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Oct 7, 2016

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Emily S

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Remedy: A Startup Trying to Solve Your Medical Bill Problems

With 1-in-5 working-age Americans reporting they had trouble paying their medical bills in the past year, according to a Kaiser/Times survey released in January, it’s no wonder some entrepreneurs want to offer solutions.

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Why Doctors Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Online Reviews

What is excellent health care? In medicine we’ve long operated under the mantra “doctor knows best.” Physicians sleep comfortably at night knowing they have competently performed a surgery or drawn on their medical knowledge to make life-saving diagnostic and treatment decisions.

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Mar 30, 2016

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Emily S

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Fantasy Sports Fueling A Rise In Online Gambling Addiction

Poison comes in many forms for addicts: Alcohol and drugs usually come first to mind, but gambling — often overlooked — is of increasing concern to state officials and rehab centers.  The number of problem gamblers has grown in recent years with an explosion of betting opportunities available at...

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Former Apple CEO: Better health through tech

When former Apple CEO John Sculley first joined that seminal company, he was struck by co-founder Steve Jobs’ vision of changing the world through the “noble cause” of personal computing.  Now, he said, he’s “totally excited and passionate about” a new noble cause – using high-level technology to ...

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Posted:
Feb 12, 2016

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Emily S

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Pharma gets data for discounts

With the mounting price of drugs, the pharmaceutical industry has taken to subsidizing patients’ costs through copay cards and patient assistance foundations. In return for the discounted or free drugs, the companies request patient data. The drug companies say they’re using the information to...

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Jan 29, 2016

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Emily S

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FRND will send you a nurse at a fraction of the cost of an in-home doctor’s visit

The on-demand world offers any number of items and services delivered straight to your doorstep, from booze, to hair styling, to weed.  So it’s not a surprise to see the on-demand doctor space has gotten crowded. Unfortunately, those services can come with a price tag more than most are willing to...

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Dec 8, 2015

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Deirdre

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Patients Want To Price-Shop For Care, But Online Tools Unreliable

Kate and Scott Savett were trying to be responsible when they needed some medical care. They live about an hour north of Philadelphia with their dog, Frankie. Scott, 43, is a chemist and designs software for labs; Kate, 37, works in life insurance.

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Nov 13, 2015

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Emily S

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The promise and problems of drug-finding apps

Nearly half of all employees who get insurance through work now face deductibles of $1,000 or more.  That means more and more of us pay for prescription drugs out of our own pockets.  A recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found nearly eight out of 10 Americans believe keeping drugs...

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Aug 7, 2015

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Emily S

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FDA clears first 3-D printed prescription drug

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescription drug made through 3-D printing: a dissolvable tablet that treats seizures.  Aprecia Pharmaceuticals said Monday the FDA approved its drug Spritam for adults and children who suffer from certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy...

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Jul 31, 2015

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Emily S

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Medicare Slow To Adopt Telemedicine Due To Cost Concerns

Donna Miles didn’t feel like getting dressed and driving to her physician’s office or to a retailer’s health clinic near her Cincinnati home.  For several days, she had thought she had thrush, a mouth infection that made her tongue sore and discolored with raised white spots. When Miles, 68, awoke...

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