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Medicare Payments To Go Up in 2015

Posted On October 31, 2014

(Washington, DC) -- Medicare payments to hospitals and doctors are going up in 2015. The federal government said today that the Medicare payment rate for hospital outpatient services will go up two-point-three percent, and the rate for ambulatory surgical services will go up one-point-four percent. Also in 2015, the Medicare health insurance program for the…

Maine Nurse Free To Come And Go

Posted On October 31, 2014

(Undated) -- A judge in Maine is lifting an order restricting nurse Kaci Hickox's interactions with the public.  Hickox recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone.  She'd been ordered to avoid coming within three feet of people, but a state court judge now says that order is not necessary.  Hickox, however, must still tell…

Fear Has A Negative Impact On Health

Posted On October 31, 2014

(Undated) -- Fear can have a negative impact on your health. Doctor Mike McKee with the Cleveland Clinic says fear causes physical side effects.   People experience the fight-or-flight response when they're afraid, and the increased adrenaline can actually be toxic. Large doses of adrenaline can damage the heart, kidney and lungs. Doctor McKee says…

Study: Scratching Really Does Make Itch Worse

Posted On October 31, 2014

(Undated) -- Here's something else your mother was right about -- scratching really does make an itch worse. Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that scratching causes the brain to release serotonin, and that chemical intensifies the itch sensation. The research is reported in the latest issue of the…

Scientists Say Genes Key To Surviving Ebola

Posted On October 31, 2014

(Undated) -- Scientists say the key to surviving Ebola lies in genetic resistance to the virus. Researchers from the University of Washington say they haven't identified the exact genetic reasons some people survive the virus while others die. But they have identified two genes that determine whether someone is susceptible or resistant to the infection…