Health

Plans unveiled for Hamilton County’s new mental health court

Last week, four Hamilton County residents — all facing criminal charges — went into court looking for a new answer to an old problem: mental illness. They came from different backgrounds. Some had found themselves entangled in the court system for the first time. Others had long been on probation. But all wanted help with their mental illnesses. And all ... Read More »

Two Current Fronts of the American Health Care Wars: Hepatitis C and Cancer

Harvard Art Museum “Waiting for cirrhosis to happen to treat HCV is like waiting for cancer to metastasize or for diabetes to cause complications before treating it. In reality, all cause mortality and per patient per year health care costs are tripled for patients with hepatitis C, whether they have cirrhosis or not.” — Dr. Douglas Dieterich, leading hepatitis C ... Read More »

Complaints about rats are only getting worse in Hamilton

Rat complaints in the city are trending upward and there’s no end in sight. In 2014, there was a significant increase in rat complaints compared to previous years, according to a new public healthreport. The amount has more than doubled from the same time last year, with 20 complaints this April compared to seven in April 2014. The way to ... Read More »

Colorado health exchange users could see steep rate increases for 2016

        Average health insurance rates across Colorado’s individual market could rise more steeply in 2016 – though a couple companies might buck that trend, according to preliminary rate filings announced Monday. The public can comment on the plans through July 6. Six health insurers proposed double-digit rate increases for next year – some in the range of ... Read More »

‘Day of Action’: Doctors, activists protest refugee health care cuts

      Canadian doctors are rallying against cuts to refugee health care and calling on the federal government to drop its “costly” appeal of a Federal Court ruling that deemed the cutbacks “cruel and unusual.” In what’s being billed as “the largest Day of Action yet,” doctors and health care professionals in at least 20 Canadian cities staged protests ... Read More »

UNH, Aetna join health-merger speculation list

      UnitedHealth and Aetna on Monday night joined the list of health giants said to be exploring a potential merger. Citing unnamed “people familiar with the matter,” The Wall Street Journal said UnitedHealth has approached Aetna about a takeover valued at around $40 billion. This came after a Journal report published earlier Monday cited anonymous sources saying that ... Read More »

Owensboro Health plans to forge ahead

    Owensboro Health President and CEO Philip Patterson says the announcement by Deaconess Health System and Methodist Hospital last week to jointly build a major medical facility in Henderson has not changed Owensboro Health’s plans to expand there. Instead, Patterson said in an email, “it reiterates the need to provide greater access to quality health services in Henderson County.” ... Read More »

How much sleep is best for your health?

        Millions of Americans struggle to get through the day chronically sleep-deprived. And while some may brag about getting by on just a few hours of sleep, doctors say there’s growing evidence that not getting enough sleep can take a serious toll on a person’s health. Less well known is the fact that getting too much sleep ... Read More »

If court upends health law, sides gird for next act

      With a Supreme Court decision looming that could lead to the loss of health insurance for millions of Americans, supporters and opponents of President Obama’s health-care law already are mobilizing for the next stage of the battle: influencing policy alternatives if the court upends a key component of the law. At issue in the court case is ... Read More »

Florida home health aide reportedly stripped naked and pummeled a patient

    Maybe the health professional was the sick one in this case. A Florida home health aide allegedly took off all her clothes and battered a patient on Sunday afternoon, according to reports. Police in the central coast town of Palm Bay say the as-yet-unidentified woman was completely naked and the patient was ailing from her attack when they ... Read More »