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These Americans Hated the Health Law. Until the Idea of Repeal Sank In.

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 02:24:36 GMT

Cindy McMahon, left, and Carrie McCollum in Yardley, Pa. At 52, Ms. McMahon has diabetes but remains uninsured despite the risk of incurring a tax penalty under the Affordable Care Act.Sentiment in a Pennsylvania county has tracked with a national shift in opinion about the Affordable Care Act amid fears that millions could lose coverage.

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The New Old Age: Another Possible Indignity of Age: Arrest

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:48:20 GMT

Carol King, who has Alzheimer’s disease, with her son, Geoffrey King, in her room at a San Francisco residence for older adults this month. She was detained after an incident there last summer.Confrontations with police officers are increasing as the ranks of older Americans swell and dementia becomes more widespread.

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Trilobites: A Sensor on Your Skin That Looks and Feels Like a Temporary Tattoo

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:39:22 GMT

A wearable sensor developed by researchers in Japan is made from nanoscale meshes containing a water-soluble polymer and a layer of gold.Researchers have developed a new breathable, wearable sensor that can monitor vital signals without irritating skin.

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As Workouts Intensify, a Harmful Side Effect Grows More Common

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 22:35:24 GMT

Christina D’Ambrosio, a teacher, suffered rhabdomyolysis after a grueling spin class.Newbies to spin classes can land in the emergency room, as doctors say they are seeing more of the rare but dangerous rhabdomyolysis.

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Glioblastoma, John McCain’s Form of Brain Cancer, Carries Troubling Prognosis

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:24:15 GMT

Senator John McCain has glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer, his doctors said on Wednesday.The senator has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer that is aggressive and difficult to treat.

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In South Asian Social Castes, a Living Lab for Genetic Disease

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:00:18 GMT

Gujjar tribespeople in Kashmir. The group is among 14 others in South Asia that has over a million people but probably started with major genetic contributions from just 100 people or fewer.Millenniums of marriages within well-defined subgroups in South Asia have created many populations with higher risks of recessive disease, according to new research.

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Global Health: Houston Braces for Another Brush With the Peril of Zika

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:31:33 GMT

Harris County has enlisted the help of the community to drop off dead birds for testing.The epidemic seems to be waning in other countries, but the threat is not yet past in the United States.

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Ask Well: Why Does My Dentist Give Me So Many X-Rays?

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:00:23 GMT

Dentists should not rely on a blanket policy on X-rays for all patients, according to guidelines set out by the American Dental Association.

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CliffsNotes From the Procrastination Research Conference

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:12:52 GMT

“In the end time is going to kill us. The only thing that limits us is time. You can get another job or lover. But you can’t get more time,” said Jean O’Callaghan of University of Roehampton in London, regarding why she studies procrastination.For the last 20 years, academic researchers have gathered at this event to share and debate their studies without being mocked.

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Ask Well: Should We Be Buying Iodized Salt?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:00:01 GMT

Most Americans and Europeans who eat a varied diet get enough iodine even if they don’t use iodized salt, though pregnant women are at risk.

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A Drug Maker Spends Big in Washington to Make Itself Heard

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:00:25 GMT

Mallinckrodt’s spending on political donations and lobbying comes as the drug industry as a whole beefs up its Capitol Hill presence.

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Congressional Memo: In a Cruel Summer for the G.O.P., ‘Things Are Starting to Feel Incoherent’

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 03:25:53 GMT

Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. “There’s just not a lot of progress happening,” he said.Republicans in Washington should be returning home next week to brag. But despite having total control on Capitol Hill, even they admit that policies aren’t advancing.

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Long Workdays May Be Bad for Your Heart

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:00:04 GMT

Compared with people who worked 35 to 40 hours a week, those who worked more than 55 hours had a 40 percent increased risk of atrial fibrillation.

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Certain Antibiotics May Increase Risk of Birth Defects

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:40:41 GMT

Ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin and other drugs like them should be avoided in pregnancy, a study found.

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Doctors: The Risk of Exertional Heatstroke to Young Athletes

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:00:01 GMT

Korey Stringer, an offensive lineman shown on the first day of Minnesota Vikings training camp in 2001, died from complications of heatstroke two days later.Banning two-a-day summer practices in high schools could help minimize the danger.

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Something Strange in Usain Bolt’s Stride

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:59:03 GMT

Usain Bolt holds the world records at 100 and 200 meters, running with an asymmetrical stride because his right leg is a half-inch shorter than his left.Bolt is the fastest sprinter ever in spite of — or because of? — an uneven stride that upends conventional wisdom.

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Diagnosis: Why Couldn’t This Man Stop Hiccupping?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:00:02 GMT

It started as a normal bout, but no remedy cured them. What was causing these relentless spasms?

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A New Brooklyn Clinic for Hotel Workers Who Enjoy No-Cost Care

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:53:58 GMT

Mia Torres being weighed at the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council’s new health center. Her mother, Tania Corchado, background, sitting next to her son Matthew, said she was happy with the health care promised to her family for the next nine years.The health center opening in August promises to provide checkups, dental care and physical therapy without having to wait to be seen.

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Tina Howe Copes With Caregiving and Other Late-in-Life Storms

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:28:46 GMT

The playwright Tina Howe with her husband, Norman Levy, in their Upper West Side home.Looking after her ailing husband, and the perils of climate change, are inspirations for her new play, “Singing Beach.”

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Trump Demands That Senators Find a Way to Replace Obamacare

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:31:50 GMT

President Trump spoke during a lunch with Republican senators at the White House on Wednesday. Senators Dean Heller of Nevada and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia sat next to Mr. Trump.A day after he seemed to give up his legislative push, President Trump summoned Republican senators to tell them not to leave Washington until they repeal and replace Obamacare.

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Phys Ed: The Toll of Exercise on the Heart (and Why You May Not Need to Worry)

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:00:15 GMT

Endurance athletes do have plaques in their arteries, but they differ somewhat from the kinds found in less active people’s hearts.

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Are You a Carboholic? Why Cutting Carbs Is So Tough

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:00:01 GMT

Eating a little of a tasty dessert doesn’t satisfy me — it creates a fierce craving to eat it all, and then some.

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How the Senate Health Care Bill Failed: G.O.P. Divisions and a Fed-Up President

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 01:16:09 GMT

The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, leaving the Senate floor on Tuesday.The effort by Senate Republicans to remake the country’s health care system faced a near-impossible path forward. President Trump’s tweets didn’t help.

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‘Let Obamacare Fail,’ Trump Says as G.O.P. Health Bill Collapses

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 01:02:49 GMT

Senator Shelley Moore Capito, center, Republican of West Virginia, said she was opposed to simply repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement.The seven-year Republican quest to repeal the Affordable Care Act seemed to reach a dead end Tuesday, but President Trump vowed to “let Obamacare fail.”

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Uber Discriminates Against Riders With Disabilities, Suit Says

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 23:37:26 GMT

An Uber driver awaiting a client in Manhattan in June. A lawsuit against the ride-hailing company says it has violated New York City’s human rights laws by providing too few vehicles that can accommodate wheelchairs.A coalition of advocacy groups says only a tiny fraction of the 58,000 cars dispatched by the ride-hailing service across New York City are wheelchair accessible.

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Economic Scene: In Health Care, Republicans Could Learn From Rwanda

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:46:13 GMT

An American pediatric specialist during a radiology teaching session with pediatric residents in Kigali, Rwanda. In the past 15 years, Rwanda has worked to build a near-universal health care system.While Obamacare’s foes seek to reverse its expansion of coverage, third-world nations have made strides in extending access and improving results.

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After Decades of War, Colombian Farmers Face a New Test: Peace

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:00:39 GMT

A farmer in La Hormiga at his pepper seed field. After the end of a long war with FARC rebels, Colombia is trying to encourage farmers to turn away from coca.The FARC rebels have disarmed and joined the government to wean farmers off illicit crops. But in poor villages, the lure of drug money is still strong.

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Health Care Overhaul Collapses as Two Republican Senators Defect

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 02:48:35 GMT

Senator Jerry Moran, Republican of Kansas, said he opposed the healthcare bill.With announced opposition from Senators Moran and Lee, the Republican push to rewrite President Obama’s signature domestic legacy issue falls short.

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27 Contact Lenses Are Found in Woman’s Eye, Doctors Report

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:22:58 GMT

Seventeen contact lenses removed by an anaesthetist. A further 10 were found during examination under a microscope by the surgeon.A medical team in Britain decided to publicize the case to raise awareness about safe contact lens use.

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Personal Health: With Cancer Screening, Better Safe Than Sorry?

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:30:50 GMT

Many patients, no matter how old or sick they may be, are reluctant to abandon tests they’ve long been told can be lifesaving.

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The Checkup: Why Smoking in Films Harms Children

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:00:01 GMT

The more smoking kids see on screen, the more likely they are to smoke, studies show.

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McCain’s Surgery May Be More Serious Than Thought, Experts Say

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 22:57:43 GMT

Senator John McCain of Arizona last week on Capitol Hill. He had surgery on Friday to remove a blood clot.The recovery from a procedure on Friday to remove a blood clot could delay Senator John McCain’s return to Washington for a vote on health care, medical experts said.

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Families of Tuskegee Syphilis Study Victims Seek Leftover Settlement Fund

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 19:48:12 GMT

Descendants of the black men left untreated for syphilis during an infamous government study want a judge to award them any money remaining from a $9 million legal settlement.

In Clash Over Health Bill, a Growing Fear of ‘Junk Insurance’

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 17:09:35 GMT

Julie Arkison, a self-employed horseback-riding instructor, at her farm in Saline, Mich. She said the insurance plan she had before the Affordable Care Act ended up costing her thousands of dollars when she needed hip surgery.The Republicans’ proposal to overturn Obamacare could allow insurers to sell bare-bones plans that fail to pay for what is now deemed essential medical care.

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