3 do’s (and a don’t) for open enrollment

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Open enrollment season for healthcare coverage is well underway, which means more quality time with the healthcare exchanges and weekly reminders from HR. Getting smart about your benefits and your health insurance now can save you time and money later. But you better get cracking, as the open enrollment window will soon close.

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Healthcare, Rights

“Right-to-die” laws force some to stay alive

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Californians finally have the option to seek assistance in choosing to end their lives: the state passed a right-to-die law called the End of Life Option Act in this November’s election. But as big a step as this is, the law leaves much to be desired.

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Healthcare, Insurance

You have the right to feel whole after a mastectomy

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Many women struggle to come to terms with their body following mastectomy. Some prefer not to undergo further surgical treatment, but for a growing number, breast reconstruction is the answer. They may, however, worry over the cost of this elective surgery. But what they may not know is that there is a range of choices available to them—choices that the federal government insists they have.

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Healthcare, News

Did Planned Parenthood actually do anything illegal?

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Since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, there has been a consistent and dedicated campaign to make abortion illegal (again). The current effort to discredit and defund Planned Parenthood is only the most recent skirmish in a continuing battle, and if recent history teaches us anything, it’s that there are plenty more ahead.

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Celebrity, Consumer Protection, Healthcare, News

The shadowy world of “gluteal enhancement”

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Since 2013, buttocks implants have more than doubled and buttock lifts have gone up over 40%. This might be at least partially explained by the popularity of stars like Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Niki Minaj, and Beyoncé, whose curvier body types are consistently plastered across magazine covers and ogled online. Whatever is driving the interest, it’s clear butts are big right now, both figuratively and literally. But are “gluteal enhancement” operations safe?

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Children, Family, Healthcare

Why is paid paternity leave considered a luxury?

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A 2014 International Labor Organization parental leave report shows that 70 countries have national paternity leave entitlement laws (most of which provide paid leave), while the United States leaves it up to private enterprise, with no federal law mandating leave for new fathers. In hopes of bringing us in line with the rest of the developed world, more and more men are suing their employers, demanding paid time off to take care of their families.

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Business, Consumer Protection, Healthcare, News, Safety

‘Female Viagra’: A lawsuit waiting to happen?

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Not only might Addyi not work as intended for many women, but the drug might also be dangerous, as it is strongly contraindicated with alcohol. Side effects from this interaction may include a drop in blood pressure and fainting. Since for many women a romantic evening and a glass of wine go hand in hand, this risk could pose a real problem for patients who want the benefits of flibanserin but don’t want to give up alcohol indefinitely. But what happens if you take Addyi—or any other pharmaceutical drug—and have an adverse reaction? Can you sue your doctor or the FDA? What do you need to make a solid case? We spoke to attorney Mark L. Taylor at Powers Taylor in Dallas, Texas, to find out.

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Business, Government & Politics, Healthcare, Money, Rights

Sick people at work: A national epidemic

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Everyone gets sick now and again. But not everybody gets to be sick without having to come into work, potentially making themselves sicker and spreading contagion to unsuspecting co-workers.

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Freedom, Government & Politics, Healthcare, News, Real Estate, Rights

Should you be able to smoke in your own home?


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is planning to give $9,000 to each of four health advocacy groups willing to work with landlords and developers on banning smoking within their buildings. Is this idea a step in the right direction for public health? Or another instance of bureaucrats telling adults what they can and cannot do?

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Crime & Lawsuits, Divorce, Healthcare

10 STD laws you should know about


Can you go to jail for giving someone an STD, even if you didn’t know you had it?

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