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Mayo Clinic minute: Are there health benefits to taking turmeric?

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Can an ancient yellow root spice be good for you? A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric, effectively kills certain cancer cells. While research continues on the role turmeric plays in treating cancer, there may be other health benefits to ingesting the ...Read more

Home remedies: Can herbs and supplements enhance fertility?

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My husband and I have been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant. I've seen many ads for fertility herbs and supplements. Do they work?

Infertility can be a difficult problem to treat, and modern interventions -- while sometimes effective -- can be expensive. So it's not surprising that some people look to herbs and supplements as a possible ...Read more

Federal judge questions which parts of Obamacare should stand, but rejects call to suspend the law

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- A federal judge in Texas on Wednesday rejected a request from a group of Republican-led states to suspend the Affordable Care Act, but he extensively quizzed attorneys involved in the latest challenge to the 2010 health care law about which provisions should survive.

That raised the prospect that U.S. District Judge Reed O'...Read more

75 percent in poll back key protections of Obamacare

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WASHINGTON -- Three-quarters of Americans want to preserve key protections in the Affordable Care Act that bar health insurers from turning away sick customers, according to a new poll that highlights the political pitfalls of current Republican efforts to roll back the safeguards.

The consumer protections are most popular with Democrats and ...Read more

Obamacare returns to court in a new test for the 2010 law and millions who rely on it

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WASHINGTON -- The long national legal war over the Affordable Care Act will resume in a Texas courtroom Wednesday as a federal judge hears arguments in a new lawsuit seeking to wipe out the 2010 law, often called Obamacare.

If successful, the suit -- brought by 20 Republican governors and state attorneys general -- could upend health coverage ...Read more

Ban health insurance that doesn't cover pre-existing conditions? California governor to decide

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California is poised to become the first state in the nation to ban cheap, short-term health insurance plans pushed by the Trump administration as a low-cost alternative to Obamacare.

New federal rules, finalized Aug. 1, allow insurers to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and institute annual and ...Read more

Penn and Drexel experts see hope for better lives with dementia

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It's hard to argue that hearing you have dementia is not deeply depressing. After all, most forms of dementia are progressive, fatal and, currently, untreatable.

But Philadelphia aging experts Laura Gitlin and Nancy Hodgson see hope. "There's always something you can do," said Hodgson, chair of gerontology at the University of Pennsylvania ...Read more

These lawsuits could change health care nationwide if they make it to the Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON -- Perhaps no recent major legislation has been shadowed as dramatically by legal battles as the Affordable Care Act that President Barack Obama signed into law eight years ago.

Twice since 2010, the sweeping law, often called Obamacare, has ended up before the U.S. Supreme Court. In both cases, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. ...Read more

Why whooping cough is making a comeback

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After a week with a dry cough, 16-year-old Ian McCracken started experiencing middle-of-the-night coughing fits so severe, he couldn't talk. He returned home from his first trip to the urgent care clinic in mid-July with an inhaler and a five-day course of steroids.

The coughing fits didn't abate, and after a few days, Ian jumped out of bed and...Read more

Kavanaugh signals skepticism about latest GOP lawsuit to overturn Obamacare

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WASHINGTON -- If Republicans are hoping Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh will help them knock down Obamacare in the courts, they might be in for a disappointment.

Kavanaugh has signaled in private meetings with Senate Democrats that he is skeptical of some of the legal claims being asserted in the latest GOP-led effort to overturn the ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Pain management during colonoscopy

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Dear Mayo Clinic: I just turned 50, and my health care provider recommends that I get a colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer. I want to have the test done, but as a recovering addict, I don't want pain medication. Is this possible, or would the pain be too much? What are my other options?

A: For people in your situation, there are several ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Minute: 5 signs of depression in teens

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It's no secret that teenagers can be moody, but research shows that ongoing moodiness often is far more serious. Dr. Janna Gewirtz O'Brien, a Mayo Clinic pediatrician, says teen depression is much more common than most people realize.

"This is something that affects teenagers of all walks of life, of all backgrounds, and actually of ages from ...Read more

New warning to pregnant women, nursing mothers: Stay off the marijuana

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A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is cautioning pregnant women and nursing mothers to avoid marijuana due to possible adverse developmental affects in children.

The report, published recently in the journal Pediatrics, is also a call for more research into the effects of marijuana on fetal and child growth and ...Read more

McCain hated the Affordable Care Act. He also saved it

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Many lawmakers made their names in health care, seeking changes to a broken system.

John McCain was not one of them.

And yet, the six-term senator from Arizona and decorated military veteran leaves behind a health care legacy, seemingly driven less by his interest in health care policy than his disdain for bullies trampling the "little guy."

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Red-state voters look to expand Medicaid this fall, despite Trump's enduring hostility to health law

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WASHINGTON -- Even as President Donald Trump launches new attacks on the Affordable Care Act, voters in four deep red states are poised this fall to expand access to government Medicaid coverage through the 2010 law.

Nebraska Friday became the fourth state to qualify a Medicaid expansion initiative for the November ballot, giving voters there ...Read more

As Democrats campaign on pre-existing conditions, 10 Republicans move in

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WASHINGTON -- Ten Senate Republicans on Friday released a bill meant to guarantee the protections for patients with pre-existing conditions included in the 2010 health care law.

The measure is a response to the latest legal challenge to the health law, which seeks to invalidate the law after Congress effectively ended the so-called "individual ...Read more

Yale research finds racial disparity in screening of opioid patients

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Black patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain are more likely than whites to be tested for illegal drug use, and to lose their prescriptions when they test positive, a new Yale report shows.

The findings were based on a Yale University-led analysis of more than 15,000 patients prescribed opioids by the Veteran Administration ...Read more

Another October, another pink month for this breast cancer survivor

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On average, every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, and one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

That moment arrived four years ago for Bonnie Ross-Parker of Atlanta, just two months shy of her 70th birthday.

She'd gone in for an annual checkup and there it was...Read more

Eye exam shows promise in predicting Alzheimer's decades before symptoms

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ST. LOUIS -- Using an easy eye exam, researchers at Washington University of Medicine in St. Louis were able to detect evidence of Alzheimer's disease in patients before they had symptoms of the disease.

The findings, involving 30 patients, were published today in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology.

Scientists estimate that Alzheimer's-related ...Read more

Religious conservatives' ties to Trump officials pay off in AIDS policies, funding

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Evangelical activist Shepherd Smith has spent more than three decades cultivating relationships with leading AIDS researchers and policymakers to promote abstinence-only sex education. Those connections now could influence government programs and funding within the Trump administration.

Among the most prominent: Dr. Robert Redfield, director of...Read more