Health

9:20am

Mon May 27, 2013

1:31am

Mon May 27, 2013
Shots - Health News

For Many, Affordable Care Act Won't Cover Bariatric Surgery

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 2:00 pm

Evidence is growing that bariatic surgery reduces health risks of obesity.
Life in View Science Source

Uninsured Americans who are hoping the new health insurance law will give them access to weight loss treatments are likely to be disappointed.

That's especially the case in the Deep South, where obesity rates are among the highest in the nation, and states will not require health plans sold on the new online insurance marketplaces to cover medical weight loss treatments like prescription drugs and bariatric surgery.

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1:30am

Mon May 27, 2013
Shots - Health News

Overweight People Are More Apt To Ditch Doctors

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 6:08 am

Going to the doctor may be uncomfortable for people who are worried about weight.
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Patients struggling with obesity can have a tough time finding the right doctor, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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6:03am

Sun May 26, 2013
The Sunday Conversation

Day By Day: A Mother's Life With Cancer

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 4:46 pm

In 2000, at age 28, Neeley Wells was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She's been living with the disease since then, never in remission, alongside her husband and 14-year-old daughter.
Courtesy Neeley Wells

When Neeley Wells was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer, her daughter Dylan was only 10 months old. The doctor told Wells she had two weeks to live. That was 13 years ago.

"In some ways, for me, it's a little like Groundhogs Day. I'll think, maybe this is my last spring break. And then I'll think, yeah, but I've already thought that 13 times. For me, as a person, there's not a lot of value to trying to figure out what the endgame or the end-time is."

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3:11pm

Fri May 24, 2013
Shots - Health News

A Token Gift May Encourage Gift Of Life

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 6:08 am

A stamp can build awareness, but broader use of incentives could help boost blood donations.
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There are two things you can always count on: public radio pledge drives and the local blood bank asking for a donation of a very different sort.

Both kinds of giving can fill you with a sense of goodwill. But, let's be honest, the tote bags help, too.

When it comes to blood donations, though, ethical concerns and risk have led to limits on incentives for donors in many places. The World Health Organization has set a goal for governments around the world to reach completely voluntary and nonremunerated donations of blood by 2020.

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