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Published: Sun, 25 Feb 2018 13:44:39 GMT2018-02-25T13:44:39Z

 



One MRI is $1,000 more than another. That's just the start of Philly's health-care pricing mysteries

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 13:44:39 GMT2018-02-25T13:44:39Z

The shroud of mystery around health care costs has hidden from many consumers the fact that prices vary widely, even for relatively straightforward services such as an MRI.



Babies addicted to opioids: A crisis crying for a count

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 03:27:43 GMT2018-02-24T03:27:43Z

The number of babies in Pennsylvania born dependent on drugs their mothers used is high and growing - but no one knows the exact size of the problem. That matters when it comes to caring for these children through withdrawal and for years after.



Philadelphia nonprofits form health-care partnership for homeless

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:03:25 GMT2018-02-23T23:03:25Z

Health Partners Plans, Philadelphia Fight, and Broad Street Ministry announced a collaboration to help improve health care for homeless individuals.



Why do dogs eat poop? New research suggests an ancient answer.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:41:15 GMT2018-02-23T21:41:15Z

Veterinary researchers who surveyed thousands of dog owners found 16 percent of pups consume other canines' feces "frequently," having been spotted doing it more than six times by their owners.



Would you buy a poisoned Superfund site? He just did

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:35:17 GMT2018-02-23T19:35:17Z

In the Philadelphia region, 332,507 people live within a mile of one of 70 superfund sites filled with chemically contaminated concoctions, an Inquirer analysis of EPA and demographic data shows. The region includes Philadelphia,.Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Bucks counties as well as Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties in South Jersey.



You don't have to be an Olympic athlete to eat like one

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:47:46 GMT2018-02-23T17:47:46Z

Team USA's Athlete's Plate is a simple approach to help understand how much to eat from the different food groups, depending on the intensity of training.



Why is breast cancer deadlier for black women?

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:45:48 GMT2018-02-23T16:45:48Z

One issue: More effective treatments exist for the types of breast cancer that white women get. But income and underlying health issues also play a major role in the disparity.



U.S. life expectancy just dropped for the second year in a row. Let's stop the trend now

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:20:30 GMT2018-02-23T16:20:30Z

The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the death count for Americans under 65 rose by 20,566 between 2015 and 2016. Based on population growth alone, one would have expected only 6,131 additional deaths. The other 14,435 Americans died prematurely of causes that could have prevented.



Is it wrong to ask your doctor for opioids?

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:09:07 GMT2018-02-23T14:09:07Z

Are those of us who want, expect, or even request opioid medications doing something wrong? Should we see each medical encounter for pain as an opportunity to be part of the solution to the opioid crisis?



Penn State police to start carrying opioid overdose antidote

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:49:45 GMT2018-02-23T10:49:45Z

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania State University has announced it will start equipping on-campus officers with naloxone, an opioid overdose antidote.



Rothman Institute in Philly will study medical marijuana for pain relief

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 02:28:07 GMT2018-02-23T02:28:07Z

"Pennsylvania could be the center of medical cannabis research for the country, given the way the state program is setting up," one executive said.



NJ attorney general creates new office to fight opioid epidemic

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:22:41 GMT2018-02-22T22:22:41Z

New Jersey's attorney general will create a new office aimed at combating the opioid crisis - creating "opioid response teams" of police and recovery specialists and a database to share opioid statistics among state agencies, among other initiatives.



Virtua tops off new health and wellness center in Camden

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:40:36 GMT2018-02-22T21:40:36Z

Virtua is building a $23 million health and wellness center in Camden.



What is Philly Health Costs and how can it help me?

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:39:53 GMT2018-02-22T21:39:53Z

The Inquirer and 6ABC are teaming up with a health-cost transparency company to report on and collect prices of common health-care procedures with you, the members of our community.



It's hard to get health-care prices in advance. These 10 questions can help

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:36:45 GMT2018-02-22T21:36:45Z

How much will that medical procedure cost? How much of that cost will I have to pay? It's hard for patients to figure all this out.



Camden County sues opioid makers in pioneering suit

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:06:18 GMT2018-02-22T21:06:18Z

Camden County officials filed a pioneering lawsuit against several drug manufacturers and distributors on Wednesday, seeking to recover millions of dollars the local government has spent combatting the opioid crisis over the past decade.



Have a high-deductible insurance plan? Knowing the cash prices could save you money

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:40:27 GMT2018-02-22T19:40:27Z

Those plans have made people more sensitive to health-care prices, but it's not easy to find out in advance what a procedure will cost.



Sexting: Is your teen under pressure to send nude selfies?

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:38:02 GMT2018-02-22T19:38:02Z

It's time to talk to your teen about sexting if you haven't yet. Here's why.



Join the conversation on Philly Health Costs

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:35:20 GMT2018-02-22T19:35:20Z

Our online tool allows you to submit information about your own experiences with any kind of medical billing and insurance.



The best aerobic machines for burning fat (Hint: it's not the treadmill)

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:14:35 GMT2018-02-22T17:14:35Z

Take a step out of your comfort zone and gain some serious results with these awesome, and often overlooked, aerobic machines.