Health

The Red Cross CEO Has Been Serially Misleading About Where Donors’ Dollars Are Going

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by Jesse Eisinger and Justin Elliott, ProPublica This story was co-produced with NPR. The American Red Cross regularly touts how responsible it is with donors' money. "We're very proud of the fact that 91 cents of every dollar that's donated goes to our services," Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern said in a speech in Baltimore last year. "That's world class, obviously." McGovern has often repeated that figure, which has also appeared on the charity's website. "I'm really proud" that overhead expenses are so low, she told a Cleveland audience in June. The problem with that number: It isn't true. After…

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Winter Eye Care Tips

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Ways to avoid dangerous foggy conditions   (Family Features) When the cold of winter settles in, it can bring a wide range of problems – especially for individuals who wear glasses.   Having a prescription that addresses vision issues is critical, but equally important are the glasses you wear to correct those problems. Without properly considering how certain lenses will perform as you go about your daily activities, you may encounter new vision challenges that are bothersome and sometimes even hazardous.   Activities as ordinary as entering warm to cold environments or simply experiencing the winter weather outside can fog…

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Patient Safety Journal Adjusts After an Eye-Opening Scandal

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by Marshall Allen ProPublica This story was co-published with NPR's Shots blog. The aftershocks of what's been called "patient safety's first scandal" continue to reverberate in the medical community, most recently in the current issue of the Journal of Patient Safety. The Journal's editorial team reviewed 10 articles by Dr. Chuck Denham, the publication's previous editor, and said nine had potential conflicts of interest, five of them undisclosed. Though it's unlikely the articles resulted in patient harm, the editorial said, they may have hurt the journal's credibility. The review is the latest turn in a rapid fall from grace for…

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Why French Kids Don’t Have ADHD

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French children don't need medications to control their behavior. by Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D. In the United States, at least 9% of school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD, and are taking pharmaceutical medications. In France, the percentage of kids diagnosed and medicated for ADHD is less than .5%. How come the epidemic of ADHD—which has become firmly established in the United States—has almost completely passed over children in France? Is ADHD a biological-neurological disorder? Surprisingly, the answer to this question depends on whether you live in France or in the United States. In the United States, child psychiatrists consider ADHD…

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Ebola’s Deadly Toll on Healthcare Workers

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Since its first outbreak in Guinea in December, 2013, Ebola has hit West African healthcare providers disproportionately hard. Hundreds of healthcare workers have been infected, many of whom have died, according to the World Health Organization. Those grim statistics hit home for CapaCare, an innovative Norwegian-created surgical training programme, earlier this autumn with the death of one of the programme's two dozen students, Joseph Heindilo Ngegba. "Health care workers are Ebola's collateral damage," said Håkon Bolkan, a Norwegian surgeon and head of CapaCare, the non-profit organization he helped establish in 2011 to train community health officers in Sierra Leone to…

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$1.1 Billion in Drug, Device Payments to Doctors Not Included in New Federal Database

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The new Open Payments database of industry payments to doctors and teaching hospitals is more incomplete than previously known. by Charles Ornstein ProPublica The federal government's new database of drug and device industry payments to doctors is even more incomplete than has been reported previously. In a fact sheet posted online, federal officials disclosed that the database, dubbed Open Payments, is missing more than $1 billion in payments made between August and December 2013. These omissions are in addition to information the government has redacted from the payments it has disclosed, citing inconsistencies. Open Payments was unveiled last week and…

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Guiding Treatment of Advanced Breast Cancer Using Subtypes

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(NewsUSA) - For patients with breast cancer, knowing whether the diagnosis is early stage or advanced is needed to help treat the disease. Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer for Georgia Cancer Specialists, Cheryl Jones, MD, has experience in treating patients with advanced breast cancer, an incurable but treatable disease, which comprises metastatic (stage IV) and locally advanced (stage III) breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer occurs when the cancer spreads to other parts of the body and is treated differently than earlier stages of the disease. Dr. Jones explains the importance of understanding tumor subtypes to help patients become more involved…

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Local Resident Participates in Climate Ride Bicycle Event

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New City, NY – September 18, 2014:    Melissa Guardaro of Valley Cottage, NY  is participating in the 6th annual Climate Ride  which will be held September 20 – 24, 2014 and will see more than 100 cyclists pedal through historical towns and along picturesque country routes on their way from New York to the nation’s capital. The 5-day, 300-mile cycling adventure will raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for nearly 100 of the nation’s leading environmental and bike advocacy organizations. "This ride will be epic," said Ms. Guardaro.  " I am participating in the Climate Ride because I think that…

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A New Way Insurers are Shifting Costs to the Sick

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By charging higher prices for generic drugs that treat certain illness, health insurers may be violating the spirit of the Affordable Care Act, which bans discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions. by Charles Ornstein, ProPublica This story was co-published with The New York Times' The Upshot. Health insurance companies are no longer allowed to turn away patients because of their pre-existing conditions or charge them more because of those conditions. But some health policy experts say insurers may be doing so in a more subtle way: by forcing people with a variety of illnesses — including Parkinson's disease, diabetes and epilepsy — to…

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The Obscure Drug With a Growing Medicare Tab

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by Charles Ornstein, ProPublica This story was co-published with The New York Times' The Upshot. An obscure injectable medication made from pigs' pituitary glands has surged up the list of drugs that cost Medicare the most money, taking a growing bite out of the program's resources. Medicare's tab for the medication, H.P. Acthar Gel, jumped twentyfold from 2008 to 2012, reaching $141.5 million, according to Medicare prescribing data requested by ProPublica. The bill for 2013 is likely to be even higher, exceeding $220 million. Acthar's explosive growth illustrates how Medicare's prescription drug program — perhaps more than private health insurers and even…

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