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Published: Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:02:51 GMT2017-10-17T20:02:51Z


Senators reach deal on resuming payments to health insurers

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:02:51 GMT2017-10-17T20:02:51Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Key senators reached a breakthrough deal Tuesday on resuming federal payments to health insurers that President Donald Trump has blocked. Insurers had warned that unless the money is quickly restored, premiums will go up.

Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:45:10 GMT2017-10-17T19:45:10Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - It was a faint signal, but it told of one of the most violent acts in the universe, and it would soon reveal secrets of the cosmos, including how gold was created.

Nurses' union fires director over financial irregularities

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:19:19 GMT2017-10-17T18:19:19Z

The executive director of a fast-growing union of nurses and health professionals has been fired after the union's audit turned up reports of financial irregularities.

Are you skinny fit or skinny fat?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:19:01 GMT2017-10-17T18:19:01Z

If you look slim and deceptively fit in your clothes, but more like a Chinese Shar-Pei when naked, then you're skinny fat.

Leaving the war in the woods

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:03:42 GMT2017-10-17T17:03:42Z

Veterans, many suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, are trying to get outdoors more, hoping nature can serve as a therapy and escape.

New Jersey state parks' quirky yurts are going away

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:55:20 GMT2017-10-17T15:55:20Z

State officials said the yurts - large cylindrical canvas tents with skylights and plenty of standing room - were simply too hard to maintain

TV's 'Doctors' looks at sterilizing drug addicts to prevent opioid-dependent newborns

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:37:58 GMT2017-10-17T15:37:58Z

About 7,000 women have accepted either birth control or sterilization services from the North Carolina organization, its founder said Monday on 'The Doctors.' But the system has its critics.

Cascade of costs could push Penn-pioneered gene therapy above $1 million per patient

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:58:06 GMT2017-10-17T13:58:06Z

These therapies lead to a cascade of costs, propelled by serious side effects that require sophisticated management. For this class of drugs, an oncologist advised consumers to "think of the $475,000 as parts, not labor."

Badly behaved 'service dogs' and owners prompt states to take action

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:45:30 GMT2017-10-17T13:45:30Z

"Today, any pet owner can go online and buy a vest for a dog to pass it off as a service animal to gain access to restaurants, hotels and places of business," said Republican state Rep. Kimberly Ferguson, who introduced the Massachusetts bill. "Their animals aren't trained and end up misbehaving in these public places, which gives real service dogs a bad name."

Pa. approves steep 2018 ACA exchange percentage increases, hopes to minimize impact

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:43:05 GMT2017-10-17T09:43:05Z

The Pennsylvania Department of Insurance on Monday announced that it had approved average rate increases of 30.6 percent for individual plans to be sold next year on the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange.

Even in hospitals, opioids can cause harm

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 01:18:49 GMT2017-10-17T01:18:49Z

In a review of 7,218 possible adverse events, researchers found some of the biggest problems lay with administration (such as giving the wrong medication) and diversion (such as drugs that were not secured).

Cracking the mystery of where gold came from

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:35:53 GMT2017-10-16T23:35:53Z

An international team of scientists cracks the mystery of where gold came from. A Villanova physicist describes her role.

3 simple exercises to tone your glutes

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:43:06 GMT2017-10-16T20:43:06Z

The glutes are comprised of three muscles - the gluteus maximus, medius and minimus. In order to have a well-rounded rear, you must train and target all three.

Confused by the many yogurt options? We can help you sort them out.

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:42:42 GMT2017-10-16T20:42:42Z

A yogurt's nutritional profile depends on what kind of milk is used, how much (if any) sweetener is included and whether the yogurt is strained.

Wolf blames Trump, Congress for spiking health coverage cost

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:18:05 GMT2017-10-16T20:18:05Z

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's administration on Monday blamed President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress for a sharp increase in the cost of health insurance that will take effect next year for some of the 500,000-plus people who buy individual plans in Pennsylvania.

After the storm, Puerto Rico's health faces a long recovery

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:26:14 GMT2017-10-16T17:26:14Z

People already facing serious health problems are even worse off now. On an island with high rates of diabetes and kidney disease, even patients who can make their way to clinics are receiving only three hours of dialysis instead of the preferred four-hour treatments.

How the drug industry derailed the DEA's war on painkillers

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:18:45 GMT2017-10-16T16:18:45Z

Amid a targeted lobbying effort, Congress last year weakened the DEA's ability to go after drug distributors, even as the opioid epidemic raged and thousands of Americans were dying of overdoses, an investigation by the Washington Post and "60 Minutes" found.

Trump just made Obamacare wars personal

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:19:48 GMT2017-10-16T14:19:48Z

About 1.1 million Pennsylvanians - one in 10 under the age of 65 - are insured under the Affordable Care Act.

Doctor's research could buy time for snake bite victims

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:09:41 GMT2017-10-16T13:09:41Z

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A researcher at the University of Arizona is experimenting with a new therapy to help treat rattlesnake bites.

Stem cells to fix aching knees, backs: Promising, but no panacea

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:02:58 GMT2017-10-16T13:02:58Z

Chiropractors are jumping into the lucrative but barely regulated field of stem cell therapy, and hyping its potential. Mainstream orthopedic researchers warn that "regenerative medicine" has no magic bullets for arthritic knees and aching backs.