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Sugar and soda banned at this health-tech startup

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At San Diego's Health IQ, selling life insurance to healthy people comes with the added perk -- or punishment, depending on your outlook -- of practicing what you preach.

The firm, which has applied data science to craft life insurance plans that reward fitness freaks and diet do-gooders, also encourages its 140 employees to stay active and ...Read more

Obamacare shopping is trickier than ever. Here's a cheat sheet.

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Health care is complicated. Shopping for an individual health plan just got even more so, with President Donald Trump's decision to block $7 billion in Affordable Care Act subsidies.

Known as cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs), these federal funds had helped insurers offset the costs of the discounts they are required to offer to some lower...Read more

Study asks neurosurgeons: How old is too old to perform brain surgery?

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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- People sometimes joke that easy tasks are "not brain surgery." But what happens when it actually is brain surgery? How old is too old to be a neurosurgeon? In a new Mayo Clinic Proceedings study, most neurosurgeons disagreed with an absolute age cutoff, but half favored additional testing for neurosurgeons 65 and older.

Some...Read more

Infectious diseases A-Z: World antibiotic awareness week

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Antibiotic resistance is the focus of health leaders who have declared Nov. 13-19 World Antibiotic Awareness Week. Dr. Rizwan Sohail, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist says the World Health Organization estimates that, each year, approximately 700,000 people around the globe die of bacterial infections that are resistant to ...Read more

Senate GOP will add Obamacare mandate repeal to tax plan

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans will add a partial Obamacare repeal to their tax plan, using the revenues gained to further lower tax rates for the middle class.

Republicans announced the decision Tuesday after their policy lunch, saying they had widespread support among the Senate GOP for the proposal. A revised bill, which would do away with...Read more

Brokers are reluctant players in challenging health care coverage enrollment season

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Lee Nathans, like insurance brokers in many states, expects to be crazy busy for the next several weeks, fielding calls from "people who are not going to be happy."

Open enrollment for Affordable Care Act coverage started Nov. 1, and the approximately 10 million people who buy their own health insurance are only now getting a look at what's ...Read more

Marketing Obamacare with less help from the feds

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WASHINGTON -- In Florida, the state's main nonprofit health organization is sending out flyers, running radio spots, and even calling people individually to remind them to sign up for health insurance. In Texas, volunteers are fanning out across the state. And in Utah, with the highest per capita number of children enrolled in Obamacare in the ...Read more

From Asia, Trump presses tax writers on individual mandate

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Monday again pressed House and Senate Republican lawmakers to use tax overhaul legislation to end the 2010 health care law's individual insurance mandate, something neither chamber's plan includes.

Tweeting just before midnight in Manila, Philippines, Trump laid down a marker for House and Senate ...Read more

Why health officials are concerned about the Madagascar plague outbreak

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A large outbreak of plague, including the rare form known as pneumonic plague, has health officials in Madagascar working to prevent the bacterial infection from spreading to neighboring countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) says there have been more than 1,800 confirmed, probable or suspected cases of plague since Aug. 1, including 127...Read more

Even one drink a day can increase risk of cancer, study finds

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Do you enjoy the occasional cocktail? Beware, because even moderate consumption of alcohol can increase your risk of cancer, according to a new report.

Researchers from the American Society of Clinical Oncology recently conducted an experiment, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, to determine the link between drinking and the disease...Read more

Customers defy Trump attacks to buy Obamacare, and vote for it

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress have repeatedly said Obamacare is failing, or even dead. Yet there are signs across the country that support for the Affordable Car Act's programs is stronger than opponents have portrayed.

This past week in Virginia, where Democrats won a competitive race for governor, two...Read more

Home remedies: Problems with pink eye

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Pink eye (conjunctivitis) is an inflammation or infection of the transparent membrane (conjunctiva) that lines your eyelid and covers the white part of your eyeball. When small blood vessels in the conjunctiva become inflamed, they're more visible. This is what causes the whites of your eyes to appear reddish or pink.

Pink eye is commonly ...Read more

Breathing fire: Health is a casualty of climate-fueled blazes

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- As the deadliest fires in California history swept through leafy neighborhoods here, Kathleen Sarmento fled her home in the dark, drove to an evacuation center and began setting up a medical triage unit. Patients with burns and other severe injuries were dispatched to hospitals. She set about treating many people whose ...Read more

'Sun and Aloha saved me': How Seattleites cope as our fall and winter days get darker

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SEATTLE, Wash. -- John Walker, formerly of Kentucky, made it through his first Seattle winter last year just fine, but recently he started feeling blue.

Suspecting a lack of brightness was the problem, he began taking vitamin D supplements and hung a small string of white Christmas lights in his bedroom, "so it would seem like the sun is rising...Read more

Tips for flying with special needs

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1. Let reservation agents, gate agents and flight attendants know that you or someone you are traveling with has special needs.

2. Book early to get the seats you want. Seats in the front of the aircraft are quieter and you can exit sooner.

3. When booking, consider putting the child with special needs in the center seat if traveling with two ...Read more

What is Hashimoto's disease?

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Your thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ on the front of your neck. Its main function is to produce a thyroid hormone that regulates your metabolism. Hypothyroidism occurs when a person's thyroid function decreases. Hashimoto thyroditis, also known as Hashimoto's disease, is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the U.S.

"Hashimoto's...Read more

Obamacare sign-ups surge despite Trump

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WASHINGTON -- Large numbers of Americans signed up for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act in the first days of this year's open enrollment period, according to new federal figures that show Americans flocking to insurance despite the Trump administration's ongoing attacks on the health care law.

In the first four days of the 2018 ...Read more

In the loop: Mayo physician dispels popular coffee misconceptions

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Is coffee good or bad for us? How much is too much? Can it stunt growth? Donald Hensrud, M.D., director of Mayo Clinic's Healthy Living Program, provides answers to these much-debated questions.

The greatest of all holidays -- International Coffee Day -- was celebrated by all (we assume) on Sept. 29. If you're like us, though, you don't need a ...Read more

Fish oil supplements and dry eyes

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Dear Mayo Clinic: Is it true that fish oil or an omega-3 supplement can help people with dry eyes? If I decide to take them, do omega-3 supplements have any side effects I should worry about?

A: Research suggests that taking an omega-3 fatty acid supplement can reduce symptoms of dry eyes. Omega-3 supplements are safe for most healthy adults ...Read more

Health care, for years a political winner for GOP, now powers Democratic wins

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WASHINGTON -- The polarizing issue of health care, which has dragged down Democrats since passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, emerged from Tuesday's state elections as a potentially formidable new force in the party's efforts to regain power in next year's congressional elections.

In Maine, voters resoundingly backed a ballot measure to...Read more


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