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5 ways the White House can use its muscle to undercut Obamacare

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President Donald Trump has vowed to "let Obamacare fail," after legislative efforts to undo the Affordable Care Act have stalled.

He and congressional Republicans have repeatedly portrayed the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces, also known as exchanges, as being in a "death spiral." But independent analyses have concluded that such ...Read more

How bad political manners fomented the health care mess

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WASHINGTON -- A president whose brand is all about flouting basic political manners is getting matched in misbehavior more and more by fellow Republicans in Congress.

The first six months under President Donald Trump have been marked not only by a further coarsening of GOP rhetoric, stoked mainly by incessant infighting in backrooms, but also ...Read more

When your child becomes what you drink

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

"Prevenge," a 2016 movie written, directed and starring Brit cult favorite Alice Lowe, is about a pregnant woman whose fetus instructs her to do terrible things. While that's clearly a fantasy scenario, sometimes the opposite -- a pregnant woman directing her unborn's behavior -- is not.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and ...Read more

Guidelines for prostate cancer screening

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 65-year-old male, generally in good health and on no medication. I recently went for a checkup, and the doctor did not take a PSA blood test, nor did he perform a digital exam on me. I don't have severe issues with urinating, but the stream is not as strong as it used to be. According to my doctor, I have prostate gland ...Read more

Senate health bill's prospects worsen after procedural setback

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- The Senate parliamentarian issued a preliminary finding that key parts of Republicans' health care proposal don't qualify for a fast-track procedure being used by the GOP, dramatically complicating Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's already slim prospects of passing a bill next week.

Democrats on the Budget Committee on Friday ...Read more

Obamacare vote nears with key details still missing

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WASHINGTON -- As the Senate hurtles toward a potential vote next week to roll back the Affordable Care Act, Republican lawmakers still don't know what legislation they will consider or what impact it could have on health coverage for tens of millions of Americans.

Senate GOP leaders have said senators may be voting to simply repeal major planks...Read more

GOP and Dems start talking about compromise health bill

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will move next week on a measure to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, but, predicting failure, other senators are already talking about areas of compromise between Republicans and Democrats.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, said there was a "good chance"...Read more

Swapping Proteins

Health / Nutrition News /

I recently helped a 16-year-old learn about choosing plant proteins - she had decided to become a vegetarian, but she wasn't really sure just what that meant. Her decision was based on the fact she didn't really like eating meat. While we perused the grocery aisles that are now full of vegetarian choices, my goal was to help her make the best ...Read more

Do 'vascular calcifications' on X-ray require follow-up?

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm a 75-year-old woman. My physical therapist recently requested that I have some X-rays of my lumbar spine and pelvic areas. The findings, among other things, came back with vascular calcifications noted. I am not familiar with the terminology. Where do I go from here? Should this be followed up, and if so, what specialty ...Read more

Home blood pressure monitor readings can be very unreliable

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Bill Murray's rumored to have said: "Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me. Fool me 350,000 times -- you're a weatherman." That's a lack of accuracy we often joke about, but for some things being that far off the mark is more disturbing.

According to a recent Canadian study from the University of Alberta, home blood pressure ...Read more

Hot days can seriously affect seniors' health

Health / Health & Fitness /

"Is it hot enough for you?"

That comment might deserve an eye roll, but you might consider tweaking it to, "Is it too hot for you today?" With daytime temperatures in the 90s during mid- to late summer and the heat index even higher on many days, hot days can indeed be too hot.

Heat can make everyone uncomfortable, but for older adults, that ...Read more

Overweight Minnesotans are among those who are ditching the diet

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Name a diet and chances are Jocelyn Steinke has tried it.

For years, the 38-year-old Minneapolis woman obsessed over her weight, cutting calories, pushing herself to run even though she hated it and depriving herself of certain foods -- all in the name of good health.

"Every time I would diet, I was trying to get down to 145 ...Read more

Revised GOP health care bill would still leave millions more without insurance, new report concludes

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., may have as much as $99 billion to spend to woo GOP senators wary of the party's legislation rolling back the Affordable Care Act, according to a new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

But it remains unclear if that will be enough to preserve health insurance ...Read more

Amid Trump's shifting health care stances, a recurring infatuation

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday again appeared to change his stance on just which path he wants Republican senators to take on health care. But he has long been infatuated with the notion of House and Senate Democratic leaders asking -- begging, even -- for his help on health care.

This week, the president and his aides have ...Read more

McCain diagnosis puts health care effort in more jeopardy

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WASHINGTON -- Abrupt news that Arizona Sen. John McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer sent shock waves through an all-Republican meeting late Wednesday on the health care effort. Amid words of concern and encouragement for their GOP colleague, lawmakers acknowledged the difficulty his extended absence would place on the effort to overhaul the ...Read more

Conservatives plot payback for Obamacare repeal failure

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WASHINGTON -- With the effort to repeal the 2010 health care law on the brink of failure, conservatives are warning that the Republican base will abandon the party. And some are already turning on GOP senators holding up the process.

Three GOP senators have said they would not support moving forward with an effort to repeal much of President ...Read more

Myasthenia gravis targets the connection between muscle and nerve

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: What can you tell me about myasthenia gravis? I'd like to know how it's contracted, and what the treatment options are. -- Y.H.

ANSWER: Myasthenia gravis is a disease of the connection between nerve and muscle. It is caused by an autoimmune process -- meaning, the body mistakenly destroys one of the nerve/muscle receptors, which...Read more

Venturing for more veggies

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

We could make this week's nutritional tip "Venturing for More Veggies" sound like a pronouncement from "The Big Bang Theory's" Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons): "Are you aware that on Mars, as on Earth, eating five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 40 percent? Well it caaan." ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Pistachio-Crusted Beef and Vegetable Kabobs

Health / Health Advice /

Pistachios and hot pepper jelly coat juicy beef cubes for this spicy, crunchy barbecue dinner. To make this a quick and easy dinner, ask the butcher to cut the beef into cubes for kabobs. Mushrooms, red bell pepper and corn on the cob complete the meal.

Helpful Hints:

-- Green or yellow bell pepper can be used instead of red bell pepper.

-- ...Read more

Trump touts Cruz plan in push to revive stalled health repeal

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NEW YORK -- The Trump administration pressed its case to revive the Senate's stalled health overhaul using a rosy estimate of the effects of an amendment offered by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz designed to win over wary conservatives.

The estimate said Cruz's proposed amendment to the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act would offer ...Read more

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