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The Urgent Need to Eliminate Gender Bias in Research

Biomedical research must let data lead and be judgment-free. The centuries-old concept that menstrual blood is a waste has prevented it from being studied even though it is unique to women. Anna Villarreal's company, LifeStory Health is challenging that concept leading to new insights about women's health.

How To Properly Protect Patient Data

Patients must feel confident in the knowledge that their personal data is secure and private, accessible only to them and their immediate healthcare providers. How can clinics, hospitals, and administrators ensure their information is kept out of the wrong hands?
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The Modern Patient Needs to be an Expert Insurance Navigator

Regardless if a person has private, public or combination health insurance coverage, to get the most from purchased benefits, chronic disease patients must implement three important P's to get through the inevitable and unavoidable paperwork: Patience, Persistence, and Politeness.
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The Founders and the Sanctity of Gun Ownership

When it comes to gun control, argue whatever position you want. But we should keep the Founders out of it. It is inconsistent with their governing record to believe that they were supporters of unrestricted private firearms.

The VA’s Contradictory Stance on Medical Marijuana

Military veterans are still unable to be referred to state medical marijuana programs by VA physicians due to a federal prohibition. 
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Is Single-Payer a Better Option for America?

Don Berwick, former head of CMS joins Pat Salber (@docweighsin) to talk about health reform with a focus on single-payer. Can we get there in the U.S.?
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Observations on the U.S. Healthcare System at the End of 2017

Here are some observations about how we got into this mess and some suggestions about what we can do to make U.S. Healthcare better moving forward.
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Why Premium Support for Medicare is a Bad Idea

Proposals that would change Medicare into a voucher program, also termed premium support, will harm the popular program and the people who rely on it.
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Opioid Addiction is the Cancer of Our Generation

Opioid addiction is the cancer of our generation—it is progressive and often rapidly fatal. Why should we give up on it?
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E-Prescribing: A Powerful Tool in the War Against Opioid Abuse

Between 3% and 9% of drugs that are diverted for abuse are tied to fraud and forgery of paper prescriptions. This is a blind spot we can no longer live with.
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Another Gun Massacre – When Will We Ever Learn?

How many more unbearable tragedies do American families need to endure before we finally stand up and demand significant changes to our national firearm policies?
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How Trump Accidentally Created Some Great Obamacare Bargains

Silver plan price hikes due to CSR subsidy threats led to an increase in premium subsidies for other plans sometimes decreasing consumer payments to zero!

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