of which has to be [...]

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Michigan outlines Flint recovery plan

Michigan outlines Flint recovery plan

Michigan’s government on Monday released goals to help the city of Flint recover from a health crisis caused by the lead contamination of its drinking water. The plan, involving several state agencies, is meant to address water infrastructure shortcomings and the health of children who have tested for high lead levels in their blood, expand [...]

March 21, 2016 Saheli Health Comments Off on Michigan outlines Flint recovery plan

In Uganda’s Zika Forest, global health scare seems a world away

In Uganda’s Zika Forest, global health scare seems a world away

In a tiny patch of tall trees and tangled undergrowth near the shores of Lake Victoria in Uganda, Zika-carrying mosquitoes buzz around local people who are unperturbed by the global health emergency that the virus has triggered. “Zika? That one I have never heard about – what kind of disease is that?” said Julius Makumbi, [...]

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Are you as fit as President Obama? White House releases enviable check-up report

Are you as fit as President Obama? White House releases enviable check-up report

He’s 54 years old, just over six feet tall and weighs 175 pounds. His blood pressure is low, cholesterol level enviable and resting heart rate well below average. Did we forget to mention that this man also has a (very, very important) full-time job? The White House just released a physician’s report from President Obama’s [...]

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Rats Depress People More Than Crime Does, Study Finds

Rats Depress People More Than Crime Does, Study Finds

A not-so-surprising new study finds that people don’t like rats. But what may be truly surprising is that rats — more than crime or other signs of urban decay — may make people depressed. Rats eat discarded food. Kirsty Wigglesworth / PA Wire via AP People living in Baltimore’s low-income neighborhoods who see rats as [...]

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Lawyer Says Turing Execs Warned Shkreli Against Drug Price Hike

Lawyer Says Turing Execs Warned Shkreli Against Drug Price Hike

The former top lawyer for Turing Pharmaceuticals says he and other executives warned Martin Shkreli against the drastic price hike that triggered a national backlash against the company and its 32-year-old CEO. Turing’s former general counsel will tell Senate lawmakers that the fiftyfold price increase on Daraprim, a drug used to treat life-threatening parasitic infections, [...]

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Departing UN Official Calls Organization a ‘Black Hole’ of Bureaucracy

Departing UN Official Calls Organization a ‘Black Hole’ of Bureaucracy

Which operation has the United Nations bungled most badly? The ponderous response to the Ebola epidemic — or the ongoing deployment of 4,500 troops in Haiti? Or was it the dispatch of peacekeepers to the Central African Republic who have ended up accused of raping and abusing the people they’re supposed to be looking out [...]

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Lassa Fever Case Puzzles German Doctors

Lassa Fever Case Puzzles German Doctors

German doctors are puzzled by the first outbreak of Lassa fever outside Africa. They say three people have been infected after having contact with an American who died of Lassa fever there last month. “This is now the first documented outbreak of Lassa fever virus outside of Africa,” the Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s federal disease [...]

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Joan Bakewell ‘deeply sorry’ over anorexia comments

Joan Bakewell ‘deeply sorry’ over anorexia comments

Labour peer Joan Bakewell says she is “deeply sorry” for causing “distress” by suggesting the rise of eating disorders among teenagers was a sign of “narcissism” in society. She told The Sunday Times “no one has anorexia in societies where there is not enough food”, and it was a sign of “the overindulgence of our [...]

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‘Cold turkey’ best way to quit smoking, study shows

‘Cold turkey’ best way to quit smoking, study shows

Volunteers who used this approach were 25% more likely to remain abstinent half a year from the date that they give up than smokers who tried to gradually wean themselves off instead. The NHS says that picking a convenient date to quit is important. Make a promise, set a date and stick to it, it [...]

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Eye Health / Blindness Stem Cell Research Surgery Eye lens regeneration from own stem cells: ‘a paradigm shift in cataract surgery’

Eye Health / Blindness Stem Cell Research Surgery Eye lens regeneration from own stem cells: ‘a paradigm shift in cataract surgery’

  Eye lens regeneration from own stem cells: ‘a paradigm shift in cataract surgery’ A new study describes a pioneering new cataract treatment – tested in animals and in a small trial with human patients – where, after the cloudy lens is removed, the eye grows a new lens from its own stem cells. Current [...]

March 10, 2016 Saheli Health Comments Off on Eye Health / Blindness Stem Cell Research Surgery Eye lens regeneration from own stem cells: ‘a paradigm shift in cataract surgery’