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Obamacare cash drives health care merger mania

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LOS ANGELES--A gusher of Obamacare money is fueling a merger frenzy in U.S. healthcare.

The latest jolt came Thursday when Woodland Hills insurer Health Net Inc. agreed to be bought by Medicaid insurer Centene Corp. for $6.8 billion.

And more billion-dollar deals are in the works as health insurers, hospitals and drug companies bulk up in size...Read more

Summer safety tips for the Fourth and beyond

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With the 4th of July holiday upon us, experts at Mayo Clinic are offering up some injury prevention tips on some of the most common reasons that send people to the emergency department this time of year.

-- Consume alcohol in moderation. Imbibing too much alcohol can lead to questionable decision-making, slowed reflexes and false confidence –...Read more

Study: Bariatric surgery, lifestyle changes can control Type 2 diabetes

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PITTSBURGH--Bariatric surgery and lifestyle changes may be a key method of controlling Type 2 diabetes over the long haul, according to a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center study published Wednesday.

While researchers previously demonstrated that the surgery can help improve diabetes, the new study is important because it shows the ...Read more

Put aside politics and improve health care, Obama says

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama, fresh from a victory before the U.S. Supreme Court last week that preserved the Affordable Care Act, called for an end to the political fighting over the health law and for more effort to improve it.

"This is about people. This is not about politics, it's not about Washington," Obama said at a town hall-...Read more

Your house may harbor more dangers than you think

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Soap may seem to be keeping germs at bay, but in many homes, it's doing harm. Surprisingly, there are items lurking in most homes that are unhealthy because they're old or contain harmful ingredients. The good news? For the most part, these things simply can be tossed to make the home healthier.

Problem: Antibacterial soap with triclosan

Why ...Read more

'No one ever stared': 'I Am Me' burn camp marks 25 years

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CHICAGO -- Dayia Jones was 9 when her legs were scalded by hot water that spilled after the lid came off a cup as her mother drove away from a fast food restaurant.

The scars were more than just physical for the west suburban Naperville resident, who is now 15. She worried about how other kids would treat her because of her burned upper thighs....Read more

Doctors seek cause behinid dramatic increase in ER trips for kids with food allergies

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The rate of emergency room visits and hospitalizations of children with severe food allergy reactions nearly tripled in Illinois over five years, a recently released study by Northwestern Medicine reported, raising questions about the cause of such a dramatic upswing and offering an especially comprehensive data that may supply insights for what...Read more

Clearing up some common questions about psychiatric medications

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Taking medications on a daily basis can be a chore, but it becomes more challenging if there's lack of understanding of or misconceptions about your medication.

"In my practice, I come across many patients who are skeptical about taking psychiatric medications," says Filza Hussain, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System behavioral health physician. ...Read more

Two cultures, same risk for cognitive impairment from diabetes

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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Diabetes is a known risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia, age-related conditions that affect memory and thinking skills. However, little is known about how the diabetes-cognitive decline link compares across cultures.

Scientists from Mayo Clinic and Huashan Hospital in Shanghai explored the association between Type...Read more

As vaping culture gets hot, some drop cigarettes but maybe not all the risks

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KANSAS CITY -- Like many a hard-core smoker, Candi McCann found it a bear to quit. Nothing worked. Not the patch. Not those blue smoking cessation pills her doctor prescribed.

Then she tried those electronic cigarettes that produce a steamy vapor instead of smoke. Click, just like that, she went from more than a pack of smokes a day to becoming...Read more

Buzzkill: Alcohol before dining led many women in study to overeat

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That mellow feeling that settles in when you kick off your shoes, pour yourself a drink and start making dinner should come with a warning: Overeating ahead.

Don't hear it? That would be your brain's reward system--the primitive structures that prime our drives for sex, food and addictive substances--overriding the message.

For many who have ...Read more

Obamacare ruling again shows Roberts' independent streak

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WASHINGTON -- Since becoming chief justice 10 years ago, John G. Roberts Jr. has been determined to show that the court he leads is made up of impartial jurists, not politicians in robes.

In the phrase he used at his confirmation hearings, each justice is "like an umpire" at a baseball game -- not favoring one team over the other.

On Thursday,...Read more

Analysis: Obamacare appears to be about as established as a law can be in divided US

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WASHINGTON -- With two Supreme Court victories in the past three years, Republicans lacking a serious alternative and millions of previously uninsured Americans now in health plans, the Affordable Care Act is about as firmly ensconced as a law can be in a politically divided country.

The court, in a strongly worded 6-3 decision written by Chief...Read more

Next Obamacare battle? The 2016 election

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court's decision to uphold subsidies for people to purchase health insurance forestalls the need for Republicans in Congress to take action on the law, pushing the issue as a substantive matter into the 2016 election cycle.

The candidates are embracing the shift.

Sen. Ted Cruz said Republicans should "absolutely" use ...Read more

Republicans left with few options on Obamacare after court rules

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WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans acknowledged their options are limited in replacing Obamacare though they vowed that the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding federal subsidies is not the end of their fight.

"You deal with the rules that you have," said House Budget Chairman Tom Price of Georgia. "And now, the rules won't let you do ...Read more

Obama health care win cements legacy in a key week for his presidency

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When President Barack Obama took office in 2009, he made a risky calculation: He used most of his political capital to get one cornerstone piece of legislation passed, an overhaul of federal laws expanding healthcare access and coverage. The Affordable Care Act came to be known by the nickname opponents gave it: Obamacare.

With the Supreme ...Read more

Supreme Court's Obamacare ruling boosts hospitals, health insurers

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Health insurers and hospitals welcomed Thursday's Supreme Court decision upholding billions of dollars in Obamacare subsidies for U.S. consumers.

Many employers also applauded the 6-3 ruling, fearing the chaos that might have ensued in the health insurance markets from a ruling striking down the subsidies.

In wake of the decision, employers ...Read more

Obamacare escapes last big challenge, at least until 2016 election

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CHICAGO -- With the U.S. Supreme Court's rejection of the latest challenge to Obamacare, the president's five-year-old health care law may have attained something it has previously lacked: permanence.

While litigation seeking to upend the statute remains, and more will likely be filed, no current lawsuit is seen by supporters or opponents as an...Read more

Analysis: GOP can no longer look to court to repeal Obamacare

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WASHINGTON -- It's clear now that any overhaul of the Affordable Care Act will have to come through the political system, not the court. And repeal-minded Republicans face trouble generating a mandate for change.

Republicans were hoping the court would decide against this key part of the law -- and in turn give the party momentum as it argued ...Read more

Supreme Court upholds health care subsidies

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law survived its second life-or-death challenge Thursday, as a divided Supreme Court upheld tax credit subsidies that make insurance affordable for millions of residents in dozens of states.

In a 6-3 decision, the court ruled Obama administration officials acted reasonably when...Read more