Medicaid Expansion Helps Cut Rate Of Older, Uninsured Adults From 12 To 8 Percent

The health law’s expansion of Medicaid coverage to adults with incomes over the poverty line was key to reducing the uninsured rate among 50- to 64-year-olds from nearly 12 to 8 percent in 2014, according to a new analysis. “Clearly most of the gains in coverage were in Medicaid or non-group coverage,” says study co-author […]

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Raw Tuna Suspected as Source of Salmonella Outbreak: CDC

At least 53 people in nine states have fallen ill, while 10 have been hospitalized, agency reports FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Raw tuna is suspected as the source of a salmonella outbreak that has now sickened 53 people in nine states, according to U.S. health officials. No deaths have been reported. But […]

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Treating Gum Disease Might Help Prostate Symptoms: Study

Treating Gum Disease Might Help Prostate Symptoms By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Treating gum disease may help reduce symptoms of prostate inflammation, which can make urination difficult, a small study suggests. Previous research has shown a link between gum disease and prostate inflammation — called prostatitis. The study […]

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Loose Skin After Weight Loss

When you work to lose a bunch of weight, you dream of a tighter, toned body. You don’t picture extra, loose skin. But that’s a real possibility, and one that can cause health problems and a poor self-image. “It’s frustrating to patients who have put all this hard work and commitment into their weight loss […]

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‘$5 Insanity': What You Should Know About Flakka

‘$5 Insanity’: What You Should Know About Flakka May 21, 2015 — Some call it “$5 Insanity.” Flakka, a new designer drug, is surging in popularity. Poison control centers in states including Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas are responding to an increasing number of incidents involving it. Here’s what you need to know: What is […]

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‘$5 Insanity:’ What You Should Know About Flakka

‘$5 Insanity:’ What You Should Know About Flakka May 21, 2015 — Some call it “$5 Insanity.” Flakka, a new designer drug, is surging in popularity. Poison control centers in states including Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas are responding to an increasing number of incidents involving it. Here’s what you need to know: What is […]

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Flu Vaccines and Kids

Every fall, millions of U.S. children get flu vaccinations at their pediatricians’ offices. The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for all Americans who are at least 6 months old. You may have questions about the vaccination. Why can’t last year’s flu shot protect your child this year? Do you need to get her a […]

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Family History of Breast Cancer Doesn’t Worsen Patient’s Prognosis: Study

Does Family History Affect Breast Cancer Survival? By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Breast cancer patients who have a family history of the disease often worry that their outlook is worse and their chances for recurrence is higher. But a new British study of nearly 3,000 women treated for […]

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Steroids No Better for Sciatica Pain Than Placebo, Study Finds

Steroids No Better for Sciatica Pain Than Placebo? By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Doctors often prescribe steroid pills to ease the discomfort of sciatica — back and leg pain usually caused by a herniated disk in the lower back. But a new study finds steroids are no more […]

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Alzheimer’s-Linked Brain Plaques May Arise Decades Before Symptoms

Alzheimer’s-Tied Brain Plaque May Precede Symptoms By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Abnormal protein clumps may appear in the brain up to 30 years before people develop Alzheimer’s disease, a new study estimates, perhaps providing a window of opportunity to intervene. Scientists have long known that people with Alzheimer’s […]

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