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Will Cutting the Health Mandate Pay for Tax Cuts? Not Necessarily

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:32:45 GMT

Alexia Manon Senior says she would not drop her health insurance even if the Affordable Care Act’s so-called individual mandate were repealed.Americans dislike the requirement that everyone have health insurance. But eliminating it doesn’t mean that they’d stop buying coverage — or accepting subsidies.


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F.D.A. Speeds Review of Gene Therapies, Vowing to Target Rogue Clinics

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:35:19 GMT

Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, at a Senate hearing earlier this year. The F.D.A. issued new guidelines that will expedite treatments involving human cells and tissues.The agency plans to speed approval of treatments to get them to the market faster, signaling the quickened pace of advancements in this field.


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Global Health: Bird Flu Is Spreading in Asia, Experts (Quietly) Warn

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:32:56 GMT

Doctors attended to a H7N9 bird flu patient in Wuhan, China, in February. The country has been experiencing a “fifth wave” of flu since October 2016.Dire predictions of a flu pandemic proved overblown in 2005 and 2009. Still, health officials are warning that the H7N9 virus, which can be lethal, is on the rise.


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Amish Mutation Protects Against Diabetes and May Extend Life

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:33:36 GMT

The clinic parking lot in Berne, Ind., where some of the Amish residents carry a genetic mutation that may have life-extending benefits.Amish men and women who carried a genetic mutation appeared to be in better cardiovascular health and had longer telomeres, a barometer of longevity.


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What States Can Learn From One Another on Health Care

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:01:22 GMT

Syrian twins during a ceremony to celebrate the success rates of maternal and infant health after the 5,000th birth at a refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq in 2016. The U.S. has one of the highest infant mortality rates among wealthy nations, although some states are showing a lot of progress.Some have made large improvements in certain areas. What have they done to get better?


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How to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:17:49 GMT

A patient gets her blood pressure checked in Vermont. New guidelines released by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology lower the threshold for high blood pressure.Medical guidelines have changed, and now about half of Americans may qualify for the diagnosis of hypertension. Here’s what to do about it.


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Study Finds Competing Opioid Treatments Have Similar Outcomes

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:24:11 GMT

Left, a dose of Vivitrol before being administered. Right, a pharmacist filling a prescription for Suboxone.The manufacturers of the two drugs to treat opioid addiction are competing fiercely for market share and drawing scrutiny from lawmakers and prosecutors.


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She Took On Colombia’s Soda Industry. Then She Was Silenced.

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:41:50 GMT

A street vendor in Bogotá. Volume sales of carbonated drinks in the country have climbed more than 25 percent over the past 15 years.The debate over taxing sugary drinks has turned into a ferocious global policy brawl. In Colombia, proponents faced intimidation and censorship.


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The Secret to Long Life? It May Lurk in the DNA of the Oldest Among Us

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:53:17 GMT

Clarence Matthews, 110, had blood drawn at his home in Indian Wells, Calif., last year, part of a project to examine the genes of the very old. Mr. Matthews died a few months ago.James Clement has scoured the globe for supercentenarians, aged 110 and older, willing to contribute their genomes to a rare scientific cache.


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Personal Health: Clearing Up the Confusion About Salt

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:00:16 GMT

Excess sodium is responsible for most cases of hypertension, a leading risk factor for heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure.


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The New Health Care: How I Lost Weight and Learned to Love Thanksgiving Again

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:30:12 GMT

When we moralize about food, we remove joy from eating and forget the benefits of moderation.


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The Checkup: How Not to Talk to a Child Who Is Overweight

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:23:42 GMT

Doctors walk a difficult line as they try to discuss the fraught subject of weight without increasing the distress that many children already feel.


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The New Washington: ‘The New Washington’: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 04:53:48 GMT

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York.Ms. Gillibrand spoke with Jennifer Steinhauer about her legislation to reform policies on sexual harassment on Capitol Hill, power dynamics, President Bill Clinton and more.


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Q&A: The Chemical Reaction That Cleans Everything

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:55:10 GMT

Bleach may be common, but the molecular dance that makes it work is an intricate wonder.


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Jesse Jackson Announces He Has Parkinson’s Disease

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:17:00 GMT

The Rev. Jesse Jackson at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last year.The longtime civil rights leader said he plans to make “lifestyle changes” but will not allow the disease to interfere with his advocacy work.


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Ties: At Last, Connected by Blood

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:00:02 GMT

My stepfather was determined to make up for our lack of shared DNA and disprove the saying that blood is thicker than water.


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Ask Well: What Is Parkinsonism?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:00:01 GMT

The stiffness, slowness and shuffling of the feet that are classic features of Parkinson’s disease can also be caused by other disorders.


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Middle-Class Families Confront Soaring Health Insurance Costs

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:45:51 GMT

Ian Dixon, right, said he might hire an employee just so he could buy health insurance as a small business, at a cost far below what he and his family would have to pay on their own.In Virginia, premiums on policies sold under the Affordable Care Act are pushing health coverage out of reach, and customers see political forces at work.


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Nuts May Lower Your Risk for Heart Disease

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:25:15 GMT

Eating a one-ounce serving five times a week was associated with a reduction in heart attacks, strokes and heart disease.


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Even Light Activity May Increase Your Chances of Living Longer

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:54:36 GMT

Thirty minutes of chores like light housework or walking slowly was tied to a 12 percent reduction in mortality in older women.


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Heart Attack Survivors at Risk of Later Dementia

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:15:20 GMT

Heart attack increased the risk for vascular dementia, the type caused by impaired blood flow to the brain, up to 35 years later.


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Phys Ed: To Maintain Muscle and Lose Fat as You Age, Add Weights

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:00:01 GMT

Adding weights to your weight loss regimen may be more effective than beginning a walking program, according to a new report.


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Peter Sands Named Head of Global Disease-Fighting Agency

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:37:50 GMT

Peter SandsThe new executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria faces an uphill battle: raising more money as lethal epidemics keep cropping up.


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Senate Plans to End Obamacare Mandate in Revised Tax Proposal

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:07:45 GMT

Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah, delivered opening remarks Tuesday during a Senate Finance Committee hearing.Republicans also said they would set all of their tax cuts for individuals to expire at the end of 2025, but deep cuts in the corporate tax rate would be permanent.


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The Patients vs. Paperwork Problem for Doctors

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:33:18 GMT

Danielle Ofri, M.D.Doctors spent nearly twice as much time doing administrative work as actually seeing patients: 49 percent of their time, versus 27 percent.


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Take a Number: Americans Are Putting Down the Soda Pop

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:07:52 GMT

Soda pop at a store in New Jersey. Sugary drink consumption has declined in the United States, according to a new study.Children and adults are downing sugary drinks far less often than they used to, a new study finds.


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First Digital Pill Approved to Worries About Biomedical ‘Big Brother’

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:38:12 GMT

A wearable sensor patch made by Proteus Digital Health is part of the Abilify digital pill study.The medicine, an antipsychotic drug, has a sensor that will show doctors whether and when patients are taking it. Other medicines will follow, experts say.


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Under New Guidelines, Millions More Americans Will Need to Lower Blood Pressure

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:00:09 GMT

Thyleb Ramadhan got his blood pressure checked at a mobile medical clinic in Olean, N.Y., in June.Experts set new targets for treatment of hypertension on Monday, greatly expanding the number of adults who will qualify for the diagnosis.


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If You’re Sick, Stay Away From Work. If You Can’t, Here Is What Doctors Advise.

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:34:30 GMT

A sneeze sprays droplets from the mouth and nose at velocities of up to 150 feet per second. Seriously, stay home.Those who have paid sick time should use it but often don’t, despite doctors’ warnings that it risks infecting other people.


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Trillions of Flies Can’t All Be Bad

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:04:49 GMT

A male fly of the genus Plagiozopelma.The world’s flies do much more than annoy us. Pollinating plants, cleaning up carcasses, swabbing drains — flies are part of every strand of the web of life.


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Former Eli Lilly Executive Is Trump’s Choice for Health Secretary

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 01:38:21 GMT

Alex Azar, then deputy secretary of health and human services, in June 2006. His nomination to oversee the department raised new doubts about the president’s stated commitment to rein in drug companies.Alex M. Azar II, a lawyer, was also a health official in the George W. Bush administration


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