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The Senate Health Care Vote, Simplified

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:23:00 -0400

President Trump is pushing the Senate to repeal and replace Obamacare this week. But with multiple bills in play, it's far from clear what the Senate would vote on. Here's a recap of the options.



Female Athletes Are Closing The Gender Gap When It Comes To Concussions

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 04:45:00 -0400

Gina "Danger" Mazany is a professional mixed martial arts athlete, and she's helping researchers learn more about head injuries and the female brain.



Beyond The Nasty Needle: Trying To Make Vaccines More Comfy And Convenient

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 05:06:00 -0400

From tiny, dissolving needles to high-powered liquid streams and nasal sprays, scientists are developing alternatives to typical vaccinations.



Is Inflammation Bad For You Or Good For You?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:02:00 -0400

It depends what's causing the inflammation and how long it lasts. But the habits that keep you healthy overall also help prevent the bad inflammation that increases the risk of chronic disease.



John McCain Was Diagnosed With A Glioblastoma, Among The Deadliest Of Cancers

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:37:00 -0400

About 12,000 people are diagnosed with a glioblastoma each year in the U.S. Fewer than a third of them will survive beyond two years.



The Side Effect Of That New Malaria Drug? American Jobs

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:16:00 -0400

The Trump administration wants to cut the U.S. global health budget. A new study puts a different spin on the spending.



Just Thinking You're Slacking On Exercise Could Boost Risk Of Death

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:38:00 -0400

People who think others are more active tend to have shorter lifespans, even if they're actually getting the same amount of exercise. The social comparison could kill motivation, researchers say.



Her Own Medical Future At Stake, A Child Storms Capitol Hill

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:47:00 -0400

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.



Social Interaction Improves Quality Of Life For People With Dementia

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Patients with memory loss and other cognitive problems responded well to one-on-one conversations aimed at increasing their sense of control and independence.



Health Care: Were The Risks Of Repeal Without Replace Too High?

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:34:00 -0400

The Republicans' last-ditch attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act now and replace it later would have caused insurance rates to soar, and millions could have lost coverage within a year.



Pushing Hospitals To Reduce Readmissions Hasn't Increased Deaths

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:01:00 -0400

The Affordable Care Act penalizes hospitals if patients are discharged and then readmitted with the same problems too often. That effort has improved care for patients, two researchers say.



Seeking Online Medical Advice? Google's Top Results Aren't Always On Target

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:20:00 -0400

Google's search results on health issues can be influential, but they can also be unreliable or wrong. The highlighted answer may come from a dubious source while a more credible one is buried below.



More Than Bread: Sourdough As a Window Into The Microbiome

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:47:00 -0400

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.



Forest Bathing: A Retreat To Nature Can Boost Immunity And Mood

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 04:56:00 -0400

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



Artificial Sweeteners Don't Help People Lose Weight, Review Finds

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:15:00 -0400

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.