Scott Hensley appears in the following:
Friday, October 25, 2013
The annual Medicare bill is expected to hit $1.1 trillion in 2023. As Medicare spending grows, contributing to the federal deficit, some policymakers have suggested that raising the age of eligibility to 67 could help the budget should be an option.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The agency still doesn't know what's inside jerkies, tenders and strips that have sickened thousands of dogs and killed hundreds. An ongoing investigation is focused on treats imported from China. Pet owners should watch for loss of appetite, listlessness and vomiting.
Monday, September 09, 2013
When many states ease eligibility rules for Medicaid in January, the new enrollees are likely to include more men, whites and people in generally good health.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
If you have health coverage, you're more likely to go to the doctor. And that's one reason to think that the rollout of the federal health law could help bring down death rates from cardiovascular disease.
Friday, August 30, 2013
About 9 million American adults have taken sleeping pills in the past month. Their popularity generally increases with age and is highest among people 80 and older.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Dengue fever was commonplace in Florida until the 1930s. Air conditioning, window screens and better mosquito control helped break the dengue cycle. Now the mosquito-borne illness is back.
Friday, August 23, 2013
An analysis allays concerns that Medicare beneficiaries may have trouble getting in to see doctors. Access has been stable and is on par, or a little better, than for people with private health insurance.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Back in 1979, about two-thirds of boys out West got circumcised in the hospital soon after they were born. By 2010, only 40 percent were. Nationwide, rates of circumcision have dropped about 10 percent over the past 30 years.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
People who had taken LSD, psilocybin or mescaline at any time in their lives were no more likely than those who hadn't to wind up in mental health treatment or to have symptoms of mental illness, a Norwegian study finds.
Friday, August 16, 2013
Missouri medical students who spent a summer working with country doctors were more inclined to pick primary care specialties later on. Nearly half of those who tried a summer in rural practice wound up working in rural areas in their first jobs after finishing medical training.
Friday, August 16, 2013
The federal government is divvying up $67 million among more than 100 groups that applied for grants to help people navigate new health insurance options. Insurance health exchanges open for business in October.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
An analysis of 16 recent medical guidelines found evidence of financial ties between key experts and industry. Most of the recommendations expanded the definitions of common illnesses, lowering the threshold for treatment.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Sometimes the condition a doctor labels as cancer isn't much of a health threat. Some cancer specialists are now looking at whether it's time to rethink what gets called cancer to lower anxiety and cut waste.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Even though most people don't want to live radically longer lives, they figure their neighbors do. A majority say they aren't interested in medical treatments that would let them live to see 120. But more than two-thirds of people polled by the Pew Research Center say others probably would.
Monday, August 05, 2013
Doctors in states where corruption is more common appear more likely to be influenced by drug company payments than those in states with fewer corruption-related crimes. Male doctors, overall, appear more likely to be swayed by drug industry payments than their female colleagues.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Health care providers are fighting a Florida law that would ban them from asking patients about the presence of guns in the home. In an NPR poll, a third of Americans agree with those doctors, while 44 percent support such measures, despite the health risks guns carry.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
More than half of health-related websites checked by a health policy researcher used trackers that could provide data about visitors to third parties. Some also shared search terms that could be linked to a visitor.
Friday, June 28, 2013
The Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. attorney's office in Colorado cracked down on more than 1,600 websites that the feds say are breaking the law in the way they're selling prescription drugs, some of them counterfeits.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
There have been nagging questions about whether nitrous oxide during surgery raises the risk of heart attacks and other problems. Now, there's some reassurance, though no definitive answer, from a study that looked at the widely used anesthetic.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The American Medical Association still has a considerable bully pulpit. And the group's vote Tuesday could give more oomph to efforts to have obesity interventions paid for by insurers and to get the public focused on the problem.