One-fifth of US surgeons still overusing riskier procedure to create kidney dialysis access

Long-term hemodialysis is a lifesaver for approximately half a million patients in the United States with kidney failure (also known as end-stage renal disease, or ESRD) who are either waiting on or unsuitable for a kidney transplant. But before the external machinery can take over the function of the kidneys—filtering and cleansing wastes from the blood—a minor surgical procedure is […]

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Children with cancer wait an average of 6.5 years longer than adults to access new drugs

Cancer drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took a median of 6.5 years to go from the first clinical trial in adults to the first trial in children, according to a study at the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. The study was published in the May issue of the European Journal of Cancer. “Despite […]

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Why Abortion Access Became More Important to Me When I Came Out

After President Trump was elected, I had a miniature — read: major — breakdown, so I decided to focus on a specific issue: Abortion access. In January of 2017, I joined the board of directors at NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, which works on everything from pro-choice legislation to running a volunteer clinic escort program. At the time, I was still in […]

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Toronto’s only operating cannabis retail store not wheelchair accessible on opening day

As Toronto’s only operating cannabis retail store opened to the public on Monday – the first day marijuana stores are legally allowed to do so in Ontario – a few customers who use wheelchairs and mobility devices weren’t easily able to access the Hunny Pot Cannabis Co. Jordan Dragiz went to Queen Street West business, near University Avenue, Monday afternoon […]

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Obamacare Helped More Women Access Care Before Pregnancy: Study

TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 — Ever since the Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid in some states, more women have received health care before pregnancy, a new study finds. The number of women who had Medicaid in the month before pregnancy rose from 31 percent to 36 percent in states that opted out of Medicaid expansion, but increased from 43 percent […]

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Insurance-related disparities in timely access to gold standard dialysis procedure

Patients with newly diagnosed kidney failure must wait for up to 3 months before they qualify for Medicare. A new study found that this short period of time without insurance is associated with delays in the placement and use of preferred methods for gaining access to the bloodstream for dialysis. The study, which appears in an upcoming issue of the […]

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