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U.S. Death Rate From Alzheimer's Rose Dramatically Over 15 Years. Why?

Death rates from Alzheimer’s climbed 55 percent from 1999 to 2014, CDC found, and the number of Americans afflicted is likely to rise rapidly in the coming years. About 5.5 million people 65 years and older have the disease — a wretched and fatal form of dementia that erases memories and ultimately can destroy mental and physical capacity. By 2050, that’s expected to more than double to 13.8 million people.

Meet Dorothea Dix, the Mother of Health Care Reform

Dorothea Dix, the great-grandmother of American national health care, was an unlikely reformer. This campaigner for mental health suffered from mental illness herself; this battler for benevolence was so belligerent she earned the nickname “Dragon Dix.” Loving humanity, not humans, she admitted “I have no particular love for my species, but own to an exhaustless fund of compassion.”

Dangerous Dog Flu Spreading

A highly contagious flu that infects dogs and can be fatal is spreading throughout the United States. "New viruses emerge in animals periodically, and this is an example of a virus that got transmitted from birds to dogs," said Colin Parrish, a professor of virology at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, N.Y. "It's a new canine virus."

Major Insurer Letting 20 Million Patients Use Smartphones For Doctor Visits

By the end of next year, about 20 million patients from the nation’s largest health insurer will be able to use their smartphones to consult with doctors, cutting costs and improving access to care, advocates say.

California Expanding Medicare Insurance

As California embarks once again on establishing a statewide single-payer healthcare system, it's important to remember that there are different ways of doing that.

Coconut Oil Isn't Healthy. It's Never Been Healthy.

The Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease advisory reviewed existing data on saturated fat, showing coconut oil increased LDL ("bad") cholesterol in seven out of seven controlled trials. Researchers didn't see a difference between coconut oil and other oils high in saturated fat, like butter, beef fat and palm oil. In fact, 82% of the fat in coconut oil is saturated, according to the data — far beyond butter (63%), beef fat (50%) and pork lard (39%).

Nursing Student Suspended After Facebook Review

A nursing student’s career is in jeopardy after she was kicked out of school for posting a review of the program on social media. Laura Dewey was two quarters in to the 18-month program at the Denver School of Nursing earning her Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) when she decided to post the review on the school’s Facebook page

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