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Published: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:44:48 -0500


Trump administration pulls health law help in 18 cities

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:27:23 -0500

Community groups say the move, announced to them by contractors last week, will make it even more difficult to enroll the uninsured and help people already covered re-enroll or shop for a new policy.(image)

Her own medical future at stake, a child storms Capitol Hill

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:47:00 -0500

The Republican health care bill failed in part because of opposition to shrinking Medicaid. An 11-year-old girl with sickle cell anemia went to Washington, D.C., to make sure that wouldn't happen.(image)

Fact check: Trump's confusing remarks to Senate Republicans on health care

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0500

After another failed attempt at overhauling Obamacare, President Trump tried to sell his party's repeal efforts (and push some senators into line) at a Wednesday lunch. Here's what he said.(image)

Budget office: GOP health bill adds 22 million uninsured

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:04:04 -0500

In another blow to Republicans, the report estimates that single people buying a typical individual plan would face an annual deductible of $13,000 in 2026. That is far above the $5,000 deductible they'd be expected to pay under current law.(image)

Listen: What's happening with the health care bill?

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:34:16 -0500

Republicans don't have enough votes to pass a bill to repeal, and replace Obamacare and President Trump says he's going to let Obamacare fail. What does that mean for the future of healthcare reform?(image)

Health plan's fall brings dread for Obamacare recipients

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:15:32 -0500

President Donald Trump's "Let Obamacare fail" remark Tuesday did nothing to assuage the fears of the thousands of Obamacare recipients concerned with the future of health care.(image)

Uncertainty from Washington hampering health care in Minnesota

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:58:27 -0500

It appears that Obamacare will remain the law of the land for the foreseeable future. Senate Republicans couldn't find enough votes for their repeal and replace bill, and they don't have enough votes for a repeal-only proposal.(image)

Trump's big repealing deal: 8 thoughts on the Senate's health care meltdown moment

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0500

Trump seems to have wanted to show up for the trophy ceremony, not for the game. But even if Trump had plunged into the trenches, his presence there may not have made the difference.(image)

Health care: The risks of repeal without replace

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:34:00 -0500

Republicans are toying with repealing the Affordable Care Act and then coming up with a replacement a few years later. But insurance rates could soar, and millions could lose coverage within a year.(image)

3D imaging technology from U of M helps doctors separate conjoined twins

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:22:42 -0500

Doctors from the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital used technology from the school to create a reconstruction of the twins' hearts to prepare for the successful surgery.(image)

The myth of drug expiration dates

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0500

Hospitals and pharmacies are required to toss expired drugs, no matter how expensive or vital. Meanwhile the FDA has long known that many remain safe and potent for years longer.(image)

More than bread: Sourdough as a window into the microbiome

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:47:00 -0500

Home bakers in the U.S., Europe and some other countries have volunteered their sourdough starters to a team of American scientists who want to unravel the microbial secrets of sourdough.(image)

Trump blasts Congress over failure of GOP health care bill

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:55:33 -0500

Trump's early morning tweet unleashed a barrage of criticism at Congress over the collapse of the GOP's flagship legislative priority. For seven years, the party has pledged to repeal President Barack Obama's law.(image)

What can we learn from new research into opioid addiction?

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Dr. Joseph Lee of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation discussed what patients and parents should know about opioids.(image)

Listen: What you need to know about single-payer health plans

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:59:32 -0500

As Republican senators work to pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, many are asking whether the U.S. should switch to a single-payer health care system.(image)

'It's raining needles': Drug crisis creates pollution threat

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:36:43 -0500

People, often children, risk getting stuck by discarded needles, raising the prospect they could contract blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis or HIV or be exposed to remnants of heroin or other drugs.(image)

Forest bathing: A retreat to nature can boost immunity and mood

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 03:56:00 -0500

If hiking is about a destination, forest bathing is about an immersion of the senses into the natural world. It's the newest wellness trend, and studies suggest several health benefits.(image)

Artificial sweeteners don't help people lose weight, review finds

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 23:15:00 -0500

It's easy to think that artificial sweeteners are a health win. But a review of research finds that there's no evidence they help people lose weight, and they may be associated with other problems.(image)

Doctors report removing 27 contact lenses from a woman's eye

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 14:58:00 -0500

The patient hadn't complained of irritation. "She was quite shocked," specialist trainee ophthalmologist Rupal Morjaria tells Britain's Optometry Today.(image)

Health plan hinges on the young, but they're a tough sell

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 06:21:14 -0500

Insurers need young and healthy enrollees to buy insurance because they keep premiums down for everyone. The current law attempts to do that by mandating that everyone get coverage. The Republican plan replaces that mandate with penalties for those who let coverage lapse.(image)