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Why Kentucky couldn't kill Obamacare: A lesson for Congress

Health / Health & Fitness /

ATLANTA -- As congressional Republicans meet this week to gut Barack Obama's signature health-care law, they can look for guidance to Kentucky, where a big political promise met with reality to force the type of compromise national lawmakers might face.

The result: a taxpayer-funded insurance program that looks a lot like Obamacare.

President ...Read more

The Mediterranean Diet and Your Brain

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

The word "Mediterranean" is Latin for "middle of the Earth." The ancient Romans gave the sea this name because it was the center of the Earth as they knew it. We know the sea is not the center of the world, but there are ever more reasons for you to make the dietary habits of the region the center of your diet. You've probably heard that the so-...Read more

Of reclusiveness and agoraphobia, only one is diagnosis

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: How does one differentiate between reclusiveness and agoraphobia? I realize both are medical terms/diagnoses. -- T.H.

ANSWER: Of the two, only agoraphobia is a medical diagnosis. Reclusiveness is a personality trait with a broad definition, meaning someone who is withdrawn from society. In agoraphobia, this tendency is ...Read more

Congressional Republicans try to find health care compromise

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump wants Congress to move quickly this week to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, but congressional Republicans are far from a consensus on a repeal-and-replace effort that won't leave millions of their constituents without insurance.

Monday, two senators who have cautioned colleagues to delay repeal until they...Read more

Trump adviser says health-law requirement to have insurance will end

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NEW YORK –– The Trump administration plans to end the Affordable Care Act's requirement that most people have health insurance, an adviser to the president said.

Kellyanne Conway, in an interview with NBC, appeared to indicate that the law's requirement that most employers offer coverage to their full-time workers would also end. Trump ...Read more

Montana Republicans loathe Obamacare, but are they ready to dump it? Not so fast

Health / Health & Fitness /

HELENA, Mont. -- Back in 2015, being a Montana Republican meant despising Obamacare -- and your loathing of it better have been a pre-existing condition.

House Speaker Austin Knudsen qualified. He voted against the state's decision to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act in 2015. When he ran for re-election last year, he ...Read more

Here's what Trump's executive order really means for Obamacare; a question and answer

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WASHINGTON--In one of his first official actions, President Donald Trump signed an executive order late Friday that directed federal agencies to use their authority to relieve individual Americans, businesses, state governments and others from "burdens" placed on them by the Affordable Care Act.

The Trump administration and its Republican ...Read more

Here's why you shouldn't get a massage after drinking alcohol

Health / Health & Fitness /

Don't schedule that relaxing Saturday-morning massage the day after partying.

Why? Think of what happens right after you get a massage. Usually, the therapist will offer you water.

That's because when you get a massage, you often feel dehydrated.

So coming to a massage hung over, when your body may already feel that way, isn't your best bet. ...Read more

In first Oval Office appearance, Trump takes symbolic step on health care law

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump took a symbolic step aimed at his predecessor's signature achievement Friday night, directing federal agencies to take steps to "ease the burden of Obamacare."

Trump signed the executive order during his first public appearance in the Oval Office. The White House did not immediately provide details about the...Read more

Nutrition News: Take a Prenatal

Health / Nutrition News /

There is little doubt that taking a prenatal vitamin can make a difference in your child's life. A new study validates the importance of taking a prenatal vitamin for your child's cognitive development. The study found that failing to take a multivitamin during pregnancy could set a child back by a year by the time they reach secondary school.

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Bathroom habit has husband calling wife a 'germaphobe'

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My spouse believes that I am being "germophobic" over his bathroom habits. Among other things: He uses a hand towel to wipe the inside of his sink and countertop, and then uses the same towel to wipe his mouth, face and hands. He says he won't die from this, but his lack of regard for this type of hygiene makes me very concerned....Read more

Using Your Mind to Move Your Body

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," the fourth book in J.K. Rowling's blockbuster series, Harry eats a plant called gillyweed that allows him to grow fins and gills so he can swim underwater for an hour.

Wouldn't it be great if you could change your body so that you could swim better or run faster when you worked out? Well, now Canadian ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Picadillo with Tomato and Onion Salad and Cheddar Cheese and Apples

Health / Health Advice /

Try this quick dish for Super Bowl Sunday or any time of year. Picadillo or ground meat in a flavor-packed tomato sauce is a popular Cuban dish that is served in many Latin restaurants. There are many picadillo variations, but olives and capers are always part of the recipe. It was served at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West over rolls and became ...Read more

If GOP defunds Planned Parenthood clinics, health centers can't handle patient flood

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WASHINGTON -- Contrary to recent claims by House Majority Leader Paul Ryan, R-Wis., experts say the nation's community health centers don't have the staffing or funding to handle the estimated 400,000 people who could lose access to care if Planned Parenthood's federal Medicaid funding is shuttered.

Ryan wants to cut the group's federal funding...Read more

What are early signs of Alzheimer's disease?

Health / Health & Fitness /

You're deep in a conversation with a friend and suddenly you can't remember an acquaintance's name.

You can see her face. That name is almost, almost there. But not quite.

Blushing, you laugh, call it "a senior moment" and move on. Five minutes later, that person's name comes to you. You might overlook it, but then you might wonder, "Am I ...Read more

Democrats hope their unity can foil GOP drive to undo Obamacare

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WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats aiming to thwart the undoing of Obamacare are using a strategy that served them well before: They're standing back and letting Republicans whirl in their own discord.

In a narrowly divided Congress, Democrats are united in demanding that Republicans come up with a replacement health care plan on their own. ...Read more

Advocacy group pushes for changes in US food assistance program

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As policymakers and health officials sound the alarm on the nation's obesity epidemic, a team of researchers want to improve health outcomes among the most vulnerable Americans by overhauling the federal food assistance program.

In articles published as a supplement Wednesday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, more than a dozen ...Read more

Alcohol metabolism is more complicated than a drink an hour

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I've frequently read that while alcohol might help you get to sleep, it disturbs your getting back to sleep later in the night. I believe that your body dispenses with the alcohol effects at the rate of about one drink per hour. Thus, if I have a drink at 6 p.m., another at 7 p.m., and a third at 8 p.m., I should be sober by 9 p....Read more

Get Rewarded for Your Community Involvement

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In an episode of the comedy "Parks and Recreation," the main character, Leslie Knope, fills her time during a two-week suspension from her job as deputy director of the Pawnee City Department of Parks and Recreation by forming a citizens' action committee. She calls it PCP: Parks Committee of Pawnee, "because, like the drug PCP, we are so fast-...Read more

Being Dead is a Health Condition

Health / Scott LaFee /

But typically it does not require health insurance coverage. Nonetheless, a recent federal audit reports that in Florida, where the state's Medicaid program is managed by private health insurance companies, the latter billed the former $26 million over five years (2009-2014) for coverage of people who had already died.

State health care ...Read more