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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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Texas Judge Upends Effort To Limit Charity Funding For Kidney Care

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 5:00am

A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction barring the government from enforcing a rule allowing insurers to refuse to insure dialysis patients who get financial assistance from charity groups.

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A Brain Tweak Lets Mice Abstain From Cocaine

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:47pm

Scientists have created addiction-resistant mice by altering the reward system in their brains. The findings shed light on the biochemistry of addiction.

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Depression Strikes Today's Teen Girls Especially Hard

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 4:30am

A study tracking depression rates among U.S. teens from 2005 to 2014 finds an increase — especially among girls. A steady diet of harsh judgments from social media may play a role, researchers say.

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Trump Travel Ban Spotlights U.S. Dependence On Foreign-Born Doctors

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 5:47am

A quarter of doctors practicing in the U.S. went to medical school elsewhere. Many of these physicians practice in parts of this country that the government says need more primary care providers.

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After A Stroke At 33, A Writer Relies On Journals To Piece Together Her Own Story

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 5:24am

The stroke left Christine Hyung-Oak Lee unable remember things for more than 15 minutes. As she slowly got better, she was surprised to find that grief and recovery were inextricably linked.

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GOP Docs Rise To Power As Congress Retools Health Care Law

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 11:53am

The nation's doctors are more Democratic, female, and supportive of the Affordable Care Act than their physician counterparts in Congress.

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Sen. Grassley Launches Inquiry Into Orphan Drug Law's Effect On Prices

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 10:10am

Citing a Kaiser Health News investigation, Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will examine potential abuses of incentives to spur development of drugs for rare diseases.

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How A Simple Fix For Medicare Prescribing Problems Got Complicated

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 5:00am

In 2014, the government said health providers would have to register with Medicare in order to prescribe drugs to beneficiaries. Delays have pushed back the requirement until 2019.

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What Worked For Obamacare And What Didn't? Lessons From 5 States

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 2:33pm

A look at how five states' Affordable Care Act exchanges fared shows that more populous markets had an easier time keeping prices down and offering a choice of plans and providers.

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