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Sens. Alexander, Murray outline plan to lower health costs

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WASHINGTON -- Two influential senators released draft health care legislation Thursday, a package of narrowly tailored proposals that will likely be part of a measure to lower health care costs that lawmakers hope to pass this year.

The draft bill, from Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and ranking member ...Read more

Are surprises ahead for legislation to curb surprise medical bills?

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Surprise medical bills -- those unexpected and often pricey bills patients face when they get care from a doctor or hospital that isn't in their insurance network -- are the health care problem du jour in Washington, with congressional lawmakers from both sides of the aisle and the White House calling for action.

These policymakers agree on the...Read more

Program providing life-extending layer of care for people struggling with severe chronic illnesses

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On a recent Friday night, Betty McLintock slumped forward in her chair without warning.

It was not the first time Andy McLintock had seen his 87-year-old mother collapse; she has long struggled with congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

And he knew he wouldn't be able to persuade her to leave the home they share ...Read more

ACC seeks to bolster mental health treatment for athletes

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Several times during his speech on Tuesday, Mark Hilinski paused a few moments to compose himself. He always cries, his wife said later, when he addresses an audience and tells the story of his son, Tyler, the former Washington State quarterback who died by suicide in 2018.

In a large banquet room filled with about 200 people, ...Read more

Fact check: Did the ACA create preexisting condition protections for people in employer plans?

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During a recent appearance on MSNBC, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., answered questions from "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski about the latest lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. "The most important part of Obamacare, as you know, Mika, is the protection against preexisting condition discrimination that extended ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q and A: treating vocal cord cancer

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My brother was diagnosed with stage 0 squamous cell carcinoma in situ in one of his vocal cords. He has been through several endoscopic surgeries, but the carcinoma keeps coming back. His doctors do not recommend radiation therapy. Are more surgeries the answer, or are other treatments available?

ANSWER: For your brother's ...Read more

Women's wellness: Menopause misconceptions

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Menopause marks the end of a woman's fertility. By definition, it occurs one year after a woman's last menstrual period. While menopausecan happen in a woman's 40s or 50s, the average age is 51 in the U.S. Jacqueline Thielen, M.D., a women's health expert from Mayo Clinic, saysmenopause is a journey that occurs over many years.

Changes in a ...Read more

Fact check: Trump's talk on preexisting conditions doesn't match his administration's actions

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Delivering remarks on surprise medical billing, which is a concern that has drawn bipartisan interest, President Donald Trump waded into another high-profile health issue: making sure insurance protects people who have preexisting health conditions.

"We will always protect patients with preexisting conditions, very importantly," Trump said on ...Read more

Mayo seeking patients from on-site workplace health centers

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Mayo Clinic will start taking referrals for specialty care from a company that runs on-site clinics for employers, the latest example of a Minnesota-based health system sizing up the market for patients who get health care in the workplace.

With the new agreement, Rochester-based Mayo Clinic will offer services to patients with costly and risky...Read more

Home remedies: self-care measures to relieve tension-type headaches

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Frequent headaches can interfere with your daily life. But healthy lifestyle choices can help you head off the pain. Start with the basics, including diet, exercise and relaxation.

Nearly everyone is familiar with the pain of tension-type headaches. But that doesn't mean that the world stops when the pain strikes. Over-the-counter or ...Read more

Father's disease inspires son's journey to find a cure

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It's amazing how far some people will go to accomplish their dream.

Dr. Fouad Chebib grew up in a small town in Lebanon. After finishing medical school in Lebanon's capital city, Beirut, Chebib chased his dream across the world to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

"I'm one of the kidney doctors," Dr. Chebib says. "I am a physician-scientist."

...Read more

Stay safe in the sun by knowing how to protect your skin

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Do spray sunscreens work as well as sunscreen lotions, and do I need to buy different sunscreen for my kids than what I use myself?

ANSWER: Sunscreen that is marketed for children is OK to use, but children 6 months and older can use the same sunscreen as adults. Babies younger than 6 months should not wear sunscreen but ...Read more

Study finds there is such a thing as too much coffee

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Some mornings it might feel like you can't get enough of it, but a new study suggests too much coffee can be harmful.

Studies have found that coffee consumption "may help prevent several chronic diseases, including Type 2 diabetes mellitus, Parkinson's disease and liver disease." There is little evidence that drinking moderate amounts of coffee...Read more

About that raw chicken we insist on washing …

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention caused quite a stir recently with its consumer warning on raw chicken.

Don't bother with washing, it said in an April 26 tweet. Doing so can spread germs from the chicken to other food or utensils.

Well, what did they do that for? The black Twittersphere lit into them. Everybody and their mamas ...Read more

What you need to know about jellyfish stings

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Jellyfish have a mighty sting as hundreds of beachgoers in Florida have discovered. More than 800 people were reported to have been stung recently at Central Florida beaches.

Dr. Michael Boniface, an emergency department physician with Mayo Clinic, says most jellyfish that beachgoers encounter in the U.S. contiguous lower 48 states can cause ...Read more

How Obamacare, Medicare and 'Medicare for All' muddy the campaign trail

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The health care debate has Democrats on Capitol Hill and the presidential campaign trail facing renewed pressure to make clear where they stand: Are they for "Medicare for All"? Or will they take up the push to protect the Affordable Care Act?

Obamacare advocates have found a powerful ally in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who in a recent "60 ...Read more

With measles cases still rising, what religion has to say about vaccination

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Each new update in the nationwide surge of measles cases takes Dr. Paul Offit back to the battlefield that was Children's Hospital of Philadelphia during a regional outbreak that began in 1990. By the time it ended the following year, more than 1,400 city and suburban residents had contracted the disease and nine children were dead.

Then an ...Read more

Tax hikes on wealthy alone can't pay for 'Medicare for All' plan

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WASHINGTON -- Thirty trillion dollars, even in U.S. budget terms, is a lot of money.

That's the rough estimate from some analysts of the 10-year cost of Sen. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for All" plan, just one of many expensive social programs that some of the 21 Democrats seeking to replace President Donald Trump have proposed.

To pay for those...Read more

A plan to cover immigrants would divert public health dollars

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants the state to provide health coverage to low-income young adults who are in the country illegally, but his plan would siphon public health dollars from several counties battling surging rates of sexually transmitted diseases and, in some cases, measles outbreaks.

Public health officials describe the proposed ...Read more

Want your kids to eat quinoa or lentils? Tell them how healthy foods will help them grow

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Popeye was right when he sang "I'm strong to the finich, cause I eats me spinach."

The legendary, one-eyed comic character's nearly 100-year-old message to kids about the benefits of eating the leafy green vegetable still holds true.

Researchers at Washington State University and Florida State University found that telling children about the ...Read more


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