Kaiser Permanente

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Flu shot season begins

PASADENA (CNS) – Starting Saturday, Kaiser Permanente will offer flu vaccines at clinics across Southern California. “The flu is a highly contagious respiratory infection that can cause serious complications, even lead to death,” said Dr. […]

09/25/2013

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No copays, easier pills may reduce blood pressure

CHICAGO (AP) — New research suggests giving patients easier-to-take medicine and no-copay medical visits can help drive down high blood pressure, a major contributor to poor health and untimely deaths nationwide. Those efforts were part […]

08/21/2013

California Health Insurance Exchange

California won’t use health insurer ratings on site

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The state’s consumer web site for health insurance coverage won’t post quality ratings alongside the monthly price for plans. The Los Angeles Times reports consumer groups are disappointed by the decision […]

08/10/2013

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Public officials criticize Kaiser for rate hikes

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — One of California’s biggest insurers is drawing complaints from employers who say the company’s policies are no longer the bargain for quality care that they once were. The Los Angeles Times […]

07/26/2013

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Golden years shorter, sicker in Southern states

ATLANTA (AP) — If you’re 65 and living in Hawaii, here’s some good news: Odds are you’ll live another 21 years. And for all but five of those years, you’ll likely be in pretty good […]

07/18/2013

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Hip replacements more likely to fail in women

CHICAGO (AP) — A new study shows that hip replacements are more likely to fail in women than in men. Researchers found that a small number of the hip implants failed overall, but women were 29 percent more likely than men to need a repeat surgery.

02/19/2013

Nurse in hospital

Health union alliance could threaten larger rival

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two health care unions are joining forces in a move that could threaten a powerful rival’s dominance and fuel a new round of labor tensions.

01/03/2013

Teen birth control

CHICAGO (AP) – Teenage girls may prefer the pill, the patch or even wishful thinking, but their doctors should be recommending IUDs or hormonal implants  – long-lasting and more effective birth control that you don’t […]

09/20/2012

Does acupuncture really work? (audio)

Many people with chronic pain swear by acupuncture, but skeptics of the ancient needle-based treatment have long claimed that it’s little more than an elaborate placebo. A new study published this week in the Archives […]

09/11/2012