Health insurance often skips coverage for sex-related prescriptions

This story is from Kaiser Health News For some older people, the joy of sex may be tempered by financial concerns: Can they afford the medications they need to improve their experience between the sheets? Medicare and many private insurers don’t cover drugs that are prescribed to treat problems people have engaging in sex. Recent developments, including the approval of […]

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Moncton family concerned after scathing report, unexpected death at Restigouche psychiatric hospital

The unexpected death of a patient at a New Brunswick psychiatric hospital has left the family of a patient at the facility on edge, and the government offering their condolences. Reid Smith, who’s 34-year-old son Aaron is receiving treatment at the Restigouche Hospital Centre in Campbellton, N.B., says that his son is always in the back of his mind and that […]

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N.S. needs to boost long-term care facilities’ staffing levels to address ‘overstressed’ homes: expert panel

An expert panel says Nova Scotia’s Liberal government needs to quickly boost staffing at long-term care facilities to address “overstressed” homes that aren’t meeting residents’ needs. Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey appointed the panel in September in the wake of media reports that raised questions about the quality of care in the facilities, including severe bedsores. Panel chairwoman Janice […]

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Halifax author with multiple sclerosis at a crossroads without access to affordable medical care

Jennifer Powley hasn’t cost taxpayers a dime. In fact, she’s a big contributor to her community. Powley has put her education — four university degrees — to good use, co-ordinating care for other disabled Nova Scotians, heading a group that sponsors LGBTQ refugees and volunteering to advise health-care students. Her recent memoir also won a literary award. But, stricken by […]

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Why Baby Boomers Should Get Tested for Hepatitis C

Getting tested is important because when left untreated hepatitis C can become chronic in adults who contract it.(Getty Images) If you’re one of the 74 million baby boomers in the United States – people born between 1946 and 1964 – you probably think about a host of health issues. The ABCs (D's and E's) of Hepatitis Chances are you pay […]

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How Can I Find the Best Psychiatrist?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults lives with a mental illness.(Getty Images) The brain is an intricate organ, and with that complexity comes the possibility for things to go wrong. Although neurologists take care of certain aspects of the brain and diseases that begin there, there’s more to having a healthy brain […]

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That’s a lot of scratch: The $48,329 allergy test

This is a Kaiser Health News story. Janet Winston had a rash that wouldn’t go away. The English professor from Eureka, Calif., always had been sensitive to ingredients in skin creams and cosmetics. This time, however, the antifungal cream she was prescribed to treat her persistent rash seemed to make things worse. Was she allergic to that, too? Winston, 56, […]

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Could Trump’s plan for lowering prescription drug prices work?

This is a Kaiser Health News story. Interested in Donald Trump? President Donald Trump’s new pledge to crack down on “the global freeloading” in prescription drugs had a sense of déjà vu. Five months ago, Trump unveiled a blueprint to address prohibitive drug prices, and his administration has been feverishly rolling out ideas ranging from posting drug prices on television […]

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