Should My Slightly Sick Child Stay Home? The Rules Often Conflict

Cold and flu season means plenty of parents are trying to figure out whether their kid is too sick to go to child care or school. It's not always an easy call. Day care centers for younger children often have exclusion policies laying out exactly which symptoms should keep kids at home — more on those in a minute. But rules in elementary school and beyond are often looser and less definitive, says Gary Freed , a pediatrician and co-director of the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's...

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For years, women have been told that regular mammograms can help reduce their risk of dying from breast cancer by catching tumors at their earliest, most treatable stages.

But a Danish study is the latest research to challenge that assumption. Researchers followed thousands of women in Denmark over more than a decade and found that perhaps one-third of the abnormalities detected by mammograms may never cause health problems.

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If she’s confirmed, Indiana policy consultant Seema Verma will start work as Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She’ll bring her experience designing Indiana’s unique Medicaid expansion to the national policy conversation.

Meals On Wheels Wants To Be The ‘Eyes and Ears’ For Hospitals, Doctors

Jan 10, 2017
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Debbie Case held an insulated bag with two packaged meals — a sandwich wrap and fruit for lunch, a burrito and cauliflower for dinner.

“You’re going to eat well today,” Case told 75-year-old Dave Kelly as she handed him the meals. Kelly lost his sight about two years ago and reluctantly gave up cooking.

Mental Health Centers Turn To Lottery For Funding

Jan 9, 2017
Andy Marso/Kansas News Service

In tight budget times, Kansas mental health advocates are turning to the lottery for some financial help. 

Kyle Kessler, executive director of the Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas, said the association will ask the Legislature to commit an additional $31 million over the next two fiscal years for the centers. That $31 million — pulled from Kansas lottery proceeds — would return funding for the 26 centers across the state to the 2007 fiscal year level.

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This week - A former addict now spends his days helping others instead of chasing the next high. His story in photos. ... Every year in the U.S., 30,000 die from guns. Is it time to label the problem a public health crisis? ... Call in the cuddles to help these babies born physically dependent on drugs. ... These and more ...

Every year in the U.S., more than 30,000 people die from things related to guns.

That puts guns ahead of HIV, Parkinson's disease, malnutrition, hypertension, intestinal infection, peptic ulcer, anemia, viral hepatitis, biliary tract disease, atherosclerosis and fires. Yet, the funding for research on gun violence lags far behind other leading causes of death, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Charlie Oen's battle with addiction started when he was 16 and his family moved to Lima, Ohio. It was the last stop in a string of moves his military family made — from Panama to North Carolina, Kentucky, Texas and Germany.


Offering Syringes Along With Prayers, Churches Help IV Drug Users

Jan 3, 2017
Taylor Sisk/for KHN

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — When Gov. Pat McCrory signed legislation in July legalizing syringe exchange programs in North Carolina, James Sizemore rejoiced.

In Betsy Irish’s room, it’s all about the music. There is a big boom box in the corner, framed CD jackets and a special box just for Christmas music.

She’s hanging out with her dad, David Irish, at her group house in a suburb of Rochester, N.Y. They’re doing one of their usual activities — reading the dictionary.

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This week - Opioid addiction isn't just a young person problem. ... Not smoking pot around your kids is a no-brainer, right? Not for some. ... A Jeopardy! winner with terminal cancer wins big and donates it to charity. ... These and more ...

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