NEW YORK -- Destini Belton isn't a doctor or a nurse. She's a trained health coach, and as a trusted neighbor in Harlem, she goes where clinics and hospitals can't -- into patients' homes to understand the mundane but vital details of their lives.
She visits people like Jessica Gonzalez who went blind at the age of 22 because of uncontrolled ...Read more
For years, California has used a limited number of categories to map out health trends among Asian ethnic groups. People of Taiwanese descent may have been folded into the Chinese demographic group in identifying death, disease and pregnancy rates. Fijian people were lumped into the category of "other Asian."
But thanks to a new law, the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Under pressure to stabilize wobbly insurance markets nationwide, the Obama administration is making a new push to sign up Americans for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act, aiming to increase enrollment by about 1 million in 2017.
With insurers canceling health plans or raising premiums by double digits in many parts ...Read more
Dear Mayo Clinic: My father, who is 79 years old and in good health, has become quite forgetful. He seems to recognize that it's happening, but laughs it off and chalks it up to old age. I know memory problems are common as people get older, but I'm worried. Should I have him see his doctor?
A: Although memory lapses are a normal part of aging,...Read more
Some health insurers say they're paying too much to rival Blue Cross Blue Shield plans under a key pillar of the federal health law designed to compensate insurers that take on sicker and more expensive patients.
The critics' chief complaint is that the Affordable Care Act's risk-adjustment program unfairly rewards health plans that have excess...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- As UnitedHealth Group winds down money-losing business in government health exchanges, executives said Tuesday the company's financial performance should gain speed next year, particularly its Optum division for health services.
Leaders of the nation's largest insurer raised their outlook after the company's third-quarter profit ...Read more
On any given day, pediatrician Lindsay Irvin estimates a quarter of her patients need psychiatric help. She sees teens who say they are suicidal, and elementary schoolchildren who suffer chest pains stemming from bullying anxiety.
Though she does her best, she doesn't consider herself qualified to treat them at the level they need at her ...Read more
The presidential election is driving people to their wits' end, according to a new poll from the American Psychological Association.
The poll found more than half of Americans adults are stressed -- regardless of party affiliation -- about the election. To be specific, the poll found 52 percent of Americans ages 18 and older said the election ...Read more
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Andrea Schankman's three-year relationship with her insurer, Coventry Health Care of Missouri, has been contentious, with disputes over what treatments it would pay for. Nonetheless, like other Missourians, Schankman was unnerved to receive a notice from Coventry last month informing her that her policy was not being offered in 2017.
With her ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Even as turmoil in insurance markets nationwide fuels renewed election-year attacks on the Affordable Care Act, California is emerging as a clear illustration of what the law can achieve.
The state has recorded some of the nation's most dramatic gains in health coverage since 2013 while building a competitive insurance marketplace...Read more
Watch out multivitamins, here comes vitamin D, fish oil and probiotics.
New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found Americans aren't using multivitamins as much, but that probiotics, vitamin D and fish oil are gaining popularity. That could be tied to recent studies that questioned the value of multivitamins ...Read more
NEW YORK -- A growing number of people who have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act finding out their plans will disappear from the program next year, forcing them to find new coverage even as options shrink and prices rise.
At least 1.4 million people in 32 states will lose the plans they have now, according to state officials. That...Read more
You've been exercising daily. You've improved your diet. And you've seen the number on the scale decrease. Not only do you look better, you feel better, too. However, you reach a point where you no longer are seeing results, despite the effort you are making to do so. Throughout your weight loss journey, you may find yourself at a dead end. ...Read more
It can be well worth the effort to go up against your health plan if it denies you treatment you think you need.
That's just one of the many lessons consumers can glean by using a new online tool unveiled last week by the Department of Managed Health Care.
It shows that last year, nearly two-thirds of Anthem Blue Cross enrollees who filed an ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- A 9-year-old girl, misdiagnosed with the stomach flu, died after a doctor failed to communicate to her Vietnamese-speaking parents that the drug he prescribed for her could have dangerous side effects.
A 78-year-old stroke victim had to have her leg amputated after doctors and nurses didn't understand her when she complained, in ...Read more
Dear Mayo Clinic: I've been a runner since high school but was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) during my first pregnancy, so stopped running for a few months. I am now nine weeks pregnant with my second baby and continue to run for exercise, but I'm worried I'll develop DVT again. Should I be concerned?
A: Because you experienced a ...Read more
ATLANTA -- Shela Bryan, 63, has been comparing prices for individual health insurance plans since May, and she can't believe what she sees.
"They cost a thousand, $1,200 (a month), and they have a deductible of $6,000," she said. "I don't know how they think anyone can afford that."
Bryan, who lives in Hull, Ga., a hamlet of about 200 near ...Read more
The booming brain game industry appeals to people eager to fight age-related memory loss and otherwise boost their brain power. But can playing brain games on your phone or computer really make you smarter?
Alas, no, according to an exhaustive review of published studies on brain-training products including Lumosity, CogniFit and BrainHQ.
"We ...Read more
BALTIMORE -- Calcium supplements that many women take to boost bone health increase their risk for heart disease, a new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine and other institutions has found.
The results show calcium supplements make people more prone to plaque buildup in arteries, which contributes to the risk of a heart attack.
The ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Precious Witherspoon's throat felt increasingly raw and her head began to hurt as the workday wore on.
But Witherspoon, an executive assistant at Chicago-based PowerReviews, didn't want to call in sick the next day and haul herself to a doctor's office to hear what she already suspected -- that she had strep throat.
Instead, she ...Read more
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