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Troubled Preschoolers Not Getting Effective Treatment: Report

Troubled Preschoolers Not Getting Effective Treatment: Report0

Prices of Generic Heart Failure Drugs Vary Widely

Prices of Generic Heart Failure Drugs Vary Widely0

Doctors Use iPads to Treat 'Lazy Eye,' With Mixed Results

Doctors Use iPads to Treat 'Lazy Eye,' With Mixed Results0

Smartphone Device Detects Undiagnosed Irregular Heartbeat

Smartphone Device Detects Undiagnosed Irregular Heartbeat0

When Complications Arise, Some Hospitals Get Paid a Lot More

When Complications Arise, Some Hospitals Get Paid a Lot More0

Steep Rise in Price of Older Cancer Drugs

Steep Rise in Price of Older Cancer Drugs0

Is Web-Based Test for Prediabetes Faulty?

Is Web-Based Test for Prediabetes Faulty?0

Do Activity Trackers Like Fitbit Boost Health?

Do Activity Trackers Like Fitbit Boost Health?0

FDA's Cancer-Drug Reviewers Often Join Industry Later: Study

FDA's Cancer-Drug Reviewers Often Join Industry Later: Study0

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Doctors Often Neglect Their Own Mental Health

Doctors Often Neglect Their Own Mental Health0

TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Wary of the stigma of a mental health diagnosis and its toll on their careers, physicians often avoid getting help for depression and other mental illnesses, a new survey suggests. Researchers ...

Early Menopause Linked to Higher Heart Disease, Death Risks

Early Menopause Linked to Higher Heart Disease, Death Risks0

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who enter menopause early may be at greater risk for heart disease and premature death, a new analysis suggests. To reach this conclusion, the Dutch researchers reviewed 32 studies involving ...

Tighter Blood Pressure Control Could Save 100,000 U.S. Lives: Study

Tighter Blood Pressure Control Could Save 100,000 U.S. Lives: Study0

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Engaging Americans at high risk for heart disease in aggressive efforts to lower their blood pressure could save more than 100,000 lives a year, a new analysis indicates. Current guidelines recommend ...

Can Acupuncture Ease Severe Constipation?

Can Acupuncture Ease Severe Constipation?0

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with severe chronic constipation may get relief from a more modern type of acupuncture, new research suggests. After eight weeks of treatment with electroacupuncture -- acupuncture involving ...

Why Some Women Find Good Sleep Tough to Get

Why Some Women Find Good Sleep Tough to Get0

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some women have trouble staying asleep, and a new small study may shed light on why. Women's internal, or circadian, body clocks run at a faster pace than men's, according to the research. It's ...

After-Hours Work Email No Friend of the Family

After-Hours Work Email No Friend of the Family0

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Picture this: It's Saturday morning. You're in the bleachers watching your kid play soccer. But, instead of enjoying the game, you're bracing for a barrage of emails from the boss, because that's her ...

Most Sick, Aging Americans Live Far From In-Home Care

Most Sick, Aging Americans Live Far From In-Home Care0

TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most older Americans struggling with chronic illnesses live too far from "in-home" medical care providers to get the help they need to stay in their homes, a new study finds. At least 2 million Medicare ...

Health Insurance Status May Affect Cancer Patients' Survival

Health Insurance Status May Affect Cancer Patients' Survival0

MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Two large studies suggest that surviving certain cancers in America could depend on your health insurance status. Despite improvements in cancer diagnosis and treatment, patients who were uninsured or ...

Sickle Cell Trait Not Linked to Early Death in Study

Sickle Cell Trait Not Linked to Early Death in Study0

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research challenges the long-held belief that people with sickle cell trait, who are born with only a single copy of the sickle cell gene variant, are at risk of premature death. People with the ...

1 in 10 Alzheimer's Patients at Risk for Avoidable Hospital Stays

1 in 10 Alzheimer's Patients at Risk for Avoidable Hospital Stays0

MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias may often land in the hospital simply because of poor management of other health problems they have, a new study suggests. One in 10 people ...

Meningitis B Vaccine Falls Short of Expectations

Meningitis B Vaccine Falls Short of Expectations0

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- About one-third of Princeton University students given a vaccine to combat a meningitis B outbreak on campus in 2013 didn't show signs of protection from the immunization, researchers ...

Living Past 90 Doesn't Doom You to Disease, Disability

Living Past 90 Doesn't Doom You to Disease, Disability0

THURSDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- What if you could live well into your 90s and still be in good health? A new study suggests that may be possible, particularly if you have good genes. "Chronic disease is not an inevitable part ...

Too Much Red Meat Might Harm Kidneys, Study Suggests

Too Much Red Meat Might Harm Kidneys, Study Suggests0

THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Eating red meat may boost the risk for kidney failure, but swapping even one daily serving of red meat for another protein may reduce the risk, a large study from Singapore suggests. Red meat intake ...

Genetically Modified Monkeys Might Aid Autism Research

Genetically Modified Monkeys Might Aid Autism Research0

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Chinese scientists report they've created monkeys that carry a gene linked to autism-like behaviors. The altered monkeys also produced offspring that inherited the human gene, according to research ...

Zika Virus Likely to Spread to Southern United States, Experts Predict

Zika Virus Likely to Spread to Southern United States, Experts Predict0

THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus are spreading across central and South America and the Caribbean, experts say it's only a matter of time before the disease, which has been linked to an alarming ...

Obamacare Enrollment Initiative Targets Latinos

Obamacare Enrollment Initiative Targets Latinos0

MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- With only three weeks left in the latest Affordable Care Act enrollment period, U.S. health officials and community advocates are ramping up efforts to sign up difficult-to-reach Latino Americans. The ...

Deadline Extended for Obamacare Sign-Ups

Deadline Extended for Obamacare Sign-Ups0

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Citing heavy last-minute demand, U.S. health officials have extended the deadline to sign up for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act that would take effect Jan. 1. The new ...

Kids Who Take ADHD Meds More Likely to Be Bullied, Study Finds

Kids Who Take ADHD Meds More Likely to Be Bullied, Study Finds0

FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers who take drugs like Adderall and Ritalin to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are twice as likely to be bullied as their peers who don't have ADHD, a new study ...

Kids Who Take ADHD Meds More Likely to Be Bullied, Study Finds

Kids Who Take ADHD Meds More Likely to Be Bullied, Study Finds0

FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers who take drugs like Adderall and Ritalin to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are twice as likely to be bullied as their peers who don't have ADHD, a new study ...

Doctors Save Life of U.S. Child With Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Doctors Save Life of U.S. Child With Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis0

SUNDAY, Nov. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A 5-year-old child from the United States, stricken at age 2 with a deadly form of tuberculosis after traveling to India, is finally in remission, researchers report. The case, one of only a handful ...

Beware Safety Risks Posed by 'Off-Label' Drug Use

Beware Safety Risks Posed by 'Off-Label' Drug Use0

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- "Off-label" drug use puts patients at risk for serious side effects, especially when scientific evidence is lacking, a new study finds. Physicians prescribe "off-label" when they recommend drugs for uses ...

Substance Abuse, Suicide Killing More White, Middle-Aged Americans: Report

Substance Abuse, Suicide Killing More White, Middle-Aged Americans: Report0

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A largely unnoticed "epidemic" is killing white, middle-aged Americans in growing numbers, a new analysis reveals. Princeton University researchers report that the overall death rate of white adults in ...

Obamacare and the Supreme Court: What's at Stake

Obamacare and the Supreme Court: What's at Stake0

TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The latest legal showdown over the Affordable Care Act could make health insurance unaffordable for millions of Americans, some health policy experts say. But opponents of the health-care law say the ...

Last Chance to Enroll in Obamacare for 2015

Last Chance to Enroll in Obamacare for 20150

For most people, it will be the last chance to select an ACA marketplace health plan or switch plans for 2015. That's why health advocates are urging uninsured Americans to take advantage of this final window of opportunity. The 2015 open ...

Obamacare's Payments to Doctors Widens Access for Medicaid Patients: Study

Obamacare's Payments to Doctors Widens Access for Medicaid Patients: Study0

THURSDAY, Jan. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Sweetening Medicaid payments to primary-care providers does make appointments for first-time patients more widely available, a new study suggests. The finding offers what the researchers say ...

Some 'Safety Net' Health Clinics See Drop in Uninsured Visits Under Obamacare

Some 'Safety Net' Health Clinics See Drop in Uninsured Visits Under Obamacare0

MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act is reducing the number of uninsured patient visits to community health centers, new research suggests. Community health centers provide ...

Time to Enroll, or Re-Enroll, in an 'Obamacare' Health Plan

Time to Enroll, or Re-Enroll, in an 'Obamacare' Health Plan0

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The "Obamacare" marketplaces are now gearing up for a new challenge: persuading Americans who slogged through last year's troubled open enrollment to renew their coverage. This year's enrollment ...

Report Identifies Game Changers for U.S. Health Care

Report Identifies Game Changers for U.S. Health Care0

TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Imagine if doctors and hospitals got paid for providing better care, not more care, and consumers had better data for making informed health choices. A new report suggests that's the ...

Report Identifies Game Changers for U.S. Health Care

Report Identifies Game Changers for U.S. Health Care0

TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Imagine if doctors and hospitals got paid for providing better care, not more care, and consumers had better data for making informed health choices. A new report suggests that's the ...

More Employers Moving to High-Deductible Health Plans

More Employers Moving to High-Deductible Health Plans0

FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans with job-based health insurance will face costlier deductibles next year as more large employers embrace or expand so-called consumer-directed health plans, a new survey finds. The shift ...

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Obamacare May Mean Healthier Young Adults, Study Suggests

Obamacare May Mean Healthier Young Adults, Study Suggests0

TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A popular provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows young adults to stay on a parent's health insurance plan up to age 26 may be good for their health and financial security, a large study ...

Millions Will Not Have to Pay Obamacare Tax Penalties: Report

Millions Will Not Have to Pay Obamacare Tax Penalties: Report0

MONDAY, June 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Just a fraction of Americans will pay federal tax penalties in 2016 for not having health insurance, new projections show. Although an estimated 30 million people will still be uninsured in 2016, only 4 ...

Deaths Rates Fell in Massachusetts After Health-Care Reform

Deaths Rates Fell in Massachusetts After Health-Care Reform0

MONDAY, May 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Providing greater access to health insurance led to a decline in deaths, according to a new study of Massachusetts' health-reform law. Massachusetts passed comprehensive health reform in 2006, providing a ...

For Newly Insured Under Obamacare, a Steep Learning Curve

For Newly Insured Under Obamacare, a Steep Learning Curve0

FRIDAY, May 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Sheri Samotin, a California-based patient advocate, knows the ins and outs of health insurance, including how to find a participating physician. But when first navigating the new health insurance options ...

Fewer Americans Overwhelmed by Medical Bills: Report

Fewer Americans Overwhelmed by Medical Bills: Report0

WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While millions of Americans still feel hamstrung by medical expenses, a new government report shows that some people are getting relief. The share of people under age 65 in families reporting ...

Consumers Flocked to HealthCare.gov on Last Day of Insurance Enrollment

Consumers Flocked to HealthCare.gov on Last Day of Insurance Enrollment0

TUESDAY, April 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An 11-hour wave of consumers descended on the federal HealthCare.gov website Monday, in search of health insurance as the first enrollment period for coverage under the Affordable Care Act drew to a ...

Teens' Stress Levels Rival Those of Adults, Survey Finds

Teens' Stress Levels Rival Those of Adults, Survey Finds0

TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If paying the bills and putting food on the table put adults' nerves on edge, just imagine how today's overscheduled, frequently tested teenagers must feel. Adolescents reported stress levels during ...

State Health Insurance Marketplaces Boost Outreach Efforts

State Health Insurance Marketplaces Boost Outreach Efforts0

THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Health insurance exchanges in five states with strong enrollment growth are ramping up efforts to reach even more uninsured Americans before the end of the Affordable Care Act's open enrollment period on ...

Experts Urge 'Seismic Shift' in Approach to Better U.S. Health Care

Experts Urge 'Seismic Shift' in Approach to Better U.S. Health Care0

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Medicine alone cannot improve the health of the nation -- not when one in five Americans lives in unsafe neighborhoods where pollution, crime and joblessness are prevalent; nutritious food is scarce; and ...

Many Americans Haven't Checked Out Health Insurance Marketplaces

Many Americans Haven't Checked Out Health Insurance Marketplaces0

FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Despite a rush to enroll in December, many Americans who may be eligible for health insurance through the new state and federal marketplaces haven't shopped for coverage, a new survey shows. About 24 ...

U.S. Health Spending Rising Modestly, Report Finds

U.S. Health Spending Rising Modestly, Report Finds0

TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Even as consumers dig deeper to pay for health expenses, overall health-care spending in the United States continues to expand at a relatively low rate of growth, a new government analysis ...

Obama Administration Stands by Contraception Rule

Obama Administration Stands by Contraception Rule0

FRIDAY, Jan. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The Obama administration on Friday contested U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's decision temporarily exempting an order of Catholic nuns from the Affordable Care Act's contraception ...

Obama Administration Stands by Contraception Rule

Obama Administration Stands by Contraception Rule0

FRIDAY, Jan. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The Obama administration on Friday contested U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's decision temporarily exempting an order of Catholic nuns from the Affordable Care Act's contraception ...

Federal Health Insurance Marketplace Reports Surge in Enrollments

Federal Health Insurance Marketplace Reports Surge in Enrollments0

SUNDAY, Dec. 29, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- After a disastrous introduction back in October, the federal government's HealthCare.gov insurance coverage website saw a surge of enrollments in December, government officials said Sunday. More than ...

White House Extends Insurance Enrollment Deadline by a Day

White House Extends Insurance Enrollment Deadline by a Day0

MONDAY, Dec. 23, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The Obama Administration on Monday extended the deadline for people to register for health insurance coverage on Healtcare.gov by an extra 24 hours, through to the end of Tuesday. The official deadline ...

Obama: You Can Keep Your Health Plan . . . For a Year

Obama: You Can Keep Your Health Plan . . . For a Year0

THURSDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Bending to political pressure, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a plan to allow Americans to keep their health insurance plans for another year, even if that coverage would have been cancelled because ...

Initial Health-Plan Enrollment Falls Below Expectations

Initial Health-Plan Enrollment Falls Below Expectations0

TUESDAY, Nov. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer than 50,000 people have enrolled in health insurance through the federal HealthCare.gov website, according to published reports. The tally represents enrollment in the troubled federal health insurance ...

Website Contractor to Lead HealthCare.gov Repair

Website Contractor to Lead HealthCare.gov Repair0

FRIDAY, Oct. 25 (HealthDay News) -- The Obama administration on Friday said it has tapped one of its website contractors to manage the overall effort to fix HealthCare.gov., the new federal health insurance marketplace. Quality Software ...

Health Insurance Penalty Delayed as Federal Exchange Comes Under Fire

Health Insurance Penalty Delayed as Federal Exchange Comes Under Fire0

THURSDAY, Oct. 24 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. consumers who sign up for health insurance by March 31 won't face tax penalties for being uninsured during the first three months of 2014, the Obama administration said Thursday. The new deadline, ...

Obama: 'No Excuse' for Troubled HealthCare.gov Website

Obama: 'No Excuse' for Troubled HealthCare.gov Website0

MONDAY, Oct. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Saying he's confident the problems will get fixed, President Barack Obama on Monday admitted that there is "no excuse" for the troubles plaguing the beleaguered HealthCare.gov website. "There's no ...

Computer Problems Still Vex Day 2 of Health Insurance Exchange Rollout

Computer Problems Still Vex Day 2 of Health Insurance Exchange Rollout0

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Computer troubles continued to plague the launch of the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges on Wednesday. But Obama administration officials said Wednesday that the computer glitches were a ...

HEALTH REFORM: Young Adults May Be Key to Making It All Work

HEALTH REFORM: Young Adults May Be Key to Making It All Work0

Day one of a five-day series MONDAY, Sept. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Few uninsured young adults know about the state health insurance exchanges opening for business on Oct. 1, surveys show. But even if they did, would they snap up health ...

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