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Features by Helen Palmer

Wrinkles? No prob. Mole? Get in line

Got wrinkles? You can probably get a shot of Botox from a dermatologist within a week. But a new study finds that potentially more serious conditions could have you waiting for a month. Helen Palmer explains why.
Posted In: Health

U.S. health insurance crisis getting worse

The U.S. Census Bureau has some good news and some bad news: There are slightly fewer Americans out of work, but there's also a sharp upturn in the number of people without health insurance. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health

What won't we risk for cheap health care

Many Americans have embraced medical tourism in places like Thailand and India, but some are eyeing a new destination much closer to home. Only problem is, going there might very well land you in jail. Cuba, anyone? Helen Palmer has the story.
Posted In: Health, Travel

A big gain for weight-loss surgery

People desperate to lose weight may think more seriously about going under the knife based on the findings of two new studies. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health

Will care for elderly come of age?

With more baby boomers approaching the age where they'll qualify for Medicare coverage, analysts and politicians are wondering how we'll pay for them, and where we'll get the trained doctors to look after them. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health

Hospitals' mistakes could cost them

Medicare is set to publish new rules this week that will pay providers more for treating sicker patients, but less if hospitals make mistakes that make patients sicker. Helen Palmer reports that other insurers will surely follow suit.
Posted In: Health, Washington

No seniors discount for health care

State lawmakers' landmark effort to cover all Massachusetts residents for health care is proving very successful by most measures. But the AARP says the premiums for seniors simply aren't affordable. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health

FDA: Careful with the kid meds

The Food and Drug Administration is warning parents not to give cough or cold medicines to children under 2 unless a doctor says so. The recommendation comes after a campaign by pediatricians who've treated overdoses of cold remedies. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health

Need a raise? Keep performance high

Many of us are feeling some kind of financial pinch at the moment, what with high energy prices, rising school fees, health insurance costs... But don't count on the boss to help you out much. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs

Fishing for ways to fight malaria

The malaria parasite's become increasingly resistant to drugs, so researchers in Kenya have a new approach: Stock ponds with Nile Tilapia. The fish eat malaria-carrying mosquito larvae. People can eat the fish... if they want to. Helen Palmer has more.
Posted In: Canada, Health

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