Jessica Marcy

Why We Still Have Faith In Physicians

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Every week, Kaiser Health News reporter Jessica Marcy selects interesting reading from around the Web. National Journal: Why We Trust Doctors This patient is no fool, and she does’t award trust liberally. … Yet, somehow, (Mary) Morse-Dwelley never lost faith in Pellegrini. She’d hear the click of her doctor’s shoes in the hallway, see her […]

Respite Programs For Family Caregivers Face Cuts Despite Growing Need

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Family caregivers provide 80 percent of long-term care needs in the U.S., but many need time away from that job so they can continue to care for their loved ones. Respite can provide short-term relief through several options, including a paid home care worker or providing temporary stays for patients at a residential care facility or […]

Rushed Medicine; Exercising Your Way To A Smarter Brain

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Every week, Kaiser Health News reporter Jessica Marcy selects interesting reading from around the Web. Newsweek: The Doctor Will See You–If You’re Quick Something in the world of medicine is seriously amiss. Unhappy patients gripe about their doctors’ brusque manner and give them bad marks on surveys and consumer websites like HealthGrades and Angie’s List. […]

Nursing Aides Receive New Worker Protections

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Think dangerous jobs, and a police officer entering a dark hallway or a firefighter running into a burning building might come to mind. But even more risky? Nursing aides, who have an occupation with the nation’s second highest rate of work-related injuries or illness. Nursing aides and other health care workers can slip or fall or strain […]

Diagnosing Autism In Minutes; Finding New Uses For Old Drugs

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Every week, Kaiser Health News reporter Jessica Marcy selects interesting reading from around the Web. Time: Can Autism Really Be Diagnosed In Minutes? Autism is an extremely complex diagnosis. Parental insight, physician observations and hours of data can factor into determining whether a child actually has the condition or is just a little on the […]

Health Literacy’s Effect On Costs

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Every week, reporter Jessica Marcy selects interesting reads from around the Web. Huffington Post: Women’s Health Care Is Stronger Thanks To The Health Care Law In many families, women are the health care decision makers. When children go for their checkups, we are often the ones who make the appointment and sit in the room […]

Hill Panel Reviews Plan To Give Home Aide Workers Wage And Overtime Protections

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Home care providers and labor advocates squared off Tuesday before a congressional committee reviewing an administration plan to extend minimum wage and overtime protections to the nation’s nearly 2 million home care workers. Last December, President Barack Obama announced a proposal to overturn a 1974 law that exempts “companionship” employees from the Fair Labor Standards […]

Med Students Spurn Primary Care For Hospital Jobs

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Every week, reporter Jessica Marcy selects interesting reads from around the Web. Time: Peter Goodwin: The Dying Doctor’s Last Interview (Video) Dr. Peter Goodwin, a family physician and right-to-die activist, took his own life on March 11, 2012, at age 83. He did it legally, with the blessing of his family and doctors, under the […]

Santorum’s Pro-Government Record

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Every week, reporter Jessica Marcy selects interesting reading from around the Web. Mother Jones: Santorum In ’93: More Government Needed in Health Care If elected president, Santorum vows, he will end the “tyranny” of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Yet as an up-and-coming congressman in the early 1990s, Santorum took a much different line. Then—like […]

GOP Contraceptive Amendment Could Have Wider Effect; The Love Of Caregiving

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Every week, reporter Jessica Marcy selects interesting reading from around the Web. Mother Jones: The GOP Plan To Give Your Boss ‘Moral’ Control Over Your Health Insurance In their latest move in the battle over contraception coverage, top Republicans in Congress are going for broke: They’re now pushing a bill that would allow employers and […]

Former Komen VP’s New ‘Bona Fides’; Alzheimer’s Definition Changing?; Palin On Her Special Needs Child

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Every week, Jessica Marcy searches for interesting in-depth reading. The Daily Beast: How Karen Handel’s Komen Resignation Boosts Her Political Prospects Even if you put politics and ideology completely aside, Karen Handel had to resign from Susan G. Komen for the Cure. It’s hard to think of the last time an employee did so much […]

Study: Some Physicians Not Always Honest With Patients

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Doctors report that they’re not always completely honest with patients, especially when it comes to disclosing a medical mistake, or discussing a difficult prognosis, according to a new survey. Despite wide acceptance of a professional code that endorses openness and honesty with patients, a 2009 survey of 1,891 doctors published in the February edition of […]

Enhanced Scrutiny Of IVF Clinics; School-Based Health Care

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Every week, reporter Jessica Marcy selects interesting reads from around the Web. Time: Gingrich Wants Scrutiny Of IVF Clinics: Why That’s Not The Worst Idea Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich hit upon a reproductive minefield on Sunday when he called for deeper scrutiny of in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinics, where women go for high-tech help […]

Advocates Demand Clarity About Options For Patients In Financial Need

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Many Americans continue to struggle with the high cost of medical care, unaware that non-profit hospitals are required to provide information about potential financial assistance or relief. But, a provision in the 2010 health law seeks to clarify what help hospitals should offer. Advocates were on Capitol Hill Friday to raise awareness about the provision […]

Explaining Medicare’s ‘Premium Support’

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Every week, Kaiser Health News reporter Jessica Marcy selects interesting reading from around the Web. Washington Monthly: The Yaz Men: Members Of FDA Panel Reviewing The Risks Of Popular Bayer Contraceptive Had Industry Ties Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration convened a committee of medical experts to weigh new evidence concerning the potential […]

Vermont Moving Forward With Its Own Flavor Of Health Reform

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Vermont lawmakers are taking steps to move the state toward a publicly-financed insurance program and craft a state health exchange, which is required by the 2010 federal health law and which state officials hope to use as the groundwork for their eventual move to a unique single-payer system. Gov. Peter Shumlin’s administration this week offered […]

Are Politicians Playing Whac-A-Mole With Medicare?

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Every week, reporter Jessica Marcy selects interesting reads from around the Web. The Washington Post Magazine: A Family Learns The True Meaning Of The Vow ‘In Sickness And In Health’ Seven years later Robert was still mentally impaired and his personality far different than before the accident, but he knew his family, knew he had […]

The Body’s Fight Against Losing Weight

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Every week, reporter Jessica Marcy selects interesting reading from around the Web. The New York Times Magazine: The Fat Trap For years, the advice to the overweight and obese has been that we simply need to eat less and exercise more. While there is truth to this guidance, it fails to take into account that […]

Holiday Reading: Manufacturing Killer Flu; The Ironies Of The Individual Mandate; When The Elderly Refuse Help

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Every week, reporter Jessica Marcy selects interesting reads from around the Web. TIME: Should Journals Describe How Scientists Made A Killer Flu? In experiments conducted at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, researchers engineered a strain of H5N1. … The next logical step would be for the researchers […]

Cancer Vaccines, Top Health Stories Of The Year

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Every week, reporter Jessica Marcy selects interesting reading from around the Web. Zocalo Public Square: How Doctors Die Years ago, Charlie, a highly respected orthopedist and a mentor of mine, found a lump in his stomach. He had a surgeon explore the area, and the diagnosis was pancreatic cancer. … He went home the next […]