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Mother is stuck in health care dilemma as her baby struggles with illness

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MIAMI--When Victoria Malave breathes, all you can hear is a relentless, insistent chirp.

It's the sound of her ventilator, which the 10-month-old Puerto Rican baby has needed to keep her alive for much of her short life. After Hurricane Maria knocked out power to the public housing where she and her parents lived, her gastric tube became ...Read more

Researchers link Alzheimer's gene to type 3 diabetes

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Researchers have known for several years that being overweight and having Type 2 diabetes can increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. But they're now beginning to talk about another form of diabetes: Type 3 diabetes. This form of diabetes is associated with Alzheimer's disease. Type 3 diabetes occurs when neurons in the brain become...Read more

Advocates push passage of health deal as open enrollment nears

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats concerned about the confusion surrounding individual health insurance are urging a vote on bipartisan legislation to stabilize the marketplaces as a sign-up period next week creeps closer.

Still, it appears increasingly likely that lawmakers won't consider such a proposal until closer to the end of the year. And many ...Read more

The painful side of positive health care marketing

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Lori Wallace sits on a couch with her 11-year-old son and his new pet snake. It burrows under his armpit, as if afraid. Wallace is sure it's not.

"If he was terrified, he would be balled up," Wallace said. "See, that is why they are called ball pythons. When they are scared, they turn into a little ball."

Wallace is dying of breast cancer, but...Read more

Stem cell therapy combats a one-in-a-million immune disorder for 4-year-old boy

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If it weren't for the wheeled IV stand that squeaks behind him as he moves, Jovon Moss might seem like any other 4-year-old boy.

Wearing a tot-sized costume modeled after the comic book character, The Flash, he races through the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center clinic so quickly that nurses have to make sure he doesn't trip on the tube ...Read more

How those Halloween colored contacts could hurt your eyes

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Want the piercing blue eyes of a "Game of Thrones" White Walker on Halloween, or perhaps the milky "blind" eyes of Arya Stark? Beware of colored contact lenses that are sold without a prescription because they can cause serious -- even permanent -- damage to the eyes.

Health officials and physicians say the lenses can lead to a host of ills: ...Read more

Team approach to health care means new role for doctors

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DENVER -- When patients go to see Dr. C.T. Lin for a checkup, they don't see just Dr. Lin. They see Dr. Lin and Becky.

Becky Peterson, the medical assistant who works with Lin, sits down with patients first and asks them about their symptoms and medical history -- questions Lin used to ask. When Lin comes into the room, Peterson stays to take ...Read more

Judge refuses to block Trump's order to end Obamacare subsidies

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge in San Francisco refused Wednesday to block President Donald Trump's order to end government subsidies required by the Affordable Care Act.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, an Obama appointee, said Trump's action would create little harm because most states anticipated it and established measures to keep ...Read more

People solidly in the middle class are the ones hurt by Trump's decision on Obamacare

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MILWAUKEE -- Please don't use my name, the self-employed businesswoman said. Customers might worry that her business is on shaky ground if they knew her situation.

Even though she earns a solid middle-class income ranging from $60,000 to $75,000 a year -- and she likes being her own boss -- she's wondering if she'll have to find a new job.

The...Read more

Alexander-Murray a 'nonstarter,' say House conservatives

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WASHINGTON -- House conservatives appear united in opposition to the health care stabilization proposal crafted by Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray.

"Right now it's a nonstarter," House Freedom Caucus member Dave Brat said Tuesday during a Conversations with Conservatives press event.

Brat, Freedom Caucus members Jim Jordan and Scott ...Read more

Federal judge appears unlikely to block Trump's action on Obamacare

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge in San Francisco suggested Monday there was no need for a court to step in and block President Donald Trump's order that cut off health care subsidies that have been a center of political debate.

The subsidies, which reimburse insurers for reducing out-of-pocket costs for lower-income Americans, are key to ...Read more

McConnell would allow Senate vote on bipartisan health plan if Trump backs it

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday that he's waiting to hear whether President Donald Trump will support a bipartisan health care proposal before bringing the measure up for a vote.

The plan to change parts of the Affordable Care Act and stabilize health insurance markets is backed by 12 Republican and 48 ...Read more

Which stretches to do, avoid

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Dear Mayo Clinic: I recently started jogging for exercise. I have been stretching before each run, but I've heard that some stretches increase your risk of injury. Which stretches should I do, and which should I avoid?

A: Stretching is an important part of your exercise routine, as it increases your flexibility and improves your joints' range ...Read more

Uninsured up 3.5 million amid health care uncertainty, survey finds

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WASHINGTON -- Roughly 3.5 million more Americans are uninsured compared to the last quarter of 2016, a new survey found.

An ongoing Gallup-Sharecare survey that has asked at least 500 randomly sampled people each day since 2008 whether they have insurance shared its 2017 third-quarter results Friday.

The uninsured rate among adults was 12.3 ...Read more

Beware of 'Halloween hand' and other scary holiday-related injuries

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PHILADELPHIA -- Hey, moms, if you value your fingers, be careful as you carve up the household jack-o'-lantern. One slip of the knife, and you could wind up in the hospital with "Halloween hand."

During October and November 2013, more than half of the estimated 4,400 Halloween-related injuries involved pumpkin carving, the Consumer Product ...Read more

Study shows pathway that can destroy healthy cells, leading to organ damage

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PITTSBURGH -- A University of Pittsburgh study fully describes for the first time an important but complicated cell-death pathway that can destroy healthy cells, resulting in tissue and organ damage.

The pathway is responsible for a serious asthma attack, excess traumatic brain damage and kidney failure, among other health problems.

Published ...Read more

With Obamacare, fewer Americans were uninsured when they were told they had cancer

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As President Donald Trump and his allies in Congress keep pushing to get rid of Obamacare, new research shows that the contentious law has succeeded in expanding health insurance coverage for Americans with cancer.

But not everywhere. This upside of Obamacare -- known formally as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or ACA -- was ...Read more

Senators push forward with bipartisan Obamacare fix -- and Trump's encouragement

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WASHINGTON -- Despite President Donald Trump's mixed messages, key senators unveiled their bipartisan plan Thursday to stabilize health insurance markets, drawing widespread support.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Health committee, and the top Democrat on the panel, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, jointly announced 22 ...Read more

How to treat psoriasis

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Dear Mayo Clinic: Is there any way to know what causes psoriasis? What's the best way to treat it?

A: Psoriasis has a tendency to run in families, and exacerbations often are linked to the body's immune system responding to certain internal or external factors. The exact cause of psoriasis is not easy to determine. Treatment depends on how ...Read more

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