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Is a health insurance exchange a Republican idea?

Access to care in many rural areas may be far better than is usually assumed.

Can an electronic nose detect cancer?

Megan McArdle: Without antibiotics, life would be nasty, brutish and very short.

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  1. Trent says:

    I don’t see why this is so hard to grasp. Conservatives aren’t against exchanges as a way to purchase insurance. They actually like, and have advocated for them. What they don’t like is heavy Federal-level requirements for what the insurance products must cover and the ACA’s framework to impose those requirements.

    • Wally says:

      It just goes against what simple minded people inherently believe. Advertising and sound bites do wonders.

      • Hal says:

        Something has to change though, its making the republicans lose quite a bit of votes. Misinformation goes a long way.

  2. Lucas says:

    “Electronic noses have the potential to detect even very small amounts of molecules — but they need to be programmed to look for specific signs wafting up from patient samples.”

    There has also been significant research with dogs being able to sniff out certain forms of cancer.

  3. Wally says:

    “antibiotics changed all that; a few shots or a few pills, and vicious killers such as pneumonia, rheumatic fever and even tuberculosis, were conquered.”

    At least it prolonged the human race for a few extra decades.

  4. Hal says:

    “Many rural hospitals host regular visiting consultant clinics [VCCs] conducted by oncologists from nearby urban areas. Through an oncology VCC, cancer patients may receive chemotherapy, biological treatments,”

    My Grandfather was a part of this. In California, we would normally have to drive 2.5 hours to San Francisco to receive treatment.

    • Wally says:

      California and Texas are both states that have to do more for their rural commmunities. There just isn’t an advantage for Doctors to live in rural communities rather than living in cities.