Holocaust Paradox: Long Lives for Those Who Survived

My elementary school teacher taught that those who emerged from the horrors of the camps would die young. A reasonable assumption, but wrong.

Sunday was Holocaust Remembrance Day, causing me to think about an assertion I heard from an elementary school teacher. She said that even those who survived the Holocaust were so debilitated that the rest of their lives would be short. As with many things I learned in elementary school, the reality is more complicated, and my 10-year-old self would be glad to know that my teacher was probably more wrong than right.

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Medicare Advantage Is Curbing Opioid Abuse

The drug and medical program gives insurance companies an incentive to take into account the effects of prescription drugs on the cost of care.

Recent data show that drug overdose deaths in the U.S. were 10 percent higher in 2017 than 2016, with an almost 50 percent increase in those related to synthetic opioids. A new research paper points to a glimmer of hope in this otherwise bleak story: Medicare Advantage insurance companies seem to be doing a surprisingly good job at mitigating opioid abuse.

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