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Forget concussions: The real risk of CTE comes from repeated hits to the head, study shows

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For more than a decade, researchers trying to make sense of the mysterious degenerative brain disease afflicting football players and other contact-sport athletes have focused on the threat posed by concussions. But new research suggests that attention was misguided.

Instead of concerning themselves with the dramatic collisions that cause ...Read more

UnitedHealth Group and Walgreens expand collaboration to Las Vegas

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UnitedHealth Group's growing network of urgent care clinics is opening four locations in Las Vegas as part of an emerging collaboration with pharmacy giant Walgreens.

The new MedExpress clinics will be co-located with Walgreens stores in Las Vegas, the company announced Thursday. MedExpress and Walgreens already have co-located businesses in 11...Read more

Postcard from Sacramento: Alzheimer's 'looks like me, it looks like you'

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Until last year, Jackie Coleman was a disability rights lawyer -- a good one, too.

"I was an excellent attorney," recalled the 63-year-old Rancho Cordova, Calif., resident who loved her job and was proud of the work she did.

But a little over a year ago, she started to forget appointments and details from meetings, and ...Read more

Number of Americans without health insurance grows in Trump's first year, new figures show

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WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans without health coverage, which declined for years after passage of the Affordable Care Act, shot up in President Donald Trump's first year in office, according to data from a new national survey.

At the end of 2017, 12.2 percent of U.S. adults lacked health insurance, up from 10.9 percent at the end of 2016...Read more

Questions about qualifications could derail Trump's Indian Health nominee

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President Donald Trump's nominee to oversee health care services for 2 million Native Americans -- who already faces questions about whether he is qualified -- did not disclose donations to the Trump campaign in his official Senate questionnaire.

Robert Weaver, a health insurance salesman and consultant who was nominated in October to lead the ...Read more

Nature boosts your mental health, and you don't even have to leave the city to reap the benefits

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Good news, urbanites! New research suggests that you don't have to leave the city to reap some of the benefits of being in nature.

Simply listening to the chirping of birds, glimpsing the sky and even noticing a scrawny city tree can boost your mental well-being, according to a report published Tuesday in the journal Bioscience.

To come to ...Read more

Health care overhaul appears unlikely before midterm elections

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans are at risk of facing voters this year with no cohesive strategy to fulfill their seven-year campaign promise to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law or address the rising cost of health care.

Following a meeting at Camp David over the weekend between President Donald Trump and top congressional leaders, members...Read more

Experts, industry push back on health insurance proposal

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WASHINGTON -- Industry groups and policy experts are questioning a Trump administration proposal on health insurance even as it garners accolades from congressional Republicans.

The proposed rule, announced on Thursday, would loosen regulations under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA, that govern association health plans. ...Read more

College students today are bigger perfectionists than their parents — but it's not all Instagram's fault

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Alison Malmon was wrapping up the end of her freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania in 2000 when she got the news: Her older brother Brian, a student at Columbia University, killed himself.

He'd struggled for years with mental illness, Malmon said, but concealed his symptoms. Determined to help, Malmon formed a group at Penn a year-and...Read more

Black Girl In Om prioritizes wellness for women of color

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CHICAGO -- On a mild Sunday last May, I walked into a room filled with black and brown faces. Women with shea butter-kissed skin and tresses ranging from afros to twists to braids to locs perched on yoga mats, some stretching, others sitting serenely, looking around the room in anticipation. Apart from my sister at my side, I didn't know anyone ...Read more

Life-threatening E. coli outbreak may be linked to romaine lettuce

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An outbreak of E. coli infections in the U.S. may be linked to romaine lettuce, Consumer Reports warns.

A multi-state outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infections -- possibly linked to romaine lettuce -- has caused the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration and several states to begin investigating.

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With proposed new rules, Trump administration opens door to skimpier health plans

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration moved Thursday to further loosen regulations on health insurance plans, taking a modest step toward the president's oft-stated goal of rolling back requirements imposed by the Affordable Care Act that many Republicans blame for high premiums.

The proposed rules posted Thursday by the Department of Labor ...Read more

Quitting smoking can add years, quality of life

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As resolutions go, quitting smoking could be the most important choice on a smoker's list.

Smokers are more likely to develop diseases like lung, throat and mouth cancer. And they're more likely to die earlier than are people who don't light up.

Dr. J. Taylor Hays, director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, says it's never too ...Read more

The importance of dietary fiber

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Foods containing fiber help you in important ways, including keeping your digestive tract functioning properly. A high-fiber diet also can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

But how much fiber do you need and what ways can you get it?

"It's good to start your day with some high-fiber foods," says Kate Zeratsky, a Mayo ...Read more

'Put the fire under us': Church spurs parishioners to plan for illness and death

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"It would feel like murder to pull her life support," a young woman tells the doctor.

The woman sits by a hospital bed where her mother, Selena, lies unresponsive, hooked up to a breathing tube. The daughter has already made one attempt to save her mother's life; she pulled Selena out of the car and performed CPR when her heart stopped en route...Read more

Research finds hysterectomy alone associated with increased long-term health risks

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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Mayo Clinic researchers show that hysterectomy with ovarian conservation is associated with a significantly increased risk of several cardiovascular diseases and metabolic conditions. The findings are published in Menopause.

"This is the best data to date that shows women undergoing hysterectomy have a risk of long-term ...Read more

Researchers investigate the potential of lung restoration for transplant

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Q: What is the role of lung restoration in lung transplants? How does it work?

A: Over the past several years, devices outside the body have been used to evaluate human lungs donated for organ transplant before the lungs are transplanted. In the future, lung restoration may be used to treat donated lungs to make them healthier, so they could be...Read more

Healthful foods to get you over those post-holiday blues

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And so the holiday hangover has begun.

All that turkey. All that ham. All those cookies. All those pies.

All those hors d'oeuvres that seem like they aren't going to add a lot to your waistline but actually do.

Now we face a new year, and our scales aren't very happy with a lot of us -- and vice versa. It's time to do something good for ...Read more

Aging, undocumented and uninsured immigrants challenge cities and states

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WASHINGTON -- Early on a recent morning, men huddle in the Home Depot parking lot, ground zero for day laborers on the hunt for work. Cars pull into the lot, and the men swarm.

Among them is Marcos, at 65, wiry and bronzed with a silvery smile. He's been in the country illegally for 20 years, working construction and landscaping, doing whatever...Read more

Infectious diseases A-Z: Does your child have ear pain?

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Is your child complaining of an earache? It could be an infection. Children are more prone to ear infections than adults, and they can be painful. Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious diseases specialist says, "Ear infections can be caused by both viruses and bacteria. Some of the common cold viruses can cause inflammation ...Read more