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Democrats unveil bill to expand immigrant health care access

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WASHINGTON — A group of Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday are introducing legislation that would make health care coverage more accessible to immigrants, citing the ongoing pandemic and its impact on immigrant front-line workers.

The bill would lift a current five-year waiting period legal immigrants must undergo before enrolling in Medicaid ...Read more

HSA contribution limits for 2022 are out

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You might not be thinking about next year’s health insurance yet, but the IRS just released inflation-adjusted amounts that will apply to health savings accounts (HSAs) in 2022.

HSAs are becoming more popular each year in part because of the tax breaks that come with them. For instance, you can deduct contributions to an HSA (even if you don�...Read more

How to buy the healthiest hot dogs

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From Memorial Day to Labor Day, hot dogs are a cookout staple. So, if you’re in charge of the shopping, here’s what to keep in mind to pick franks that are reasonably healthy and tasty.

The biggest stumbling block is sodium. Several dogs on the market have over 600 mg — and that’s before the bun and condiments. Plus, know the terms on ...Read more

Lifestyle medicine for all: Healthy food comes first

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“Lifestyle medicine is only for rich people, right?” a colleague asked me several years ago, questioning my involvement in this relatively new field of medicine that guides people toward healthy habits. This has been a common misperception, for sure.

But across the U.S., a revitalized brand of health activism is intent on bringing lifestyle...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Risk for endometrial cancer and early screening

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My 54-year-old sister was diagnosed recently with early-stage endometrial cancer. She only went to the doctor because she had bleeding between menstrual cycles. I’m wondering if I am at risk also and if there is anything I can do to reduce my risk. Is there a screening test?

ANSWER: An increased risk for endometrial cancer ...Read more

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How schools can help kids heal after the pandemic's uncertainty

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Kai Humphrey, 9, has been learning from home for more than a year. He badly misses his Washington, D.C., elementary school, along with his friends and the bustle of the classroom.

“I will be the first person ever to have every single person in the world as my friend,” he said on a recent Zoom call, his sandy-brown hair hanging down to his ...Read more

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Trouble managing money may be an early sign of dementia

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After Maria Turner’s minivan was totaled in an accident a dozen years ago, she grew impatient waiting for the insurance company to process the claim. One night, she saw a red pickup truck on eBay for $20,000. She thought it was just what she needed. She clicked “buy it now” and went to bed. The next morning, she got an email about ...Read more

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Biden admin reinstates health care protections for trans people. Here's what changed

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President Joe Biden's administration announced Monday it will restore protections from health care discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said the Office for Civil Rights will "interpret" discrimination prohibitions included in Title IX and Section 1557 — which "...Read more

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What Black women in their 20s and 30s can do to prevent heart disease

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CHICAGO — Michelle Bradley Emebo’s maternal grandmother had open heart surgery. Her mother had a stroke at age 37, and her father has vascular dementia that has been linked to his smoking.

Bradley Emebo’s family medical history came into play during the third trimester of her pregnancy, when she was diagnosed with high blood pressure at ...Read more

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You're vaccinated, but your kids aren't. What's safe to do this summer, according to experts?

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BALTIMORE — Many Americans are heading into a summer where adults in the family may be vaccinated against COVID-19, while the youngsters aren’t yet eligible — leaving parents and guardians wondering what activities are safe with their kids.

Experts say families still need to follow precautions, but that there are many activities that can ...Read more

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Ask the Pediatrician: How do the COVID-19 vaccines work, and are they safe for teens?

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Q: How do the COVID-19 vaccines work, are they safe for teens, and how long will immunity last?

A: COVID-19 vaccines are authorized for those ages 16 and older at this point and are expected to be available for children ages 12 and up soon. Here are several important things to know about the vaccines.

The COVID-19 vaccine works similarly to ...Read more

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Commentary: COVID-19 rips India's safety net. Stitch it anew

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COVID-19 deaths in India are expected to double in the coming weeks. People across socioeconomic classes are being cremated en masse in large holes in the ground. The ordeal doesn’t even end with death. Medical bills are piling up, a burden large enough to tip working-class families into multigenerational poverty. Younger adults desperate for ...Read more

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The vulnerable homebound are left behind on vaccination

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It was April, more than three months into the vaccination campaign against COVID-19, and Jim Freeman, 83, still had not gotten his first dose.

Freeman had been eligible for months as part of the 75-and-older target group deemed most vulnerable to death and serious illness in the pandemic. But he could not leave his home to make the journey to ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q And A: Aging and changing

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 56 and have noticed a few things are changing as I get older. I know as I age there will be more changes in my body and mind, but can you provide insights on what are some common things that I can expect?

ANSWER: Throughout life, your body is constantly changing, and there are some surprising changes that can occur within...Read more

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For Kurdish Americans in Nashville, a beloved leader's death prompts vaccine push

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On a sloppy spring day in mid-March, hundreds of Kurdish Americans gathered in a field outside Nashville, Tennessee, under a sea of black umbrellas. Some of the men carried a stretcher to an open grave, where a yellow backhoe waited.

In accordance with Muslim tradition, the body of Imad Doski — a prominent community leader — was buried ...Read more

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COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs increased among conservative and social media users, Penn study finds

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People who were heavy users of conservative or social media during the early months of the pandemic experienced increased belief in conspiracies surrounding COVID-19, a new study from researchers with the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania found.

The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research last...Read more

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In Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta, millions face long drives to stroke care

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Debbie Cook was in her pajamas on a summer morning in 2019 when she got a call from her son: “Something bad is wrong with Granny.”

The fear in his voice told Cook it was serious. She dialed 911 immediately, knowing it could take time for an ambulance to navigate the country roads in Fentress County, Tennessee.

She got dressed and made the ...Read more

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Mental health services wane as insurers appear to skirt parity rules during pandemic

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Therapists and other behavioral health care providers cut hours, reduced staffs and turned away patients during the pandemic as more Americans experienced depression symptoms and drug overdoses, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

The report on patient access to behavioral health care during the COVID-19 crisis ...Read more

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California Native Americans won health care settlement. Federal government hasn't delivered

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FRESNO, Calif. — The court rulings brought hope. Finally, California's Native American population — the nation's largest — would receive its rightful share of federal health care funding.

Triumphant, leaders in the California Native community journeyed to Washington to negotiate the process of opening the funding pipeline.

That was more ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Lifestyle changes to manage menopause symptoms

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The average healthy woman begins menopause at 51, though some women will begin in their 40s or in their late 50s. It's a natural biological process that marks the time a woman ends her menstrual cycle.

Mood swings, hot flashes and difficulty sleeping are common symptoms that can be effectively managed with hormone therapy. Lifestyle changes can...Read more