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Why People With MS Need Permission from Insurers To Take Life-Saving Drugs. It’s Not The Reason You Think.
Published Oct 28, 2019Featured Image For Why People With MS Need Permission from Insurers To Take Life-Saving Drugs. It’s Not The Reason You Think.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the number one cause of non-traumatic disability among young adults. MS is a chronic, incurable illness that destroys some of the body’s most basic neurological functions. Fortunately, there are now a slew of amazing medicines that often slow the disease considerably. These medicines can be the difference between whether or not a person […]
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There Are More Ways Now Than Ever To Prevent Cervical Cancer
Published Oct 24, 2019Featured Image For There Are More Ways Now Than Ever To Prevent Cervical Cancer
More than 13,000 American women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2018. More than 4,000 died from the disease that year. Those are tragic facts for lots of reasons, chief among them being that cervical cancer is often preventable. The good news is, there’s more ways to prevent cervical cancer than ever. (To read the […]
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A Shameful American Fact: Enormous Racial Disparities In Death Rates From Lupus
Published Oct 07, 2019Featured Image For A Shameful American Fact: Enormous Racial Disparities In Death Rates From Lupus
I recently came across a disturbing picture. I know that life in America is unfair. That access to medical care is uneven. That the chance of living a long life is often heavily influenced by socioeconomic disparities. But this figure still astonished me. It shows mortality for people suffering from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, better known […]
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1000 People Described How They’d Find Happiness — Here’s Who Succeeded
Published Sep 24, 2019Featured Image For 1000 People Described How They’d Find Happiness — Here’s Who Succeeded
Happiness doesn’t always come easily. Some people seem naturally happy, like they inherited the right gene or were born into the right circumstances. Many other people struggle to find happiness. Perhaps even more people hope to become happier than they already are. But what kind of plan should people follow if they are hoping to […]
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Behavioral Economic Interventions – It’s Not a Choice Between Nudges and Shoves
Published Sep 17, 2019
The field of behavioral economics has brought attention to promising ways of motivating people to make better life choices. Many behavioral economic-inspired interventions are relatively hands off — they nudge people to make wiser decisions without in any way restricting their choices. The idea of nudges was made justifiably popular by Cass Sunstein and Dick Thaler […]
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High Healthcare Costs — Are Insurance Premiums a Cause or an Effect?
Published Sep 13, 2019Featured Image For High Healthcare Costs — Are Insurance Premiums a Cause or an Effect?
In 2010, the state of Rhode Island decided to tackle high healthcare costs. It did so by requiring insurers to meet affordability standards. The plan worked, but not for the reasons you probably suspect. Let’s start with what Rhode Island’s standards look like. It required several things of insurers: Premium caps – with annual inflation equal […]
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Death by Poison – A New American Epidemic
Published Sep 12, 2019Featured Image For Death by Poison – A New American Epidemic
I’ll get right to the dismal data: Americans are dying from poison at an alarming rate. In 2005, death by poison in the U.S. occurred in about 11 of every 100,000 people over age 15. By 2016, that number had more than doubled, to 24. Any guesses at what could explain this horrific statistic? (To […]
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