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Senate GOP promises to unveil health overhaul Thursday; votes expected next week

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- After months of secret negotiations, Senate Republicans are set to unveil their Obamacare overhaul Thursday, in hopes of voting next week before a holiday recess, leaders announced Tuesday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed complaints that Republicans were working behind closed doors as "laughable," and insisted "...Read more

'Moms, Think About This!': A Welcome Rap On Crap

Health / Marilynn Preston /

This month, I'm researching personal well-being on a small, gorgeous remote Greek island. Be happy for me. A generous spirit is a sign that your healthy-lifestyle training is paying off.

Up the street and around the corner, next to the school, is a playground for the children of my neighborhood. Before the latest equipment arrived, it was a ...Read more

Building an infant's healthy gut biome: breastfeeding and other alternatives

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

An episode of "Law and Order" called "Mother's Milk" was a cautionary tale about what happens when a breastfeeding consultant goes completely over the top and insists that a young mother only breastfeed her newborn. When the child won't take to the breast, the result is tragic.

Sometimes a new mom cannot breastfeed successfully. We want to ...Read more

Right ventricle dysplasia can run in families

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: One of my sisters died unexpectedly in late January of pneumonia. She did not know she had it. She showed no symptoms prior to her death. She went to work the day before and complained a little to co-workers of minor chest pain. She stayed home the following day, and her husband found that she had died when he returned from an ...Read more

Senate so used to Trump's 'drama' it shrugs at his disparaging remark on health bill

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Trust is a critical element in politics, and back in the day, a president's disparaging remarks about his own party's work would open a rift difficult to bridge.

But this is now and this is President Donald Trump, who last week reportedly told senators that the House health care bill he celebrated in the White House Rose Garden on...Read more

Democrats gum up Senate business to protest GOP health care bill secrecy

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Senators settled in Monday as Democrats plan to slow-walk all action until Republicans relent on their secret health care negotiations and debate their Obamacare replacement in public.

Democrats plan to object to even the most routine procedural requests and use the floor time instead to berate Republicans for drafting the health ...Read more

Digital interference and problem behaviors

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the 1990 movie "Problem Child," Ben Healy (John Ritter) and his wife Flo (Amy Yasbeck) don't know that Junior (Michael Oliver), the cute 7-year-old they adopted, had previously been returned to the orphanage dozens of times because of behavioral problems. Then, one day Junior drives the family car into the family sporting-goods store. Is ...Read more

High-dose vitamin C supplements unlikely to prevent dementia

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Is there any evidence that high doses of vitamin C have decreased or prevented the risk of Alzheimer's disease? I ask this question because none of the people I know who have developed Alzheimer's have been taking high doses of vitamin C daily (4,000 to 6,000 milligrams). So, I wonder if this safe, inexpensive, natural remedy, ...Read more

Urinary tract infections in children

Health / Health & Fitness /

Dear Mayo Clinic: What could be the cause of recurrent urinary tract infections in kids? Is it possible to prevent them, or are some kids just more susceptible?

A: Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, usually happen when bacteria get into the urinary tract through the urethra and begin to multiply in the bladder. In children, the most common ...Read more

Nevada governor vetoes Medicaid-for-all bill

Health / Health & Fitness /

LAS VEGAS -- There will be no Medicaid-for-all option in Nevada.

Gov. Brian Sandoval waited until the last day he could -- Friday -- to veto a measure that would have offered a state-sponsored health insurance option to all residents regardless of income. If he hadn't signed it or vetoed it by midnight, it would have become law.

If the ...Read more

How to watch your weight during wedding season

Health / Health & Fitness /

It's that time of year again: wedding season. This can be a time of blissful happiness or a time that stretches the limits of self-restraint while trying to keep your health in check.

"It's important to remember to limit yourself while attending a wedding," says Dr. Gabriel Berendes, a Mayo Clinic Health System Family Medicine physician. "Most ...Read more

Ear to the door: 5 things being weighed in secret health bill also weigh it down

Health / Health & Fitness /

Anyone following the debate over the "repeal and replace" of the Affordable Care Act knows the 13 Republican senators writing the bill are meeting behind closed doors.

While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., continues to push for a vote before the July 4 Senate recess, Washington's favorite parlor game has become guessing what is, ...Read more

GOP senators work behind closed doors to repeal health care law, drawing fire

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are facing increasing criticism for ducking public scrutiny as they craft legislation to roll back the Affordable Care Act with little input from outside experts, patients, physicians and others most affected by health care legislation.

The GOP's secretive process marks a sharp departure from the traditional way...Read more

Nutrition News: Consider Healthy Flax

Health / Nutrition News /

Flaxseed (along with chia) is the new darling of the seed world. My mother always had a jar of wheat germ in her refrigerator. Today, she'd had a package of milled flax seeds.

Mom chose wheat germ for the added fiber, and while flax also gives a fiber boost, there may be another reason to choose flax seed.

According to the American Institute ...Read more

Frustrating condition leaves young man frequently lost

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: We believe a young family member has symptoms of prosopagnosia, possibly with a genetic basis, as an older relative has had the same problem all of her life. He has no sense of direction, and gets lost frequently while driving on what should be familiar roads, even using GPS. He can't recognize landmarks, buildings or roads that ...Read more

Develop a taste for mindful eating

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

If you're like most Americans, you've probably eaten a bellyful of food already today! In the past three decades, U.S. adults have gone from eating almost four snacks and meals a day to eating almost five -- a 29 percent increase in calories. Well, if you're full of regrets, chew on this: Mindful eating, instead of mindless consumption, can ...Read more

For successful weight loss dieting, check blood sugar and insulin

Health / Health Advice /

Success on a weight-loss diet can be predicted by measuring a person's blood sugar and fasting insulin levels, according to a study presented at the American Diabetes Association meeting in San Diego.

Moreover, effective weight loss and control in some can be achieved without restricting calories, as long as the diet is rich in fiber.

The ...Read more

Prominent GOP Senate chairman wants Trump to pay Obamacare subsidies

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lamar Alexander Thursday became the second prominent Republican in a week to recommend that the Trump administration reimburse Obamacare insurers for $9 billion the companies will pay this year to help low-income plan members pay for coverage.

The Affordable Care Act requires individual insurers to provide the financial ...Read more

Can your iPhone tell if you're depressed?

Health / Health & Fitness /

A new iPhone app developed by University of Illinois at Chicago researchers aims to track and predict mood episodes through keystrokes.

Created by psychiatrist Alex Leow and Peter Nelson, the idea for BiAffect came about when Nelson's 24-year-old son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, ...Read more

Factor V leiden is a gene mutation affecting clot formation

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: About seven years ago, my niece was pregnant with twins and developed chest pains and could not breathe well. She was rushed to the emergency room and found out she had blood clots in her lungs. A blood test showed she had factor V Leiden. She was in the hospital for a long time, and everything turned out fine. I believe she was ...Read more

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