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Reopening Dental Offices For Routine Care Amid Pandemic Touches A Nerve

Reopening Dental Offices For Routine Care Amid Pandemic Touches A Nerve

This story also ran on .Tom Peeling wanted his teeth cleaned and wasn’t going to let the coronavirus pandemic get in the way.Luckily, his six-month regular appointment was scheduled for earlier this month, just days after dental offices were allowed to reopen in Florida for routine services. In late March the state ordered as part of its efforts to keep residents at home and to preserve limited medical supplies, such as N95 masks, that might be needed to treat COVID-19 patients.Yet for Peeling, 62, of Lantana, Florida, the dental visit was anything but routine. He had his temperature taken...

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Empleadores evalúan hacerles pruebas para COVID-19 a sus trabajadores

Empleadores evalúan hacerles pruebas para COVID-19 a sus trabajadores

Noticias en español es una sección de Kaiser Health News que contiene traducciones de artículos de gran interés para la comunidad hispanohablante, y contenido original enfocado en la población hispana que vive en los Estados Unidos.Este contenido puede usarse de manera gratuita ().A pocas millas de Disney World, el imperio hotelero de Harris Rosen está cerrado casi por completo debido a la pandemia de COVID.Una condición crucial para la reapertura será evaluar a sus 4,000 empleados que muestran signos potenciales de tener la enfermedad, dijo.Forma parte del grupo de Facebook de Kaiser...

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Looking For A Path To Reopen, Employers Weigh COVID Testing Of Workers

Looking For A Path To Reopen, Employers Weigh COVID Testing Of Workers

May 8, 2020Just a few miles from Disney World, Harris Rosen’s hotel empire is mostly closed because of the COVID pandemic.One crucial condition for reopening will be testing any of his 4,000 employees who show potential signs of having the disease, he said.Since March, the company has tested more than 500 workers at its employee health clinic and its impromptu drive-thru site in Orlando, Florida. Sixteen were confirmed cases of COVID-19.When Rosen Hotels & Resorts, which comprises eight hotels with nearly 7,000 rooms in the Orlando area, reopens later this spring or summer, it plans to have...

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Coronavirus Crisis Opens Access To Online Opioid Addiction Treatment

Coronavirus Crisis Opens Access To Online Opioid Addiction Treatment

This story also ran on .Opioid addiction isn’t taking a break during the coronavirus pandemic.But the U.S. response to the viral crisis is making addiction treatment easier to get.Under the national emergency declared by the Trump administration in March, the government has suspended a federal law that required patients to have an in-person visit with a physician before they could be prescribed drugs that help quell withdrawal symptoms, such as Suboxone. Patients can now get those prescriptions with a doctor.Addiction experts have been calling for that change for years to help expand access...

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Amid Pandemic, FDA Seizes Cheaper Drugs From Canada

Amid Pandemic, FDA Seizes Cheaper Drugs From Canada

This story also ran on .JUPITER, Fla. — The Food and Drug Administration in the past month has stepped up seizures of prescription drugs being sent to American customers from pharmacies in Canada and other countries, according to operators of stores in Florida that facilitate the transactions.While seizures at the nation’s international mail facilities have periodically spiked during the past two decades, the latest crackdown is distressing many older customers whose goal is to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic.“It’s very aggravating,” said Cabot Jaffe Sr., 83, of Maitland, Florida,...

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‘It’s Not Over Until It’s Over’: 5 Things To Know About Hitting The COVID-19 Peak

‘It’s Not Over Until It’s Over’: 5 Things To Know About Hitting The COVID-19 Peak

As New York, California and other states begin to see their numbers of new COVID-19 cases level off or even slip, it might appear as if we’re nearing the end of the pandemic.President Donald Trump and some governors have pointed to the slowdown as an indication that the day has come for reopening the country. “Our experts say the curve has flattened and the peak in new cases is behind us,” Trump said Thursday in announcing the to states about how to begin easing social distancing measures and stay-at home orders.But with the national toll of coronavirus deaths climbing each day and an...

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Apr 17
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To ‘Keep The Lights On,’ Doctors And Hospitals Ask For Advance Medicare Payments

To ‘Keep The Lights On,’ Doctors And Hospitals Ask For Advance Medicare Payments

This story also ran on .Darrin Menard, a family physician in Lafayette, Louisiana, has spent the past month easing patients’ anxieties about the coronavirus that has killed 10 people in his parish so far.But Menard has his own fears: How will his medical practice survive the pandemic?His office typically sees 70 patients a day, but now it handles half that amount and many of those appointments are done over the phone or computer. He said revenue in the practice has dropped by 40% — which makes it challenging to pay a mortgage, staff salaries, malpractice insurance, utilities, electronic...

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Under Pressure, Florida Governor Finally Orders Residents To Stay Home

Under Pressure, Florida Governor Finally Orders Residents To Stay Home

With pressure mounting from public health officials and political leaders nationwide, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday reversed course and ordered residents across the state to stay at home to help reduce the toll of the coronavirus pandemic.The order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, April 3.Florida joins more than 30 other states and the District of Columbia in moves that have similarly restricted residents and businesses. DeSantis’ decision came as Texas and Pennsylvania took similar action.For more than a week, DeSantis said a statewide order was unnecessary because many parts of...

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Needy Patients ‘Caught In The Middle’ As Insurance Titan Drops Doctors

Needy Patients ‘Caught In The Middle’ As Insurance Titan Drops Doctors

This story also ran on .BAYONNE, N.J. — For five years, Rasha Salama has taken her two children to Dr. Inas Wassef, a pediatrician a few blocks from her home in this blue-collar town across the bay from New York City.Salama likes the doctor because Wassef speaks her native language — Arabic — and has office hours at convenient times for children.“She knows my kids, answers the phone, is open on Saturdays and is everything for me,” she said.But UnitedHealthcare is dropping Wassef — and hundreds of other doctors in its central and northern New Jersey Medicaid physician network. The move is...

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Feb 25
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Heart Association Puts Halt To Bayer’s Giant Displays Of Baby Aspirin

Heart Association Puts Halt To Bayer’s Giant Displays Of Baby Aspirin

This story also ran on .The large red-and-white bins at Walmart pharmacies across the country read, in bold all-caps type: “Approximately every 40 seconds an American will have a heart attack.”Inside the 3-foot-tall cartons, adorned with the American Heart Association and Bayer logos, were dozens of boxes of low-dose Bayer aspirin.The implication was that everyone could reduce their heart attack risk by taking a “baby aspirin.” But recent studies have found that’s not the case.In fact, the American Heart Association says that although aspirin can help people with previous heart attacks or...

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