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Military dogs serve with honor but don't get retiree health care

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MILWAUKEE -- Flo knows explosives.

She knows how to find buried IEDs, how to detect the smells of more than 50 types of chemicals, and how to alert her handler when she finds something designed by humans to kill humans.

Flo knows love.

She knows the unconditional affection of the Marine who stayed by her side for seven intense months in ...Read more

Health care spending is projected to rise modestly over the next decade

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WASHINGTON -- The total amount America spends on health care will rise modestly over the next decade, continuing a trend that began during the recession, according to new projections from government economists.

However, national health spending is still expected to outpace economic growth, threatening to make medical care increasingly ...Read more

Life with a food allergy; any bite could be your last

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One of Matthew Mitchell's earliest memories involves a fast-food hamburger in a drive-thru late at night.

It wasn't a happy meal.

Mitchell, now 25, was just 3 at the time, but he was already hyper-alert about his food. So when his mother passed the patty to the back seat, Mitchell instantly knew something was wrong.

"I was never allowed to ...Read more

Molecular research may improve diagnosis, treatment of brain tumors

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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- The molecular makeup of brain tumors can be used to sort patients with gliomas into five categories, each with different clinical features and outcomes, researchers at Mayo Clinic and the University of California San Francisco have shown. The finding could change the methods that physicians rely on to determine prognosis and ...Read more

Obamacare rates to rise 4 percent in California for 2016

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LOS ANGELES -- Defying dire predictions about health insurance rate shock across the country, California's Obamacare exchange negotiated a 4 percent average rate increase for the second year in a row.

The modest increase for 2016, announced Monday, may be welcome news for many of the 1.3 million Californians who buy individual policies through ...Read more

As death nears, chemotherapy may do more harm than good

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It's been documented that many terminal cancer patients don't benefit from chemotherapy and other types of treatments toward the end of their lives. Nonetheless, many, with their doctors, opt to continue treatment -- faced with impossible choices, they hold on to hope that treatment might buy some time, or improve the quality of the days they ...Read more

Repairing fatal mutations behind mitochondrial disease

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A multidisciplinary team of researchers has eliminated fatal mitochondrial DNA mutations in stem cells from patients with mitochondrial diseases. The study is published in a recent online issue of Nature as a collaboration between some of the nation's top institutions and Mayo Clinic's Center for Regenerative Medicine.

Mitochondrial diseases ...Read more

Researchers test bioartificial liver device to treat acute liver failure

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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Approximately 30,000 to 40,000 people die from liver disease each year, according to the American Liver Foundation. For people who experience acute liver failure, the only proven treatment has been liver transplantation. Researchers at Mayo Clinic have developed and are testing an alternative to liver transplantation called ...Read more

Two heart transplants not slowing teen down

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Ryan Brown refuses to let his medical challenges limit the possibilities of his future.

"You have scientists and statistics that say it's very rare to get a second transplant, and it is," Brown said. "But it's very rare to be not normal, and being not normal -- whether you're autistic, or you have ADHD, or any problem; yeah, its a crutch ...Read more

A primer on 'traumatic grief,' and its complicated treatment

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A traumatic event often causes deep-rooted, profound feelings. Depending on the nature of the event, those feelings may be fear, confusion, grief or a combination of emotions.

"Feelings of traumatic grief are complex and encompass many challenges and reactions -- both emotional and physical. In order to effectively support someone who is ...Read more

One in 4 people prescribed opioids progressed to longer-term prescriptions

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Opioid painkiller addiction and accidental overdoses have become far too common across the United States. To try to identify who is most at risk, Mayo Clinic researchers studied how many patients prescribed an opioid painkiller for the first time progressed to long-term prescriptions. The answer: 1 in 4. People with histories of tobacco use ...Read more

Cosmetic surgery leads to possible pain relief from migraines

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Bryan Kirsch knew something was wrong when the stairs moved.

After roughhousing with his children in 2011, he was walking upstairs with one when, he remembered, "I look up the stairs, and the whole world is spinning."

Thus began three years of near-constant pain from migraines.

Kirsch is one of the first people in Chicago to undergo a surgery...Read more

Firefighters visit heart patients to keep them out of the ER

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ARLINGTON, Tex. -- Still weak after suffering a massive heart attack, Paula Mota learned last year that her health was worse than she thought.

Doctors discovered that the 58-year-old Arlington woman also had tumors throughout her body. A home visit pilot program by the Arlington Fire Department is helping both her spirits and her health, said ...Read more

New treatment for depression involves magnetic currents

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SACRAMENTO -- Depression lifted from Nick O'Madden's life like a set of foggy glasses being wiped clean.

Earlier this summer, O'Madden, 31, felt he was living in a distracted haze, sprinkled with nighttime panic attacks. Now, after undergoing an emerging high-tech treatment involving magnetic currents, he said he's literally seeing the world in...Read more

Health care law helps sickest Americans, depending on their state

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WASHINGTON -- Every year, thousands of people like Blanca Guerra call the National Cancer Information Center, desperate to find some kind of health insurance.

Guerra rang recently from her home in Arizona, seeking help for her older brother, who had just been diagnosed with advanced stage colorectal cancer.

A few years ago, the call center ...Read more

One-two punch to Parkinson's: Patients get relief from boxing therapy

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PITTSBURGH -- Mike Bell went rapidly and smoothly through the combinations of punches as Rich Mushinsky, owner of the Fit4Boxing Club in Hampton, Penn., called them out and the boxer slammed hard blows into the punch mitts on Mushinsky's hands.

Dr. Bell, 77, a retired physician, didn't begin to box until after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's ...Read more

Mother wants food allergy training for bus drivers

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A kindergartner gets on the school bus after eating a bagel with peanut butter for breakfast. With a smear on his hand, he uses the rail to hoist himself up the steps.

Another student, one with a severe peanut allergy -- 5-year-old Audra Ryan of Western Springs, Ill., for instance -- uses the same handrail and then touches her eyes or mouth. ...Read more

UCLA Health System says cyberattack could affect 4.5 million patients

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LOS ANGELES--The UCLA Health System said Friday that it has been the victim of a cyberattack affecting as many as 4.5 million patients.

The attackers accessed a computer network that contains personal and medical information. The University of California, Los Angeles, said there was no evidence yet that any such data was taken, but it can't ...Read more

Researchers reveal pathway that contributes to Alzheimer's disease

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Researchers at Jacksonville's campus of Mayo Clinic have discovered a defect in a key cell-signaling pathway they say contributes to both overproduction of toxic protein in the brains of Alzheimer's disease patients as well as loss of communication between neurons -- both significant contributors to this type of dementia.

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How to save against jaw-dropping prescription drug prices

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If the cost of your prescription medicine is giving you a headache, you're not alone.

Last year Americans filled a record 4.3 billion prescriptions at a cost of $374 billion, which was 13 percent more than the amount they had paid the previous year, according to the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

"People don't tend to clip coupons ...Read more