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2021 health plans granted leeway to limit consumers' benefit from drug coupons

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Without medication to manage her plaque psoriasis, Jennifer Brown's face, scalp, trunk and neck periodically become covered in painful red, flaky patches so dry they crack and bleed.

She has gotten relief from medications, but they come at a high price. For a while she was on Humira, made by AbbVie, with an average retail price of roughly $8,...Read more

Why is COVID-19 so deadly to elders?

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Today, like every day, Eric Verdin will cycle the steep hills of Marin County. He'll wait until noon to eat his first meal. He'll wear a mask and stay socially distanced. He'll be asleep no later than 11 p.m.

Despite his excellent health, the 63-year-old scientist and CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging knows he ...Read more

It's not just coronavirus: America repeatedly fails at public health

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WASHINGTON -- As the coronavirus outbreak swept the country, President Donald Trump for months promised high-tech solutions just over the horizon: thousands of new ventilators, miracle drugs and vaccines developed at "warp speed."

He has shown decidedly less enthusiasm for simpler steps such mask-wearing and social distancing. That has ...Read more

Coronavirus has forced doctors, insurers to embrace telemedicine like never before

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When pain radiated from Fred Thomas' neck down his arm and he couldn't feel his fingers anymore, he knew it was time to talk to a doctor.

After getting an MRI ordered by his primary-care doctor, the 49-year-old land surveyor had several phone conversations with a Rothman Orthopaedic Institute specialist he'd never met to discuss the problem and...Read more

Hydroxychloroquine is the most disappointing, disavowed drug that researchers keep studying for COVID-19

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Barely three months ago, the anti-malarial drug that President Donald Trump touted seemed like such a sure bet against COVID-19 that Susanna Naggie had a tough time setting up a national clinical trial comparing it to placebo. Colleagues said giving a fake pill would be unethical since the real thing might save lives.

Now, hydroxychloroquine, ...Read more

NIH spearheads study to test at-home screening for HPV and cervical cancer

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With a tiny brush, briefly swab the vagina to collect cells. Then slide the swab into a screening kit and drop it into the mail.

Proponents believe a simple test like this, which can be done at home, may help the U.S. move closer to eradicating cervical cancer. The National Cancer Institute plans to launch a multisite study next year involving ...Read more

What makes a food ‘super’

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Is there a hotter nutrition term than “superfood”? The term typically refers to foods with particular health benefits, but is this merely a marketing term, or is there actually science behind these superfoods?

“There is no legal definition of ‘superfood,’ but the broadest definition is it’s a food that has extraordinary nutritional ...Read more

The best foods for better sleep

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Having trouble sleeping? These snooze-inducing snacks can help you escape a slumber slump.


Eating a heavy meal within two hours of bedtime can keep you awake, but light-and-airy popcorn makes a great late-night snack. Popcorn contains carbohydrates that help send the amino acid tryptophan to your brain, where it is used to make ...Read more

Trouble with crossword puzzles? Improve your semantic memory

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Can you distinguish the taste of a red wine versus a rosé? How about the look of a 1960s muscle car versus a foreign import? Do you prefer to grow lilies or tulips? Would you rather listen to Dark Side of the Moon or “Fly Me to the Moon”? To answer any of these questions, you need to use your semantic memory.

Your semantic memory is your ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Viral pinkeye doesn’t require treatment

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I recently took my daughter to the pediatrician because her cold caused her eyes to become red. The doctor said the redness was pinkeye. Last time my daughter had pinkeye we were given eyedrops to treat it, but this time we were told it was likely caused by a virus and eyedrops wouldn’t do any good unless her symptoms change....Read more

First aid for snakebites

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If a snake bites you, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately, then take these first-aid steps.

Most snakes aren't dangerous to humans. Only about 15% worldwide and 20% in the United States are venomous. In North America, these include the rattlesnake, coral snake, water moccasin and copperhead. Their bites can cause severe injuries...Read more

Essential worker shoulders $1,840 pandemic debt due to COVID cost loophole

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Carmen Quintero works an early shift as a supervisor at a 3M distribution warehouse that ships N95 masks to a nation under siege from the coronavirus. On March 23, she had developed a severe cough, and her voice, usually quick and enthusiastic, was barely a whisper.

A human resources staff member told Quintero she needed to go home.

"They told...Read more

'More than physical health': Gym helps 91-year-old battle isolation

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MONROVIA, Calif. -- Most mornings, like clockwork, you could find Art Ballard pumping iron.

At least five days a week, he drove to Foothill Gym, where he beat on the punching bag, rode a stationary bike and worked his abs. After he joined the gym five years ago, he dropped 20 pounds, improved his balance and made friends.

At 91, he's still ...Read more

Itchy, irritating poison ivy rash

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Poison ivy rash is caused by an allergic reaction to an oily resin called urushiol (u-ROO-she-ol). This oil is in the leaves, stems and roots of poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac.

Wash your skin right away if you come into contact with this oil, unless you know you're not sensitive to it. Washing off the oil may reduce your chances of ...Read more

July 4 road trip? Travel safely with these expert tips in the age of coronavirus

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If you plan to hit the road for the Fourth of July, there are some factors you may want to consider for traveling in the age of COVID-19.

Health officials say the best way to stop the spread of the disease is to stay home. But some people may not be able to stay in their communities or may look past the possible risks.

So how can you do a road...Read more

Herd immunity and COVID-19: What you need to know

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Curious as to whether herd immunity against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) might slow the spread of the disease? Understand how herd immunity works and what experts are saying about its potential impact on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why is herd immunity important?

Herd immunity occurs when a large portion of a community (the herd) becomes...Read more

Unusual coronavirus symptoms: What are they?

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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) can cause a wide range of signs and symptoms. The most common are fever, dry cough and tiredness. Other symptoms include shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle aches, chills, sore throat, headache, or chest pain. But COVID-19 can also cause symptoms you might not expect, including:

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Study: Belly fat may be an indicator of dementia risk, especially for women

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A recently published study shows the risks involved with older people who have belly fat -- especially among older women.

The study, which was published June 23 in the International Journal of Epidemiology and reported by CNN, revealed that older women who have more belly fat than average can have a 39% increased risk of dementia within 15 ...Read more

It's summer, it's hot and sunny, and COVID-19 didn't go away. Why not?

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It's the first week of summer, and despite rumors and proclamations from some public figures, the coronavirus is still here despite the warmer weather.

As summer plans adjust to a growing pandemic, it's important to understand why people still need to take caution against COVID-19.

Many infectious diseases are seasonal, so it's not ...Read more

Michael Phelps to narrate and appear in HBO documentary exploring Olympians' mental health

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BALTIMORE -- Michael Phelps will narrate and serve as the subject of a new documentary on the mental health challenges faced by Olympic athletes, set to debut on HBO at the end of July.

The documentary, titled "The Weight of Gold," will feature other high-profile Olympians such as Lolo Jones, Bode Miller, Sasha Cohen and Shaun White.

"I ...Read more