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Earliest known evidence of dentistry detected in re-examined Paleolithic tooth

Earliest known evidence of dentistry detected in re-examined Paleolithic tooth

Diabetes Miracle! Image via Nature(A) Occlusal view of the RM3. (B) Detailed view of the large occlusal cavity with the four carious lesions and the chipping area on the mesial wall. Section A-A is directed mesio-distally, passing through the larger carious lesion. (C) MicroCT slice of the Villabruna RM3 in correspondence with section A-A. Scientists…

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Context, context, context: How journalists can avoid confusing readers with the latest research findings

Context, context, context: How journalists can avoid confusing readers with the latest research findings

Diabetes Miracle! Whatiguana via Wikimedia Commons A recent editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association explored the responsibility that journals have to public health in reporting on the association – or lack thereof – between adverse events and different drugs, devices or vaccines. Reporting on these kinds of studies is a mainstay for…

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Where Is Your Exercise Taking You?

Where Is Your Exercise Taking You?

Diabetes Miracle!     I’m not a big fan of road trips.  Maybe it’s that I’m in my 40s, and I’ve had my share of them in my youth:   … As one of three kids, packed into the family car (not even a station wagon, just a regular car) driving for days (yes, days)…

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Is CMS doing bundled payment for hip and knee replacement all wrong?

Is CMS doing bundled payment for hip and knee replacement all wrong?

Diabetes Miracle! Image via Wikimedia Commons Earlier this month, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed a five-year bundled-payment test program for hip and knee replacement surgeries. At the time, CMS said its Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR) program would require 800 hospitals in 75 areas to test bundled payments for most…

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Study indicates better health savings account ‘literacy’ needed

Study indicates better health savings account ‘literacy’ needed

Diabetes Miracle! Source: 19th Annual Towers Watson/National Business Group on Health Employer Survey on Purchasing Value in Health Care. © Towers Watson 2014. For the purpose of this blog post, let’s leave aside the decade-plus ideological fight about whether health savings accounts (HSAs) are a good or bad idea. Let’s just look at what happens…

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Washington Post examines impact of Calif. water shortage on the poor

Washington Post examines impact of Calif. water shortage on the poor

Diabetes Miracle! Bone Dry via photopin With record rainfall in parts of the United States this summer, people in some of the nation’s wettest areas – including Washington, D.C. – may find it hard to imagine going even just a few days without rain showers. But The Washington Post recently took a look at the…

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Conservatives yet to rally around specific ACA reform proposal

Conservatives yet to rally around specific ACA reform proposal

Diabetes Miracle! Guy Boulton Guy Boulton, a veteran health reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, took a look at some of the conservative health care policy proposals we’ll be hearing more about as the 2016 campaign gets underway. Conservative critics of the Affordable Care Act, in and out of government, haven’t rallied around a specific…

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President’s Corner: Stark reflects on conference, latest AHCJ developments

President’s Corner: Stark reflects on conference, latest AHCJ developments

Diabetes Miracle! Photo: Kris Hickman/AHCJAbraham Verghese Health Journalism 2015 made me smarter. I’ll give two examples. First, there was the pleasure of listening to Abraham Verghese, physician and master storyteller, who works in the heart of Silicon Valley, the foundry of disruption, and is quite up to date. But he also believes in the touch…

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Fat Loss For New Moms

Fat Loss For New Moms

Diabetes Miracle! The weeks and months after baby are some of the most intense of the human experience. Sleep deprivation, sky high emotions ranging from sheer terror to sheer joy, and the surreal experience of trying to make your peace with a totally new body.     Of course, there’s an expected transition time of…

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Beware of hype about how consumers will benefit when health insurers merge

Beware of hype about how consumers will benefit when health insurers merge

Diabetes Miracle! GraphicStock One important question to ask about any health insurance merger is how will the deal will affect the local market. It’s said that all politics is local and the same is true in health care. That’s why antitrust regulators will look closely at Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna and Aetna’s proposed deal…

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