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Kids’ fitness is improving, but they still aren’t as fit as their parents were

April 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Kids’ fitness is improving, but they still aren’t as fit as their parents were

Research shows that if you are aerobically fit as an adult, then you are less likely to develop or die from chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke and some cancers. And, if you were fit as a kid, then you are more likely to be a fit and healthy as an adult.

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To curb rising health insurance costs, some states try ‘reinsurance pools’

April 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
To curb rising health insurance costs, some states try ‘reinsurance pools’

A couple of years ago, the health insurance exchange in Minnesota – MNsure – was in deep trouble. Health insurance premiums for individual policies had shot up by as much as 67 percent, among the steepest increases in the country.  Insurers were abandoning the market, leaving 116,000 Minnesotans with scant choices.

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13 cases of Salmonella in Washington state linked to herbal drug kratom

April 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
13 cases of Salmonella in Washington state linked to herbal drug kratom

Thirteen cases of Salmonella infections in Washington state have been linked to the herbal drug Kratom, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. 

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Patient advocacy groups take in millions from drugmakers. Is there a payback?

April 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
Patient advocacy groups take in millions from drugmakers. Is there a payback?

Drug company donations to patient advocacy groups totaled $116 million in one year, dwarfing the total amount the companies spent on federal lobbying.

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New momentum for addiction treatment behind bars

April 5, 2018 | By | Reply More
New momentum for addiction treatment behind bars

Fewer than 1 percent of the more than 5,000 U.S. prisons and jails, housing more than 2 million inmates, allow access to the FDA-approved medication for drug addiction, even though medical societies, addiction experts and correctional health organizations support their use.

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New virus emerges from bats in China

April 4, 2018 | By | Reply More
New virus emerges from bats in China

A newly identified coronavirus that killed nearly 25,000 piglets in China emerged from horseshoe bats near the origin of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV), Although it does not appear to infect people, researchers say the finding is an important reminder that identifying new viruses in animals and quickly determining their potential to infect people is a key way to reduce global health threats.

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Older Americans are hooked on vitamins despite scarce evidence they work

April 4, 2018 | By | Reply More
Older Americans are hooked on vitamins despite scarce evidence they work

Often, preliminary studies fuel irrational exuberance about a promising dietary supplement, leading millions of people to buy in to the trend. Many never stop. They continue even though more rigorous studies almost never find that vitamins prevent disease, and in some cases cause harm.

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Americans have mixed feelings about the ACA’s future — but like their plans

April 3, 2018 | By | Reply More
Americans have mixed feelings about the ACA’s future — but like their plans

61 percent of people enrolled in marketplace plans are satisfied with their insurance choices and that a majority say they are not paying more this year compared with last year’s premium costs. Nine in 10 enrollees said they would still buy insurance without the penalty.

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‘Nightmare bacteria’ stalk U.S. hospitals

April 3, 2018 | By | Reply More
‘Nightmare bacteria’ stalk U.S. hospitals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention detected more than 220 cases last year of a rare breed of “nightmare bacteria” that are virtually untreatable and capable of spreading genes that make them impervious to most antibiotics.

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Family members fight for right to visit ailing relatives

April 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
Family members fight for right to visit ailing relatives

At least 11 states to enact laws that help relatives who are being prevented from seeing infirm or disabled family members. Under the laws, relatives can seek a court order permitting visitation and communication. The order must be granted, unless the ailing relative is found to be mentally competent and objects to contact.

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