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How A Shutdown Might Affect Your Health

For some federal health programs, a shuttered government means business as usual. But the congressional impasse over funding will hit others hard.

Judge Orders New Olympus Trial Over Superbug Death

The Seattle jurist finds that Olympus Corp. failed to properly disclose evidence that it knew of concerns about cleaning problems with its redesigned medical scopes years before they hit the market and were linked to dozens of deaths. The company maintains the devices were not defective and intends to appeal.

Postcard From Sacramento

Gloves Off, Fists Up: Nurses Storm Capitol To Renew Single-Payer Fight

The state nurses union struck a defiant tone at a Capitol rally and hearing, promising to continue their in-your-face tactics until the legislature passes a bill to create universal health coverage in California.

It's In The Mail: Aetna Agrees To $17M Payout In HIV Privacy Breach

In a low-tech snafu, information about HIV treatment was visible through the cellophane window on envelopes sent to about 12,000 consumers.

When You Need A Breast Screening, Should You Get A 3-D Mammogram?

The newer images are more expensive, but it’s not yet clear if they are more effective in catching cancers that will kill.

Home Care Agencies Often Wrongly Deny Medicare Help To The Chronically Ill

Agencies sometimes turn away Medicare beneficiaries with chronic health problems by incorrectly claiming Medicare won't pay their services, say patient advocates.

Podcast: What The Health? Our First Live Show: What The Health Will Happen In 2018?

In this episode of “What The Health?” — taped before a live audience — panelists discuss the potential federal government shutdown and what may be in store for health in 2018. They are joined by former Medicare and Medicaid head Tom Scully.

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