Once considered eliminated, measles is again on the rise with more cases this year already than in all of 2018.
Several incidents of measles in the Bay Area, including the recent case of a San Mateo resident at Google headquarters, have many wondering if they are at risk of getting infected. Here are some frequent questions about the highly ...Read more
After years of advocacy by injured patients, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered the makers of mesh devices for the repair of pelvic organ prolapse, or POP, to remove the products from the U.S. market, including mesh sold by Coloplast A/S and Boston Scientific Corp.
Women who were scheduled to have mesh implanted to treat pelvic ...Read more
The leader of UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest health insurer and Minnesota's largest company, said Tuesday that expanding the federal government's Medicare insurance to all Americans would destabilize the nation's health care system.
UnitedHealth favors universal coverage through the expansion of current private and public programs, ...Read more
It's Saturday morning and the women of the Contreras family are busy in Montclair, Calif., making pupusas, tamales and tacos. They're working to replace the income of Jose Contreras, who has been held since last June at Southern California's Adelanto ICE Processing Center, a privately run immigration detention center.
Jose's daughter, Giselle, ...Read more
E'Lonye Harris was 17 when three bullets tore through his body last November. He woke up from a coma with staples holding his belly closed and tubes sticking out of his collapsed lung.
Though he recovered enough to go home, the walk to Ombudsman Chicago South High School, around the corner from the shooting, proved too much. He dropped out a ...Read more
Back pain during pregnancy isn't surprising, but it still deserves attention. You're gaining weight, your center of gravity changes, and your hormones are relaxing the ligaments in the joints of your pelvis. Often, however, you can prevent or ease back pain during pregnancy. Consider seven ways to give pregnancy back pain the boot.
1. Practice ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Democratic-run House plans to vote on ways to lower prescription drug prices and force insurers to provide stronger protection for people with preexisting conditions, marking the next big step in a strategy to make health care part of its 2020 election fight.
Democrats wrapped up their first 100 days in charge of the House ...Read more
For decades, scientists have studied twins and triplets to measure how human characteristics are influenced by heredity and to what degree they can be altered by the surrounding environment.
But never have they tested an environment so unusual as the one described in a new study published Thursday: 340 days aboard the International Space ...Read more
Last October, Esteban Serrano wrenched his knee badly during his weekly soccer game with friends.
Serrano, a software engineer, grew up playing soccer in Quito, Ecuador, and he has kept up his sport since moving to the United States two decades ago.
He hobbled off the field and iced the knee. But the pain was so severe, he made an appointment ...Read more
There are many causes of bad breath, also called halitosis. Your mouth may be the source. The breakdown of food particles and other debris by bacteria in and around your teeth can cause a foul odor. If your mouth becomes dry, such as during sleep or after smoking, dead cells can accumulate and decompose on your tongue, gums and cheeks, causing ...Read more
Tamara King was 28 weeks pregnant when a blinding headache took hold. By the time she got to the hospital, her blood pressure was high enough to set off the monitor's alarm.
"It was like, ding-ding-ding! This person might die!" King said.
After three weeks' hospitalization in Columbia, S.C., King had an emergency C-section when the baby's ...Read more
She had a 5 percent to 13 percent chance of living past age 5, but she didn't know that. Rose Marie Bentley lived longer than most, making it to age 99.
Why such low odds for the beginning of her life? Bentley was born with a condition called situs inversus with levocardia, an abnormality where her liver and other abdominal organs were on the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- House Democrats opened a probe Tuesday into the Trump administration's decision not to defend the 2010 health care law in a high-profile legal challenge, as Attorney General William Barr urged lawmakers to allow the case to move through the courts.
The chairmen of five House panels sent letters to the White House, the Department ...Read more
Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that spreads through coughing or sneezing.
"It's one of the most contagious infectious diseases," says Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious diseases specialist. "Measles infection is spread through the airborne route, which means you have to inhale the infectious virus. And ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Democratic congressional campaigns have already made health care an early focus of their 2020 messaging, and House Democrats bolstered that effort Wednesday with a symbolic vote that sought to once again put Republicans on record on the issue.
Eight Republicans sided with Democrats on the non-binding resolution, which passed the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- There used to be a lot of health insurance horror stories like Charley Butler's.
After the Montana truck driver was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2016, his insurer balked at paying tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills and then moved to cancel his coverage over a preexisting medical condition.
These practices were ...Read more
Older adults and their families often wonder: Where's the best place to recover after a hip or knee replacement -- at home or in a rehabilitation facility?
Increasingly, the answer appears to be home if the procedure is elective, friends and family are available to help and someone doesn't have serious conditions that could lead to ...Read more
SOLANA BEACH, Calif. -- Whether he's snatching a heavily-loaded weight bar off the ground or pushing it overhead in the classic clean-and-jerk stance, Robert Strange is a living example of the revolution underway in heart valve-replacement surgery.
In May, the 82-year-old Solana Beach resident entered a clinical trial for a minimally-invasive ...Read more
Dear Mayo Clinic: I had a fainting spell the other day, which had never happened to me before in my 64 years. I don't feel unwell, but a friend I was with at the time insists I should see my doctor. Is that necessary? What would they be looking for?
A: Yes, make an appointment to see your health care provider. Fainting, or passing out -- a ...Read more
DECATUR, Ga. -- In 2008, LaTasha Lewis was a nurse educator in the DeKalb Medical Center's emergency department and intensive care unit. As such, it was her responsibility to oversee, among other things, the rapid response to patients in distress.
You don't have to visit a hospital emergency room to know how important it is to get the care you ...Read more
- UnitedHealth Group CEO warns against Democrats' push for single-payer health coverage
- Watchdogs cite lax medical and mental health treatment of ICE detainees
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- FDA orders pelvic mesh devices off the market
- Measles: What you need to know about vaccines, outbreaks and staying safe
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