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At KCON L.A., frank talk about mental health amid the ear-splitting meet-and-greets

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LOS ANGELES -- As a teen member of the band U-KISS, Kevin Woo felt the hot glare of the K-pop limelight. His time in the band showed the California-born singer what life in the particular pressure cooker of South Korean fame meant, and how the expectations can be debilitating.

"In training, (the record labels) take a lot of privacy from you," ...Read more

Health law's 'Cadillac tax' may finally be running out of gas

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The politics of health care are changing. And one of the most controversial parts of the Affordable Care Act -- the so-called Cadillac tax -- may be about to change with it.

The Cadillac tax is a 40% tax on the most generous employer-provided health insurance plans -- those that cost more than $11,200 for an individual policy or $30,150 for ...Read more

She uses tarot cards to discuss mental health, and at least 89,000 people are paying attention

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PHILADELPHIA -- When Jessica Dore decided to pursue a career as a therapist she worried about how those in the field might perceive her other, less-than-orthodox pursuit.

"I had all kinds of fears about coming out as a tarot card reader," she said. "What would people think and say, particularly in the mental health community?"

Dore came out ...Read more

Mayo Clinic minute: Intermittent fasting facts

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Intermittent fasting is cutting yourself off from any food or beverages, other than water, for a certain amount of time. Some fasting is for religious reasons, while others fast for weight loss. But is it a healthy way to lose weight?

"We're hearing a lot more about intermittent fasting, and it essentially means the voluntary abstinence of food...Read more

Large employers question 'Medicare for all' plans, survey shows

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WASHINGTON -- Most large employers say a "Medicare for all" system would lower the number of uninsured people in the United States, but they are concerned it could increase health care costs and taxes while stifling innovation and quality, a new survey shows.

The concerns come as health industry groups seek to block momentum for plans from ...Read more

Fast food: Tips for choosing healthier options

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Does following a weight-loss or healthy diet mean you must swear off fast food? Not necessarily.

An occasional stop for fast food can fit into a healthy diet -- if you're careful about what you order. Consider the following tips.

Keep portion sizes small. If the fast-food restaurant offers several sandwich sizes, pick the smallest. Bypass ...Read more

Feeling the jitters in an anxious age

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SAN DIEGO -- Leading her congregation in prayer last Sunday, the Rev. Paige Blair-Hubert realized that her mind had wandered from the sacred to the shooters.

"I'm thinking 'If something goes down, how do I get the acolytes out of there? The kids? Everyone else?'" said Blair-Hubert, the rector at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Del Mar.

"I ...Read more

Tailbone pain often goes away without medical treatment

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Dear Mayo Clinic: My tailbone has been hurting for the past few weeks. I have read that it takes a while to heal, but is there anything I can do in the meantime to lessen the pain? At what point would it be necessary to see my doctor?

A: Although tailbone pain can be uncomfortable, in most cases it will go away on its own within a few months. ...Read more

Where tourism brings pricey health care, locals fight back

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Colorado's ski resort areas in Summit County have a high cost of living, among the highest in the country. The people who visit these places -- Keystone, Breckenridge and Copper Mountain -- can afford it.

Many of those who live and work there can't, especially when they get sick.

In addition to expensive rent, they pay some of the steepest ...Read more

Vaccines, routines and screens: Tips for a healthy school year from a physician mom

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It's back-to-school time, the time of year that often has parents rushing to buy school supplies, new clothes and healthy snacks to stock the pantry. It also tends to bring stress around homework, earlier bedtimes and an influx of colds and coughs. Dr. Tina Ardon, a family medicine physician and mom of three, provides some back-to-school tips to...Read more

Study: A 35-inch waist increases risk of heart disease, cancer for women

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Your weight can certainly affect your health, but so can your body size, according to a new report.

Researchers from the University of Iowa, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and other health institutions across the United States recently conducted a study to determine the association between waist circumference and overall health.

To do so...Read more

Senate bill aims to protect taxpayers from costly drugs

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WASHINGTON -- Congress this year could enact the biggest overhaul of Medicare's prescription drug benefit since it was first established in 2003. If successful, seniors -- and taxpayers -- would be more insulated against the cost of the most expensive drugs.

One proposed change is meant to help Medicare control the costs it absorbs so that the ...Read more

Eating poultry instead of red meat may lower breast cancer risk

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Good news for women who can't quite bring themselves to go vegetarian, but don't mind giving up burgers and steaks: A new study finds red meat may increase breast cancer risk, while substituting poultry may lower it.

The study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, looked for links between meat consumption patterns and the incidence...Read more

Mayo Clinic minute: Children should have MMR vaccine for first day of school

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As families around the country get ready to send their children off to school -- and some for the first time -- it's important to ensure their vaccinations are up to date. Dr. Robert Jacobson, a Mayo Clinic pediatrician, explains why the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is so important to the health of children and those around them. ...Read more

Trump Plans Major Health Care Speech in September, Conway Says

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump plans to introduce an "elaborate" plan to overhaul the nation's health care system in a major September speech, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Wednesday.

The plan is expected to include proposals to reduce drug prices -- including a long-promised order requiring Medicare to create an "...Read more

Mayo Clinic minute: Do heart supplements work?

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Which dietary supplements should you take to improve heart health? The answer may be none. Research published in Annals of Internal Medicine shows that many supplements do not reduce your risk of heart disease. Dr. M. Hassan Murad, a Mayo Clinic preventive medicine specialist, is a co-author of the study.

"There's really no supplement that can ...Read more

Infectious diseases A-Z: Measles cases in 30 states

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Measles infections are now confirmed in 30 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "We have more measles cases than we have had in the last 30 years," says Dr. Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group.

"This is an explosive outbreak."

"This is a reflection of people not being ...Read more

Democratic 2020 candidates inch away from Medicare for all

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WASHINGTON -- In April, many of the top Democratic presidential candidates eagerly lined up to co-sponsor Bernie Sanders' Medicare for all bill -- a vast restructuring of the U.S. health care system that would go far beyond Obamacare.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand, along with Reps. Tim Ryan and Tulsi ...Read more

White House considering September roll-out of health plan

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NEW YORK -- The Trump administration is considering releasing a health care plan next month to counter the push by some 2020 Democratic candidates for a "Medicare for All" program, Dow Jones reports, citing people familiar with the discussions that it didn't identify.

The plan could include a guarantee to maintain coverage for people with ...Read more

Kamala Harris wants to undo Democrats' favorite part of the GOP tax law

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris says she would fund her health care plan by rolling back one of the few changes in President Donald Trump's tax law that Democrats actually wanted.

The California senator wants to fund her version of "Medicare-for-all," which she says would allow Americans to buy into a public-run ...Read more

 

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