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Health Apr 10Lethal plans: When seniors turn to suicide in long-term care
A six-month investigation by KHN and PBS NewsHour finds that older Americans are quietly killing themselves in nursing homes, assisted living centers and adult care homes.
Health Nov 19If you cook Thanksgiving turkey, be careful amid salmonella outbreak
Federal health officials have identified no single source of the outbreak of Salmonella Reading, which has sickened at least 164 people in 35 states during the past year.
Nation Jun 26Dementia presents a unique challenge to gun safety
As America copes with an epidemic of gun violence that kills 96 people each day, there has been vigorous debate about how to prevent people with mental illness from acquiring weapons. But a little-known problem is what to do about…
Health Jan 30Medicaid covers nearly 104 million medical visits, but that may soon change
Citing runaway costs and a focus on patients taking responsibility for their health, Republicans have vowed to roll back the benefits, cut federal funding and give states more power to eliminate services they consider unaffordable.
Health Oct 26‘No one is coming.’ Hospice patients abandoned at death’s door
An analysis by Kaiser Health News of 20,000 government inspection records revealed that missed visits and neglect are common for patients dying at home. Families across the country have called for help in times of crisis and been met with…
Health Jul 01Insect venom shortage stings allergy sufferers this summer
Allergists are warning of a shortage of a little-known product — honeybee, hornet and wasp venom extracts used in shots that prevent life-threatening reactions.
Health Jun 14How this mother keeps hope alive after Zika virus
Aryanna, who was born in late January, and the other infants are now at the center of efforts by U.S. officials to monitor the lasting effects of the devastating outbreak, even as another dangerous mosquito season begins.
Health Apr 05With GOP bill dead, Alaska gets creative to reduce health care costs
In Alaska, individual health insurance premiums here climbed almost 40 percent annually after the ACA went into effect, and high health care costs drove all but one provider out of the market in 2017.
Health Feb 15Doctors bill Medicare for end-of-life advice as ‘death panel’ fears reemerge
Federal program paid $16 million in first six months of 2016 to counsel 223,000 patients about treatment preferences in their last days.
Health Dec 16Think you’re too old to be an organ donor? Think again
Organ donations from senior citizens rarely happen. But older kidneys are an untapped resource and could help relieve the organ shortage, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Torino in northwest Italy.