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New State Laws Give Nurse Practitioners Flexibility

Nurse practitioners play an important role in the medical community, but these highly trained individuals have both fans and critics. The Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare) has brought many newly insured Americans into doctors’ offices, but due to the primary care shortage, there aren’t enough doctors to see everyone, particularly in medically underserved and rural communities. Nurse practitioners help bring care to people who otherwise would not get it. The UMHS Endeavour looks at the ways

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Health Insurance for the Young: Indemnity Plans Supplement Life’s Emergencies

Many young people age 26 and up have taken advantage of Obamacare/Affordable Care Act health insurance plans, but ones with the lowest premiums (the “Bronze” catastrophic plans) for a single individual can have deductibles as high as $8,000 before the actual insurance benefits kick in. One way to defray the costs of an accident or an unexpected illness is an indemnity plan, a special type of insurance that cover such things as hospitalization and accident

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Summertime First Aid: Repelling & Treating Bug Bites Naturally

Bug bites, whether from mosquitoes or other insects, are one of the “bummers” of late summer. Repelling insects and treating their bites can be tricky if one wants to avoid potentially toxic sprays and treatments. The UMHS Endeavour looks at natural methods students at American and Caribbean medical schools can use to keep bugs away and treat their bites without resorting to use of sprays and lotions loaded with chemicals, many of which are sometimes

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Ebola Crisis: Dr. Avery of UMHS on What Med Students Should Know

Because the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever outbreak in West Africa an international public health emergency on August 8, 2014, the UMHS Endeavour is updating students at American and Caribbean medical schools about the problem. The Associated Press reports it is the “largest and longest outbreak ever” of Ebola. The death rate is approximately 50% and the virus has killed more than 1,000 people, primarily in West Africa. (WHO says 1,013

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