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Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:25am
People who think the change in administrations may save them from having to pay a fine for not having insurance in 2016 could be in for a rude surprise.
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Wed, 02/08/2017 - 4:50am
Seeing a great work of art might quicken your pulse, but the Metropolitan Museum of Art is hoping you'll break a sweat, too. A dance company is offering literally breathtaking tours of the museum.
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Tue, 02/07/2017 - 8:02pm
A spokesman said Tuesday that President Trump does want Medicare to be able to directly negotiate prescription drug prices with drugmakers. Analysts disagree about how much difference that would make.
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Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:46pm
In his new book, researcher Martin Gibala explains that workouts with periods of intense exercise aren't just for the super-fit. They also help make the most of limited workout time.
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Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:03pm
Most women with breast cancer say they want testing to know if they carry BRCA gene mutations that increase cancer risk, but only around half of women at high risk actually get tested.
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Tue, 02/07/2017 - 11:03am
People with sickle cell trait, which includes about 10 percent of African-Americans, can get erroneous readings on a common blood glucose test. That could mean they miss out on diabetes treatment.
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Tue, 02/07/2017 - 5:04am
Among those who benefited from Obamacare are many homeless people who were able to get Medicaid for the first time. Some are worried about what a repeal of the Affordable Care Act could mean.
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Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:40pm
Both are now saying it's going to take time to come up with a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. Figure at least a year, the president said Sunday.
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Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:27pm
The Minnesota Legislature passed a bailout to make coverage under the Affordable Care Act more affordable, rejected an option for bare-bones insurance and is floating a state-sponsored public option.
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Mon, 02/06/2017 - 4:38am
With drug prices climbing, you may be tempted to keep unused pills and cough syrups past their expiration date. Don't do it, pharmacists warn. And get all medicine out of the bathroom cabinet now.
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Mon, 02/06/2017 - 4:38am
Scientists now have a fairly noninvasive way to test for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare form of dementia. A similar test, they say, might offer earlier diagnoses of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
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Sat, 02/04/2017 - 5:54am
Before a health crisis hits, think deeply about the care you want and what you'd like to avoid. Make sure your family and your doctor understand your wishes, says John Henning Schumann.
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Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:38pm
Researchers asked health insurance executives what worries them most about Republican plans to repeal and replace Obamacare. They said incentives to keep healthy people enrolled need to be stronger.
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Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:10am
Many seniors are denied coverage for rehabilitation because therapists mistakenly believe that patients must be improving to qualify. A new legal order seeks to clarify the standards.
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Fri, 02/03/2017 - 5:00am
Large companies in particular — those that have always offered job-based medical coverage — say a poorly thought-out replacement might turn out to be worse for them and their workers.
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Thu, 02/02/2017 - 2:04pm
Living most of life indoors can get your body clock out of phase. A fairly painless way to synch it is to spend a weekend camping, researchers say. Even the dim light of winter will do.
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Thu, 02/02/2017 - 1:02pm
Republicans hope to expand the use of health savings accounts to encourage consumers to be more judicious in using their coverage. How do the accounts work?
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Thu, 02/02/2017 - 4:47am
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants more flexibility in deciding whom to quarantine and why. But critics say the changes the agency has proposed raise civil liberties questions.
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Wed, 02/01/2017 - 4:03pm
While a large number of the concussions in soccer come from players knocking skulls, heading the ball poses its own threat, a study finds.
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Wed, 02/01/2017 - 1:12pm
You'd think it would be a simple matter of looking at a few genes from Mom and Dad. But scientists say they've already found more than 700 variants that affect height and are still counting.
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