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USA:Health care costs are still a crushing problem

January 2018 Yahoonews; Andrew Luccock pays about $1,700 per month for health insurance for his family of 5—and still expects to pay more than $25,000 out-of-pocket this year for medical care. That will total around $45,000 for premiums and uncovered expenses in 2018–on top of a similar outlay last year. “I’m …

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USA: Health nominee reaped big earnings from drug industry tenure

November 2017 phillytrib; Newly disclosed financial records show that President Donald Trump’s nominee to become Health and Human Services secretary reaped big earnings during his tenure as a top pharmaceutical executive. As a top drug industry veteran from 2007 to 2017, former Eli Lilly and Co. executive Alex Azar built …

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USA:Illinois officials overhaul health care enrollment

November 2017  effinghamdailynews;Illinois Department of Insurance officials are quickly working to enroll residents through the health care marketplace in half the amount of time as last year. Open enrollment began Nov. 1 and will be six weeks long, unlike the 12 weeks last year. Insurance department officials are adding 230 …

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Mugabe blamed in the West for destroying Zimbabwe’s economy

October 2017 Standardmedia; Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been removed as a goodwill ambassador, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday following an outrage among Western donors and rights groups at the appointment. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus named Mugabe to the largely ceremonial post at a high-level WHO meeting …

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USA: You Can Order a Dozen STD Tests Online — But Should You?

August 2017 npr; America is losing the battle against sexually transmitted infections. Cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis all hit record-high numbers in 2015. Tens of thousands contract HIV every year in the U.S., and oral cancers caused by human papillomavirus are increasing. So startups are popping up online to …

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WHO warns of imminent spread of untreatable superbug gonorrhoea

July 2017 Yahoo; At least three people worldwide are infected with totally untreatable “superbug” strains of gonorrhoea which they are likely to be spreading to others through sex, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. Giving details of studies showing a “very serious situation” with regard to highly drug-resistant forms …

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