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October 15, 2018

Weekly review: She suffered from mysterious pain for years—but doctors wouldn't listen to her

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    She suffered from mysterious pain for years—but doctors wouldn't listen to her (Monday, Oct. 8)
    Lina Kharnak thought she knew what was causing her mysterious pain, but doctors wouldn't listen to her. Years later, she learned her self-diagnosis was right—but the condition was so advanced she now required nine-hour surgery, Sandra Boodman reports for the Washington Post.

    He sold his Nobel Prize for $765K. Why? To cover health care costs. (Tuesday, Oct. 9)
    Leon Lederman, who passed away earlier this month, sold his prize for $765,000 to pay for nursing home care in 2015. While the sale was unique, he's far from alone in turning to unconventional means to pay for health care.

    CVS-Aetna: The $69B merger just got approved (Wednesday, Oct. 10)
    CVS Health and health insurer Aetna on Wednesday received conditional Department of Justice approval to proceed with their $69 billion merger.

    Trump bashes Medicare-for-All in USA Today. (But fact-checkers argue he made these 5 misleading claims.) (Thursday, Oct. 11)
    President Trump in a USA Today op-ed argues that so-called "Medicare-for-All" legislation championed by legislators such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) would "end Medicare as we know it," but fact-checkers argue that the president's argument included several false or misleading statements.

    The 15 wealthiest health care executives in America, according to Forbes (Friday, Oct. 12)
    Forbes last week released its 37th annual list of the 400 wealthiest people in America, and 15 work in the health care industry.

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