Elana Gordon

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Without Medical Support, DIY Detox Often Fails

Monday, July 03, 2017

Treatment for opioid addiction can be expensive and difficult to coordinate. That might make some people tempted to think they can overcome the addiction on their own. This rarely works.

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U.S. Health Care Wrestles With The 'Pre-Existing Condition'

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Insurers and politicians struggle constantly to thread the needle between making sure people have good health insurance and figuring out who should pay, especially for those who need a lot of care.

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Travel Ban Adds Stress To 'Match Week' For Some Doctors

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A medical residency program is the next training step for newly minted doctors, and awaiting "the match" can be tense. For some international students, Trump's travel ban has made that tension worse.

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Dentists Work To Ease Patients' Pain With Fewer Opioids

Sunday, February 26, 2017

After minor surgeries, many dentists used to reflexively prescribe quick-acting opioids to relieve a patient's pain. Now they're learning to counsel patients about better, less addictive alternatives.

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In New Jersey, Kids Help Dig For Fossils In An Unlikely Place

Friday, November 25, 2016

Each week, hundreds of kids gather behind an unassuming shopping center in New Jersey. They're digging for fossils with a real paleontologist.

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Children Exposed To Hepatitis C May Be Missing Out On Treatment

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Now that there are better treatments for hepatitis C in adults, doctors hope the drugs soon will be approved for use in children who were infected at birth. But many at-risk infants don't get tested.

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Patients Want To Price-Shop For Care, But Online Tools Unreliable

Monday, November 30, 2015

Savvy patients want the best medical care for the best deal, and online calculators seem like a great way to compare the cost of common scans and procedures. But many are inaccurate.

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Some States Make Obamacare Backup Plans, As Supreme Court Decision Looms

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

A Supreme Court ruling could threaten health insurance subsidies in about three dozen states. But many states aren't sharing contingency plans lest they be seen as supporting Obamacare.

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FDA Decision Signals New Competition For Some Of The Costliest Drugs

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Drugs made from proteins or antibodies are difficult for rival manufacturers to copy. The Food and Drug Administration just approved a copycat drug for cancer patients that shows it can be done.

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Hello, May I Help You Plan Your Final Months?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The company Vital Decisions hires social workers to help people make end-of-life plans in advance, over the phone. But the counselors are paid by insurers. Critics see a conflict of interest.

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Young People Are Falling Into A Health Insurance Subsidy Gap

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Young people on the upper range of income eligible for subsidies are finding that they don't always qualify. That could influence the number of young adults who enroll.

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Pennsylvania Governor Talks Up Plan To Expand Medicaid His Way

Friday, October 25, 2013

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett may have been watching fellow Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio who bypassed the Republican Legislature in his state this week to expand Medicaid.

As part of the Affordable Care Act, states have the option to make coverage available to low-income adults, with the federal government ...

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Cerner Fights For Share In Electronic Medical Records Boom

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

This is a story about data. Lots and lots of data. And they're not just any data — they're extremely sensitive data.

The U.S. health system is undergoing a fundamental technological shift right now. Doctors and hospitals are finally moving to electronic health records, and it's not easy. A ...

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