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Hurry up and wait: Doctors say insurers increasingly interfere

After Kim Lauerman was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, doctors wanted to give her a drug that helps prevent infections and fever during chemotherapy. Her insurer said no. Anthem Blue Cross told...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

New standards aim to improve surgery for the oldest patients

WASHINGTON – The 92-year-old had a painful tumor on his tongue, and major surgery was his best chance. Doctors called a timeout when he said he lived alone, in a rural farmhouse, and wanted to keep...

DATE: July 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Study: Millions should stop taking aspirin for heart health

WASHINGTON – Millions of people who take aspirin to prevent a heart attack may need to rethink the pill-popping, Harvard researchers reported Monday. A daily low-dose aspirin is recommended for...

DATE: July 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Diplomats’ brain scans show differences, add to Cuba mystery

CHICAGO – Advanced brain scans found perplexing differences in U.S. diplomats who say they developed concussion-like symptoms after working in Cuba, a finding that only heightens the mystery of...

DATE: July 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

New clues on why women’s Alzheimer’s risk differs from men’s

LOS ANGELES (AP) – New research gives some biological clues to why women may be more likely than men to develop Alzheimer’s disease and how this most common form of dementia varies by sex. At the...

DATE: July 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Number of U.S. overdose deaths appears to be falling

NEW YORK – U.S. overdose deaths last year likely fell for the first time in nearly three decades, preliminary statistics suggest. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday posted...

DATE: July 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Scientists close in on blood test for Alzheimer’s

LOS ANGELES – Scientists are closing in on a long-sought goal – a blood test to screen people for possible signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. On Monday at the Alzheimer’s...

DATE: July 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. growing largest crop of marijuana for research in 5 years

The U.S. government is growing the largest crop of research marijuana in five years, responding to interest in varieties with high levels of THC and CBD. The government is the only source of pot...

DATE: July 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

A peek into opioid users’ brains as they try to quit

BETHESDA, Md. – Lying inside a scanner, the patient watched as pictures appeared one by one: A bicycle. A cupcake. Heroin. Outside, researchers tracked her brain’s reactions to the surprise sight...

DATE: July 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Teen odds of using marijuana dip with recreational use laws

CHICAGO – New research suggests legalizing recreational marijuana for U.S. adults in some states may have slightly reduced teens’ odds of using pot. One reason may be that it’s harder and costlier...

DATE: July 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Dr. Laura Warner appointed to State Behavioral Health Taskforce Subcommittee

Dr. Laura Warner, San Juan Basin Public Health’s deputy director of operations, has been appointed to the Long-Term Competency subcommittee of the Colorado Behavioral Health Taskforce, recently...

DATE: July 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Locals complete hyperbaric medical team training

Owner George Glass and hyperbaric technician Mariah Powell of Mountain Hyperbarics recently completed International ATMO’s Hyperbaric Medical Team Training in San Antonio. This 40-hour training...

DATE: July 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

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