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Huge ‘balance bills’ surprise patients after ER visits

By Susan Buchanan Contributing Writer Last week, state Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon said he has publicly opposed “balance billing” by hospitals during his nine years

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Are flu vaccines worth the effort?

By Glenn Ellis George Curry Media Columnist The flu (or common flu) is a viral infection that is spread from person to person in secretions

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Patient activists urge more screenings for colon cancer
By Allana Barefield Contributing Writer The chemotherapy fluids dripped slowly. The clock kept ticking minute by minute, heard by everyone in the room. The scars from surgery and the noticeable weight loss ...
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At Black churches – Fellowship with heaps of food
By Frederick H. Lowe Contributing Writer (NorthStarNewsToday.com) — After the Fourth Sunday of Advent Service in December, members and guests of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, a mostly African-American church on Chicago’s West ...
A diabetes pill under development could do away with needles by delivering insulin via a capsule filled with mucoadhesive patches. 'People take insulin several times a day and delivery by needles is a big challenge,' says Samir Mitragotri. Above, Amrita Banerjee holds a capsule.
Pill could deliver insulin without the pain
[caption id="attachment_21235" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A diabetes pill under development could do away with needles by delivering insulin via a capsule filled with mucoadhesive patches. 'People take insulin several times a ...
Happy Hearts: Study shows owning pets can lower seniors’ blood pressure
By Erica Curless Contributing Writer (Special from Spokesman-Review/New America Media) – The black and white papillon snuggled his freckled nose against Evelyn Schmidt’s leg. Her hand patted him gently while she talked. ...
Why men struggle to lose weight
By Glenn Ellis Contributing Writer (George Curry Media Columnist) – If you struggle with weight loss, as most of us do, you’ve figured out just how hard it is to lose ...
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New study believes African Americans have higher risk of Alzheimer’s
By Robin Reese Contributing Writer (Special from NorthStar-News Today) – The first known meta-analysis of Alzheimer’s disease incidence by race shows that African Americans are 64 percent more likely to develop the ...
Rocky rollouts as states try managing Medicaid long-term care
By Mark Taylor Contributing Writer (Special from The Chicago Tribune and New America Media) – The national move to home and community-based care away from nursing homes has been widely ...
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New rules mean more kidney transplants for Blacks, Hispanics
By Lauren Nelson Contributing Writer (Special from NorthStar News Today) – New rules for allocating donor kidneys have led to more transplants for blacks and Hispanics, whose access to donor organs had ...

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