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Unwieldy health costs often stand between teachers and fatter paychecks

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As teacher strikes flared this spring in more than half a dozen states, from West Virginia to Arizona, protesters bemoaned stagnant salaries, overcrowded classrooms and a lack of basic supplies like textbooks and computers.

But often missing from hand-scrawled placards and fiery speeches was an issue that has contributed greatly to the ...Read more

Want to control that 'hangry' feeling you sometimes get? UNC researchers explore how

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If my 3-year-old goes more than two hours without a snack, he turns into a screaming, hangry monster. And if we're being honest, so do I.

But Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, which ended Thursday, and they don't all transform into the Hulk for a month.

UNC researchers have been studying hunger and anger and have found that ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Juicing can help increase your fruit and vegetable intake

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Dear Mayo Clinic: Is juicing as healthy as some proclaim, or are some nutrients lost in the process?

A: Juicing -- extracting the juice from fresh fruits and vegetables -- can be a good way to add nutrients to your diet. If you struggle to eat the recommended five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day, juicing can help you get ...Read more

UnitedHealth Group buys into hearing aid benefits

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UnitedHealth Group is pushing further into the hearing aid business by purchasing the subsidiary of a Swiss hearing aid manufacturer that manages insurance benefits for the devices.

The Minnetonka, Minn.-based health care giant said it has directed customers for more than a decade to a company called Epic Hearing when employers want to ...Read more

Psychedelic drugs change brain cells in ways that could help fight depression, addiction and more

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Psychedelic drugs' mind-expanding properties may be rooted in their ability to prompt neurons to branch out and create new connections with other brain cells, new research has found.

This discovery may explain why psychedelic drugs appear to be a valuable treatment for a wide range of psychiatric diseases, scientists said.

In test tubes as ...Read more

Nonprofit hospitals are being less charitable. They say that shows Obamacare is working

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California's nonprofit hospitals are providing sharply less free and reduced-cost medical care than they did a few years ago, raising questions about the role and obligations of those institutions in the age of Obamacare.

About 170 nonprofit general acute hospitals provided $651 million of charity care in 2016, down from $985 million in 2011, ...Read more

Work snacks add up to nearly 1,300 calories a week, study finds

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ATLANTA -- It's no secret that cupcakes in the break room provide little nutrition. But a new report reveals that many Americans might be overindulging in snacks.

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently conducted a study, presented at a American Society for Nutrition meeting, to determine how many unhealthy ...Read more

There's no such thing as dry drowning, doctors say: 'This whole thing has totally been over-hyped'

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As kids cannonball into summer pools and swim in Lake Michigan, parents keep a watchful eye to make sure they're safe.

But physicians and water safety experts say one worry -- so-called "dry" or "secondary drowning" -- may be on the minds of parents when it shouldn't be, and shifts focus from real concerns.

"Everyone needs to calm down," said ...Read more

Democrats no longer see Obamacare as affliction

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BOISE, Idaho -- For years Democrats ran from the health care issue as though it were a heap of flaming rubble, which, politically speaking, it was.

Passage of the Affordable Care Act cost them control of Congress, gave rise to the upstart tea party movement and helped install Donald Trump in the White House.

But polls show support for the law ...Read more

Minnesota woman learned the young are not immune to colon cancer

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Like many proud parents, Pam Olson of Woodbury, Minn., had a good cry watching her daughter Bridget graduate from college recently.

Unlike many parents, however, her tears carried added weight. She once doubted she'd see this happy day.

At 39, Olson was found to have colon cancer. Within weeks, she'd had surgery to remove part ...Read more

UnitedHealth buying Medicare plan in Louisiana

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Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealth Group is acquiring a large Medicare Advantage health plan in Louisiana, a state that's one of the few where the company's UnitedHealthcare insurance business in 2017 wasn't already one of the largest in the Medicare market.

UnitedHealthcare, which is the nation's largest health insurer, said Friday that it's...Read more

Mayo clinic minute: breaking down calories

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You see them counted on food labels and now on restaurant menus. But do you know what calories are?

Anya Guy, a Mayo Clinic dietitian, says calories are units of energy. And even though they are all technically the same, the effect they have on your body can differ depending on what kinds of food you eat.

"A calorie is a unit of energy," Guy ...Read more

Trump administration urges court to strike down Obamacare rule that requires insurers cover the sick

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration has elected not to defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act against a sweeping legal challenge filed by a group of conservative states, marking an unusual departure from the Justice Department's traditional responsibility to safeguard federal law.

The practical impact of the move may be relatively minor...Read more

What to do when someone is suicidal

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The U.S. suicide rate is increasing in almost every state, according a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Suicide is listed as a leading cause of death in the report, and more than half the people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition. The CDC says "other problems contribute to suicide, ...Read more

Home remedies: Can fish oil supplements treat depression?

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Fish oil supplements may ease depression in some people. Some studies in adults suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may help treat mild to moderate depression, but more research is needed. Fish oil is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which play an important role in brain function. People with depression may have low blood levels of brain ...Read more

Why 2 doctors are driving cross-country to tackle male health and body image

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Florida physicians Drs. Jamin Brahmbhatt and Sijo Parekattil are on their annual road trip across the country to raise awareness for men's health.

This year, the focus of their Drive for Men's Health is nutrition. But as in years before, the two co-directors of the Personalized Urology & Robotics Clinic in Clermont, Fla., just want to talk to ...Read more

Mayo Clinic minute: Picnic safety tips

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Picnics can be a lot of fun. But improper handling of the food can mean trouble in the form of foodborne germs. Before you fill your cooler, review these tips for safer picnics.

Picnic tip No. 1: When you open the cooler, keep an eye on the clock.

"The general rule is to have food out only two hours," says Kate Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic ...Read more

Changing Seasons Should Mean Changing Oatmeal

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Piping hot oatmeal is often a hallmark of winter. Hearty add-ins, like milk, maple syrup and dried cranberries, also complement cold weather. Do you shed oatmeal during spring and summer, just as you would your winter wardrobe?

Reconsider. The king of superfoods is amiable to seasonal adjustments, which not only guarantee nutrition, but ...Read more

EatingWell: The hibachi experience -- in salad form!

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Think of this as a Japanese steakhouse experience in salad form: The creamy dipping sauce for the steak is transformed into a salad dressing, and there are plenty of added vegetables

Hibachi Steak Salad

Serves 4

Serving Size: about 3 cups

Active Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Equipment: Grill basket

1 to 1 1/4 pounds boneless ...Read more

Mayo clinic minute: Why drinking diet soda isn't the best way to manage weight

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Few words carry as much weight as the word "diet." But, when it comes to drinks, cutting calories with diet soda may not cut the pounds you think it does. Dr. Donald Hensrud, who heads up the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program and is the author of the "Mayo Clinic Diet Book," says drinking diet soda is not as effective at helping people manage ...Read more