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Study Reveals High Rate Of Painkiller Prescription

Posted: 11/15/2013 - Research published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine on Nov. 13 shows that more than 50 percent of patients who did not undergo a surgical procedure were prescribed an opioid.

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Blue Cross, Kansas Commissioner Reviewing Health Care Change

Updated: 11/14/2013 - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas said Thursday it's waiting for more federal guidance about Pres. Obama's decision to let insurance companies continue offering health plans that would otherwise be canceled.

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HHS: At Least 106,185 Enrolled Thru HealthCare.Gov So Far

Posted: 11/13/2013 - The Dept. of Health and Human Services announced its first numbers for enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. In Kansas, just 371 residents selected a plan through the federal marketplace.

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Singing Show Tunes May Help People With Dementia

Updated: 11/13/2013 - Seniors' brains may be brought to life with the sound of music. New research shows that singing show tunes may be able to help dementia patients regain some cognitive skills.

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New Treatment Guidelines For High Cholesterol Push High-Dose Statins

Posted: 11/12/2013 - The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association unveiled new treatment guidelines for high cholesterol on Tuesday. The updated regulations are aimed at people who are at high risk for heart disease caused by atherosclerosis.

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Warning Labels On Cold Medicines Curbed Kids' ER Visits

Posted: 11/11/2013 - A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study published on Nov. 11 in Pediatrics showed that fewer kids went to the ER after manufactures added warning labels to the medicine bottles.

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Cost Of Having Baby: $21K For Single Birth, $105k For Twins

Posted: 11/11/2013 - Researchers wanted to determine the medical expenses associated with multiple deliveries when compared to a single birth, noting that multiple pregnancies were on the rise in the United States and worldwide.

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New Rules Improve Mental Health Access For Millions

Posted: 11/08/2013 - An announcement Friday means insurance companies now must provide the same benefit coverage for illnesses of the mind they have long provided for every other kind of illness.

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Study Finds Just 1% Of Fast Food Kids' Meals Are Healthy

Posted: 11/08/2013 - The new report, Fast Food FACTS 2013, looks closely at the nutrition of kid's meals and how they are advertised to children. It tracks changes in these areas that occurred since the group's last report was issued in 2010.

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Obama: "I'm Sorry" Americans Are Losing Insurance

Posted: 11/07/2013 - President Obama offered an apology as the White House tries to combat a cascade of troubles surrounding the rollout of the health care law often referred to as "Obamacare."

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FDA Takes First Step Toward Banning Trans Fats

Updated: 11/07/2013 - The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday took a step toward potentially eliminating trans fats from the food supply with a preliminary determination they are no longer "generally recognized as safe."

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Adults Skipping Screening For Colon Cancer

Posted: 11/05/2013 - The CDC's Vital Signs report, published Nov. 5 on the agency's website, found one in three adults between the ages of 50 and 75 are not getting tested despite the medical guideline screening recommendations for their age groups.

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Reser's Expands List Of Recalled Items

Updated: 11/04/2013 - In a news release dated Sunday, Reser's Fine Foods said it has expanded its October 22nd recall related to Listeria contamination.

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