February 19, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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How old is too old to drive?

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II at a horse show in 2018. On Jan. 17, 2019, Prince Philip crashed his Land Rover into another vehicle. 22/KGC-178-STAR MAX/IPx 2018/AP Photo When Britain’s Prince Philip crashed his Land Rover into another vehicle on Jan. 17, 2019, many people were surprised that he

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February 14, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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To end the HIV epidemic, addressing poverty and inequities one of most important treatments

Homelessness is a major driver of HIV/AIDS. Andrew Marcus/Shutterstock.com In his State of the Union speech, President Trump called for ending the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and senior public health officials stated that the government plans to focus

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February 14, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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Why it’s so difficult for scientists to predict the next outbreak of a dangerous disease

_Aedes aegypti_ mosquitoes, responsible for transmitting Zika. AP Photo/Felipe Dana A two-year-old boy in rural Guinea died of Ebola in December 2014. Over the next two years, almost 30,000 people in West Africa would be infected with the Ebola virus. Why, unlike previous 17 Ebola outbreaks, did this one grow

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February 13, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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Confusing and high bills for cancer patients add to anxiety and suffering

Having cancer is bad enough, and dealing with the costs and confusion of billing systems makes things harder. KieferPix/Shutterstock.com Weeks after my father passed away from cancer in 2010, my newly widowed mother received a bill for US$11,000. Insurance retroactively denied a submitted claim for one of his last chemotherapy

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February 07, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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Why the US has higher drug prices than other countries

Policymakers and consumers are well aware of rising pharmaceuticals prices. AP Photo/Elise Amendola Spending on pharmaceuticals is on the rise worldwide. And it well should be. Today, we are able to cure some diseases like hepatitis C that were virtual death sentences just a few years ago. This progress required

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February 05, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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Dying while black: Perpetual gaps exist in health care for African-Americans

An African American man in a hospital bed. Studies show that pain in African American patients is often not addressed. pixelheadphoto/digitalskillet Several years ago, MapQuest directed me on a 10-hour drive to visit my father in a Florida hospital. Complications from diabetes, including blindness, kidney failure, congestive heart failure, and

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