Health Cents Archive: March, 2013

A grand bargain on Medicare – Could it be for real?

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When it comes to Medicare, could Democrats and Republicans be any further apart? President Obama and most Democrats in Congress want to keep... Read more

Could hackers really take over your pacemaker?

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Fans of the TV series Homeland may have wondered at the end of last season whether it is truly possible to hack into a pacemaker and cause... Read more

Media confusion reigns over testing Anthrax vaccine in children

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Apparently, some people find bioethics as confusing as rocket science. And many of those who are most confused are in the media. Last week... Read more

HIV patients deserve equal treatment

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We live in a society that values openness and acceptance of difference, yet many people face unfair stigma and discrimination. No group experiences... Read more

Doctors’ appearance may be more important than they think

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While physicians are usually more concerned with monitoring patient heart rates and reading lab results than with their personal grooming,... Read more

Feel like your health benefits are shrinking? They probably are

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If you get health benefits through an employer, you have probably seen your costs rise every year. That’s in part because premiums keep... Read more

Health care on the internet: Can you trust it?

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As the Internet becomes ever more ingrained in our lives, it increasingly affects the way patients interact with each other and with their... Read more

Sequestration could be bad for your health

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With no deal in Washington to stop it, the sequestration of federal funds is about to begin. It could be enough to make you sick - literally... Read more