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Obamacare repeal votes motivate Democratic donors

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WASHINGTON -- If there's a silver lining for Democrats in Republicans' repeated efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, it's that they've made good money from it.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has raised more than $627,000 since early December in digital grassroots fundraising off Affordable Care Act repeal votes in the ...Read more

Getting to the 'heart' of sleep

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Sleep is essential for a healthy heart. People who don't sleep enough are at higher risk for heart disease. One study that examined data from 3,000 adults over age 45 found that those who slept fewer than six hours per night were about twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack as people who slept six to eight hours per night. Sleep ...Read more

Placenta pill power: Encapsulation is catching on in Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For weeks following the birth of her first son, Morgan Jones felt angry and overwhelmed.

"It was very illogical," says Jones, who lives in Lee's Summit, Mo.

"I had this beautiful baby in front of me, and I didn't want anything to do with it."

Her symptoms were typical of postpartum depression, a serious mood disorder that ...Read more

Healthy skin, even during winter weather

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Two big factors affect your skin during the winter: colder temperatures and a lack of moisture in the air. Both can damage unprotected skin.

By following a few simple self-care steps, though, you can help ensure healthy skin, even during the toughest winter weather.

The weather changes that come with winter can have a huge effect on skin. ...Read more

Pitt study suggests dermatologists give contraception advice

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PITTSBURGH--Dermatologists who prescribe women powerful anti-acne medication may soon find themselves taking on another role: contraception counselor.

Isotretinoin, formerly marketed as Accutane, can cause heart and craniofacial birth defects. As a result, the Food and Drug Administration requires women of childbearing age who are taking the ...Read more

Even as Clinton bashes drugmakers, insurers may still feel heat

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NEW YORK -- "Price-gouging." "Predatory." "Outrageous." Those are just a few of the barbs presidential candidates, including Hillary Clinton, have thrown the way of the pharmaceutical industry this campaign season.

That rhetoric helped sink drug and biotech stocks over the last six months and has overshadowed the candidates' criticism of the ...Read more

Study finds no harm in allowing surgeons-in-training to work longer shifts

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WASHINGTON--Patients suffered no extra harm when doctors training to be surgeons were allowed to work longer shifts, a study released Tuesday concludes, adding to a push to relax the strictest limits on resident hours.

The New England Journal of Medicine study comes as the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education is reassessing ...Read more

Do ear infections always need to be treated with antibiotics?

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Many parents bring their children with ear infections to express care, urgent care and even the emergency department to request antibiotics. But, sometimes, antibiotics aren't the right choice. Most ear infections cure themselves without the help of antibiotics.

"An ear infection is a bacterial or viral infection that affects the ear. It ...Read more

Aetna CEO has 'serious concerns' about Obamacare sustainability

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NEW YORK -- The head of the third-biggest U.S. health insurer said he has "serious concerns" about whether or not Obamacare's new markets are sustainable, echoing criticism from other top for-profit insurers.

"We continue to have serious concerns about the sustainability of the public exchanges," Aetna Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark ...Read more

Zika virus: What you need to know

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Zika virus continues to be a concern, especially for pregnant women traveling to areas of the world where the virus is active. In response to outbreaks in parts of Latin and South America, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Level 2 travel alert, which states that people at high risk, such as pregnant women, may want to ...Read more

Police and the mentally ill: What works best?

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The teen was physically imposing -- 5-foot-10 and 240 pounds -- and Houston police Officer Randy Crowder had been warned to expect a fight.

But on that day five years ago when Crowder responded to a call from the young man's concerned mother, he didn't see a criminal, or even a troublemaker.

There's something else going on, Crowder recalls ...Read more

Despite what the candidates say, the Affordable Care Act isn't atop lists of concerns, poll shows

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WASHINGTON -- Although President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act continues to animate political debate in Washington and on the campaign trail, Americans are more concerned with basic health care issues such as the cost of their health insurance, a new national poll shows.

The health care law ranked eighth among issues voters identified as ...Read more

Some work-based health plans exclude outpatient surgery

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Libbi Stovall last month looked at the fine print in her company's 2016 health plan, which supposedly meets the strictest standard for employer obligations under Affordable Care Act rules.

The insurance paid for inpatient hospital care, office visits and diagnostic imaging. But it provided no coverage for outpatient surgery, which accounts for ...Read more

Snooze your way to better health

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Sleeping in on weekends need not be a guilty pleasure.

New research suggests that catching up on sleep after several nights of missed Zs may help counter the risk of developing diabetes linked to sleep deprivation. A small study published this month in the journal Diabetes Care found that two nights of recovery sleep reversed the ill effects of...Read more

Winter hazard: carbon monoxide poisoning

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When winter storms hit and the thermometer drops, homes are buttoned up tight as people try to stay warm. Unfortunately, it's also a time when cases of carbon monoxide poisoning rise. The invisible, odorless gas claims about 500 lives each year. Symptoms may include headache, dizziness, vomiting, chest pain and confusion.

If you or someone you'...Read more

Despite kvetching, most consumers satisfied with health plans, poll finds

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Bashing insurance companies may be a popular pastime, but a poll released Thursday found most people were satisfied with their choices of doctors and even thought the cost of their health coverage was reasonable.

The Kaiser Family Foundation poll revealed that 71 percent of insured adults younger than 65 considered the health care services they...Read more

Carbs and endurance training: tips for success

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For athletes engaged in endurance sports -- like running, cycling or swimming for more than two to three hours at a time -- carbohydrates are a necessity to provide fuel to the muscles and are critical to go the distance. Registered dietitian and nutritionist Erica Goldstein offers a variety of tips to help athletes understand the best foods and...Read more

Congress may speed overhaul of payments for post-hospital care

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WASHINGTON -- Health providers who care for discharged hospital patients are bracing for changes to government payment policies that could come sooner than expected as Congress looks for billions of dollars in estimated savings.

Medicare, the big government health program for the elderly and disabled, saw payments for what is known as post-...Read more

Complications of rheumatoid arthritis

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Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet. Unlike the wear-and-tear damage of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of your joints, causing a painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity.

COMPLICATIONS

Rheumatoid ...Read more

As mass killings rise, how can sheriffs keep guns from mentally unstable?

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WASHINGTON -- Before issuing thousands of permits each year for North Carolinians to buy handguns, sheriffs in Mecklenburg, Union and some other counties across the state have gone through an oft-futile exercise.

Relying on statutory language allowing them to ensure each gun owner is of "good moral character," they have submitted applicants' ...Read more