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Editorial: More needs to be done on affordable health care

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If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught Americans anything, it’s surely the necessity of making sure everyone has access to decent medical care. After all, it’s not enough to make sure the affluent can be treated or receive preventive care, it’s in everyone’s best interest to see that hospitals aren’t overwhelmed when a virus breaks loose ...Read more

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Ask the Pediatrician: Should my unvaccinated children take swimming lessons this summer?

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Q: My children are still too young for the COVID-19 vaccine. Is it OK to enroll them in swim lessons?

A: Yes. Swimming is a great family activity. It's good exercise and it can be a lifesaving skill to have.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends water safety and swim lessons for all children as a layer of protection against drowning. ...Read more

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The hard realities of a 'no jab, no job' mandate for health care workers

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Christopher Richmond keeps a running tab on how many workers at the ManorCare skilled nursing facility he manages in western Pennsylvania have rolled up their sleeves for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Although residents were eager for the shots this year, he’s counted only about 3 in 4 workers vaccinated at any one time. The excuses, among its staff of...Read more

Michael Hiltzik: UC regents appear poised to surrender to Catholic healthcare restrictions

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For more than two years, the University of California has grappled with how to manage proposed partnerships between UC medical systems and hospitals that impose restrictions on healthcare on religious grounds.

That process is about to come to an end. On Wednesday, the UC Board of Regents will vote on a policy governing those arrangements.

If ...Read more

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Trying to avoid racist health care, Black women seek out Black obstetricians

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In South Florida, when people want to find a Black physician, they often contact Adrienne Hibbert through her website, Black Doctors of South Florida.

“There are a lot of Black networks that are behind the scenes,” said Hibbert, who runs her own marketing firm. “I don’t want them to be behind the scenes, so I’m bringing it to the ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Headaches and menstruation

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Ever since I was a teenager and began menstruating, I seem to get headaches that come on around the first day of my period. I am now in my 30s, and over the past year or so, they seem to be getting more severe and lasting longer — sometimes up to three days. Why is this happening, and are there ways to prevent or treat it?

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Industry cheers Supreme Court ruling on health care law

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Democratic lawmakers and much of the health care industry cheered the Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday to uphold the 2010 health care law.

Democrats had campaigned against the legal challenge during the past two campaign cycles, arguing that their party would protect health insurance coverage. The decision comes as Democratic leaders are ...Read more

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Editorial: The Supreme Court saved Obamacare for the third time. It should never have had to

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In rejecting yet another in a seemingly endless series of Republican attacks on the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court did more than just preserve a crucial protection for millions of Americans with preexisting health conditions that make them vulnerable to gouging or exclusion by insurers. It also preserved the notions that people have to ...Read more

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Commentary: Another conservative attack on Obamacare, another loss at the Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act breaks no new legal ground, but it has enormous practical significance in that it means that 21 million people will keep their health insurance coverage.

In 2012, in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, the court in a 5-4 ...Read more

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Supreme Court upholds Obamacare again, rejecting GOP challenge from Texas

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Obamacare for the third time and rejected a sweeping challenge backed by former President Donald Trump and Republican state attorneys.

The decision preserves health insurance subsidies for more than 20 million Americans and protections for tens of millions more whose preexisting medical ...Read more

6 Top Tips to Boost Your Energy

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Need to add a little pep to your step? There are dozens of things that you could try -- some of which you might never have thought of. Consider these, which target each of your five senses.

Taste: magnesium. If your magnesium level is low, your body needs to work harder to do the most basic tasks, which can make you feel tired. The recommended ...Read more

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COVID-19 travel trips for people with weakened immune systems

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Experts say getting fully vaccinated is the most important step people can take to lower their risk of transmitting or getting infected with COVID-19. Even then, Dr. Stacey Rizza, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist, suggests travelers wear a mask, avoid congregated areas when possible and maintain good hand hygiene. These measures are ...Read more

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Commentary: Medicare must study unproven, expensive Alzheimer's drug

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The cost of caring for America’s nearly 6 million Alzheimer’s disease patients is already $600 billion a year, factoring in the cost of uncompensated caregiving. Now, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug treatment that may or may not work but is set to cost $56,000 a year for the average patient — a charge that in most ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Blurry vision as you age

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Are you over 40 and suddenly feel like your straining to read things right in front of your face? Eye experts at Mayo Clinic say it's actually a normal — and sometimes annoying — condition of the eye that is a part of aging.

Reporter Jason Howland explains in today's Mayo Clinic Minute.

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If you're over 40 and your vision is starting ...Read more

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Consumer Health: Blood donation: You can make a difference

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The World Blood Donor Day campaign, observed Monday, June 14, is an effort by the World Health Organization intended to recognize the critical contribution of blood donors and raise global awareness about the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion, year-round. The role of young people in ensuring a safe blood supply is a special ...Read more

SSDI and COVID-19: How to apply for disability benefits now

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After a year of challenges and uncertainty, the world is emerging from the pandemic. Even as the economy picks back up and life resumes some semblance of normal, for some people, the long-term impact of the virus on their health may persist for many years.

Doctors and researchers are still working to understand why many Americans are suffering ...Read more

Seeds to the rescue

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There is an old saying that “great things come in small packages” — a way of expressing that the size of something does not always properly indicate its value. When it comes to edible seeds and their role in our diet, this surely holds true. Don’t let their diminutive size fool you: “In many cases, the nutritional make-up of seeds ...Read more

6 reasons raspberries are so good for you

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Raspberries are enjoyable all year long, whether they’re fresh or frozen. These gorgeous gems aren’t just delicious and versatile; they also have an impressive nutritional profile that makes them one of the healthiest choices in the produce aisle. Here are six health benefits of raspberries, plus simple ways to include both fresh and frozen ...Read more

Type 2 diabetes: Which medication is best for me?

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If you are living with Type 2 diabetes, you certainly are not alone. One in 10 people in the U.S. has diabetes, according to the CDC. However, despite considerable progress in diabetes treatment over the past 20 years, fewer than half of those with diabetes actually reach their target blood sugar goal.

In part, this may be because doctors can ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Advances in ablation for prostate cancer

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and we are looking at treatment options. One doctor suggested a prostatectomy, but my husband finds ablation appealing because of quality of life advantages. I’ve been reading about ablations and came across information about different techniques. I am wondering if one technique ...Read more