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Death and deals: Sick children suffer, private equity profits

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NEW YORK -- One nurse slept on the job. Another didn't show up at all. A third scalded a child so badly that her skin peeled.

Still another failed to check on a toddler who depended on a breathing tube. By the time the nurse returned, the child's hands and feet were purple.

The little girl was dead.

All of these incidents have something in ...Read more

In Hamburg, 'gesundheit' means more than a wish for good health

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HAMBURG, Germany -- Researchers around the world hail Germany for its robust health care system: universal coverage, plentiful primary care, low drug prices and minimal out-of-pocket costs for residents.

Unlike in the U.S., the prospect of a large medical bill doesn't stand in the way of anyone's treatment. "Money is a problem in (their lives),...Read more

Warren left $30 trillion short of paying for her health plan

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WASHINGTON -- Elizabeth Warren took a lot of flak at this week's Democratic presidential debate for being evasive about the taxes needed to pay for the $30 trillion Medicare for All plan she champions. There's a reason for being vague: Her team hasn't yet figured out how to pay for it.

"Her taxes as they currently exist are not enough yet to ...Read more

No more tater tots? California schools put healthier lunches to the test

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When Miguel Villarreal addresses a crowded education conference, a group of school district administrators or a room full of curious parents, he often holds aloft a foil-wrapped package of Pop-Tarts -- the heavily processed, high-sugar snack routinely sold on school campuses.

Villarreal, who oversees nutrition for the San Ramon Valley Unified ...Read more

Miami children's hospital uses music therapy to reduce sedation for kids

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It was early afternoon on the first day of October at the Holtz Children's Hospital in Miami, and Elizabeth Foley's room was quiet.

Amy Foley, Elizabeth's mom, leaned over her 2-year-old daughter's crib-like hospital bed.

"We're gonna do some music," she said. "And then you're going to be in a great mood."

The prospect of a "great mood" ...Read more

Surprise settlement in Sutter Health antitrust case

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Sutter Health has reached a preliminary settlement agreement in a closely watched antitrust case brought by self-funded employers, and later joined by the California Attorney General's Office. The agreement was announced in San Francisco Superior Court Wednesday morning, just before opening arguments were expected to begin.

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Easy ways to stay healthy on airplanes

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A colleague had been on an airplane -- and he felt a cold coming on. With watery eyes and a red nose, he asked, "Have you written about how to stay healthy on flights?"

It seems like it's time to do so again, especially because flu season is on the runway.

Getting sick after a flight is a common complaint for a few reasons. Flyers are squeezed...Read more

Healthy Men: Men and belly fat: A bad combination

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Call it what you will: beer belly, love handles, gut, spare tire, or anything else. Whatever the words, they're all referring to the same thing: belly fat, which is one of the most common types of fat for men. As you've no doubt noticed, as we gain weight, our thighs, legs, and arms usually don't change much. Instead, our fat tends to accumulate...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: What is sarcoidosis?

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Dear Mayo Clinic: I recently was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, but I don't currently have symptoms. What causes sarcoidosis? Could it go away on its own? What should I be on the lookout for as far as symptoms that may develop?

A: Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease characterized by the formation of tiny collections of inflammatory cells called...Read more

Infantile spasms can make it look as if your baby is just sleepy. After 'Hamilton' actor Miguel Cervantes' daughter died, here's what parents need to know

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When Miguel Cervantes and his wife, Kelly, first found out something was wrong with their daughter, they "started Googling around about infantile spasms, and it was just terrifying," Miguel Cervantes told People magazine.

That's likely how most parents would react when hearing the phrase "infantile spasms," since it's not a common infant ...Read more

Sanders talks about his heart attack; Biden and Warren reassure voters about their age

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, in his first major public appearance since suffering a heart attack this month, raised the issue as he tried to insert himself into a debate question about the opioid epidemic.

"I'm healthy, I'm feeling great," the Vermont independent said, leading moderator Erin Burnett to ask the 78-year-old how he would reassure the ...Read more

UnitedHealth Group shares jump more than 5% on strong earnings, guidance

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Shares of UnitedHealth Group jumped more than 5% in early trading Tuesday after the company reported third quarter results that beat expectations for profit and revenue while putting a focus on the company's expanding business running outpatient medical centers.

David Wichmann, the UnitedHealth Group chief executive, told investors during a ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Minute: What is molecular breast imaging and who needs it?

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Mammography screening for breast cancer saves lives. But another test may be better for women with dense breasts. Dr. Deborah Rhodes, an internal medicine specialist from the Breast Diagnostic Clinic at Mayo Clinic, says that data from a study being done at Mayo Clinic and other centers across the country suggest that molecular breast imaging ...Read more

GM deal with UAW on health care costs may help end strike, hurt Ford

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DETROIT -- General Motors, in its negotiations with the UAW, has cost Ford a lot of money.

Why? Ford employs the most hourly workers in the United States and as a result pays more for health care. So any costs that GM negotiates in what is seen as a master contract with the Detroit Three directly impacts Ford disproportionately, labor analysts ...Read more

UnitedHealthcare plan faces Medicare sanction

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UnitedHealthcare is facing enrollment restrictions next year in one of its Medicare Advantage health plan contracts, regulators say, because the insurer hasn't been spending a large enough share of revenue on the health care needs of enrollees.

The sanction from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) applies to just one of United'...Read more

Elizabeth Warren, 70, flaunts her fitness as Democratic candidates' health becomes a debate issue

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WASHINGTON -- As hundreds of people gathered for a recent Elizabeth Warren rally in Rock Hill, S.C., the heat built so much that one woman in the crowd passed out before the event started.

The 90-degree day did not appear to slow Warren: She bounded up the steps to the stage and gave a kinetic, full-body wave to the crowd.

Without saying a ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Eating disorders can affect people of all ages

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Dear Mayo Clinic: Is it common for someone in their 50s to develop an eating disorder?

A: Although eating disorders are most common in adolescents or young adults, they can affect people of all ages -- even into older adulthood. Eating disorders are serious conditions related to persistent eating behaviors that affect heath, emotions and ...Read more

Easy way to stay healthy on airplanes

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A colleague had been on an airplane -- and he felt a cold coming on. With watery eyes and a red nose, he asked, "Have you written about how to stay healthy on flights?"

It seems like it's time to do so again, especially because flu season is on the runway.

Getting sick after a flight is a common complaint for a few reasons. Fliers are squeezed...Read more

Taking the cops out of mental health-related 911 rescues

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DENVER -- Every day that Janet van der Laak drives between car dealerships in her sales job, she keeps size 12 shoes, some clothes and a packed lunch -- a PB&J sandwich, fruit and a granola bar -- beside her in case she sees her 27-year-old son on the streets.

" 'Jito, come home," she always tells him, using a Spanish endearment. There he can ...Read more

New study shows potential link between bad quality sleep and Alzheimer's in Hispanics

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Hispanics who have trouble sleeping may be at a higher risk of Alzheimer's disease or other dementias, according to a new study.

The study found a possible link between insomnia, prolonged sleep duration (more than nine hours of sleep) and a decline in neurocognitive functioning, which could precede Alzheimer's disease or other dementias, said ...Read more