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Supreme Court puts off an election-year decision on Obamacare

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court refused Tuesday to take up another challenge to the Affordable Care Act, leaving the health care law known as Obamacare intact but still under legal challenge.

Instead, without comment or dissent, the justices turned away appeals from the California attorney general and House Democrats who sought a speedy ruling ...Read more

Better sleep in 6 steps

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You're not doomed to toss and turn every night. Consider simple tips for better sleep, from setting a sleep schedule to including physical activity in your daily routine.

Think about all the factors that can interfere with a good night's sleep -- from work stress and family responsibilities to unexpected challenges, such as illnesses. It's no ...Read more

Study finds single-payer health care plan would save money

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- As Democratic candidates propose a spectrum of health care options on the debate stage, the Medicare for all plan floated by progressive candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders offers a utopian vision of health care in America: universal coverage with no premiums or co-pays. But what about the costs?

According to a ...Read more

Here's where the nation's most sedentary residents live

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Colorado, Utah and the nation's capital have the fewest inactive residents while almost a third of people in the South are living a sedentary lifestyle, according to a study focused on the health benefits of exercise.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found more than 15% of adults in every state reported a shortage of physical ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Minute: Boost optimism

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An increasing body of research suggests that optimistic people are healthier and happier than those who are pessimistic. But even if you are a negative thinker, you can teach yourself to make happiness a habit. Dr. Richa Sood, a Mayo Clinic general internist, has tips on how you can become more optimistic.

Optimism is good for your health. But ...Read more

Lyme disease is caused by Bacteria

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Lyme disease is caused by four main species of bacteria. Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia mayonii cause Lyme disease in the United States, while Borrelia afzelii and Borrelia garinii are the leading causes in Europe and Asia. The most common tick-borne illness in these regions, Lyme disease is transmitted by the bite of an infected black-legged...Read more

Healthy Men: Benefits of male hormone replacement therapy

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Dear Healthy Men: A recent news release suggested that men with low testosterone levels may have improvement in sexual function and quality of life. How can I determine whether I can benefit and what questions should I ask my doctor?

A: Before we get into the details of the newly reported benefits of testosterone therapy -- including the scope ...Read more

Average normal body temperature isn't 98.6 anymore, and it's getting lower, research shows

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For centuries, 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit was said to be the average, normal body temperature. It's not.

More recently, researchers have known normal body temperature is actually lower than 98.6 and can vary by gender, size, age, time of day and other factors. But now there's also new evidence that shows we've been cooling off since the 19th ...Read more

UnitedHealth shares rise after 4Q profit beat expectations

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UnitedHealth Group's fourth-quarter profit beat expectations, led by its Optum health services that saw sizable growth from its business running clinics and outpatient medical centers.

UnitedHealth saw a profit of $3.54 billion during fourth the quarter, up more than 16% from the year-ago period. After adjusting for one-time factors, income of ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: For some people, fear and concern over symptoms can get out of control

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What is the difference between occasionally worrying that something is wrong with me and somatic symptom disorder? How can I stop worrying that I'm not as healthy as my doctor says?

ANSWER: A little worry over your health is normal. But for some people, fear and concern over symptoms can get out of control. These people can ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Dietary supplements useful in some situations, but also can be harmful

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Dear Mayo Clinic: Why does my doctor want to know what supplements I'm taking, even if I don't have any health problems and don't take more than the recommended amounts?

A: It's important to tell your health care provider about any dietary supplements you take. Although you don't need a prescription for most supplements, that doesn't mean they ...Read more

Candidates tear into one another over 'Medicare for All'

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WASHINGTON -- When the Democratic presidential debate turned to health care Tuesday, the candidates engaged in a now-familiar clash. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders unapologetically pushed their case for government-run "Medicare for All" as Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg warned that they were not being up front with voters about...Read more

Fact check: Team Trump says administration's action on health care 'is working.' Is it?

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With the 2020 election months away, President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is touting his health care record as a key reason voters should grant him another term.

Those talking points were distilled in a Dec. 31 social media post from Team Trump, the campaign's official Twitter account, and again in a post on Monday from the president's ...Read more

Drinking deaths double in 2 decades with faster rate for women

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WASHINGTON -- Deaths from boozing and bingeing more than doubled in the past two decades, as alcohol consumption per person rose 8%, with sharp increases in the rate for women and the middle-aged.

Men were three-quarters of the total but fatalities for women rose at a faster rate: 85% versus 39% for males, according to 1999-2017 research by the...Read more

High-deductible plans jeopardize financial health of patients and rural hospitals

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Kristie Flowers had been sick with the flu for four or five days in July before the 52-year-old registered nurse from Genoa, Colo., acknowledged she needed to go to the ER.

At Lincoln Community Hospital, about 10 miles from her home on the Eastern Plains of Colorado, doctors quickly diagnosed her with pneumonia and sepsis. Her right lung had ...Read more

Up to a third of opioid overdose deaths might be suicides, Johns Hopkins researcher concludes

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Tens of thousands of people fatally overdose each year on opioids and other drugs. Sometimes medical examiners label them accidents, and sometimes they don't know what to call them.

But where humans waver, a computer program using a kind of artificial intelligence finds many are likely suicides -- possibly a third of them, according to a study ...Read more

Study suggests drinking tea may make you live longer

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Coffee is the go-to morning beverage for many people. But if you swapped out your morning joe for a cup of tea, it may lead to a healthier, longer life.

That's according to a recent Chinese study.

Chinese researchers found that drinking tea over a long period of time -- especially green tea -- had associated health benefits. The benefits were ...Read more

Why it's not too late to get a flu shot

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We're in the throes of the flu season, but with months left, doctors are emphasizing it's not too late to get your flu shot.

The flu vaccine remains the best form of defense against the flu, according to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta System Medical Director of Infectious Diseases Dr. Andi Shane and other doctors and experts here and across ...Read more

Lyme disease is caused by Bacteria

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Lyme disease is caused by four main species of bacteria. Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia mayonii cause Lyme disease in the United States, while Borrelia afzelii and Borrelia garinii are the leading causes in Europe and Asia. The most common tick-borne illness in these regions, Lyme disease is transmitted by the bite of an infected black-legged...Read more

Appeals court hears arguments over health care cost-sharing subsidies

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WASHINGTON -- A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit heard arguments Thursday over whether the government owes health insurance plans money through subsidies mandated under the 2010 health care law, which created so-called cost-sharing subsidies for insurers to reduce low-income consumers' out-of-pocket costs.

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