New health plans offer twists on existing options, with a dose of ‘buyer beware’

Trendy-looking websites promise convenience and freedom from networks, at far less than the cost of traditional health insurance. “Welcome to insurance that’s finally fair,” says one, in bold lettering. “Take care of your health with one easy app,” says another. It’s all part of shopping for health coverage in 2021. While they’re still niche products, these nontraditional options say they […]

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EPA plans new strategy against PFAS ‘forever chemicals’

(HealthDay) —- A new plan to limit pollution from so-called “forever chemicals” will include restricting their release into the environment and speeding cleanup of contaminated sites, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday. The chemicals, called PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), are used in products ranging from cookware to carpets to firefighting foam. They’re increasingly showing up in public drinking […]

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Two groups pitch plans to make health insurance affordable in one of Colorado’s priciest markets

Two groups with very different ideas about what drives the cost of health insurance both have their eyes on Garfield County, where residents pay significantly more than similar people living on Colorado’s Front Range. At a community meeting this week, Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said residents have told him for years that they can’t afford the cost of health […]

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China Plans Ban of CBD Cosmetics

SHANGHAI–While there had been high hopes for CBD cosmetics in China, the market looks like it will soon hit a dead end after China’s National Institutes for Food and Drug Control released draft rules showing it plans to ban cannabis compounds for use in cosmetics. Cannabis sativa fruit, cannabis sativa seed oil, cannabis sativa leaf extract, and cannabidiol–also known as […]

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Moderna plans 100 million Covid vaccine doses in early 2021

Moderna plans to have 100 to 125 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine available in the first quarter of 2021, the vast majority of which will go to the United States, the biotechnology company announced Thursday. Between 85 and 100 million of the doses will be distributed in the United States, with the rest of the world receiving the remaining […]

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Czech govt plans to start easing lockdown from April 20

The Czech government on Tuesday introduced a five-stage plan to ease lockdown measures to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, starting on April 20 and ending June 8. “The scenario reckons with the coronavirus being under control as is currently the case. There might be changes,” deputy prime minister Karel Havlicek told reporters. An EU member of 10.7 million […]

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Plans to fight coronavirus must pay attention to the environment

The rapid onset and spread of coronavirus is proving to be a huge challenge for public health officials across the world. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people and others only infect animals. Very rarely have animal coronaviruses infected and spread between people. This is what’s suspected to have happened for the virus that has […]

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For dying patients, early plans can improve quality of life

Careful documentation of a hospice patient’s end-of-life wishes—and prominently noting that information in health records early—could prevent unwanted hospitalizations and medical interventions, a new study suggests. Researchers at The Ohio State University analyzed the health records of 1,185 cancer patients who had been referred to hospice and found that a verified do-not-resuscitate order, or DNR, before the last 30 days […]

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