Health Wellness

  • Insurance company to 9-month-old boy: Too expensive to keep you alive
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    2017-10-18 20:55:06 UTC

    A 9-month-old boy with an aggressive brain tumor received a letter from his family’s insurance company explaining that treating the cancer would be too expensive and therefore “not medically necessary.” ‘Dear Connor Richardson,” the letter said, according to The Daily Beast, “As HIP Health Plan of New York, we try hard to provide yo...
  • McCain Does Not Support New GOP Obamacare Repeal
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    2017-09-22 18:56:09 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain said on Friday that he would vote against a new Republican bill to dismantle Obamacare if it is brought onto the Senate floor next week, in a new setback for the proposal. “I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal,” McCain said in a statement about the bill spon...
  • Elizabeth Warren backs Medicare for All
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    2017-09-07 16:49:43 UTC

    Elizabeth Warren backs Medicare for All. Bernie Sanders has not yet introduced his Medicare for All bill in the Senate, but on Thursday morning it gained an important supporter in Warren. In a statement, Warren said she based her decision on her constituents’ needs and added: I believe it’s time to take a step back and ask: what is th...
  • Vitamins B6 and B12 Supplements Linked to Cancer in Men
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    2017-08-25 17:57:35 UTC

    (The Atlantic) Energy. If you’re not taking vitamin B12, forget about having energy. As The Dr. Oz Show has recommended, “End your energy crisis with Vitamin B12.” The nice thing about sublingual pills is “you don’t need a doctor, you don’t need a prescription.” And don’t get me started on metabolism. If you want to “supercharge you...
  • Ukraine's Tuberculosis Problem Concerns Europe
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    2017-08-25 18:43:12 UTC

    ODESSA, Ukraine — In the Ukrainian tourist destination of Odessa, a port on the Black Sea, holidaymakers mingle with internally displaced people from the country’s war-torn east, local Roma, students, and economic migrants from Central Asia and the Caucasus, Africa and Asia. Yet the air carries something less healthy than sea breeze...
  • Whole Foods' Competitors Fear Amazon Price Cuts
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    2017-08-25 06:36:18 UTC

    (Reuters) - Amazon said it will cut prices on a range of popular goods as it completes its acquisition of Whole Foods Market, sending shares of rival grocers tumbling on fears that brutal market share battles will intensify. Amazon’s $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods, which will be completed on Monday, has been hanging over a br...
  • When to stop mammograms for breast cancer survivors?
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    2017-08-07 05:26:06 UTC

    Older breast cancer survivors who may not live long enough to benefit from routine mammograms are still often getting them, while some who do have more years ahead are not being screened, according to a U.S. study. Most guidelines agree that when a woman has short life expectancy because of old age or serious health conditions, scre...
  • Only 29 percent of Americans want Congress to "continue working on a new healthcare bill"
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    2017-07-30 03:41:33 UTC

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A majority of Americans are ready to move on from healthcare reform at this point after the U.S. Senate's effort to dismantle Obamacare failed on Friday, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Saturday. Nearly two-thirds of the country wants to either keep or modify the Affordable Care ...
  • 105-year-old Japanese doctor who was still working died
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    2017-07-18 06:18:09 UTC

    TOKYO (Reuters) - A centenarian Japanese doctor who saw patients until just months before his death and helped set up the medical systems that have made Japan one of the world's longest-lived nations died on Tuesday at the age of 105. Born in 1911, a year before the Titanic sank, Shigeaki Hinohara was for decades the director and pu...
  • Amazon to buy Whole Foods
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    2017-06-16 17:34:24 UTC

    By Lauren Hirsch, Anya George Tharakan and Sruthi Ramakrishnan Amazon.com Inc said on Friday it would buy U.S. organic supermarket chain Whole Foods Market Inc for $13.7 billion, including debt, marking the internet retailer's largest deal and biggest foray into the brick-and-mortar retail sector. The deal, which puts a 27 percent ...
  • Global Warming: U.S. wants to plunder the planet
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    2017-05-31 18:28:52 UTC

    U.S. far-right nationalist President Donald Trump, who has previously called global warming a hoax, plans to make good on his campaign vow to withdraw the United States from a global pact to fight climate change, a move that promises to deepen a rift with U.S. allies, according to Reuters. Nearly 200 nations agree on climate chang...
  • Controversial study: The evolutionary lineage arose in Africa?
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    2017-05-23 07:10:13 UTC

    Fossils from Greece and Bulgaria of an ape-like creature that lived 7.2 million years ago may fundamentally alter the understanding of human origins, casting doubt on the view that the evolutionary lineage that led to people arose in Africa. Scientists said on Monday the creature, known as Graecopithecus freybergi and known only fro...
  • America's Bad Health Care System Is Getting Worse
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    2017-05-05 01:42:08 UTC

    WASHINGTON — GOP House majority approved a bill to repeal Obamacare, which enabled 20 million more Americans to get health insurance. Democrats say it would make insurance unaffordable for those who need it most and leave millions more uninsured. They accuse Republicans of seeking tax cuts for the rich, partly paid for by cutting h...
  • Dutch researchers: Common risk factors for depression change over the years
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    2017-04-14 07:21:13 UTC

    Different types of problems are most likely to afflict people at different times of life, so common risk factors for depression change over the years, too, Dutch researchers say. But when a risk factor is uncommon among peers – like widowhood or poor health in youth – it can have an outsized effect on depression risk, the study team...
  • Trump signs law letting states to block family planning funds
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    2017-04-13 21:06:08 UTC

    "Allowing states to withhold Title X funding from family planning clinics won’t make anyone safer or healthier – it will instead place essential services out of reach," said Diane Horvath-Cosper, a medical doctor and fellow at Physicians for Reproductive Health, adding that for many people the clinics are the only place where they can ...
  • No More Than 8 Hours Of Sleep Improves Breast Cancer Survival
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    2017-04-09 19:23:30 UTC

    HEALTH — IMPROVE BREAST CANCER SURVIVAL — Women with breast cancer who sleep at least nine hours a night may be more likely to die from their tumors than patients who get just eight hours of rest, a recent study suggests. Compared to women sleeping eight hours a night, women who slept at least nine hours were 46 percent more l...
  • GOP Healthcare Plan Forcing U.S. Hospitals To Cut Costs, Stop Hiring
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    2017-03-23 18:00:24 UTC

    By Robin Respaut and Yasmeen Abutaleb Uncertainty surrounding the Republican plan to replace Obamacare is forcing some U.S. hospitals to delay expansion plans, cut costs, or take on added risk to borrow money for capital investment projects, dealing an economic blow to these facilities and the towns they call home. Hospitals ty...
  • Lead poisoning across California
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    2017-03-22 14:03:07 UTC

    By Joshua Schneyer and M.B. Pell | NEW YORK — Dozens of California communities have experienced recent rates of childhood lead poisoning that surpass those of Flint, Michigan, with one Fresno locale showing rates nearly three times higher, blood testing data obtained by Reuters shows. The data shows how lead poisoning affects ev...
  • Joe Biden delivered an emotional speech in Austin, Texas
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    2017-03-13 01:19:19 UTC

    By Jon Herskovitz | AUSTIN, TEXAS — Former Democratic U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Sunday in one of his first major speeches since leaving office this year that he would have liked to have been the U.S. president who ended cancer as we know it. Biden, whose son Beau died from brain cancer in 2015, delivered an emotion...
  • Kristen Stewart hopes to help others by going public about her sexual orientation
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    2017-03-10 20:32:24 UTC

    New York — Kristen Stewart hopes to help others by going public about her sexual orientation. The 26-year-old, who used to date her co-star from the "Twilight" film series, Robert Pattinson, made headlines in February when she announced she was gay while hosting the U.S. late night sketch show "Saturday Night Live". Sporting a bl...
  • States' rights? Not for retirement
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    2017-02-21 21:34:45 UTC

    By Mark Miller | CHICAGO So much for states’ rights. The Republican-controlled Congress took aim this week at states that are creating retirement saving programs for workers who do not already have 401(k)s through their jobs. Seven states - including populous California, Illinois and Maryland - are implementing government-sponsored...
  • Living near heavy traffic exhaust causes higher risk of heart disease
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    2017-04-18 18:17:22 UTC

    People who live near sources of heavy traffic exhaust may be at higher risk of heart disease because the fine particles in this type of pollution lower levels of “good” cholesterol needed for healthy blood flow, a U.S. study suggests. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol helps curb the odds of heart disease by purging blood ve...
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to act on Obamacare repeal by the end of the week
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    2017-01-09 01:43:19 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate will take its first steps toward repealing President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform act by the end of the week, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday. Speaking on CBS's "Face the Nation," McConnell said: "There ought not to be a great gap" between repealin...
  • Repeal of Obama's Affordable Care Act, will place a heavy financial toll on millions of older Americans
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    2017-01-14 07:27:08 UTC

    Column: Older Americans at risk as Congress takes ax to Obamacare. CHICAGO (Reuters) - Anyone nearing retirement - or already retired - should pay very close attention to the doings of the 115th Congress that was sworn in this week. Repeal of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA) tops the agenda for Republicans, who ...
  • Humpback whales feed in San Francisco's Bay
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    2016-07-18 22:43:45 UTC

    San Francisco Bay — A group of kayakers captured an incredible sight in San Francisco Bay as a group of humpback whales gathered during a feeding frenzy. Lyrinda Snyderman and Dick Mallory from Petaluma, California were paddling their kayaks on the morning of July 10, when they spotted a flock of birds. The pair approached the scene...