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CVS to Acquire Aetna  Print E-mail
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Monday, 04 December 2017 18:39

In a CNN report dated 12/3/17, it is revealed that CVS is buying health insurance giant Aetna. According to the article, "If approved, the $69 billion acquisition -- $77 billion including debt -- would drastically remap the health care industry. It would also go down as the largest health insurance deal in history...Buying Aetna puts CVS in a better position to compete with other integrated health care providers, such as UnitedHealthcare (UNH) and pharmacy benefits manager Optum."

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Last Updated on Friday, 05 January 2018 19:28
More than half of US children may be headed for obesity as adults Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 November 2017 00:00

A computer analysis predicted that more than 57% of children in the U.S. will be obese by the time they turn 35, according to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers analyzed data from five studies involving nearly 41,500 children and adults and found that severity of obesity in childhood was tied to an even greater risk of being obese by the age of 35.

From Wild to Mild: How Different Alcohol Types Affect Mood Print E-mail
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Saturday, 25 November 2017 13:12

The holidays are full of tasty treats and festive cocktails - but instead of Christmas cheer, some alcoholic beverages may cause other, less pleasant feelings, a new study from England suggests. In the study, researchers examined how consuming different types of alcohol, such as beer, spirits and wine, could affect a person's emotions when drinking at home or out in public. Their findings suggest that spirits, which have higher alcohol concentrations, are frequently associated with feelings of aggression.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 December 2017 18:51
Older Americans are sicker, more cash-strapped for health than elderly in other countries despite Medicare Print E-mail
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Monday, 20 November 2017 00:00
Senior citizens in the United States are, as a group, sicker than their counterparts in 10 other wealthy countries despite having near-universal health coverage provided by Medicare, a new report says. Older Americans are also markedly more likely to have financial barriers to health care than the elderly in the other countries, according to the analysis published Wednesday in the journal Health Affairs.
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Why doctors should unionize Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 November 2017 17:09
"Hospital administrators easily manipulated physicians, treating them as if they were hired hands. Insurance companies were dealing with them as if they were employees. Government programs...controlled key aspects of doctors' work, told them how much they would be paid, and what procedures they would be paid for," according to Dr. Sanford A. Marcus, a surgeon in private practice who formed the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD).
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