Health & Spirit

Gravity is your friend during an intense workout that'll bring you to your knees

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In the midst of working on a lizard crawl, a complicated series of movements that involves balance and core and shoulder strength, I remembered that the ground -- more specifically, gravity -- is the best free training tool you have.

I was at Judkins Park in the Central District with local trainer Kyle Long to learn more about crawling. Yes: on...Read more

Will Southern voters be swayed by Democrats' health care attacks on GOP?

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WASHINGTON -- In Southern states where Republican opposition to the 2010 health care law has been strongest, Democrats are using heightened concerns about health care to woo undecided voters and challenge GOP candidates who don't support the Affordable Care Act and its key provisions.

After Republicans ran against the ACA, or Obamacare, to ...Read more

California's ACA rates to rise 8.7 percent next year

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Premiums in California's health insurance exchange will rise by an average of 8.7 percent next year, marking a return to more modest increases despite ongoing threats to the Affordable Care Act.

The state marketplace, Covered California, said the rate increase for 2019 would have been closer to 5 percent if the federal penalty for going without...Read more

A 4-year-old boy is a 1-in-170,000 child. His parents are racing against the clock to save him

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ROXBOROUGH, Pa. -- Emily Lieber is the kind of teacher you remember: Patient and fun, energetic and creative. Many of the kindergartners and first graders she has taught at Meredith Elementary School in South Philadelphia have a love for her that borders on reverence.

"She's magical," said Christina Pascucci, Meredith's Home and School ...Read more

Study: Filters trap blood clots, not good for most patients

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In patients with blood clots in the veins of their legs -- a debilitating condition called deep-vein thrombosis -- physicians sometimes implant miniature filters to prevent the clots from migrating to the lungs.

But the devices can break and perforate blood vessels, and there is little evidence they save lives, leading some medical societies to...Read more

UnitedHealth Group touts digital health efforts as it posts earnings gains

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The new chief executive of UnitedHealth Group's fast-growing Optum division told investors Tuesday that digital health is a key part of the company's future as he touted a United-backed business that soon will open a new office in Minneapolis.

For several years, UnitedHealth has been developing a digital health platform called Rally, which ...Read more

Staggering prices slow insurers' coverage of CAR-T cancer therapy

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Patients whose blood cancers have failed to respond to repeated rounds of chemotherapy may be candidates for a new type of gene therapy that could send their cancers into remission for years.

But the two approved therapies, with price tags of hundreds of thousands of dollars, have roiled the insurance approval process, leading to delays and, in...Read more

Adaptive cycling helps people with disabilities learn to ride

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TWIN CITIES, Minn. -- Matthew Williams was snowboarding down Hyland Hills slopes when he overshot a jump, fell and severed his spinal cord.

In the seven years after the injury that left his legs partly paralyzed, Williams, 43, struggled to find an adaptive sport that stuck or felt safe. Then, last summer, he heard about Twin Cities Adaptive ...Read more

Mayo Clinic minute: 3 reasons you need a 3D mammogram

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For many women over 40, a yearly screening mammogram to check for breast cancer is a fact of life -- along with the anxiety of waiting for the results. But what if you could get a test that offered better cancer detection, fewer false positives and more peace of mind?

Dr. Robert Maxwell, a Mayo Clinic radiologist, says, with a 3D mammogram, ...Read more

Teen died after eating cookie containing peanuts; mom posts warning on social media

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WESTON, Fla. -- The mother of a Weston teenager who died after taking a bite from a Chips Ahoy cookie containing peanut butter is reaching out to fellow parents on Facebook to spread awareness about the brands' packaging for cookies with allergens.

Alexi Ryann Stafford, 15, was at a friend's house June 25 when she opened a package of chewy ...Read more

States attacking Affordable Care Act would hurt most if shield on pre-existing conditions were axed

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If the Affordable Care Act's protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions are struck down in court, residents of the Republican-led states that are challenging the law have the most to lose.

"These states have been opposed to the ACA from the beginning," said Gerald Kominski, a senior fellow at the UCLA Center for Health Policy ...Read more

UnitedHealth Group beats earnings estimates as profit jumps 28 percent

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Profit jumped by 28 percent at UnitedHealth Group during the second quarter as the nation's largest health insurer topped earnings estimates and once again boosted financial guidance for the year.

The Minnetonka, Minn.-based health care giant posted earnings of $2.92 billion on $56.1 billion in revenue, which was about 12 percent ahead of ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Follow-up care for children born with atrial septal defect

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Dear Mayo Clinic: My grandson was born with an atrial septal defect and already has had surgery. His health care provider says he shouldn't have any lasting problems; yet, he'll need to have regular checkups with a cardiologist until he is an adult. Why is this necessary? What will the cardiologist be looking for?

A: There are several reasons ...Read more

Despite criticism over navigator funding cuts, experts expect little impact on health care enrollment

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The Trump administration's decision last week to slash funding to nonprofit groups that help Americans buy individual health insurance coverage sparked outrage from advocates of the Affordable Care Act. Using words like "immoral" and "cold-hearted," they saw it as the Republicans' latest act of sabotage against the sweeping health law.

But as ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Understanding tinnitus

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Q: What causes tinnitus, and is there anything that can be done to get rid of it?

A: Tinnitus -- the sensation of hearing a sound when no external sound is present -- often is described as a ringing, buzzing, roaring, clicking, humming, pulsing, or hissing sound, or any combination of these sounds. You may hear it in one or both ears. The sound...Read more

Study: Nutrition in nuts may help boost sperm count

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Eating nuts as part of a regular diet significantly improves the quality and function of human sperm, researchers in Spain found.

During a 14-week randomized clinical trial, 119 healthy and apparently fertile young men ages 18-35 were put into two groups. One followed their usual western-style diet supplemented with 60 grams -- roughly a half ...Read more

'It's not just a girl problem': When offering HPV vaccine, doctors advised to focus on cancer prevention

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LOCKPORT, Ill. -- In her children's pediatrician's office two years ago, Lockport mother Kelly DiFilippo declined the HPV vaccine for her oldest daughter, and "no one batted an eye," she said.

But when it was time for her second daughter's sixth-grade physical last winter, DiFilippo's refusal of the vaccine was met with a different reaction ...Read more

'If I lived on the North Side': Neighborhood may matter more than race in breast cancer survival rates

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CHICAGO -- In 2008, South Shore resident Cheryl King found a lump in her right breast.

When she told a health professional at a South Side facility, he dismissed it, saying many African-Americans have lumps in their breasts. In the three months it took to get appointments and tests with other professionals to verify it was cancer, it had grown ...Read more

What health risks will Thai soccer players face after they're rescued from cave?

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The worst is certainly over for the Thai boys who have been rescued from a flooded cave after being trapped there with their soccer coach for more than two weeks. But even though they're out of immediate danger, it may be some time before they've recovered from the physical and mental consequences of their harrowing ordeal.

The first four boys ...Read more

Insurers see 'uncertainty' from Trump administration payment halt

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The Trump administration's decision to halt federal health insurance transfer payments will lead to uncertainty and market disruption, insurers say.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, citing a federal court decision invalidating a statewide average premium, halted a program for individual and small group commercial markets that ...Read more