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There’s Lots Of Talk About Surprise Medical Bills In Congress, But Ambulance Costs Have Been Left Out Of Conversation

Jul 23, 2019 , Kaiser Health News
Lawmakers across the country and federally have been trying to figure out the best way to address surprise medical bills. But one of the main causes of the problem --ambulance rides -- isn't in any of the proposed legislation. “If you call 911 for an ambulance, it’s basically a coin flip whether or not that ambulance will be in or out of network," said Christopher Garmon, a health economist at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Meanwhile, legislation in the House over the bills is...
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Diabetes Raises Heart Failure Risk More in Women

Jul 20, 2019 , WebMD
Diabetes brings with it a variety of long-term complications, but at least one of those -- heart failure -- is a bigger threat to women than men, new research...
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Money Might Motivate Smokers to Quit Long Term

Jul 19, 2019 , WebMD
Financial rewards for quitting smoking do help smokers -- including pregnant women -- kick the habit and remain smoke-free, a new study...
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Big Tobacco Leans On Proven Strategy For Waging Political Warfare: Invoking Concerns Of Black Residents To Sway Dems

Jul 16, 2019 , Kaiser Health News
When it looked like New York might pass a menthol cigarette ban, tobacco lobbyists invoked Eric Garner -- a man who was killed on Staten Island by police officers enforcing cigarette regulations -- in their arguments that it would disproportionately hurt black residents. The bill was set...
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Is Sex Good Medicine for Parkinson's?

Jul 16, 2019 , WebMD
Can sex help improve the health of a Parkinson's patient?  It might -- at least for...
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A Concussion Can Cost Your Job -- Especially If You Are Young And Well Educated

Jul 12, 2019 , NewsLine - Healthcare Professionals
A hard tackle on the football-field, a crash on your bike or a fall from a ladder in your home can easily cause a concussion, which eventually can cost your job - especially if you are in your thirties, and have a higher education. These are some of the findings in a large new register-based data r......
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FDA OKs 1st Drug for Sinusitis With Nasal Polyps

Jul 03, 2019 , WebMD
Dupixent (dupilumab) is given by injection every two weeks. It was approved to treat patients with nasal polyps and chronic rhinosinusitis -- defined as a prolonged inflammation of the sinuses and nasal cavity, the FDA...
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Processed Foods in Pregnancy May Be Tied to Autism

Jul 03, 2019 , WebMD
Researchers from the University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Medicine in Orlando found that high levels of propionic acid (PPA) -- used in processed foods to extend shelf life -- change nervous system development in the fetal...
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'Dr. Bob' Sears Accused Of Issuing Invalid Vaccine Medical Exemptions--Again

Jul 03, 2019 , Forbes
Dr. Bob Sears is at it again: He's accused of writing bogus vaccination medical exemptions less than a year after censure from Medical Board of California for the same...
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Why Your Foot Calluses Might Be Good for You

Jul 03, 2019 , WebMD
Researchers found that calluses offer the foot protection while you're walking around, without compromising tactile sensitivity -- or the ability to feel the...
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Money Worries Around Food May Spur Migraine

Jul 03, 2019 , WebMD
When researchers weighed other factors -- like income, education and smoking and drinking habits -- people who were concerned about affording groceries were 58% more likely to suffer from migraine...
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Millions Hurt by 'Secondhand' Alcohol of Others

Jul 03, 2019 , WebMD
A new study finds the effects of "secondhand" alcohol harms are widespread, with nearly 1 in 5 Americans -- 53 million people -- reporting having been harmed by someone else's drinking during the past...
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Anti-Vax Push a 'Man-Made' Health Bind: Scientists

Jul 03, 2019 , WebMD
The experts called on governments and policymakers to support laws that limit exemptions from mandatory vaccination and to regard childhood vaccination as an essential service -- in line with services such as police, firefighters and public...
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FAQ: All About Ticks 2019

Jul 03, 2019 , WebMD
After feeding on a host animal’s blood, the adult female lays eggs -- from 1,500 to as many as...
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How does your child's screen time measure up?

Jul 03, 2019 , CNN Health
It's not unusual for children to sulk or throw a tantrum when parents demand they switch off the television or put down the phone, but for parents, what's on that screen -- or how long a child has been staring at it -- is the bigger worry....
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Early Risers May Be a Little Less Likely to Get Breast Cancer

Jul 03, 2019 , WebMD
What the study team couldn't determine was exactly why your sleep type -- early bird or night owl -- could affect your risk of breast...
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When kids get their first cell phones around the world

Jul 03, 2019 , CNN Health
Sara Zaske's daughter, Sophia, rarely showed much interest in having her own cell phone -- that is, until they moved back to the United States from Germany....
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FDA: More Food-Related Heart Disease in Pets

Jul 03, 2019 , WebMD
The cases of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) -- 515 in dogs and nine in cats -- were logged between January 2014 and April...
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Low Vitamin D at Birth Tied to High Blood Pressure

Jul 03, 2019 , WebMD
Compared to children born with normal vitamin D levels, those born with low levels -- less than 11 nanograms per millimeter (ng/ml) in cord blood -- had a 60% higher risk of elevated systolic blood pressure (upper number in a reading) between ages 6 and...
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Study: More Pregnant Women Using Pot, Despite Risks

Jun 19, 2019 , WebMD
The percentage of women in the study who reported "daily or near daily" cannabis use during pregnancy more than tripled -- from 0.9% of respondents in 2002 to 3.4% by...
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