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Half of U.S. Adults Have Diabetes or High Risk of Getting It: Report Read

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Close to half of all American adults have type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, a new study finds. Up to 14 percent of adults had diagnosed or undiagnosed type 2 diabetes in 2011-2012, and about 38 percent had diagnosed or undiagnosed prediabetes, the researchers reported. Prediabetes is defined as having elevated blood sugar levels that aren’t […]

Why Higher Drug Costs Are Consumers’ Biggest Cost Worry

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

The emerging issue in health care is drug costs — despite the fact that most people say they can afford their drugs and greatly value the role drugs can play in making their lives better. One likely reason this is the case: Drug costs are the first thing people think of when they think of the […]

Quality Improvement: ‘Become Good At Cheating And You Never Need To Become Good At Anything Else’

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has trumpeted the recent drop in hospital readmissions among Medicare patients as a major advance for patient safety. But lost amidst the celebration is the fact that hospitals are increasingly “observing” patients (or treating returning patients in the emergency department) rather than […]

Why America’s Inequality Problem Is About a Lot More Than Money

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

We have chosen our extreme inequality and all of its awful consequences. By David Cay Johnston / AlterNet   Inequality is about much more than the growing chasm of income and wealth between those at the very top and everyone else in America. It’s also about education, environmental hazards, health and health care, incarceration, law enforcement, wage theft […]

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