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Kamala Harris wants to cut drug prices, tax 'price-gouging' companies

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris rolled out a policy blueprint to slash prices for prescription drugs when they cost less in other developed countries or when their price climbs faster than inflation.

The California senator's proposal would give the Department of Health and Human Services authority to set a "fair ...Read more

Joe Biden unveils his alternative to 'Medicare for all'

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden unveiled a robust plan to expand Obamacare by adding a public program that all Americans could choose, as the former vice president argued Monday that medical insurance can be made universally accessible without scrapping the nation's current model of delivering healthcare.

The Biden plan would provide tens of billions ...Read more

Even one small glass of juice or soda a day can increase cancer risk, study says

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Scientists have previously warned against drinking too much soda or juice. Now they believe even one small glass can pose possible dangers, according to a new report.

Researchers from health institutions in France recently conducted a study, published in the British Medical Journal, to determine the association between cancer risk; sugary ...Read more

Fact check: Biden calling ACA 'breakthrough' for mental health parity highlights gaps

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In a sit-down interview with CNN, 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden touted the Obama administration's passage of the Affordable Care Act, asserting that this law evened out the playing field when it came to insurance coverage of mental and physical health.

"We made parity between mental health ...Read more

Are Democrats helping Trump by promising health care to undocumented migrants?

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With a sharp left turn, Democrats are risking a backlash on an issue of raw emotional and political sensitivity: providing government health care to millions of people in the country illegally.

Ten of the party's nearly two dozen presidential candidates stood on a debate stage last month and, without hesitation, raised their hands pledging ...Read more

In court, it's red Texas vs. blue California in the battle over Obamacare

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AUSTIN, Texas -- A lawyer for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will be in a federal courtroom Tuesday asking three appellate judges to declare the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, and this time it will be with the full support of the Trump administration.

The U.S. Department of Justice earlier this year announced that the agency, like ...Read more

Weight loss prior to bariatric surgery carries risks

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Requiring prospective bariatric surgery patients to lose weight before they can undergo the procedure may not be necessary or safe, University of Pennsylvania researchers found in a new study published recently in the journal Obesity Surgery.

The practice of having patients follow a medically supervised weight-loss program before the surgery is...Read more

A mom said her son was infected with Vibrio bacteria. Here's how to avoid the same fate.

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A Maryland woman's social media post went viral after she shared photos of her son's bacterial skin infection, which she said appeared after he swam on the bayside of Ocean City.

Brittany Carey posted photos June 29 of raw wounds that she said began as spots on her son's body. Carey said in the post that doctors initially misdiagnosed the ...Read more

Livy Garcia has a rare disease. Her aunt, a Clovis teacher, used a tiger to help her heal

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Livy Garcia, 7, loves her aunt's new book, "Tiger Livy."

"It's about me being diagnosed with JM," Livy explained recently.

Livy has juvenile dermatomyositis, a rare autoimmune disease that can be life-threatening. The disease attacked her muscles, causing them to break down. She was diagnosed at age 5.

Her aunt, Erin Garcia, an English ...Read more

Her sister has diabetes. Her father has cancer. She wants to be the change that could have helped them.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Shelley Henderson was 12 the first time she felt as if she couldn't breathe.

She was terrified, sure she was dying.

But her parents recognized the symptoms. Their other daughter had dealt with asthma attacks before.

They gave Henderson her sister's inhaler and waited. They were concerned, but knew that taking her to an ...Read more

Health care issues pivotal in Kentucky governor's race

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WASHINGTON -- Health care is emerging as a prime contrast between candidates in the Kentucky gubernatorial race this fall, where Republican incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic state Attorney General Andy Beshear are locked in a heated battle.

A number of health policy issues have divided Kentuckians during Bevin's tenure, including his ...Read more

Kamala Harris backtracks on eliminating private health insurance

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WASHINGTON -- California Sen. Kamala Harris walked back her support for eliminating private health insurance Friday, a day after she raised her hand during a Democratic presidential primary debate to indicate she supported getting rid of it.

Harris said Friday on MSNBC that she raised her hand with the intention of saying she personally would ...Read more

How black pharmacists are closing the cultural gap in health care

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SHILOH, Ill. -- After a health insurance change forced Bernard Macon to cut ties with his black doctor, he struggled to find another African American physician online. Then, he realized two health advocates were hiding in plain sight.

At a nearby drugstore here in the suburbs outside of St. Louis, a pair of pharmacists became the unexpected ...Read more

Leading 2020 Democrats split into socialist and capitalist camps on debate stage

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WASHINGTON -- The four leading 2020 candidates in Thursday's debate split into two distinct groups on health care policy and free college, clashing over ideas more than personalities while presenting their plans to overhaul the nation's health care and education systems.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, ...Read more

When he picks up a hammer, the shaking stops. Man with Parkinson's builds mini homes.

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In 2012, doctors handed Barry Roberson a grim forecast: Parkinson's disease would likely kill him in four to seven years.

So he rolled his wheelchair into the field behind his house for a conversation with God, asking for direction for his last days, explaining that he couldn't work, couldn't drive and fell down three times a day.

"He said, '...Read more

How Sen. Patty Murray is pushing health care issues to the forefront of the 2020 election

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SEATTLE -- U.S. Sen. Patty Murray isn't up for reelection next year, but she is nevertheless in a position to drive one of 2020's key conversations.

As the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, the Washington state Democrat has in the past few years sharply increased the number of health care-related ...Read more

Appeals court move potentially an 'ominous' sign for Affordable Care Act

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WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court has questioned whether the House and Democratic-led states can defend the 2010 health care law in a legal fight that threatens the landmark legislation -- a sign the law could face strong headwinds in its latest test in the federal courts.

The House and states had jumped to intervene in the lawsuit after a ...Read more

Fact check: Fuzzy math fuels Sanders' claim that cost barriers to health care kill 30,000 a year

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"Medicare for All" -- or single-payer health care -- is a flagship issue for Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. So when a conservative group launched an ad campaign claiming such a policy would drive up wait times for medical care, the 2020 candidate responded aggressively.

His point: Some people may wait a bit ...Read more

Supreme Court will hear case over the collapse of health insurer shorted by federal government

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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to weigh in on whether the federal government was wrong not to make certain payments to Land of Lincoln health insurance, which collapsed in 2016, leaving nearly 50,000 Illinois residents scrambling for coverage.

The insurer blamed its midyear downfall partly on the federal government, saying it was owed risk ...Read more

Non-English speakers face health setback if Trump loosens language rules

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A federal regulation demands that certain health care organizations provide patients who have limited English skills a written notice of free translation services.

But the Trump administration wants to ease those regulations and also no longer require that directions be given to patients on how they can report discrimination they experience.

...Read more


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