Health & Spirit

Conservatives' goal of relaxing mandatory health benefits is unlikely to control rising premiums

Health / Health & Fitness /

As House Republicans try to find common ground on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, they may be ready to let states decide whether to keep a key consumer provision in the federal health law that conservatives say is raising insurance costs.

Those conservatives, known as the House Freedom Caucus, and members of a more ...Read more

Chicago doctors and nurses, overwhelmed by gun violence, face 'compassion fatigue'

Health / Health & Fitness /

CHICAGO -- The Northwestern Memorial Hospital's trauma bay was packed, and trauma surgeon Mamta Swaroop desperately needed a private room with a door.

She couldn't find one. So she resorted to a room enclosed only by a curtain and brought in the mother of a young man who was rushed in earlier. Patients chatted from the curtain's other side. ...Read more

Tips to ease the pain of childhood immunizations

Health / Health & Fitness /

"Immunizations" is a word most parents or children don't want to hear.

Yet, immunizations play an important role in keeping many spreadable, harmful diseases away from children and infants.

"In the U.S., vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, mumps and whooping cough, can happen and will happen," says Dr. Jill Boulden, a family ...Read more

Government shutdown coming? If miners can't get enough help, maybe

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is considering a 28-month extension of retired coal miners' health benefits, but his plan could inflame a dispute that threatens to trigger a partial government shutdown next week.

Senate Democrats, including West Virginia's Joe Manchin and Ohio's Sherrod Brown, have vowed to use whatever means ...Read more

Exercise can be contagious, new social network analysis finds

Health / Health & Fitness /

Now here's a contagion that might not be so bad to encounter. A new analysis of the running habits of about 1.1 million people reveals that exercise is indeed contagious -- though its communicability depends on who's spreading it.

The findings, published in the journal Nature Communications, also reveal that certain relationships are better at ...Read more

How to help Alzheimer's patients enjoy life, not just 'fade away'

Health / Health & Fitness /

Alzheimer's disease has an unusual distinction: It's the illness that Americans fear most -- more than cancer, stroke or heart disease.

The rhetoric surrounding Alzheimer's reflects this. People "fade away" and are tragically "robbed of their identities" as this incurable condition progresses, we're told time and again.

Yet, a sizable body of ...Read more

Trump is making a new push for an Obamacare repeal plan, even as House votes remain elusive

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Approaching the 100-day mark in office without action on the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump is pushing again for a vote on the sweeping House bill to roll back the 2010 law.

But even as House Republicans and administration officials continue to discuss potential changes to the legislation, there is little evidence GOP...Read more

With drug costs in crosshairs, health firms gave generously to Trump's inauguration

Health / Health & Fitness /

Facing acute risks to their businesses from Washington policymakers, health companies spent more than $2 million to buy access to the incoming Trump administration via candlelight dinners, black-tie balls and other inauguration events, new filings show.

Drugmaker Pfizer gave $1 million to help finance the inauguration, according to documents ...Read more

Your dinging, buzzing, vibrating phone is stressing you out — and so is its silence

Health / Health & Fitness /

Doug Ross, 31, wakes every morning to a screen full of notifications.

He receives updates from news apps, chats from coworkers and emails from East Coast clients, all beckoning to be answered before the workday even starts. Working during the day as a consultant for the software company Adobe, the alerts pour in on a near-constant basis. He ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Eating to fight peptic ulcers

Health / Health & Fitness /

Environmental Nutrition

People used to say stomach ulcers were caused by too much stress or spicy food, and the best thing to do when the pain flared up was to drink a nice big glass of milk. It turns out everything about that statement was wrong.

What they are

Peptic ulcers are open sores ...Read more

Suicide and genetics: a complicated association

Health / Health & Fitness /

Dear Mayo Clinic: Why does it seem that suicide tends to run in families? Does it have anything to do with genetics?

A: The association between genetics and suicide is complicated. Research has shown that there is a genetic component to suicide. But it is only one of many factors that may raise an individual's risk. And even if someone is at ...Read more

Home remedies: living life with lactose intolerance

Health / Health & Fitness /

People with lactose intolerance are unable to fully digest the sugar (lactose) in milk. As a result, they have diarrhea, gas and bloating after eating or drinking dairy products.

The condition, which is also called lactose malabsorption, is usually harmless, but its symptoms can be uncomfortable.

A deficiency of lactase -- an enzyme produced ...Read more

After losing more than 500 pounds, suburban man gets his life back

Health / Health & Fitness /

BLUE ISLAND, Ill. -- Feverish and sick to his stomach, with pinpricks of pain shooting through his massively swollen right leg, Rafael Zuniga called 911.

Please, he said, no sirens: He didn't want the neighbors to point and stare. But when the ambulance arrived, it was with a flash of lights and an ear-piecing blare. Neighbors peeked out ...Read more

What men should know about new prostate cancer screening guidelines

Health / Health & Fitness /

Men ages 55 to 69 should talk with their health care provider about prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening for prostate cancer. That's according to new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Clinicians inform men ages 55 to 69 years about the potential benefits and harms of prostate-specific antigen (PSA)–based...Read more

HHS finalizes industry-friendly rules to help stabilize insurance markets

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Moving in seemingly contradictory directions, the Trump administration on Thursday finalized new rules designed to bolster marketplace insurers and promote stability in the individual insurance market. At the same time, President Donald Trump is threatening to destabilize those insurers by withholding from them about $7 billion in ...Read more

Undescended testicle: Repair or wait?

Health / Health & Fitness /

Dear Mayo Clinic: My 6-month-old son was born with an undescended testicle. His pediatrician said we should consider having it surgically repaired in the next few months, but I have read that treatment isn't always necessary. Would it be reasonable to wait until he's a bit older to see if it changes on its own? What are the risks of waiting?

A:...Read more

Trump still seeking to pass health bill before tax overhaul

Health / Health & Fitness /

NEW YORK -- Despite a stalemate in Congress over a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Donald Trump says his efforts on health care are "doing very well" and that he still wants a bill passed before tackling tax reform.

Trump said in an interview aired Wednesday morning on Fox Business that a GOP health bill will get done, even ...Read more

Industry groups push HHS and Congress to fund marketplace subsidies

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- A coalition of insurance, business and health care groups on Wednesday called on the Trump administration and Congress to make good on more than $7 billion in federal subsidies that marketplace insurers are set to receive this year under the Affordable Care Act.

The so-called "cost-sharing reductions" help low-income plan members ...Read more

Analysis: Moderate Republicans also to blame for health care impasse

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus have shouldered the majority of the blame for the GOP's failure to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law, but moderates may be equally -- if not more -- responsible for the impasse.

There are arguably more hard "no" votes (members not likely to be convinced to move to "yes") for the ...Read more

Infectious diseases A-Z: babies born with Zika-related birth defects

Health / Health & Fitness /

Among pregnant women in the U.S. with confirmed Zika virus, about one in 10 had a fetus or baby with birth defects.

That's according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"Initially, we knew pretty clearly that there was some association between Zika virus infection during pregnancy and some sort of ...Read more


Social Connections


Jeff Danziger The Barn Spectickles Non Sequitur Scary Gary Mike Lester