If CVS Health (CVS) President and CEO Larry J. Merlo is to be believed, the proposed $69 billion merger with the country's third-largest health insurer, Aetna (AET), will "create a new front door to health care in our country." With more than 9,700 CVS stores and approximately 22 million people insured by Aetna, CVS is hoping the merger will help expand its growing health services business. Already, CVS operates more than 1,100 MinuteClinics, walk-in health care centers in CVS and Target (TGT) stores. They offer routine health care such as flu shots and treatment for sinus infections or sore throats as well as more complicated services such as monitoring of diabetes and high blood pressure. Finding access to care for minor ailments and injuries is one of the biggest challenges for consumers, said Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology and Lerner Chair of Public Health Promotion at Syracuse University. Difficulty finding a primary physician and long waits for office … [Read more...] about Could your pharmacy replace your doctor?
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Treatments Even Low-Dose Contraceptives Slightly Increase Breast Cancer Risk Listen · 3:54 3:54 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/568836583/568920367" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Katherine Streeter for NPR Katherine Streeter for NPR It's long been known that hormonal contraception, like any medicine, carries some risks. But doctors and women have hoped that the newer generations of low-dose contraceptive pills, IUDs and implants eliminated the breast cancer risk of earlier, higher-dose formulations. Now a big study from Denmark suggests the elevated risk of getting breast cancer — while still very small for women in their teens, 20s and 30s – holds true for these low-dose methods, too. In the research published Wednesday … [Read more...] about Even Low-Dose Contraceptives Slightly Increase Breast Cancer Risk
Our Land In Rural Alaska, A Young Doctor Walks To His Patient's Bedside Listen · 4:44 4:44 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/527787511/528287850" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Enlarge this image Dr. Adam McMahan has been practicing medicine in rural Alaska for three years. It's the kind of intimate, full-spectrum family medicine the 34-year-old doctor loves. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption toggle caption Elissa Nadworny/NPR Dr. Adam McMahan has been practicing medicine in rural Alaska for three years. It's the kind of intimate, full-spectrum family medicine the 34-year-old doctor loves. Elissa Nadworny/NPR In rural Alaska, providing health care means overcoming a lot of hurdles. Fickle weather that can leave patients stranded, for one. Also: complicated geography. Many Alaskan … [Read more...] about In Rural Alaska, A Young Doctor Walks To His Patient’s Bedside
A leading virologist who risked his own life to treat dozens of Ebola patients died Tuesday from the disease, officials said, as news emerged that another of the victims, 40-year-old Liberian finance official Patrick Sawyer, who died Friday, was an American citizen. Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, who was praised as a national hero for treating the disease in Sierra Leone, was confirmed dead by health ministry officials there. He had been hospitalized in quarantine. Health workers have been especially vulnerable to contracting Ebola, which is spread through bodily fluids such as saliva, sweat, blood and urine. Two American health workers are currently hospitalized with Ebola in neighboring Liberia. The Ebola outbreak is the largest in history with deaths blamed on the disease not only in Sierra Leone and Liberia, but also Guinea and Nigeria. The disease has no vaccine and no specific treatment, with a fatality rate of at least 60 percent. A major airline in the region announced it was suspending … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Top Ebola doctor dies from the disease after treating dozens
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. -- Seven-year-old Faith Lennox never thought much about putting a prosthetic limb where her missing left hand had once been. Not until the little girl learned she could design her own, strap it on easily and then jump on her bike and pedal away at speeds previously only imagined. With family members occasionally shouting "Be careful" and "Watch out for that car," Faith firmly placed her new hand's bright blue and pink fingers on her bike's left handlebar and took off for a seemingly endless sojourn around the Build It Workspace on Tuesday morning. Inside, just a short time before, that hand had rolled off a 3D printer that built it overnight. "I don't think we'll ever get her off it," said her mother, Nicole, smiling with resignation as she watched her daughter continue to circle the parking lot in this Orange County suburb. The prosthetic that had just made such a task immediately easy represents a breakthrough in small, lightweight hands that are economical and … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo High-tech, low-cost robotic hand changes girl’s life