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    Insurers Offer to Stop Charging Sick People More

    Insurers Offer to Stop Charging Sick People More
    WASHINGTON – The health insurance industry offered Tuesday for the first time to curb its controversial practice of charging higher premiums to people with a history of medical problems. The offer from America's Health Insurance Plans and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a potentially significant shift in the debate over reforming the nation's health care system to rein ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    States, Hospitals Roll Out Emergency Plans

    States, Hospitals Roll Out Emergency Plans
    Health departments and hospitals are shifting into emergency mode as clusters of swine flu develop across the USA, and some are activating pandemic plans for the first time. Many states have declared a public health emergency in anticipation of a pandemic, a global epidemic in which the new flu strain spreads from person to person. Some of these states have requested ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Breast-Feeding May Help Protect Babies From Neglect

    Breast-Feeding May Help Protect Babies From Neglect
    Breast-feeding has well-documented benefits. Studies have shown it nourishes babies while fighting off infections and even boosting IQ. Now a study in Monday's Pediatrics suggests nursing also may protect infants from neglect. In a study of 6,621 Australian children over 15 years, researchers found that those who were breast-fed were far less likely to be neglected or abused by their mothers. ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Virus No More Dangerous Than Other Influenzas, Officials Contend

    Virus No More Dangerous Than Other Influenzas, Officials Contend
    Arizona's public health officials are realizing swine flu appears no more dangerous than the annual outbreaks of other influenza viruses. So they're thinking about scaling down the response when a case is confirmed. Now they hope the public will follow their lead. On the same day it was determined the Valley is home to three more sick schoolchildren, authorities pleaded with ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Octuplets Born in California Doing 'Very Well'

    Octuplets Born in California Doing 'Very Well'
    BELLFLOWER, Calif. – The octuplets born to a mother in Southern California are doing "very, very well" and breathing on their own, one of their doctors said Tuesday. Dr. Mandhir Gupta, a neonatologist at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center, told ABC's "Good Morning America" the eight babies were in stable condition. Two of the newborns — the second live octuplets born ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Bad Boss Can Cause Heart Attack

    Bad Boss Can Cause Heart Attack
    Sick and tired of your lousy boss? It's more than a mere irritation. It could kill you. Swedish researchers report today that workers saddled for four years with managers who were inconsiderate, opaque, uncommunicative, and poor advocates were about 60 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack or other life-threatening cardiac condition. By contrast, employees whose managers exhibited robust leadership ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Study: 1 in 3 Breast Cancer Patients Overtreated

    Study: 1 in 3 Breast Cancer Patients Overtreated
    LONDON – One in three breast cancer patients identified in public screening programs may be treated unnecessarily, a new study says. Karsten Jorgensen and Peter Gotzsche of the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen analyzed breast cancer trends at least seven years before and after government-run screening programs for breast cancer started in parts of Australia, Britain, Canada, Norway and Sweden. The ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    How Walking the Dog Beats the Gym

    How Walking the Dog Beats the Gym
    For those who are keen to keep fit but low on motivation, a personal trainer is often the best option. But the human version may not be the most effective. Dog owners get more exercise walking their pet than someone with a gym membership, researchers have found. On average they exercise the animal twice a day for 24 minutes each time ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Internet Addiction Center Opens in U.S.

    Internet Addiction Center Opens in U.S.
    FALL CITY, Wash. — Ben Alexander spent nearly every waking minute playing the video game "World of Warcraft." As a result, he flunked out of the University of Iowa. Alexander, 19, needed help to break an addiction he calls as destructive as alcohol or drugs. He found it in this suburb of high-tech Seattle, where what claims to be the first ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Inmates Assist Ill and Dying Fellow Prisoners in Hospices

    Inmates Assist Ill and Dying Fellow Prisoners in Hospices
    ANGOLA, La. — Ted "Animal" Durbin expected prison life to be about brawls and knife fights — not changing adult diapers or bathing grown men. Four times a week, Durbin, 51, who's serving 140 years for armed robbery at Louisiana State Penitentiary, meets with frail, dying inmates at the prison's Treatment Center. He bathes them, provides other personal care and often ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +5
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    British Girl's Heart Heals Itself After Transplant

    British Girl's Heart Heals Itself After Transplant
    LONDON — British doctors designed a radical solution to save a girl with major heart problems in 1995: they implanted a donor heart directly onto her own failing heart. After 10 years with two blood pumping organs, Hannah Clark's faulty one did what many experts had thought impossible: it healed itself enough so that doctors could remove the donated heart. But ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Many Healthcare Workers Ignore Flu Shots

    Many Healthcare Workers Ignore Flu Shots
    Nearly 50 percent of U.S. healthcare workers have decided against flu shots, said officials concerned about seasonal flu and a renewed outbreak of H1N1. Doctors and nurses are most likely to get vaccinated while less likely are workers such as lab technicians, orderlies and housekeepers, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said. Nursing home workers are the least ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Burlington, Vt., is Nation's Healthiest City

    Burlington, Vt., is Nation's Healthiest City
    What's the healthiest city in America? It appears to be Burlington, Vt. Vermont's largest city is tops among U.S. metropolitan areas by having the largest proportion of people — 92 percent — who say they are in good or great health. It's also among the best in exercise and among the lowest in obesity, diabetes and other measures of ill health, ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +4
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    No Scars: New Obesity Surgery Goes Through Mouth

    No Scars: New Obesity Surgery Goes Through Mouth
    CHICAGO — Doctors are testing a new kind of obesity surgery without any cuts through the abdomen, snaking a tube as thick as a garden hose down the throat to snap staples into the stomach. The experimental, scar-free procedure creates a narrow passage that slows the food as it moves from the upper stomach into the lower stomach, helping patients feel ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    10-Year-Old SoCal Girl Copes with Breast Cancer

    10-Year-Old SoCal Girl Copes with Breast Cancer
    LA MIRADA, Calif. — Ten-year-old Hannah Powell-Auslam is trying to remain brave as she copes with a rare form of breast cancer. "I feel like a kid inside but sometimes I feel like an adult, when I'm always at the hospital," Hannah told ABC's "Good Morning America" in an interview that aired Wednesday. The fifth-grader at Escalona Elementary School in this ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Study: Family Behavior Key to Health of Gay Youth

    Study: Family Behavior Key to Health of Gay Youth
    SAN FRANCISCO – Young gay people whose parents or guardians responded negatively when they revealed their sexual orientation were more likely to attempt suicide, experience severe depression and use drugs than those whose families accepted the news, according to a new study. The way in which parents or guardians respond to a youth's sexual orientation profoundly influences the child's mental health ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Is Obesity a National Security Threat?

    Is Obesity a National Security Threat?
    We need programs like Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" to ensure the health—and safety—of future generations. "Lets Move," says Michelle Obama in her first nationwide initiative as First Lady, and the country needs to do just that. With two thirds of American adults, and one third of American children overweight or obese, Michelle Obama has taken a bold, public step to address ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Doctors See Economic Impact on Abortion, Birth Control

    Doctors See Economic Impact on Abortion, Birth Control
    The pregnant woman showed up at the medical center in flip-flops and in tears, after walking there to save bus fare. Her boyfriend had lost his job, she told her doctor in Oakland, and now — fearing harder times for her family — she wanted to abort what would have been her fourth child. "This was a desired pregnancy — she'd ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Should Medical Records Go Electronic?

    hospitals could save billions of dollars, which could in turn be spent on better care. Do you think they should be electronic?
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Hard to Hear at Holiday Parties? Blame Your Brain

    Hard to Hear at Holiday Parties? Blame Your Brain
    NEW YORK – It's almost New Year's Eve, a time for plunging into boisterous crowds bathed in loud music. And for some of us, that means turning to an old friend and hearing things like this: "Did you know (BOOM-da-da-BOOM) went over (Bob! You look wonder-) so she said (clink-clink) and then I (Here, have another one) what would you do?" ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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