Mayo Clinic: Privately insured patients to get priority over Medicaid, Medicare patients

Originally posted 2017-03-17 12:02:16.

Citing tighter profit margins, the chief executive of the Mayo Clinic recently told his employees that the prestigious health system will prioritize the care of privately insured patients over those on Medicare and Medicaid. That bold pronouncement by Dr. John Noseworthy – made in a speech to employees late last year – reflects the growing unease…

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What is best for children’s health and development after divorce? The research shows…

Originally posted 2017-05-26 21:02:34.

As a young psychology intern in the late 1970s, my first patients were boys from divorced homes, suffering from what was then called “father hunger.” In those days, when parents split up, dads fell by the wayside. Fathers saw their children at the mothers’ discretion. This customary fallout from divorce reflected the belief that mothers are…

For a trip to the ER, some are opting for Uber over an ambulance

Originally posted 2017-04-07 10:43:19.

Millions of Americans take an ambulance trip every year; others get rides from willing friends or, tempting fate, drive themselves. But in recent years a new trend has arisen: Instead of an ambulance, some sick people are hailing an emergency Uber. Though firm numbers are hard to come by, drivers for Uber and Lyft say it…

Homeopathic remedies harmed hundreds of babies, families say, as FDA investigated for years

Originally posted 2017-02-22 04:25:04.

WASHINGTON – Case 7682299: Aug. 1, 2010. A mother gives her toddler three homeopathic pills to relieve her teething pain. Within minutes, the baby stops breathing. “My daughter had a seizure, lost consciousness, and stopped breathing about 30 minutes after I gave her three Hyland’s Teething Tablets,” the mother later told the Food and Drug Administration.…

Childhood obesity may be inherited from parents

Originally posted 2017-02-22 01:45:20.

WASHINGTON, February 20, 2017 – Childhood obesity is an increasing problem around the world, and a new study suggests genes may contribute to the problem. A new study by the University of Sussex in England has found that parents of obese children may have passed on their obesity genetically, according to Science Direct. The numbers are…

Sequencing a genome for less than the cost of an X-ray? Not quite yet

Originally posted 2017-01-12 10:00:31.

When Illumina announced on Monday that it will begin shipping its two newest DNA sequencing machines as soon as March, president and CEO Francis deSouza said the technology “will enable the $100 genome.” That raised some questions: $100-really? A $100 genome will cost $100 in the same way that the $1,000 genome costs $1,000. As in,…

Flea-borne bacterial disease spreading wider in Texas

Originally posted 2017-03-17 08:59:26.

A sometimes fatal bacterial disease carried by fleas and lice appears to be spreading more often, and over a larger swath of territory in Texas than it did a decade ago, a new study suggests. The authors aren’t sure how to explain the increase in murine typhus cases, though one suggested the “rampant” population of opossums…

This robot is perfectly designed to drill tiny tunnels in your skull

Originally posted 2017-03-17 02:00:29.

The world’s first robot-assisted cochlear implantation Imagine rolling into an operating room to find that your surgical team included a robot. While full-fledged robotic surgeons aren’t quite ready for the spotlight, automatons have already found a foothold in the surgical theater. Some systems allow doctors to control robotic instruments—ones able to slice and dice with inhuman…

Let’s focus on the real environmental factors linked to autism

Originally posted 2017-03-16 23:53:01.

The publication of Andrew Wakefield’s notorious and now discredited research on autism and vaccines in 1998 triggered a surge of worry about vaccine safety. Since then, questions about a purported connection between autism and vaccines have been asked and definitively answered: There is no link. But there are other factors linked to the development of autism…