Health care

A diffusion tensor image of the corpus callosum, in a brain with Parkinson’s disease.

Incidence of Parkinson’s disease 50% higher than previously thought

The annual incidence of Parkinson’s disease was 50% higher than previous estimates in data from five epidemiological cohorts in the United States and Canada. The new incidence rate was nearly 90,000 cases per year for people age 65 and older, reported Allison Willis, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and co-authors.. This contrasts …

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Democrats unveil legislation outlining plan for right to fertility treatments

Democrats unveil legislation outlining plan for right to fertility treatments

A trio of Democratic lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bill that would protect access to assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), as organizations that support abortion access fear Republicans will continue such treatments in the future. Democratic senses Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) and Patty Murray (Wash.) and Rep. Susan Wild (D-Pa.) have introduced …

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Long Covid medical costs average $9,500 in first six months as patients become 'health system vagabonds'

Long Covid medical costs average $9,500 in first six months as patients become ‘health system vagabonds’

Spirit Joos | Photodisc | Getty Images Long Covid results in $9,500 in total average medical costs for workers and their employers within six months of a diagnosis, according to research by Nomi Health. Long Covid is a chronic disease that can come with potentially debilitating symptoms, which can last for months or years. This …

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The health industry must better prevent chronic diseases

The health industry must better prevent chronic diseases

Getty President Michael Milken of the Milken Institute posed perhaps the most important question during arguably the most important session of the Institute’s Future of Health Summit last week. Given that we’ve been talking about the health and economic burden of chronic disease for decades, he asked, when are we finally going to make progress? …

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Florida isn't alone in challenging Biden to allow drug imports into Canada

Florida isn’t alone in challenging Biden to allow drug imports into Canada

The Biden administration is facing increasing pressure on some states to let them import drugs from Canada to reduce prescription drug costs. Colorado on Dec. 5 became at least the fourth state to seek federal permission to use the strategy, following Florida, New Hampshire and New Mexico. In August, Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration …

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Private health insurance: state and federal oversight of provider networks varies

Private health insurance: state and federal oversight of provider networks varies

Fast facts The majority of Americans are covered by private health insurance plans. Health plans have established networks of providers (contract doctors, other providers and facilities) to provide medical care to enrollees. A provider network is considered “inadequate” if it does not have enough providers to ensure that those enrolled receive timely care nearby. Inadequate …

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OPINION: Beneficial health care laws the next Congress may (actually) pass

OPINION: Beneficial health care laws the next Congress may (actually) pass

Why does The Fulcrum feature regular columns on health care in America? US healthcare spending grew 9.7% in 2020, reaching $4.1 trillion, or 19.7% of gross domestic product. In the long term, this is clearly unsustainable. If The Fulcrum is to fulfill our mission as a place for informed discussions about fixing our democracy, we …

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Lagging recall rates raise fears of a deadly winter in nursing homes

Lagging recall rates raise fears of a deadly winter in nursing homes

COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations are on the rise, posing a major threat to nursing home residents and staff who are not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations. According to federal data, less than half of all nursing home residents and less than a quarter of staff have received a bivalent booster shot. As the …

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Motorists wait for traffic to come to a halt on Highway 21 in Port Wenworth, a key thoroughfare that empties directly into Effingham County.

Here are four things to watch for in 2023 in Effingham County, Georgia

Majority Leader and presumptive House Speaker Jon Burns and House District 161 Representative Bill Hitchens met with local leaders and community members at the Eggs and Issues Breakfast of Effingham County to review legislative priorities for 2023. Transportation will be the focal point ahead of the state session, and economic prosperity support programs are also …

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