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The Real Cost of Not Immunizing

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Can you imagine a child getting sick or harmed from your refusal to protect them?  How about the observation that routine childhood immunizations may reduce the risk of leukemia? [1]

Head Size - Infants

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The infant's head is enlarging, but the doctor observes that the fontanelles are not bulging, and the infant is intact, neurologically speaking; s/he has no symptoms, i.e., is neither irritable, nor unusually sleepy -- then, follow carefully.   In the Case of Macrocephally, How Is The Diagnosis of Hydrocephalus Typically Made? Presentation "The various types of hydrocephalus can present differently in different age groups."

Transformative, High-value Models of Advanced Primary Care

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Policymakers are trying to reform health care by pushing and shoving (down one's throat) commercial over patients' needs. Nevertheless, good will come of the Affordable Care Act as it sets the stage for Single Payer and more equitable, supportive health care. 

Waste Less; Add Value

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To make health care reasonably profitable for private payers and more affordable for patients, those who manage health care must focus on reducing cost, which is far easier than increasing the health benefit or medical loss ratio.

Opportunity for Real Reform

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The confluence of a exacerbated  health care crisis and a Presidential reelection created opportunity for change, but Robert H. Brook, MD, ScD of the Rand Corporation, a non-profit think tank, warns that simultaneously improving health care coverage, the affordability of health care and its quality will be difficult.

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