Sweetgreen Makes Healthful Fast Food — But Can You Afford It?

Photo Employees work the line at Sweetgreen, a chain restaurant that uses fresh ingredients from local farms to make fast food healthier, in Berkeley, Calif.Credit Jason Henry for The New York Times Healthful, fast and affordable food is the holy grail of the public health and nutrition community. A popular restaurant chain shows just how …

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Gov’t Task Force Finds Evidence Lacking to Support Visual Skin Cancer Screenings

For years, many dermatologists have urged patients to have a full-body visual check for skin cancer. But a new report by a panel of medical experts concluded for the second time in seven years that there is not enough evidence that these screenings benefit patients to recommend them as a preventive service. In a review published Tuesday …

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Para muchos en la creciente comunidad latina de Baltimore, el cuidado de salud es un desafío

Cecilia Ramirez está preocupada por su peso y por síntomas preocupantes que aluden a la diabetes, pero no buscará ayuda médica porque no se lo puede permitir. “No voy al doctor cuando estoy enferma, es demasiado costoso”, dijo. A pesar que es vendedora en una agencia de seguros en Highlandtown, un vecindario del este de …

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Viewpoints: Trials Of Pro-Life Democrats; ‘Wake-Up Call’ On Drug-Resistant Superbug

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. Los Angeles Times: How The Democratic Platform Betrays Millions Of The Party FaithfulThe abortion plank in the 2016 Democratic platform effectively marginalizes the voices of 21 million pro-life Democrats. It means the party that is supposedly on the side of justice for the vulnerable …

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State Highlights: Mental Health Court Starts Hearing Cases In Texas; Colo.’s Rocky Mountain Health Plans Strikes Deal With UnitedHealthcare

Outlets report on health news from Texas, Colorado, Minnesota, California and Georgia. Houston Chronicle: Mental Health Court To Begin Hearing Cases In Montgomery CountyAs a new mental health court gears up to start hearing cases next month, Montgomery County is poised to become the latest Texas locality to join a national trend of sending nonviolent …

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Colorado ERs, Poison Control See Spike In Cases Of Kids Exposed Marijuana: Report

Medical personnel had expected more such cases when the state legalized recreational use of the drug, but “we were not prepared for the dramatic increase,” according Dr. Genie E. Roosevelt, a the senior author of the study published in JAMA Pediatrics. The Denver Post: Kids’ Emergency Room Visits For Marijuana Increased In Colorado After Legalization, …

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Children With Disabilities Or Serious Illness Are Moving Into Limelight To Be Advocates

With better care often extending lives, many children can speak out as they grow older. Also, a study explores how patients’ observations about their health is frequently right. The Wall Street Journal: New Voices In Medical Advocacy Often Are PatientsIn the world of advocacy for children with disabilities, life-threatening conditions and chronic disease, a new …

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Gilead’s Hep C Revenue Slips As Competition Increases And Pricing Pressure Mounts

In other news, many children who have hepatitis C are not getting treatment because they don’t realize they have the disease, and inmates file a lawsuit alleging the Tennessee Department of Correction is denying them hep C treatment because the best available medication is too expensive. The Wall Street Journal: Gilead Sales Of Hepatitis C …

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CDC: Doctors Should Screen All Pregnant Women For Zika At Every Checkup

Previously, Zika testing was only recommended for pregnant women if they or their sexual partner had traveled to an area where the virus was actively spreading, and if they showed symptoms. The Associated Press: Doctors Urged To Check Pregnant Women For Zika At Each VisitU.S. health officials are strongly urging doctors to ask all pregnant …

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Zenefits Settles With Tennessee In First Of Multiple Investigations Into Its Practices

Officials in several states are looking into the San Francisco-based company after it failed to get the necessary licenses for its sales staff to broker health insurance benefits. “Under the company’s past leadership, compliance with insurance laws and regulations was almost an afterthought,” said Julie Mix McPeak, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and …

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Insurers May Share Blame For Some Generics’ Price Hikes

This week, I addressed questions from readers about generic drug prices as well as health plans with high deductibles and those that have grandfathered status under the health law. Q. I take levothyroxine, the generic form of Synthroid, to treat a thyroid disorder. This generic has been on the list of drugs that cost $10 …

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CDC Urges Doctors To Aggressively Test Pregnant Women For Zika

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling on doctors to more aggressively screen pregnant women for the Zika virus and to take advantage of new testing technology to improve the diagnosis, follow-up and monitoring of those who have been infected. The guidance, published Monday, comes amid growing concerns about Zika, which is spread …

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In a Hospital, Health Care Until the Clock Runs Out

Photo Credit Jordin Isip A 37-year-old man was admitted to a hospital several months ago with seizures. His M.R.I. was frightening, showing a brain full of holes. Medication controlled the seizures, but the drugs were just Band-Aids on a big, undiagnosed problem. The patient was not particularly alarmed (which in itself was fairly alarming). His …

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Viewpoints: Insurers, Mergers And Obamacare; Doctors Should Talk To Patients About Guns

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. The Wall Street Journal: ObamaCare And Big InsurancePoliticians tend to be most enraged by the problems they cause, and the liberal fury against insurance mergers is a classic of the genre. ObamaCare was designed to create government-directed oligopolies, but now its authors claim to …

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State Highlights: Questions Emerge Over Loan Funds To Aid Care For Disabled In Colorado; Talks Between Allina Health, Nurses Move On Key Issue In Minn.

Outlets report on health news from Colorado, Minnesota, Georgia, Kansas, California, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The Denver Post: State Has No Idea If Loan Funds Are Spent ProperlyReceipts for 98 loans totaling more than $660,000 from the Family Support Loan Fund — half of which are in default — are virtually nonexistent. As a result, officials …

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Hospital Roundup: Texas Providers May Lose Federal Funds; Atlanta VA Facility Battles Air Quality Issues

Hospitals in Texas, Georgia, Florida, Minnesota, Kansas and Maryland make news. The Dallas Morning News: Dallas’ Parkland Hospital Could Lose Federal WindfallFederal officials have clamped down on a Medicaid windfall for private nursing home chains and scores of county hospital districts in Texas that have rushed to assume ownership, at least on paper, of nearly …

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Precision Medicine Initiative Seeks Partners In Research, Not Just ‘Human Subjects’

The government wants millions of volunteers to become a part of a “precision medicine cohort,” with the goal of more fully understanding the causes and cures of disease. But it doesn’t just want “human subjects,” it wants the participants to play an active role in the long-term study. The New York Times: Uncle Sam Wants …

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Inexpensive Visual Training Cuts Likelihood Of Dementia Nearly In Half, Study Finds

The computerized training is designed to increase the speed at which the brain picks up and processes cues in a person’s field of vision. In other news, experts say a personality change can be an early indicator of dementia, and new research is helping doctors understand why amyloid beta isn’t properly cleared from the brain. …

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How Philadelphia Became A ‘Mecca’ For Those Addicted To Heroin

Veteran narcotics agents describe the neighborhood a few miles from where Democrats will convene Monday as among the most flagrant open-air drug markets on the East Coast. Los Angeles Times: Democrats Aren’t The Only Tourists Flocking To Philadelphia. So Are Heroin AddictsAs Democrats from across the country flock to Philadelphia for their national convention, they …

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