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UnitedHealthcare partners with lab companies

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Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealthcare announced long-term strategic partnerships this week with two large lab testing companies to develop "value-based programs" like those the health insurer has been pushing with hospitals and clinics.

With the new arrangements, New Jersey-based Quest Diagnostics will become an in-network lab for more than ...Read more

Mayo mindfulness: Grow happiness through focus and practice

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Many people wait around for happiness to find them, when in reality it's sometimes only a positive thought away. Being happy can be a choice you make. There are many small techniques you can try to create a happier and more enjoyable life.

What science says about happiness

"Research has shown you have control over your happiness," explains ...Read more

Smoke signals: Cash, not electronic cigarettes, help get smokers to quit

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When it comes to helping smokers quit, financial rewards are much more effective than electronic cigarettes.

But the sad truth is that nothing works all that well, according to the results of a large clinical trial that tested five smoking-cessation strategies in real-world conditions.

Out of 6,006 smokers who enrolled in the trial, only 80 ...Read more

Unnecessary and accidental use of ADHD drugs on the rise, study finds

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An American Academy of Pediatrics study published recently revealed that the rate of adolescent exposure to ADHD medication reported to U.S. poison control centers increased 71.2 percent from 2000 to 2011, with a 6.2 percent decrease from 2011 to 2014.

Exposure could include children finding and ingesting the medication, accidental dosage ...Read more

How a perceptive friend saved a life

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John Murphy had grown accustomed to seeing the age spot on his forehead. He had even had a dermatologist look at it in the past. So he was surprised when a friend and work colleague noticed it.

"After lunch she very quietly, very respectfully said to me, 'John, I think that age spot on your face has changed,'" Murphy says. "And I said, 'Do you ...Read more

Choosing between death and deportation

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"Dear the most highly respected judge and court, I'm writing this because I love my mom. My mom is very important to me. I have no idea what to do without her. Even though my mom's afraid, she's not giving up."

This is the beginning of a plea written by a 13-year-old girl to the Department of Homeland Security. The goal: to get her mother the ...Read more

Mayo study identifies new potential treatment option for triple negative breast cancer

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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- In a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Mayo Clinic researchers identified that an FDA drug approved for myelodysplastic syndrome may be useful to treat triple-negative breast cancer, which is one of the most aggressive and lethal types of breast cancer.

In this study, Mayo investigators ...Read more

As nearly 100 doctors abandon Atrium Health, some experts see the start of a trend

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The surprise exodus of nearly 100 Atrium Health doctors intent on leaving the hospital system has some industry experts saying it could be the start of a trend in Charlotte and elsewhere.

In bucking a nationwide movement of hospitals gobbling up independent doctor practices, the Charlotte physicians have criticized Atrium's ...Read more

Bipolar 'is not a death sentence:' Art exhibit aims to reduce stigma

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CHICAGO -- Using gloved hands, artist Kelly Mathews rubs blood-red paint over layers of melted beeswax as "Fire," her painting, takes form. She carefully uses a blowtorch, then a heat gun to dry her work before she can brush on another layer of wax that's simmering in a nearby pan in her makeshift basement studio.

The Logan Square artist said ...Read more

Is being a night owl bad for you?

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If you are a night owl, your natural circadian rhythm is primed to make you feel more alive when the sun goes down. Your eyes shine brighter, your mind feels more alert. The whole world seems to hum.

The bad news is that not being an early bird may be bad for your health, from weight gain to premature death. As Time notes, being a night owl has...Read more

Why women should know about polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS; what is it, why it matters

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In some ways, Sasha Ottey was lucky.

For many women with polycystic ovary syndrome like her, it can take years and untold doctor visits before they get a correct diagnosis. All too often, doctors end up treating the vast array of symptoms caused by the hormonal disorder. Severe acne. Sleep apnea. Obesity. Or thinning hair and excess hair growth...Read more

California hospital giant Sutter Health faces heavy backlash on prices

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Cooking dinner one night in March, Mark Frizzell sliced his pinkie finger while peeling a butternut squash and couldn't stop the bleeding.

The 51-year-old businessman headed to the emergency room at Sutter Health's California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Sutter charged $1,555 for the 10 minutes it treated him, including $55 for a ...Read more

FDA approves Lucemyra to treat symptoms of opioid withdrawal and help patients overcome addiction

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The battle against opioid addiction in the United States got a new weapon Wednesday, in the form of a pill to help patients manage symptoms of withdrawal.

The Food and Drug Administration said it gave its seal of approval to Lucemyra, a medication that has been used to treat opioid withdrawal in the United Kingdom for more than two decades.

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House, administration settle lawsuit over health law payments

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WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives, the White House and several states on Wednesday settled a lawsuit over appropriations for the 2010 health law, resolving years of fighting over the balance of powers between the branches of government.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit dismissed an appeal of an earlier ruling, which found...Read more

Lack of insurance exposes blind spots in vision care

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Every day, a school bus drops off as many as 45 children at a community eye clinic on Chicago's South Side. Many of them are referred to the clinic after failing vision screenings at their public schools.

Clinicians and students from the Illinois College of Optometry give the children comprehensive eye exams, which feature refraction tests to ...Read more

Consumers brace for premium hikes while lawmakers grasp at remedies

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As some insurers angle for hefty premium hikes and concerns grow that more Americans will wind up uninsured, the federal health law is likely -- once again -- to play big in both parties' strategies for the contentious 2018 election.

Candidates are already honing talking points: Is the current dysfunction the result of the law or of GOP ...Read more

Under Trump proposal, lawful immigrants might be inclined to shun health benefits

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The Trump administration is considering a policy change that might discourage immigrants who are seeking permanent residency from using government-supported health care, a scenario that is alarming some doctors, hospitals and patient advocates.

Under the proposed plan, a lawful immigrant holding a visa could be passed over for getting permanent...Read more

Trump drug speech will propose more competition to lower costs

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump will propose a sweeping effort to bring down U.S. drug prices Friday, in a long-awaited plan meant to fulfill a promise he has been pushing since his bid for the White House, according to senior administration officials.

The blueprint is called American Patients First, and is meant to increase pharmaceutical...Read more

Treating pain: Types of pain for which opioids may be prescribed

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Opioid medications, commonly called narcotics, are derived from the poppy plant. Some opioids are available as prescription medications. They are regulated as controlled substances by the Drug Enforcement Administration. A health care provider must have a special license to prescribe these opioids. Other opioids, such as heroin, are illegal ...Read more

Ovarian cancer is hard to detect

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Ovarian cancer is estimated to affect more than 22,000 women each year and is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among women, according to American Cancer Society.

Unlike other gynecologic cancers, there are no screening tests for ovarian cancer. While some women diagnosed with ovarian cancer have elevated levels of the CA 125 protein, ...Read more