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Obamacare subsidy lawsuit settled by White House, Democrats

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WASHINGTON -- A long-running lawsuit between the Trump administration, House Republicans and Democratic attorneys general over billions of dollars of Obamacare subsidies has been settled, according to an agreement filed in federal court Friday.

The settlement agreement, details of which weren't available in the filings but described as "...Read more

Obamacare sign-ups quicken as final enrollment deadline approaches in many states

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WASHINGTON -- Millions of Americans are signing up for 2018 coverage through the Affordable Care Act, defying the Trump administration's hostility to the law and a yearlong campaign by congressional Republicans to repeal it.

As a final enrollment deadline approaches Friday for consumers in 39 states, sign-ups appear likely to fall short of the ...Read more

Winter got you down? You may be SAD

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At this time of year, with daylight and sunshine in short supply, you may feel more like hibernating than heading out doors to play in the snow.

If you do, you're not alone. Those of us who live in northern states are no strangers to the "winter blues," which is a mild version of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). About 15 percent of the ...Read more

Why do people hate Obamacare, anyway?

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The Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare," has roiled America since the day it was signed into law in 2010. From the start, the public was almost evenly divided between those who supported it and those who opposed it.

They still are. The November monthly tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 50 percent of those polled had a ...Read more

Health law helps people get, afford care, report finds

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WASHINGTON -- Fewer Americans are putting off doctor visits or struggling with medical bills, according to a new report examining the effect of the Affordable Care Act.

The report -- based on a state-by-state survey of data collected by the federal government -- provides powerful new evidence that insurance gains made through the 2010 health ...Read more

Toby was a hyper shelter dog. Then he learned an amazing trick for his epileptic owner

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An epilepsy diagnosis at age 9 changed Parker Rogers' life drastically. The Fresno boy was having seizures on almost daily. He no longer could attend public school, and his time with friends was limited.

Then Parker met "Toby the Great."

The yellow Labrador didn't look promising at first. Labrador Retriever Rescue of Fresno had scooped him up ...Read more

Harsher enforcement policies under Trump damage health of immigrant children

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For children in this country, at this time, being an immigrant can harm their health.

Their fears -- real and imagined -- about the potential deportation of their parents are causing illness and perhaps permanent brain changes, according to a new study released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit leader in health-policy ...Read more

Study identifies barriers to transplant therapy to treat multiple myeloma among racial minority groups

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ATLANTA – A study by researchers at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Fla., has found that barriers to patients receiving stem cell therapy as part of their treatment for multiple myeloma include income, education, insurance status and access to care at an academic center or facility that treats a high volume of patients.

"Stem cell ...Read more

Increasing physical activity improves survival in lymphoma patients, Mayo researchers say

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ATLANTA -- An observational study by researchers at Mayo Clinic has found that increasing physical activity not only decreased the risk of death from all causes but also decreased the risk of death specifically from lymphoma. Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, the part of the body's germ-fighting network which includes the lymph nodes...Read more

Health care consolidation aimed at changing how the business works

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Having a heart attack is one of life's great stressors, so it's no surprise that nearly one in five heart attack survivors qualify for a diagnosis of a major depressive disorder, doctors say.

For insurers like Minnetonka's UnitedHealth Group, this can turn into a double-whammy of paying for a patient's emergency heart care, only to see the ...Read more

Millions gained coverage under health care law, but many are worse off as premiums soar

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As open enrollment for Affordable Care Act coverage nears Friday's deadline, Heidi and Richard Reiter sit at the kitchen table at their Davie home and struggle to piece together the family's health insurance for 2018.

The Reiters buy their own coverage, but they earn too much to qualify for financial aid to lower their monthly premiums. For ...Read more

US health care spending up 4.3% in 2016

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U.S. spending on health care increased 4.3 percent last year to $3.3 trillion, or $10,348 per person, according to an annual report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The rate of spending slowed compared with the previous two years, the agency reported. Spending rose 5.1 percent in 2014 and 5.8 percent in 2015.

Health care ...Read more

For Marketplace customers who delay, auto-enrollment could be nasty wake-up

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Shopping to update your coverage on the health insurance marketplace may be annoying -- didn't you just do this last year? But letting the exchange automatically renew your coverage instead could be a big mistake. If you don't like the plan you're auto-enrolled in this year you may be stuck with it in 2018, unlike previous years when people ...Read more

Challenges abound for 26-year-olds falling off parental insurance cliff

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Marguerite Moniot felt frustrated and flummoxed, despite the many hours she spent in front of the computer this year reading consumer reviews of health insurance plans offered on the individual market in Virginia. Moniot was preparing to buy a policy of her own, knowing she would age out of her parent's plan when she turned 26 in October.

She ...Read more

Shopping for health care online? The odds are stacked against you

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The internet is great place to shop for plane tickets, laundry detergent, artisan jewelry and pretty much anything else you might ever want to buy. But a new report says there's one big exception -- health care.

If you expect the World Wide Web to help you figure out how much you'll need to pay to get your hip replaced, a painful joint isn't ...Read more

Physical activity data, emojis on Apple Watch correlated with patient-reported outcomes

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ATLANTA -- Wearable activity monitors, such as the Apple Watch, provide objective, continuous activity data that correlate with established patient-reported outcomes for cancer patients, according to a poster presentation by Mayo Clinic researchers that was presented at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting in Atlanta.

"Cancer ...Read more

Home remedies: Having a bout with hiccups

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Hiccups may result from a large meal, alcoholic beverages or sudden excitement. In some cases, hiccups may be a sign of an underlying medical condition. For most people, a bout of hiccups usually lasts only a few minutes. Rarely, hiccups may persist for months. This can result in malnutrition and exhaustion.

Hiccups are involuntary contractions...Read more

Mayo clinic minute: avoid holiday hazards around home

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Emergency visits to the hospital go up significantly this time of year, and many of them can be avoided. Dr. Michael Boniface, a Mayo Clinic emergency medicine physician, says some injuries are very specific and from activities people don't do regularly.

People on ladders stringing holiday lights – it's a common site these days. And so are ...Read more

Health risks to farmworkers increase as workforce ages

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That bag of frozen cauliflower sitting inside your freezer likely sprang to life in a vast field north of Salinas, Calif. A crew of men and women here use a machine to drop seedlings into the black soil. Another group follows behind, stooped over, tapping each new plant.

It is backbreaking, repetitive work. Ten-hour days start in the cold, dark...Read more

Understanding and preventing gangrene

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Dear Mayo Clinic: I have heard that a stubbed toe can lead to gangrene in some individuals. Is that true? What are the signs of gangrene, and how can it be avoided?

A: Gangrene, which refers to tissue death caused by a severe shortage of blood supply or serious bacterial infection, occurs in lower extremities. It is more common in the toes than...Read more

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