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What’s the best way for children to lose weight? Here’s what the research says

June 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
What’s the best way for children to lose weight? Here’s what the research says

An increasing number of children and adolescents across the world are too heavy for their age, height and sex. Fortunately, new evidence reveals that there are proven, effective ways to tackle overweight and obesity in the young.

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‘Coverage gap’ for poor may end – but many will still have trouble affording plans

June 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Coverage gap’ for poor may end – but many will still have trouble affording plans

Republicans claim their bill includes a fix for the so-called coverage gap left more than 2.5 million people living below the poverty line of $11,880 for an individual ineligible for Medicaid or financial assistance to buy insurance — even as higher earners got subsidy checks to buy theirs. But experts say the fix, which looks fine on paper, is a mirage.

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Senate bill would revamp Medicaid, alter ACA guarantees, cut premium support

June 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Senate bill would revamp Medicaid, alter ACA guarantees, cut premium support

The bill would dramatically transform the nation’s Medicaid program, make significant changes to the federal health law’s tax credits that help lower-income people buy insurance and allow states to water down changes to some of the law’s coverage guarantees.

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Winners and Losers: 40 is old in Senate GOP health plan’s subsidy structure

June 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Winners and Losers: 40 is old in Senate GOP health plan’s subsidy structure

About 85% of the nearly 10 million consumers who enrolled in coverage last year through federal and state marketplaces received financial assistance. Under the Senate plan, some could pay less in premium costs, but many, particularly older Americans, could see their share of payments go up. And let’s be clear — you’re old at about 40.

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Promises made to protect preexisting conditions prove hollow in Senate bill

June 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Promises made to protect preexisting conditions prove hollow in Senate bill

Senate Republicans praised the Affordable Care Act replacement bill they presented Thursday as preserving coverage for people with cancer, mental illness and other chronic illness. But the legislation may do no such thing, according to health law experts who have read it closely.

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How two common medications became one $455 million specialty pill

June 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
How two common medications became one $455 million specialty pill

Vimovo was created using two readily and cheaply available generic, or over-the-counter, medicines: naproxen, also known by the brand Aleve, and esomeprazole magnesium, also known as Nexium.

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A UW clinic mix-up leaves pregnant woman in dark about Zika risk

June 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
A UW clinic mix-up leaves pregnant woman in dark about Zika risk

University of Washington officials have apologized after failing for months to inform a pregnant woman she was likely infected with the Zika virus that can cause devastating birth defects.

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Survivors of childhood diseases struggle to find care as adults

June 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Survivors of childhood diseases struggle to find care as adults

There are now more adults than kids living with congenital heart diseases, and medical training lags behind. Young adults who can’t find suitable doctors may drop out of care, and their conditions may worsen.

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‘Complete Eats’ program helps SNAP/EBT enrollees buy vegetables and fruit

June 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Complete Eats’ program helps SNAP/EBT enrollees buy vegetables and fruit

If you or your family uses SNAP/Basic Food/EBT, you can earn extra savings when you buy fruits and vegetables at any Safeway store in Washington.

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Despite a growing appetite for flat-fee ‘direct primary care,’ Qliance clinics shutter in Seattle

June 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Despite a growing appetite for flat-fee ‘direct primary care,’ Qliance clinics shutter in Seattle

After a pioneering practice in Seattle shut its doors earlier this month, some question whether “direct primary care,” as it’s called, can succeed.

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