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GOP leaders weigh Saturday health bill vote amid new support

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WASHINGTON -- House Republican leaders are considering holding a quick vote on their embattled health care bill after a group of conservative holdouts endorsed a revised version

Facing White House pressure to pass the bill, the Republican vote-counting team is trying to gauge support for a vote Saturday, according to a Republican aide familiar ...Read more

GOP's Obamacare repeal plan would give Congress and its staff special treatment

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WASHINGTON -- The latest Republican plan to replace Obamacare exempts members of Congress and their staff from key changes to the health care system the GOP is trying to unravel.

The new proposal would allow members of Congress, their families and their employees to have access to the same list of benefits that Obamacare guarantees, and ...Read more

Trump backs down: Obamacare subsidies can stay, for now

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WASHINGTON -- With barely two days to go before the federal government would run out of money, lawmakers remained at odds Wednesday over a few details, although one major sticking point between the White House and Democrats was resolved, reducing the likelihood of a shutdown on Friday.

Chiefly, the White House confirmed that payments owed to ...Read more

White House to continue Obamacare payments, averting potential obstacle

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WASHINGTON -- One potential obstacle in the negotiations to prevent a government shutdown was averted Wednesday when the White House announced it would continue -- at least for now -- to provide critical funding for the Affordable Care Act.

President Donald Trump had once threatened to withhold money that helps many low-income Americans cover ...Read more

Moderates hedge on new Obamacare repeal amendment

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WASHINGTON -- Moderate Republicans are not embracing the latest Republican amendment to the party's GOP health care overhaul.

At least four members who did not support the original legislation, including Reps. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y.; Charlie Dent, R-Pa.; Jeff Denham, R-Calif.; and Leonard Lance, R-N.J., still do not support it. More centrists are ...Read more

Trump may get his health care deal after all

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration's push to revive the moribund GOP health care proposal has apparently paid off.

The White House and key Republicans in the House of Representatives are reportedly close to an agreement to amend the bill so that states could opt out of two popular Affordable Care Act provisions, including one that requires ...Read more

With Trump's wall off the table, Obamacare takes center stage in shutdown showdown

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WASHINGTON -- It appears President Donald Trump will settle for enhanced funding for border security instead of his signature wall.

Talks about averting a government shutdown progressed Tuesday after funding for building the wall between the U.S. and Mexico fell off the negotiating table, but lawmakers still had to work through a thicket of ...Read more

HHS, states move to help insurers defray costs of sickest patients

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As congressional Republicans' efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act remain in limbo, the Trump administration and some states are taking steps to help insurers cover the cost of their sickest patients, a move that industry analysts say is critical to keeping premiums affordable for plans sold through the law's online marketplaces...Read more

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

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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'

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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

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"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

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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

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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'

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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

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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

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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

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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

Breast cancer on the rise among Asian-Americans

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- When Margaret Abe-Koga was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, she was as surprised as anyone.

After all, no one ever had breast cancer in her Japanese-American family, she doesn't have the genetic marker, and she'd been led to believe that Asian-Americans weren't -- as Abe-Koga put it -- "a high-propensity group" for...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Eating to fight peptic ulcers

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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

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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

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