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Government Paid for Poor Citizens’ Health Care Some 300 Years Before Obamacare

from The Atlantic There has always been government-subsidized health care in the United States. Until just after the Civil War, when state governments took more power, most Americans assumed that their local government would tax and spend to take care of the neediest. They frequently griped about the cost of these expenditures, as complaining about […]

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The Tricorder, An All-In-One Diagnostic Device, Draws Nigh

from readwrite After pushing back deadlines by a few months, the 10 remaining teams in the Tricorder X Prize are nearing the day they will deliver a device that can diagnose 15 diseases and other basic health information through at-home tests. The teams are scheduled to deliver working prototypes in June to a UC-San Diego study that will […]

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Why Not Even Exercise Will Undo The Harm Of Sitting All Day—And What You Can Do About It

from Quartz A large review recently published in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute confirms what we’ve been hearing for years: Sitting can be fatal. It’s been linked to cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. In this latest meta-analysis, Daniela Schmid and Michael F. Leitzmann of the University of Regensburg in Germany analyzed 43 observational studies, amounting to more than 4 million people’s answers […]

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CDC Official: We’ve Reached “The End of Antibiotics”

from kottke In an interview accompanying a Frontline episode on drug-resistant bacteria, an associate director for the CDC, Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, says that “we’re in the post-antibiotic era”. The more you use an antibiotic, the more you expose a bacteria to an antibiotic, the greater the likelihood that resistance to that antibiotic is going to develop. So […]

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New SARS-Like Virus: How Big Is The Threat?

from Forbes Reports of a new SARS-like virus have ben trickling out of the Arabian Peninsula. SARS, you may recall, was a frighteningly severe viral illness that emerged in southeast China in 2003, spreading rapidly from human to human.Health care workers caring for SARS patients were especially at risk, with the doctor who discovered the illness […]

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The Buddy System: How Medical Data Revealed Secret to Health and Happiness

from Wired A revolution in the science of social networks began with a stash of old papers found in a storeroom in Framingham, Massachusetts. They were the personal records of 5,124 male and female subjects from the Framingham Heart Study. Started in 1948, the ongoing project has revealed many of the risk factors associated with […]

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U.S. ‘Not Getting What We Pay For’

from WaPo Talk to the chief executives of America’s preeminent health-care institutions, and you might be surprised by what you hear: When it comes to medical care, the United States isn’t getting its money’s worth. Not even close. “We’re not getting what we pay for,” says Denis Cortese, president and chief executive of the Mayo […]

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RFID In The Hospital: Not So Private Eyes Are Watching You

from Scientific American You’ve been tagged. Hospitals are increasingly using electronic-monitoring equipment to track patients, employees and medical devices to prevent them from going the way of the Junior Mint Seinfeld’s Kramer infamously dropped into an open surgical patient. The e-tracking software has been used for more than a decade by hospitals to prevent baby […]

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Diagnosing at a Distance

from YaleGlobal Online Visitors thronged a wedding hall in Kolar, a gritty former mining town. No one missed the usual fragrant garlands or glinting gold jewelry. Instead, the guests witnessed a formidable marriage of satellite technology and disease control that could prevent many of India’s 40 million diabetics from going blind and make India’s medical […]

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