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Graham pushes his health care plan—and his state's governor keeps his distance

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WASHINGTON -- As Sen. Lindsey Graham races against a rapidly approaching congressional deadline for selling his health care proposal, his own state's governor is refusing to offer support.

"I'm studying it," South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster told reporters in the state's capitol on Monday morning.

McMaster confirmed he has had several ...Read more

Why the unpopular individual mandate is likely to endure — for now

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WASHINGTON -- The Affordable Care Act's requirement that Americans either carry health insurance or pay a fine remains the law's most unpopular feature. Nevertheless, a bipartisan group of governors is insisting that the so-called individual mandate remain in place -- at least for now.

In a letter sent late last month, the governors urged ...Read more

How to treat bunions

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Dear Mayo Clinic: Is it best to have bunions surgically treated before they begin hurting, or do some never cause pain? In the past few months, I've noticed throbbing from the bunion on my left foot, and I'm considering surgery. I have one on my right foot, too, but it doesn't hurt. Will I eventually need the procedure done to both sides?

A: ...Read more

Home remedies: Cleaning out the earwax

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Earwax is a helpful and natural part of your body's defenses. It cleans, lubricates and protects your ear canal by trapping dirt and slowing the growth of bacteria.

Earwax blockages commonly occur when people try to clean their ears on their own by placing cotton swabs or other items in their ears. This often just pushes wax deeper into the ear...Read more

It would be a really good idea to get a flu shot this year

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Companies and pharmacies are already reminding people that it's time to get a flu shot, and the push may be more warranted this year.

A particularly bad flu season was reported in Australia, which has served as a rough measuring stick for the flu season that follows in the Northern Hemisphere.

From Jan. 1 to Aug. 19, 2016, the Australian ...Read more

Bernie Sanders, the man with single-payer clout

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WASHINGTON -- The seismic shift in support for Sen. Bernie Sanders' plan to transform the U.S. health care system into a single-payer program indicates the reach the Vermont independent has within the Democratic Party.

At the same time that his onetime presidential foe Hillary Clinton is reminding people of the party's devastating loss last ...Read more

GOP sees offensive opening on health care for 2018

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WASHINGTON -- As more and more Democrats come out in favor of some form of "Medicare for all" legislation, Republican campaign strategists are salivating.

In much the same way the GOP has tried to tie all Democrats to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in attack ads, they're planning to tie all Democratic incumbents and challengers to different...Read more

How to treat warts

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Dear Mayo Clinic: Can an untreated wart on my hand spread to another person? Is treatment for it necessary if it's small and doesn't bother me?

A: If left untreated, it is possible for warts to spread and for the virus that causes warts to be passed to another person. Fortunately, most adults have developed immunity to the viruses that cause ...Read more

Turning aside risk, Democrats rally to Bernie Sanders' single-payer health plan

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Like passengers leaping for a departing train, leading Democrats are scrambling to support single-payer health insurance, a system that would represent a huge expansion of government control over health care and which the party's presidential nominee declared last year would "never, ever" come to pass.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., whose support ...Read more

Bipartisan effort to stabilize health insurance markets is coming down to the wire

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WASHINGTON -- Despite broad support from consumer advocates, state officials and health care leaders across the country, a bipartisan effort in Congress to stabilize health insurance markets and control rising premiums is being threatened by resurgent political fighting over the Affordable Care Act.

With time running out before millions of ...Read more

Facts on the opioid epidemic

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The opioid epidemic continues to affect thousands in the United States.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths from prescription opioid medications -- drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine -- have more than quadrupled since 1999. Deaths from illicit drugs, such as heroin, also continue to be a major ...Read more

Is diet soda really that bad for you? Maybe not

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Just how bad is diet soda for you? It may be more complicated than you think. There may be hope for zero-calorie tipplers yet.

A spate of recent studies has diet soda lovers fretting over their bubbly beverages. Studies have shown that sucking down diet pop means you may be avoiding sugar and calories but overdosing on chemicals that can be ...Read more

Infectious diseases A-Z: Many challenges to eradicating HIV/AIDS

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HIV weakens a person's immune system and can lead to AIDS. Globally, there are more than 35 million people living with HIV/AIDS, and more than 1 million people living with the infectious disease in the U.S.

Dr. Stacey Rizza, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist says, "The unfortunate part is that about 12 to 13 percent of the people in ...Read more

Uninsured rate falls to record low of 8.8 percent

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WASHINGTON--Three years after the Affordable Care Act's coverage expansion took effect, the number of Americans without health insurance fell to 28.1 million in 2016, down from 29 million in 2015, according to a federal report released Tuesday.

The latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau showed the nation's uninsured rate dropped to 8.8 ...Read more

Pelosi declines to endorse Sanders' single-payer health care bill

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WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi declined Tuesday to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders' single-payer health care bill, saying her immediate goal is to protect the Affordable Care Act from President Donald Trump's efforts to dismantle it.

Pelosi made it clear that her distance from the bill, which Sanders expects to unveil with top ...Read more

Heads up: The hottest way to treat lice catches on

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MINNEAPOLIS -- It was the first day of school, and Mallory, a Twin Cities teacher, had a problem.

A lice problem.

Because of it, she couldn't go to work.

Desperate to get rid of the itchy bugs and return to her job, she sought the help of professional nit-pickers whose novel approach to killing lice -- using heated air instead of chemicals --...Read more

Ankle sprains 101

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"Each year over a million people have new ankle sprains, and these are just the people who came to seek medical help," says Dr. Glenn Shi, a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon. "There are far more (sprains) that people are treating at home."

The ankle is quite a well-engineered joint, actually.

But, because it's a balancing act to carry the full ...Read more

How to treat burns

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Dear Mayo Clinic: What's the best way to treat a minor burn? At what point does a burn require medical care?

A: The level of care needed for a burn depends on how extensive the tissue damage is from the burn. Minor burns often can be treated at home without seeing a health care provider. Burns considered "minor" include first-degree burns and ...Read more

Women's wellness: Should I be worried about morning sickness?

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Dear Mayo Clinic: I'm 15 weeks pregnant and have had horrible morning sickness from the beginning of the pregnancy. I've lost weight and worry that will affect the baby's health. I didn't experience any morning sickness with my first pregnancy. Is this normal? What can I do to get back to eating while feeling nauseated all the time?

A: Nausea ...Read more

Guess who pays the price when hospital giants hire your private practitioner?

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- When Dr. Sarah Azad followed her mother into the field of obstetrics eight years ago, she thought she'd be in private practice for the rest of her career. At the time, independent practices abounded in Silicon Valley.

"From the time we were young, my mom's patients loved her. She was a part of their lives. That's just ...Read more

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