Health

1:24am

Wed May 21, 2014
Health

Should HPV Testing Replace The Pap Smear?

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 12:15 pm

Two cervical cancer cells divide in this image from a scanning electron microscope.
Steve Gschmeissner Getty Images/Science Photo Libra

Robin Reath was getting a routine checkup recently when her doctor brought up something new about cervical cancer screening.

"We might be doing something a little bit different than what we've been doing in the past when we've screened you," said Dr. Andrea Singer, an internist at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington.

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11:24am

Tue May 20, 2014
Shots - Health News

Poll: Yes To Medical Marijuana, Not So Much For Recreational Pot

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 6:50 am

Total of responses exceeds 100 percent because of rounding.
NPR-Truven Health

Minnesota has become the 22nd state to loosen restrictions on use of marijuana, with its legislature approving the sale and use of medical marijuana on May 15. Other states, including Florida, are considering similar measures.

These changes are happening fast, and we were wondering how people feel about this seemingly inexorable push to decriminalize pot, so we asked, in the latest NPR-Truven Health Analytics Health Poll.

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11:20am

Tue May 20, 2014
Health Insurance

Colorado’s Plan To Cut Ski-Town Health Premiums Gets Approval

Residents of rural and mountain resort towns may get some relief from high insurance premiums
Elise Thatcher Aspen Public Radio

The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services has approved Colorado's plan to consolidate several rating areas to reduce health insurance premiums in rural and mountain communities.

Local officials in mountain resort areas west of Denver had been crying ‘foul’ over sky-high premiums, which were among the highest in the nation.

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9:43am

Tue May 20, 2014
Shots - Health News

E-Cigarette Users May End Up Paying More For Insurance

A customer holds the electronic cigarette he purchased at a store in Miami.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

People may think that e-cigarettes are a safer alternative to tobacco, but insurers might not agree.

Tobacco use is one of just four things that insurers that sell health plans on the individual market can take into account when determining someone's premium: age, geographic location, and family size are the other three. People who use tobacco can be charged up to 50 percent more than nonsmokers.

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8:42am

Tue May 20, 2014
Shots - Health News

Following Abuses, Medicare Tightens Reins On Its Drug Program

Medicare has new power to police doctors whose prescribing patterns are out of whack.
iStockphoto

The federal government has granted itself potent new authority to expel physicians from Medicare if they are found to prescribe drugs in abusive ways, following through on a proposal issued earlier this year.

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