Health & Spirit

Future doctors and nurses learning to treat patients with food

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The click-clack of knives chopping on cutting boards and the savory smell of sauteed onions filled the air on a recent evening.

Eight students from the University of Minnesota training to be doctors, nurses and counselors raced around the classroom, donning aprons instead of lab coats. Their assignment: Prepare a delicious, healthful meal to ...Read more

Psychiatrists who analyzed Trump from a distance get support from colleague

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So many norms of politics and civic discourse have been shattered in 2017. Not every smashed convention this year has been the handiwork of President Donald Trump.

In a book of essays published in October, two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists challenged strictures laid down by their professions' leaders and publicly analyzed Trump's mental...Read more

Want smarter kids who sleep through the night? Feed them fish, a new study says

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A new University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing study found that children who ate fish regularly scored nearly five points higher on a standard IQ test that measures cognitive function in children. The kids who favored fish over traditionally kid-friendly items like, say, chicken fingers and fries, also slept better and had fewer sleep ...Read more

He nearly died three times; Now 5, blind and paralyzed toddler keeps fighting

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The third time Alejandro Quesada nearly died he had yet to reach his first birthday.

As South Miami hospital announced an emergency code blue, the newborn went into cardiac arrest -- his heart, zero palpitations; his family, frantically praying.

"Everything was a blur, in slow motion. Dozens of people were rushing all around me. Right before ...Read more

Ending the penalty for not having health insurance may have less effect than projected

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The penalty for not having health insurance -- the most controversial and unpopular part of the Affordable Care Act -- is dead.

But it may no longer matter.

"From a practical matter, it won't have much of an impact," said Marty Anderson, chief marketing officer for Security Health Plan, an affiliate of Marshfield Clinic.

The penalty was ...Read more

He's had a tough year, but 10-year-old is learning to walk again

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Zach Pickard has had a rough, sometimes physically painful, year.

But because he is Zach, a tiny person with an outsize personality, a quick wit and the unflagging devotion of a new dog who is bigger than he is, you wouldn't know it.

Some people enjoy bits and pieces of this world. Zach loves everything, all the time: magnets, making "slime," ...Read more

A perk that's keeping Silicon Valley workers healthy — and on the job

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- At LinkedIn, employees at the world's largest online professional networking website enjoy a smorgasbord of perks, from gourmet meals to on-site dry cleaning to car washes and oil changes.

Yet in the uber-competitive world of attracting and retaining top talent, some Bay Area tech companies have been turning to a modest-...Read more

UnitedHealth plans $2.8B bid to grow South America business

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MINNEAPOLIS -- UnitedHealth Group on Friday said it has agreed to acquire a health care provider and insurer operating in Chile, Colombia and Peru in a deal that values the South American company at about $2.8 billion.

The deal would expand UnitedHealth Group's operations in South America, where the largest health insurer in the United States ...Read more

Senator subpoenas OPM for details of congressional health care decisions

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson has now issued a subpoena for details of the development of the program through which members of Congress and many staffers get health insurance.

The Republican from Wisconsin is following through on pressing the Office of Personnel Management for details on ...Read more

Graham urges full health care repeal in 2018, despite tricky math

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WASHINGTON -- As Senate Republican leadership signaled this week it will table efforts to dismantle the 2010 health care law in 2018 and instead focus on market stabilization, at least one GOP senator insists repealing and replacing it is still a top priority.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said it would be an "unpardonable sin" for ...Read more

Senate GOP leans away from Obamacare Repeal, toward stabilization

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans appear unlikely to attempt a complete overhaul of the 2010 health care law next year and instead have shifted their focus toward stabilizing the insurance markets.

Members say the repeal of the penalty for not having insurance that was included in the GOP tax plan removes a crucial aspect of the law, rendering ...Read more

Obamacare signups beat expectations, despite Trump administration's opposition

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WASHINGTON -- Despite Trump administration efforts to discourage people from signing up, the number of people enrolling for Affordable Care Act coverage nearly hit last year's level, the government revealed Thursday.

The 8.8 million people who enrolled in the 36 states that use the federal government's system significantly ...Read more

Kale and other leafy vegetables may make your brain seem 11 years younger

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Look into your salad bowl and think: If a fountain of cognitive youth were flowing in there, would you return every day?

In research that gives new meaning to the expression "salad days," a study published Wednesday finds that older people who ate at least one serving of leafy greens a day had a slower rate of decline on tests of memory and ...Read more

House Republicans consider trying to jam Senate on spending bill

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WASHINGTON -- House Republican leaders are discussing using Friday's deadline for a must-pass government funding plan to force the Senate to accept a bill without measures to stabilize Obamacare insurance markets that are drawing objections from conservatives, according to a Republican aide.

In the scenario under discussion, House Republicans ...Read more

Single-payer health care in Canada has its ups and downs

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TORONTO -- For Peter Cram, an American internist who spent most of his career practicing in Iowa City, Iowa, moving to Toronto about four years ago was almost a no-brainer.

He's part of a small cohort of American doctors who, for personal or professional reasons, have moved north to practice in Canada's single-payer health care system. Now when...Read more

Republican tax bill fuels anxiety across the nation's health care system

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WASHINGTON – Doctors, hospitals, patient advocates and others who work in the nation's health care system are growing increasingly alarmed at the Republican tax bill, warning that it threatens care for millions of sick Americans.

The legislation – which GOP leaders are rushing to pass this week – will eliminate beginning in 2019 the ...Read more

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

Good friends might be your best brain booster as you age

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Ask Edith Smith, a proud 103-year-old, about her friends, and she'll give you an earful.

There's Johnetta, 101, whom she's known for 70 years and who has Alzheimer's disease. "I call her every day and just say 'Hi, how are you doing?' She never knows, but she says hi back, and I tease her," Smith said.

There's Katie, 93, whom Smith met during ...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

These annual checkups help seniors not only survive but thrive

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Bea Lipsky shuffled into her wellness coach's office one morning this fall and parked her walker by the wall. Lipsky, 89, had had a trying year, enduring a hernia operation and two emergency room visits for heart problems. She's losing her hearing, and recently gave up her dream of riding in a hot air balloon for her 90th birthday.

That day, ...Read more