WASHINGTON -- In a bid to revive the Republican effort to roll back the Affordable Care Act, a group of leading conservative health care advocates is proposing a new strategy to overhaul the law.
The plan -- which is outlined in a seven-page blueprint unveiled Tuesday --faces long odds on Capitol Hill, where GOP leaders remain wary of reopening...Read more
The number of babies born hooked on their mothers' opioids has been soaring for almost two decades, yet experts still are not sure whether morphine or methadone is best to gradually break the infants' drug dependence.
A rigorous new government-funded study has found that methadone has a slight advantage over morphine, modestly reducing babies' ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Congress killed off a key penalty in the 2010 health care law last year but left the rest of the law intact -- and that might prove pivotal to a lawsuit in which the Justice Department and 20 Republican-led states argue that the law's other major provisions must now be struck down.
That's because the federal courts will look at ...Read more
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
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
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 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' 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
- Congress' move to leave Obamacare mostly intact may save law
- Nonprofit hospitals are being less charitable. They say that shows Obamacare is working
- Unwieldy health costs often stand between teachers and fatter paychecks
- Minnesota woman learned the young are not immune to colon cancer
- Want to control that 'hangry' feeling you sometimes get? UNC researchers explore how