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McConnell would allow Senate vote on bipartisan health plan if Trump backs it

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday that he's waiting to hear whether President Donald Trump will support a bipartisan health care proposal before bringing the measure up for a vote.

The plan to change parts of the Affordable Care Act and stabilize health insurance markets is backed by 12 Republican and 48 ...Read more

Uninsured up 3.5 million amid health care uncertainty, survey finds

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WASHINGTON -- Roughly 3.5 million more Americans are uninsured compared to the last quarter of 2016, a new survey found.

An ongoing Gallup-Sharecare survey that has asked at least 500 randomly sampled people each day since 2008 whether they have insurance shared its 2017 third-quarter results Friday.

The uninsured rate among adults was 12.3 ...Read more

Study shows pathway that can destroy healthy cells, leading to organ damage

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PITTSBURGH -- A University of Pittsburgh study fully describes for the first time an important but complicated cell-death pathway that can destroy healthy cells, resulting in tissue and organ damage.

The pathway is responsible for a serious asthma attack, excess traumatic brain damage and kidney failure, among other health problems.

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With Obamacare, fewer Americans were uninsured when they were told they had cancer

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As President Donald Trump and his allies in Congress keep pushing to get rid of Obamacare, new research shows that the contentious law has succeeded in expanding health insurance coverage for Americans with cancer.

But not everywhere. This upside of Obamacare -- known formally as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or ACA -- was ...Read more

Senators push forward with bipartisan Obamacare fix -- and Trump's encouragement

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WASHINGTON -- Despite President Donald Trump's mixed messages, key senators unveiled their bipartisan plan Thursday to stabilize health insurance markets, drawing widespread support.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Health committee, and the top Democrat on the panel, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, jointly announced 22 ...Read more

Stop reading the Weinstein news. This and other self-care tips for sex abuse survivors

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CHICAGO -- Women who have been sexually assaulted or harassed might realize a need for self-care this week, as personal stories of abuse emerge online.

Allegations of abusive actions by Harvey Weinstein have built throughout the past week, after The New York Times reported multiple sexual harassment settlements involving the movie mogul.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch deals blow to bipartisan health care bill

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, has dealt an emerging bipartisan health care bill a body blow.

President Donald Trump has sent mixed messages on his stance on the legislation from Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, the top Democrat on the panel, ...Read more

Poll: Most Americans disapprove of Trump's health care subsidy slash

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WASHINGTON -- Most Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump's decision to end Obama-era federal subsidies to insurers that lower costs for low- and middle-income families, a new poll found.

Fifty-three percent of respondents to an Economist/YouGov poll conducted Oct. 15 and 16 said they disapproved of the executive move, compared to 31 ...Read more

On back roads of Appalachia's coal country, mental health services are as rare as jobs

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PINEVILLE, W.Va. -- Every other month, Tanya Nelson travels 32 miles from the heart of Appalachia's coal country for an appointment with the nearest psychiatrist for therapy and to renew prescriptions. But the commute, which should take less than an hour through the winding mountain roads of southern West Virginia, consumes her entire day.

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Minnesota's Native American health advocates use old games as new cures for obesity

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The players stood on the field in a circle, passing burning sage to one another.

One by one, they waved their lacrosse sticks over the thick, sweet-smelling smoke.

Then they faced off, ready to start play on a recent Sunday at Corcoran Park in Minneapolis. Sasha Houston Brown tossed up the ball. The other players jumped for it -...Read more

Microbes rule your health — and further prove that kids should eat dirt

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Humans don't rule the planet. Humans don't even rule their own bodies. During the past 20 years or so, it's become apparent that the guys in charge of everything are a nanometer across and run in packs, or perhaps more accurately, hang out in mobs. These gangs of microorganisms are together referred to as the microbiome, and we're just beginning...Read more

UnitedHealth Group profit up 26 percent

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MINNEAPOLIS -- UnitedHealth Group shares jumped 5.6 percent in trading Tuesday after the company's earnings increased 26 percent for the third quarter, beating analyst estimates and prompting a boost to full-year financial guidance.

The quarterly results were the first reported under new CEO David Wichmann, who took over the top job in ...Read more

Senators announce bipartisan health care deal, Trump endorses

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WASHINGTON -- Key senators announced a bipartisan deal Tuesday to fix parts of the nation's health care law and head off large premium increases faced by consumers in some states.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Health Committee, announced the tentative agreement with the top Democrat on the panel, Sen. Patty Murray, D-...Read more

The storm has passed, but Puerto Rico's health faces prolonged recovery

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As President Donald Trump signals impatience to wind down emergency aid to Puerto Rico, the challenges wrought by Hurricane Maria to the health of Puerto Ricans and the island's fragile health system are in many ways just beginning.

Three weeks after that direct hit, four dozen deaths are associated with the storm. But the true toll on Puerto ...Read more

Customer feuds, claims denials mar health plans Trump backs

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NEW YORK -- The short-term medical plans promoted in President Donald Trump's new executive order on health care have a long history of customer disputes over pre-existing conditions and denied claims -- just the sort of scenarios that were being weeded out by Obamacare.

The Affordable Care Act pushes Americans to buy comprehensive long-term ...Read more

Finding the right osteoporosis medication

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Dear Mayo Clinic: The bisphosphonate drugs I take for osteoporosis aren't working in my case. My doctor has suggested a few alternatives. Any thoughts on what might be best?

A: Oral bisphosphonate drugs -- including alendronate (Fosamax), risedronate (Actonel and Atelvia) and ibandronate (Boniva) -- are the most commonly prescribed osteoporosis...Read more

Women's wellness: The hysterectomy decision

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You need a hysterectomy ... what approach is best for you?

One of the most frequently performed surgical procedures in the U.S. is the hysterectomy. There are many different approaches to completion of this surgery, including vaginal, laparoscopic, robotic and abdominal. Each method has differences that can make it either the right or wrong ...Read more

Head-to-toe tips for a safer Halloween

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Injuries can end up being the Halloween trick nobody wants. Every year, ill-fitting costumes are blamed for cuts, lacerations and fractures that send disappointed trick-or-treaters to the emergency department.

There are some simple things you can do before Halloween to lessen the chances of bumps in the night.

It's all Halloween fun from the ...Read more

Trump acting solo: What you need to know about changes to the health law

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WASHINGTON--Apparently frustrated by Congress' inability to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump this week decided to take matters into his own hands.

Late Thursday evening, the White House announced it would cease key payments to insurers. Earlier on Thursday, Trump signed an executive order aimed at giving ...Read more

While Trump moves to dismantle health law, public favors repair

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WASHINGTON--President Donald Trump has collided with a wave of public disagreement by moving to strip the Affordable Care Act of provisions intended to keep insurance prices stable.

In a poll conducted before Trump's Thursday announcement of unilateral changes to the law, 71 percent of the public said they preferred the administration try to ...Read more


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