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Health care exchange premiums dip, finally

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Health insurance premiums in the 39 states that use will fall 1.5 percent on average for the most commonly purchased plans in 2019, marking the first time that rates have dropped since the 2010 health care law was implemented.

The decline is a significant departure from steep increases in 2017 and 2018. Premiums for HealthCare....Read more

There's no upper age limit on donating blood

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been a pretty regular blood donor for decades. At times, I'm rejected because I just miss the minimum iron count necessary. My question at this time is if I should continue to be a blood donor, as I am 84 years of age. My health is excellent, and I'm not taking any medications for any ailments. I have no blood pressure ...Read more

What to do when you get an STD

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In 2012, an Oregon woman who sued her date for giving her genital herpes won $900,000. And one tycoon allegedly paid $52 million for giving chlamydia to his mistress. It seems sexually transmitted diseases are a growth industry for lawyers! Perhaps that's because nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were diagnosed in the...Read more

Home remedies: Treating anxiety with herbal remedies

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Several herbal remedies have been studied as a treatment for anxiety, but more research is needed to understand the risks and benefits. Here's what we know -- and don't know:

-- Kava

Kava appeared to be a promising treatment for anxiety, but reports of serious liver damage -- even with short-term use -- caused the Food and Drug Administration ...Read more

Doctors give Medicare's proposal to pay for telemedicine poor prognosis

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The Trump administration wants Medicare for the first time to embrace telemedicine across the country by paying doctors $14 for a five-minute "check-in" phone call with their patients.

But many physicians say the proposed reimbursement will cover a service they already do for free. And the Medicare reimbursement -- intended to motivate doctors ...Read more

Mayo Clinic researchers study immunity-boosting vaccine to target aggressive form of breast cancer

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Treating breast cancer has long involved addressing two problems: the elimination of cancer cells from the tumor and potential disease recurrence. The key may be to harness the full capabilities of the body's immune system to do both jobs.

On Mayo Clinic's Florida campus, a team of researchers has a new anti-cancer vaccine in the works to help ...Read more


Health / Scott LaFee /

In 2016, more than a quarter-million people worldwide died from firearm-related injuries, according to a new study published in the JAMA Network. The good news is that the global death rate from guns has decreased a bit less than 1 percent per year since 1990. The bad news is that half of all 2016 firearm deaths occurred in just six countries ...Read more

Bang those drums

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

If you've ever been to a Cleveland Indians home baseball game, chances are about 100 percent that you've heard a tom-tom drum echoing from the top bleacher seats. The drummer is a guy named John Adams, a retired AT&T worker who, besides attending home games since 1973, co-teaches a graduate level course at Cleveland State University on aquatics ...Read more

Diet, medication not influential in kidney cyst development

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a female in my mid-60s and recently have been diagnosed with a cyst on my left kidney. I do not have diabetes nor a heart condition, never smoked nor used drugs, don't drink and take over-the-counter or prescription medicines only when absolutely necessary, which is rare. I also don't like, thus never eat, spicy foods, nor ...Read more

Republicans fought Obamacare and now they're campaigning to save it

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WASHINGTON-- Numerous Republicans who are supporting attempts to dismantle Obamacare are simultaneously campaigning for election on their support for a core provision of the law.

The GOP spent the eight years since the Affordable Care Act was passed attempting to derail it in Congress, the White House and the courts. But those efforts have ...Read more

Senate Democrats want Republicans to take a position on 'junk' health care plans

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats are planning to force a vote this week on a resolution that would overturn the Trump administration's expansion of short-term health insurance plans.

Critics call them "junk" plans, since they're not required to comply with all the regulations of the 2010 health care law.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin introduced a ...Read more

The Sky Is Falling: 6 Ways to Take the 'I' out of Anxiety

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Are you worried about how much you worry? Bravo.

Uncontrolled anxiety is a giant obstacle to personal happiness. No surprise. Worry causes stress, and stress saps our strength, disturbs our sleep, fries our brain and constantly undermines our best efforts to stay healthy, relaxed and optimistic.

And yet there's so much to worry about these ...Read more

Talk and listen to your toddlers

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Written by Sting (he credits his infant son at the time with the lyrics: "I've never paid him, so that's another possible lawsuit"), "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da (Is all I want to say to you)" actually might be expressive enough to raise a child's IQ by an average of 14 to 27 percent. That's according to a recent study published in Pediatrics, the ...Read more

Is cataract surgery safe for a 95-year-old?

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm 95 years old and was wondering if it would be advisable to have cataract surgery at my age. I had a cataract removed from my left eye, and it was very successful. My eye doctor said I have a condition known as pseudoexfoliation in my right eye, in addition to the cataract. -- S.D.

ANSWER: Surgery shouldn't be undertaken ...Read more

Pre-existing conditions are a thing in pet insurance too

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California's pet insurance regulations, which experts peg as the strictest in the country, owe their existence to a dearly departed golden retriever named Bodie.

It was Bodie's death more than a decade ago from blood cancer, and his owner's subsequent tussle with a pet insurance company for reimbursement of medical expenses, that led to the ...Read more

Mayo Clinic researchers identify gene types driving racial disparities in myeloma

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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Researchers at Mayo Clinic have identified three specific gene types that account for a known two-to-three-fold increase in myeloma diagnoses among African-Americans. Researchers also demonstrated the ability to study race and racial admixture more accurately using DNA analysis. The findings were published in Blood Cancer ...Read more

Drinking more than 3 times a week may be bad for you, study says

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Want to make a toast to your health? Just stick to drinking three or fewer times a week. On the heels of a slew of studies suggesting that even moderate drinking may be hazardous to your health, there is new research that suggests that drinking three times a week may be the cutoff.

Conducted by the Washington University School of Medicine in St...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Trim pesticides in produce

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Environmental Nutrition

It's time to tune into the Dirty Dozen, based on the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) analysis of USDA tests on pesticide residues on conventionally grown produce. Even if you wash and peel produce, pesticide residues...Read more

Study examines how climate change puts Americans' mental health at risk

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Is climate change stressing you out? A new study linking weather and mental health in the United States suggests things could get much worse.

The study outlines three separate ways that hotter and more extreme weather stand to undermine the mental well-being of the people forced to experience it. The effects will be most pronounced for women ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Glazed chicken recipe is fit for a quick weeknight meal or a small gathering

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My late friend Barbara Windom was a great cook who produced delicious food that's short on preparation time and long on taste and presentation.

She loved putting together creative flavor combinations for new twists on chicken dishes. Her Asian chicken can be served on a moment's notice as long as you have the ingredients in your pantry.

We are...Read more