If you’re obsessed with health care news like we are, this has been a great week to be alive! There were so many informative and downright interesting articles to check out; we hardly know where to begin. It’s impossible to pick a favorite, but here are GoHealth‘s top five health-related articles of the week:
1. Pitching in to Take Care of Grandma: This National Public Radio piece by David Greene offers a touching look at how one Pennsylvania family has decided to care for their 87-year old matriarch, Grandma “Snootzie.” Every single member of the family plays a part in making sure Snootzie is healthy and happy. It’s especially refreshing to see the young grandkids take on responsibility in such a loving, compassionate way.
2. Single-Celled Office Mates, by the Thousands: New York Times writer, Sindya N. Bhanoo highlights the findings of a recent study on germs and bacteria in office spaces. Find out whether men’s or women’s office spaces have more bacteria and reasons why.
3. Senate Fairview Hearing Begins with Franken Questioning if Tactics Have Hurt Care: Okay, so the title of this one isn’t so catchy, but the information is a bit shocking. Christopher Snowbeck from the TwinCities.com Pioneer Press explains the details about a lawsuit against a Minnesota hospital where patients are allegedly “hospitalized with a bill collector at their side.”
4. ’Old –Person Smell’ Really Exists, Scientists Say: One of our favorite health writers, Alexandra Sifferlin from Time Healthland reports on the confirmation that there is a smell that is distinct to people of a certain age. The kicker is, it’s not mothballs!
5. Insurers Forcing Patients to Pay More for Costly Specialty Drugs: This one is a bit controversial. Chad Terhune from the Los Angeles Times reports on the reasons why certain life-saving prescription drugs are becoming too expensive for the people who need them.
Well, there you have it, folks – an intriguing hodgepodge of this week’s health care news. Have a happy, healthy weekend!