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Low carb, Paleo or fasting – which diet is best?

January 31, 2018 | By | Reply More
Low carb, Paleo or fasting – which diet is best?

At this time of year, we are bombarded with books and TV shows telling us what we should be eating and how best to lose weight. Particularly in vogue are low-carb diets, Paleo diets and intermittent fasting diets. But which diet is the most effective for sustained weight loss – not to mention good health?

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What is CRISPR gene editing, and how does it work?

January 31, 2018 | By | Reply More
What is CRISPR gene editing, and how does it work?

Scientists discovered some bacteria can cut the DNA of invading viruses as a defense mechanism. They realized they could use this to cut human DNA.

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As marijuana laws relax, doctors say pregnant women shouldn’t partake

January 31, 2018 | By | Reply More
As marijuana laws relax, doctors say pregnant women shouldn’t partake

The number of women in the United States who use marijuana during pregnancy has been difficult to gauge, partly because some women are reluctant to tell their doctors; at least 24 states consider substance use during pregnancy a form of child abuse, so divulging such information can have serious consequences. Still, a number of studies nationally suggest there’s been a sharp jump in pot use among pregnant women. Younger mothers, especially, were reported using marijuana during pregnancy.

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Expert advice for the corporate titans taking on health care

January 31, 2018 | By | Reply More
Expert advice for the corporate titans taking on health care

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s plans to join forces to address the high costs of employee health care has stirred the health policy pot. KHN asked a variety of health policy experts their thoughts on this venture, and what advice they would offer these CEOs as they go forward.

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Idaho ‘pushing envelope’ with health insurance plan. Can it do that?

January 30, 2018 | By | Reply More
Idaho ‘pushing envelope’ with health insurance plan. Can it do that?

Idaho wants allow insurers to ignore some ACA rules on plans not sold on the marketplace, aiming to make these state-based plans less costly. Several of the changes are viewed by the law’s supporters as hits to laws core consumer protections.

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Four things you need to know right now to protect yourself from the flu

January 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
Four things you need to know right now to protect yourself from the flu

Should I get vaccinated? What symptoms should I worry about? Is it safe for me to go to the doctor? Should I ask for Tamiflu?

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My Grandmother Was Italian. Why Aren’t My Genes Italian?

January 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
My Grandmother Was Italian. Why Aren’t My Genes Italian?

Maybe you got one of those find-your-ancestry kits over the holidays. You’ve sent off your awkwardly collected saliva sample, and you’re awaiting your results. If your experience is anything like that of me and my mom, you may find surprises — not the dramatic “switched at birth” kind, but results that are really different from what you expected.

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Death in the family: An uncle’s overdose spurs Medicaid official to change course

January 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
Death in the family: An uncle’s overdose spurs Medicaid official to change course

His uncle’s death shook Ostrovsky, a pediatrician appointed to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in 2016. He had championed better drug treatment programs for the 74 million people on Medicaid — an increasingly uphill battle after Republicans signaled they would trim the program under President Donald Trump.

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As Trump attacks the federal health law, some states try to shore it up

January 26, 2018 | By | Reply More
As Trump attacks the federal health law, some states try to shore it up

This year, a handful of Democratic-led states are gearing up to curb further rate hikes caused by changes implemented by the Trump administration by enacting laws and adopting insurance regulations designed to shore up the traditional insurance industry and restore parts of the ACA, known as Obamacare.

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Philadelphia moves towards ‘safe injection’ sites

January 26, 2018 | By | Reply More
Philadelphia moves towards ‘safe injection’ sites

Philadelphia is a step closer to opening what could be the nation’s first supervised site for safe drug injection. But turning the idea into reality won’t be easy.

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