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Sen. Orrin Hatch deals blow to bipartisan health care bill

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, has dealt an emerging bipartisan health care bill a body blow.

President Donald Trump has sent mixed messages on his stance on the legislation from Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, the top Democrat on the panel, ...Read more

Poll: Most Americans disapprove of Trump's health care subsidy slash

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WASHINGTON -- Most Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump's decision to end Obama-era federal subsidies to insurers that lower costs for low- and middle-income families, a new poll found.

Fifty-three percent of respondents to an Economist/YouGov poll conducted Oct. 15 and 16 said they disapproved of the executive move, compared to 31 ...Read more

Microbes rule your health — and further prove that kids should eat dirt

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Humans don't rule the planet. Humans don't even rule their own bodies. During the past 20 years or so, it's become apparent that the guys in charge of everything are a nanometer across and run in packs, or perhaps more accurately, hang out in mobs. These gangs of microorganisms are together referred to as the microbiome, and we're just beginning...Read more

UnitedHealth Group profit up 26 percent

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MINNEAPOLIS -- UnitedHealth Group shares jumped 5.6 percent in trading Tuesday after the company's earnings increased 26 percent for the third quarter, beating analyst estimates and prompting a boost to full-year financial guidance.

The quarterly results were the first reported under new CEO David Wichmann, who took over the top job in ...Read more

Senators announce bipartisan health care deal, Trump endorses

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WASHINGTON -- Key senators announced a bipartisan deal Tuesday to fix parts of the nation's health care law and head off large premium increases faced by consumers in some states.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Health Committee, announced the tentative agreement with the top Democrat on the panel, Sen. Patty Murray, D-...Read more

The storm has passed, but Puerto Rico's health faces prolonged recovery

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As President Donald Trump signals impatience to wind down emergency aid to Puerto Rico, the challenges wrought by Hurricane Maria to the health of Puerto Ricans and the island's fragile health system are in many ways just beginning.

Three weeks after that direct hit, four dozen deaths are associated with the storm. But the true toll on Puerto ...Read more

Customer feuds, claims denials mar health plans Trump backs

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NEW YORK -- The short-term medical plans promoted in President Donald Trump's new executive order on health care have a long history of customer disputes over pre-existing conditions and denied claims -- just the sort of scenarios that were being weeded out by Obamacare.

The Affordable Care Act pushes Americans to buy comprehensive long-term ...Read more

Finding the right osteoporosis medication

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Dear Mayo Clinic: The bisphosphonate drugs I take for osteoporosis aren't working in my case. My doctor has suggested a few alternatives. Any thoughts on what might be best?

A: Oral bisphosphonate drugs -- including alendronate (Fosamax), risedronate (Actonel and Atelvia) and ibandronate (Boniva) -- are the most commonly prescribed osteoporosis...Read more

Head-to-toe tips for a safer Halloween

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Injuries can end up being the Halloween trick nobody wants. Every year, ill-fitting costumes are blamed for cuts, lacerations and fractures that send disappointed trick-or-treaters to the emergency department.

There are some simple things you can do before Halloween to lessen the chances of bumps in the night.

It's all Halloween fun from the ...Read more

Trump acting solo: What you need to know about changes to the health law

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WASHINGTON--Apparently frustrated by Congress' inability to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump this week decided to take matters into his own hands.

Late Thursday evening, the White House announced it would cease key payments to insurers. Earlier on Thursday, Trump signed an executive order aimed at giving ...Read more

While Trump moves to dismantle health law, public favors repair

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WASHINGTON--President Donald Trump has collided with a wave of public disagreement by moving to strip the Affordable Care Act of provisions intended to keep insurance prices stable.

In a poll conducted before Trump's Thursday announcement of unilateral changes to the law, 71 percent of the public said they preferred the administration try to ...Read more

Trump takes over Obamacare political risks with end of subsidies

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WASHINGTON -- After months of pinning the blame for Obamacare's shortcomings on Democrats and watching his own party fail to act, President Donald Trump just took ownership of a struggle that's consumed Republicans for seven years.

Trump's decision late Thursday to end government subsidies to insurers to help lower-income Americans afford to ...Read more

Trump health care move threatens sharply higher premiums, market chaos

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's move late Thursday to cut off critical federal payments to health insurers sent shock waves through the health care system Friday, threatening widespread disruption to markets nationwide and igniting new legal and political battles over the Affordable Care Act.

Caught in the middle are millions of ...Read more

'Call me,' Trump tells Democrats after nixing Obamacare subsidies

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WASHINGTON -- "Call me."

That was the message early Friday morning from President Donald Trump to Democrats after he drew their ire late Thursday night for canceling subsidies they immediately said would drive up insurance premiums.

Trump took to Twitter even earlier than usual, 5:36 a.m., to boast about his decision, which Democrats and some ...Read more

First locally transmitted Zika case recorded in Florida in 2017

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MIAMI--Florida's first locally transmitted case of Zika in 2017 was confirmed in Manatee County on Thursday, the state health department reported.

Health officials said they have no additional evidence that mosquitoes are spreading the virus in Manatee County, which is on the Gulf Coast, south of St. Petersburg and Tampa. But the health ...Read more

Trump issues order to deregulate health insurance, promising 'Obamacare relief'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump moved Thursday to scale back rules on health insurance across the country in the administration's most ambitious effort to date to use its regulatory powers to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

The controversial new executive order Trump issued aims to open the way for a greater number of relatively cheap ...Read more

Breast cancer is more visible than ever, but young survivors fight to be seen

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MIAMI -- Valerie Bunt doesn't look like your typical breast cancer survivor.

A mother to a thriving 8-year-old, Bunt usually spends her days working in her family's legal headhunting firm and caring for her daughter. She has long brown hair, with no evidence of the toll of chemotherapy. And strangers don't know about the surgery scars that ...Read more

'Quietest place on Earth' finds purpose in healing humans

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Inside this small room -- lined on all six sides with deep, fiberglass spikes -- there is no background noise. No sounds from the street, the vents, the outside world. Only silence.

But in that silence, many visitors find their own bodies become quite noisy.

Sitting in this anechoic chamber, they suddenly hear their blood flow, ...Read more

California slaps surcharge on ACA plans as Trump remains coy on subsidies

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LOS ANGELES -- California's health exchange said Wednesday it has ordered insurers to add a surcharge to certain policies next year because the Trump administration has yet to commit to paying a key set of consumer subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

The decision to impose a 12.4 percent surcharge on silver-level health plans in 2018 means...Read more

Obamacare 101: How Trump might 'use the power of the pen' to overhaul health care

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, who has been unable to get Republicans in Congress to roll back the Affordable Care Act, is promising to issue an executive order this week that he says will offer relief to consumers facing rising insurance premiums.

Administration officials are reportedly looking at ways to loosen health insurance ...Read more