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9:57am

Thu May 31, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Sick in America: Hispanics Grapple With Cost And Quality Of Care

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 12:27 pm

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In our recent poll on what it means to be sick in America, one ethnic group stands out as having special problems – Hispanic Americans.

The national survey, conducted by NPR with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, sheds new light on Hispanics' health issues. It runs counter to the widespread impression that African-Americans are worst-off when it comes to the cost and quality of health care.

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4:59am

Thu May 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Bloomberg Aims To Take Gulp Out Of Sugary Drinks With Ban On Big Ones

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 6:04 am

Bloomberg's got his sights on these.
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Having gone after smoking and artificial trans fats, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg now has his eye on big sugary drinks.

As NY1 reports, the mayor:

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12:54am

Thu May 31, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

As Psychiatric Wards Close, Patients Languish In Emergency Rooms

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 5:45 am

HealthOne is a Colorado hospital chain that is opening a psychiatric ward to take pressure off its hospitals' emergency rooms, including the one on the billboard.
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Last fall, Kathy Partridge got a phone call from a local emergency room, telling her that her daughter, Jessie Glasscock, was there — and was OK.

Glasscock had gone missing overnight. She was away at college, and had a history of manic episodes. Police had found her in a Dumpster and brought her to the ER for her own safety. It was a huge relief for her mother. But she was completely surprised by what happened next.

"I went down to this emergency room and just found her by herself, basically locked in a closet," says Partridge.

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3:31pm

Wed May 30, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Old People Smell Different, Not Worse

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 9:12 am

I'd know that smell anywhere.
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2:46pm

Wed May 30, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Oregon's Medicaid Experiment Represents A 'Defining Moment'

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 3:47 pm

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The things that Amy Vance does for James Prasad are pretty simple: She calls doctors with him, organizes his meds, and helps him keep tabs on his blood pressure, blood sugar and weight.

These simple things — and the relationship between a health coach like Vance and a chronically ill Medicaid patient like Prasad — are a big part of a $2 billion health care experiment in Oregon.

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