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Fact check: Do 50 million people really lose health coverage each year because of their jobs?

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The moderators kicked off the third Democratic debate Thursday with the topic of health care, teeing up another round of the ongoing "Medicare for All" debate.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders caught our attention by claiming that 50 million people lose their private insurance every year due to employment changes.

"George, you talked about, was it ...Read more

Climate change is hurting Philadelphians' health, and the worst is yet to come

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The day they found Lee Odgers, it was so hot that the wax candles inside her Northeast Philadelphia apartment had started to melt.

The 87-year-old woman had been dead for hours, too long for investigators to get an accurate reading of her body temperature at the time of her death. They could not list hyperthermia -- an abnormally high ...Read more

Study: Untreated high blood pressure could lead to poor brain health

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High blood pressure can lead to diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses. It can also cause cognitive decline, according to a new report.

Researchers from Columbia University recently conducted an observational study, presented at a recent American Heart Association session, to explore the association between brain health and hypertension.

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Teen suicide: What parents and caregivers need to know

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Is your teen at risk of suicide? While no teen is immune, there are factors that can make some adolescents more vulnerable than others. Understand how to tell if your teen might be suicidal and where to turn for help and treatment.

What makes teens vulnerable to suicide?

Many teens who attempt or die by suicide have a mental health condition. ...Read more

Poverty level drops, but the uninsured rate takes a turn for worse, census figures show

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WASHINGTON -- The nation's poverty rate dropped further last year, but household income stalled, and the share of people without health insurance went up for the first time since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2013, according to federal government data released Tuesday.

The Census Bureau found that the percent of U.S. residents who went...Read more

Infectious diseases A-Z: Who is at risk of histoplasmosis infection?

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Histoplasmosis is an infection caused by a fungus or mold that often affects the lungs. In the U.S., it is most common in the Ohio and Mississippi river valley areas.

"This is a fungus that lives in the environment and is found in higher concentrations in areas where you have a lot of bird or bat droppings mixed into soil," says Dr. Nipunie ...Read more

The music therapy that helped Gabby Giffords speak again is getting dementia patients moving

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Many of us know of music therapy as a way to soothe the troubled and stressed or to activate memories of favorite songs embedded deeply in the minds of people with dementia.

For her exercise classes in the nursing home at Paul's Run, a retirement community in Northeast Philadelphia, music therapist Molly Bybee taps the emotional power of music....Read more

This type of diet may help you avoid heart attacks, study says

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If you want to lower your risk of developing heart disease, you should consider ditching meat, according to a new report.

Researchers from the University of Oxford in England recently conducted a study, published in the British Medical Journal, to determine the association between vegetarianism and coronary heart disease.

To do so, they ...Read more

Analysis: How your beloved hospital helps to drive up health care costs

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As voters fume about the high cost of health care, politicians have been targeting two well-deserved villains: pharmaceutical companies, whose prices have risen more than inflation, and insurers, who pay their executives millions in salaries while raising premiums and deductibles.

Although the Democratic presidential candidates have devoted ...Read more

Federal prosecutors charge California home health care firm with Medicare kickbacks scheme

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Federal prosecutors charged the Bay Area's largest home health care provider Thursday with paying doctors millions of dollars in kickbacks in a scheme to defraud the Medicare system.

Amity Home Health Care funneled $8 million in bribes -- in Warriors tickets, Louis Vuitton bags, and "literal envelopes of cash" -- to health care...Read more

Trump promises 'phenomenal' health plan. What might that mean?

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While many Capitol Hill Republicans want to avoid a repeat of the Affordable Care Act repeal debate, President Donald Trump keeps promising a health plan that will be "phenomenal" and make the GOP "the party of health care."

Last month, Medicare chief Seema Verma said, "We're actively engaged in conversations" on what to do. Earlier in August, ...Read more

How to get bargain dentistry and a vacation to boot

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"Do you want numbing gel?" the dental technician asked me as she prepared to plunge into my mouth.

In the entire history of dentistry, from caveman days to now, who has ever said no to more painkiller? Smear that gel around like spackle! She did. And then ground and scraped. And scraped and ground, for a full hour and a half.

Ninety minutes ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Pain after knee replacement surgery

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Dear Mayo Clinic: It has been months since I had knee replacement surgery, but my knee is still hurting. Can anything be done at this point, or does the surgery just not eliminate pain in some patients?

A: Although it's uncommon, a small percentage of patients continue to have chronic knee pain after knee replacement surgery. But when that ...Read more

THC may be to blame in Minnesota's severe respiratory illnesses linked to vaping

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MINNEAPOLIS -- State and federal health investigators are focusing on illicit THC compounds as they search for the cause of a rash of vaping-related respiratory illnesses that struck teens and young adults this summer.

Health officials have interviewed eight of 15 patients in Minnesota who have been hospitalized for severe respiratory illnesses...Read more

Diabetes stress high among college students, study finds

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Nathan Reilly has had Type 1 diabetes since he was a baby. And until last week, the 19-year-old always had his mother to help remind him of the litany of tasks people with diabetes must do.

Check blood sugar. Adjust insulin pump. Watch what you eat. Be careful how much you run around.

Now a freshman at Pennsylvania State University, where he ...Read more

Hard-drinking young adults suffer surge in deadly liver disease

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A little over a year ago, Eric Dunham had the operation that saved his life: a double transplant to give him a new liver and a new kidney. Chronic, heavy drinking had destroyed his own organs. It also led to a condition called hepatic encephalopathy that made him feel like he was losing his mind, as well as weakened blood vessels that caused ...Read more

No cure yet, but progress made in managing and detecting Alzheimer's

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Alzheimer's disease isn't something you must either passively accept or dread, a panel of doctors and scientific experts told an audience of more than 500.

There are new reasons to think Alzheimer's can eventually be cured or prevented, perhaps with drugs already on the market, according to the panel.

People can also strengthen their cognitive...Read more

Kidney transplants could be more plentiful — and safe — if US eased age limits, study finds

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Peter Reese couldn't believe what he just heard.

The associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania was in France for a yearlong sabbatical when someone mentioned an 83-year-old kidney donor.

"I really wondered whether or not I misheard them," he said, adding he was still ...Read more

Worried? Anxious? Losing sleep? It's hard not to be stressed in 2019

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Are you feeling stressed?

Do your days bring more OMGs than LOLs?

Do you lose sleep over finances, violence, politics or the country and planet's future?

If you have a kid(s), do the demands of parenting cause anxiety?

If you are a kid, do the pressures of adolescence prompt the same?

Small comfort, perhaps, but you are hardly alone: Local,...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Worrying about your health — what's normal, what's too much

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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?

A: 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 become ...Read more