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Fighting the Effects of Hospital Sleep Deprivation

If you’ve ever been hospitalized, you probably thought — or even complained to your night nurse — “How is anyone supposed to get any sleep around here?”

By Diane Domina

Have More Than One Health Condition? It’ll Cost You

A study confirms the cost of treating someone who has more than one chronic medical condition is higher than the cost of treating each condition separately.

By Diane Domina

Health Care Costs: Americans Are Still Spending More for Less

The United States continues to spend more per capita on health care than any other developed country — not for better medical care, because of higher prices.

By Diane Domina

Don't Blame New Meds for Rising Drug Prices

The development of newer medications does increase drug prices overall but a study suggests drug manufacturers hike the prices of older medicines too.

By Diane Domina

The Ins and Outs of Skin Cancer Screenings: Insurance, Exams, and More

Straightforward advice on how to make the skin cancer screening process go smoothly.

By Eileen Bailey

How to Navigate Medicare With RA

How can you know which Medicare plan you'll need for rheumatoid arthritis? We break it all down to help you determine which is right for you.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

City MDs Prescribe More Brand-Name Meds Than Country Doctors

How doctors write prescriptions is influenced by several factors, including their area’s racial composition, level of affluence, and state health care laws.

By Diane Domina

Surprised by That Medical Bill? You Aren't Alone

More than half of Americans surveyed report they’ve been surprised by an unexpected medical bill they believed would be covered by their health insurance.

By Diane Domina

LGBT Adults Are More Likely to Be Unemployed and Uninsured

Sexual minorities in the U.S. are less likely to have jobs and health insurance and more likely to have poor health and a lower quality of life than straight adults.

By Diane Domina

Women Are More Likely to Have Chronic Disease

Find out what chronic disease is costing American women — in finances and life — and what we can do to prevent it.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

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