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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Is daily drinking problem drinking?

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Dear Mayo Clinic: Is it possible to become an alcoholic just by having one or two drinks nightly? I have a glass or two of wine with dinner but never drink to the point of feeling drunk. Should I be concerned?

A: Occasional beer or wine with dinner, or a drink in the evening, is not a health problem for most people. When drinking becomes a ...Read more

Mayo Clinic minute: Play hockey safely

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From peewees to the pros as well as the 2018 Winter Olympics, this is the heart of hockey season. Although some may consider it a risky sport for injuries, Dr. Michael Stuart, a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon, says smart play and top-notch training can lower the odds of getting hurt.

Stuart knows hockey and its athletes' health better than most...Read more

Health care billing process is costly and inefficient, study concludes

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Health care in the United States is really expensive, and one of the reasons is that managing health care bills is really, really expensive.

Just how expensive? At one large academic medical center, the cost of collecting payments for a single primary care doctor is upward of $99,000 a year.

And billing for primary care visits is a bargain ...Read more

Trump administration takes new steps to loosen health insurance rules

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration took new steps Tuesday to loosen health insurance rules, moving to allow the sale of more short-term health plans that do not need to offer consumers a full range of health protections.

The proposed regulations – which represent the latest in a series of administrative attacks on the Affordable Care Act ...Read more

Home remedies: Lifestyle affects your heart health

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Heart disease can be improved -- or even prevented -- by making certain lifestyle changes. The following changes can help anyone who wants to improve heart health:

Stop smoking. Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease, especially atherosclerosis. Quitting is the best way to reduce your risk of heart disease and its complications.

...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Understanding chronic kidney disease

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Dear Mayo Clinic: Are there typically early symptoms of chronic kidney disease? I was diagnosed with it last month but don't have any symptoms. What causes this disease? Can it be genetic?

A: In its early stages, chronic kidney disease rarely causes noticeable symptoms. Although genetics may play a role in its development, chronic kidney ...Read more

Data wave hits health care

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Technology used by Facebook, Google and Amazon to turn spoken language into text, recognize faces and target advertising could help doctors fight one of the deadliest infections in American hospitals.

Clostridium difficile, a bacterium spread by physical contact with objects or infected people, thrives in hospitals, causing 453,000 cases a year...Read more

Idaho Blue Cross jumps into controversial market for plans that bypass ACA rules

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That didn't take long.

It's barely been two weeks since Idaho regulators said they would allow the sale of health insurance that does not meet all of the Affordable Care Act's requirements -- a controversial step some experts said would likely draw legal scrutiny and, potentially, federal fines for any insurer that jumped in.

On Wednesday, ...Read more

US health care tab to keep rising, led by higher costs for drugs and services, government report says

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WASHINGTON -- Driven by rising prices for drugs and medical services, the nation's health care tab will continue to outpace economic growth over the next decade, according to a new government report.

And by 2026, health care spending will account for almost one-fifth of the U.S. economy, an all-time record.

The new report, which was prepared ...Read more

Maryland offers many insured men free vasectomy coverage

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It was a well-intentioned effort to provide men with some of the same financial protection from birth control costs that women get. But a new Maryland law may jeopardize the ability of thousands of consumers -- both men and women -- to use health savings accounts.

The law, which took effect Jan. 1, mandates that insurers cover vasectomies ...Read more

LGBTQ health care: How to get what you need as concerns rise over new division at HHS

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Health care can be challenging for anyone these days, but getting the right services is especially daunting for the LGBTQ community, which has faced decades of discrimination and misunderstanding.

The creation last month of a Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is raising concerns among ...Read more

Judge allows UnitedHealth Medicare fraud case to proceed

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A whistleblower case alleging that Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group defrauded the federal Medicare program can move forward, a federal judge ruled Monday, although the decision narrowed the set of claims that the government might pursue.

The ruling came in a case brought by a former UnitedHealth Group employee in Minnesota ...Read more

White House doubles down on its goal of Obamacare repeal in new budget proposal

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WASHINGTON -- Even as prospects for a new Republican push to roll back the Affordable Care Act remain dim, the White House is doubling down on the repeal effort, calling for massive cuts to health care assistance in its 2019 budget.

The budget blueprint -- which lays out a host of Trump administration health care proposals --outlines nearly $1....Read more

Runner's science: Research predicts, prevents injuries in athletes

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For the past 11 years, a team of physicians and researchers at Mayo Clinic has been collecting data from athletes in an attempt to predict and prevent running injuries.

Runner's Science, as the research study is known, studies the effects of distance running on the human body. The project was launched in 2008 alongside the inaugural 26.2 with ...Read more

Michael Hiltzik: California confronts the complexities of creating a single-payer health care system

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California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon may have expected to torpedo the idea of a statewide single-payer health care system for the long term last June, when he blocked a Senate bill on the issue from even receiving a hearing in his house.

He was wrong, of course. His shelving of the Senate bill created a political uproar (including the ...Read more

Changing the way we look at dementia 

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In November, six people with Alzheimer's disease and related types of cognitive impairment stood before an audience of 100 in North Haven, Conn.

One by one, they talked about what it was like to live with dementia in deeply personal terms.

Before the presentation, audience members were asked to write down five words they associated with ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Pain near artificial hip should be evaluated without delay

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Dear Mayo Clinic: Six years ago, at age 67, I had my right hip replaced. I'd been feeling fine until about eight weeks ago, when it started to hurt toward the front of my hip when I lift my right leg. The pain is quite significant -- to the point where it hurts every time I get in my car or attempt to put on socks. What could be causing this to ...Read more

Update your child's immunizations

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Updated immunization schedules were released on recently, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"The biggest change this year is the recognition that all babies should get the first dose of the hepatitis B vaccine within 24 hours of life," says Dr. Robert Jacobson, a Mayo Clinic pediatrician. "There's no logic or science to ...Read more

Despite Trump's attacks, Obamacare sign-ups for 2018 hold steady

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WASHINGTON -- Almost 12 million Americans signed up for 2018 health coverage through marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act, according to a new tally that indicates nationwide enrollment remained virtually unchanged from last year despite President Donald Trump's persistent attacks on the 2010 health law.

The new enrollment numbers -- ...Read more

Nurse calls cops after new mom seeks help for depression. Was it the right call?

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Four months after having her second baby, Jessica Porten started feeling really irritable. Little things would annoy her, like her glider chair.

"It had started to squeak," she said. "And so when I'm sitting there rocking the baby and it's squeaking, I would just get so angry at that stupid chair."

She read online that this ...Read more


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