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Unauthorized and Sick, Some Immigrants Steer Clear of Medical Care

“I can’t have my patients taking risks to get medicine I prescribe for them,” he said. Across the country, from Venice, Calif., to Brooklyn, clinics that serve an immigrant population report a downturn in appointments since the administration’s crackdown. In a recent national poll of providers by Migrant Clinicians Network, which is based in Austin, Tex., two-thirds of respondents said they had seen a reluctance among patients to seek health care. Continue reading the main story Some parents have been withdrawing children from federal nutrition programs to avoid scrutiny. In…

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The Lab Says It’s Cancer. But Sometimes the Lab Is Wrong.

Ultimately he had his prostate removed. “I said, ‘Mistakes happen,’” Mr. Karman said. They may be happening more often than doctors realize. There is no comprehensive data on how often pathology labs mix up cancer biopsy samples, but a few preliminary studies suggest that it may happen to thousands of patients each year. Continue reading the main story Fortunately, there is now a high-tech solution: a way to fingerprint and track each sample with the donor’s own DNA. But it costs the patient about $300 per sample, and labs have…

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Cuts to Medicaid May Limit Access to Nursing Homes

Under federal law, state Medicaid programs are required to cover nursing home care. But state officials decide how much to pay facilities, and states under budgetary pressure could decrease the amount they are willing to pay or restrict eligibility for coverage. Continue reading the main story “The states are going to make it harder to qualify medically for needing nursing home care,” predicted Toby S. Edelman, a senior policy attorney at the Center for Medicare Advocacy. “They’d have to be more disabled before they qualify for Medicaid assistance.” States might…

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At Nursing Homes, Medicaid Cuts Would Reach Even the Upper Middle Class

Under federal law, state Medicaid programs are required to cover nursing home care. But state officials decide how much to pay facilities, and states under budgetary pressure could decrease the amount they are willing to pay or restrict eligibility for coverage. Continue reading the main story “The states are going to make it harder to qualify medically for needing nursing home care,” predicted Toby S. Edelman, a senior policy attorney at the Center for Medicare Advocacy. “They’d have to be more disabled before they qualify for Medicaid assistance.” States might…

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Ask Well: Do M.R.I. Scans Cause Any Harm?

Photo The magnets inside M.R.I. scanners can pull in office furniture. Credit Moriel NessAiver Q. Do M.R.I. scans cause any harm? A. Magnetic resonance imaging, or M.R.I., is considered one of the safest technologies for looking deep inside the body, because it doesn’t carry the radiation risk of X-rays or PET scans. “Over all, M.R.I. is a very safe test,” said Dr. Max Wintermark, chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University. Most concerns about M.R.I.s involve people with metal, such as shrapnel, embedded in their bodies, or someone with an implanted…

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U.S. Suspends Beef Imports From Brazil

Photo Beef for sale at a Brazilian supermarket in March. Credit Yasuyoshi Chiba/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images RIO DE JANEIRO — The United States on Thursday suspended imports of fresh beef from Brazil because of safety concerns, dealing a blow to one of Brazil’s biggest industries just months after Brazilian investigators accused food inspectors of accepting bribes. In a statement announcing the decision, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said, “Ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply is one of our critical missions.” “My first priority is to protect American consumers,”…

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Insurers Battle Families Over Costly Drug for Fatal Disease

In addition to Anthem, Express Scripts, which manages the drug benefits for insurers and large employers, excluded the medication from its national coverage list. Other insurers, including UnitedHealth, Aetna and Humana, will cover it only under limited circumstances — if the boy is under 14, for example, or can walk a certain distance. After six months, in many cases, the insurers require evidence that the drug appears to be working. Insurers are also restricting coverage of a similarly expensive drug, Spinraza, which treats another rare disease, spinal muscular atrophy. The…

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Frédérick Leboyer, Who Saw Childbirth Through Baby’s Eyes, Dies at 98

Mr. Leboyer (he thought people made too much of their education and preferred Mr. to Dr.) argued that babies feel pain, anxiety and suffering, and that the manner in which they come into the world shapes the adults they will become. While he was not the first to advocate natural methods in childbirth, like eschewing unnecessary drugs and medical procedures, Mr. Leboyer set himself apart by focusing primarily on minimizing the baby’s suffering. In the Leboyer method, the delivery room is kept quiet and dimly lit, to spare the baby…

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