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Does Testosterone Improve Older Men's Health? It Depends

5 hours 15 min ago

Several studies out this week show mixed results for testosterone supplements. They appear to protect bone density and strength and prevent anemia, but there is no effect on memory and cognition.

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As They Dig Deeper Into Parenting, Fathers Seek Community, Support

11 hours 36 min ago

More dads are getting involved with parenting, but the resources to help them are much slimmer than those available for moms.

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Can Poetry Keep You Young? Science Is Still Out, But The Heart Says Yes

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 5:03am

Scientific evidence showing health benefits from engaging in the arts is still weak. But Los Angeles students in their 80s say their poetry class gives them joy, solace, community and a voice.

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Got Back Pain? Try Yoga Or Massage Before Reaching For The Pills

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 5:02am

New guidelines encourage doctors to tell patients to try non-drug therapies for acute lower back pain first.

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Can Changing When And What We Eat Help Outwit Disease?

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 5:00am

I'm fasting intermittently as part of a research study, to see if changing my gut microbiome affects my multiple sclerosis. But maybe living on Peanut Chews isn't the best strategy.

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GOP Leaders Urge Return To 'High-Risk Insurance Pools' That Critics Call Costly

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 6:43am

Some Republicans in Congress say they could partly fix the federal health law by again separating people who buy insurance into two categories — sick and healthy. Critics say it won't save money.

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Why Oh Why Is There Phlegm?

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 5:00am

Having a cold or a flu is unpleasant enough without suffering the indignity of phlegm. But those gobs of goo are there for a reason.

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How Hermann Rorschach's 'Inkblots' Took On A Life Of Their Own

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 4:05pm

These days, you're more likely to come across the concept of a Rorschach test in a cultural context than a clinical one. In a new book, author Damion Searls traces the history of the famous inkblots.

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As Presidents Live Longer, Doctors Debate Whether To Test For Dementia

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 5:05am

The true health of politicians has likely been cloaked in secrecy since the days of Mesopotamian kings, but definitely since the Wilson administration. Has the time come to test presidents' cognition?

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Republican Health Care Proposal Would Cover Fewer Low-Income Families

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:36pm

The plan that House Republicans discussed Thursday would replace Affordable Care Act subsidies with tax credits and cut Medicaid funds to the states.

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Is That A Brown Recluse Spider Bite Or Skin Cancer?

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 2:57pm

Skin lesions are often misdiagnosed as a brown recluse spider bite when they're actually a tick bite or MRSA or even skin cancer. Here's how to tell the difference.

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A Bit More Vitamin D Might Help Prevent Colds And Flu

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:31am

An analysis finds that if you're deficient in vitamin D, taking a supplement might cut your risk of respiratory infections. But there's disagreement on what's considered deficient.

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Broad Institute Wins Big Battle Over CRISPR Gene-Editing Patent

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 7:31pm

CRISPR technology is already worth billions of dollars, investors say. This ruling seems to affirm the biggest piece of the pie goes to the Broad, over patent rival University of California, Berkeley.

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Shorter Enrollment Period For Obamacare Proposed By Administration

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 5:01pm

The White House is proposing changes to the Affordable Care Act to stabilize the insurance market as Congress moves to repeal and replace the sweeping health care law.

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Another Big Health Insurer Loosens Rules For Covering Addiction Treatment

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 1:35pm

Doctors treating people addicted to opioids often need approval from insurers before giving drugs that ease withdrawal. The delay can be risky for patients. Insurers are starting to come around.

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Feeling Way More Stressed Out? You're Not Alone

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 11:36am

A January poll finds that people's stress levels have spiked since August, with two-thirds of people saying they're worried about the future of the nation.

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The Perplexing Psychology Of Saving For Health Care

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 5:00am

Even many people eligible for a health savings account who have extra cash to contribute to one don't do it. Therapists say that's partly because nobody wants to admit they will get old or sick.

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Duchenne Drug Delayed After Outrage Over Price

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 2:15pm

Many Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients in the U.S. have imported a medicine called deflazacort for about $1,200 a year. A brand-name version just approved for sale in America costs $89,000.

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Scientific Panel Says Editing Heritable Human Genes Could Be OK In The Future

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 12:01pm

The National Academy of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences say a long-standing taboo on editing human genes could be lifted — even if the changes can be carried through to future generations.

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Cooling Cap May Limit Chemo Hair Loss In Women With Breast Cancer

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:05am

Cooling caps haven't been studied much in the U.S., and only one is approved by the FDA. Studies of two different caps show they can reduce hair loss by half in many women undergoing chemo.

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