• Patients and providers concerned over Amazon’s health-care expansion
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    Patients and providers concerned over Amazon’s health-care expansion

    Elderly patients used to take cooking classes and do puzzles at Iora Health clinics, which also paid for taxi rides so they wouldn’t miss appointments. The late-night phone calls, free transportation and ability to text with clinical staff helped pull Deborah Wood of Kennesaw, Ga., out of a spiraling health crisis, she said. But since Amazon bought Iora parent company One Medical and rebranded it as One Medical Seniors, appointments have gotten shorter, clinical staff have lost their jobs and some of the unique offerings have disappeared, patients and former employees told The Washington Post in interviews. The changes for senior patients like Wood highlight Amazon’s recent effort to consolidate…

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  • What long Covid patients need to know about health insurance
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    What long Covid patients need to know about health insurance

    Halfpoint Images | Moment | Getty Images Navigating the health insurance system is often difficult and overwhelming, even in the best of times. For patients with long Covid, a relatively new condition that frequently leaves patients with a lengthy and unpredictable list of debilitating symptoms, it can be especially nightmarish. “Even if you remain on the same [health insurance] plan you had before Covid, you will probably utilize the health-care system more, whether it be more office visits, more prescription medications or even more medical devices,” said Caitlin Donovan, a spokesperson for the National Patient Advocate Foundation. Indeed, nearly half of people with long Covid reported increased medical expenses, according to…

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  • More breast cancer patients can choose smaller surgery – Health – Life & Style
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    More breast cancer patients can choose smaller surgery – Health – Life & Style

      In recent years, more patients with multiple tumors have been identified, a result of more sensitive imaging techniques that can reveal tiny, once-hidden cancers. That means more patients are being diagnosed with multiple cancer sites in the same breast. In the past, doctors would say these women needed mastectomies. Researchers wanted to know: Was this dogma still true? They followed nearly 200 women with two or three tumors in one breast who had lumpectomies followed by radiation. The patients ranged in age from 40 to 87. To take part in the study, their tumors had to be less than 5 centimeters and separated by 2 to 3 centimeters of…

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  • Why doctors don’t openly defy abortion laws, even when patients are at risk : Shots
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    Why doctors don’t openly defy abortion laws, even when patients are at risk : Shots

    American Medical Association President Dr. Jack Resneck recently recounted how doctors around the country are facing difficulties practicing medicine in states that ban abortion. Nicole Xu for NPR hide caption toggle caption Nicole Xu for NPR American Medical Association President Dr. Jack Resneck recently recounted how doctors around the country are facing difficulties practicing medicine in states that ban abortion. Nicole Xu for NPR Since Roe v. Wade was overturned, 13 states have banned abortion except in the case of a medical emergency or serious health risk for the pregnant patient. But deciding what cases qualify for a medical exception can be a difficult judgement call for doctors. News reports…

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  • COVID patients find dangerous advice and pills online : Shots
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    COVID patients find dangerous advice and pills online : Shots

    When Stephanie caught COVID-19 just before Thanksgiving of last year, her daughter Laurie suggested that she get help. “She was really not feeling well, and I was like, ‘Just go to the doctor,'” Laurie recalls. But Stephanie, who was 75 at the time, didn’t go. A few years before, she had been sucked into a world of online conspiracy theories — far-fetched ideas like one claiming John F. Kennedy Jr. is still alive. With the pandemic, it got worse. She became deeply distrustful of the medical system. Laurie remembers what her mother used to tell her about the COVID vaccines: “Everybody who got vaccinated is going to die.” (NPR is…

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  • Hong Kong to electronically tag Covid patients as it adopts China’s health code system | China
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    Hong Kong to electronically tag Covid patients as it adopts China’s health code system | China

    Hong Kong will mandate electronic tracking bracelets for people in home isolation and bring in a China-style electronic health code system as part of fresh measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The quarantine bracelets, to be introduced on Friday, will be mandatory for people who have tested positive and are quarantining at home to ensure they do not leave the building during their isolation period. “We have to make sure that home isolation is more precise while being humane,” Lo Chung-mau, the city’s new health secretary said, announcing the new requirement on Monday. Breaching a mandatory quarantine order in Hong Kong carries a fine of up to HK$25,000…

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  • Medical trial shows rare result as cancer vanishes in all patients
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    Medical trial shows rare result as cancer vanishes in all patients

    12 rectal cancer patients were completely healed of the disease and none of the participants in the medical trial showed severe side effects as well In a surprising result for an ongoing medical trial, 12 rectal cancer patients were completely healed of the disease after taking a drug for six months. The patients underwent a series of medical exams — physical exam, endoscopy, bioscopy, PET scans, and MRI scans — and none of the reports showed any signs of the tumour. The findings were published in a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine. The paper lists the names of 32 authors. The initial purpose of this study was…

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  • Opinion | When Health Care Workers Are Protected, Patients Are, Too
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    Opinion | When Health Care Workers Are Protected, Patients Are, Too

    America was in a health care crisis before Covid, and the stresses of the pandemic have made it worse. Since the pandemic began, the health care work force — the country’s largest industry by employment — has shrunk by nearly 2 percent. That may seem like a small amount, but historically, the health care work force doesn’t shrink; it only grows. Now, with astronomical turnover and rising demand as patients seek care that they may have put off during the height of the pandemic, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and home care agencies across the country lack sufficient staff members to adequately care for patients. The health care system, before it…

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