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  • Out-of-Pocket X-Ray, CT Scan Costs Vary Widely

    Posted: 05/23/2016

    Out-of-Pocket X-Ray, CT Scan Costs Vary Widely SUNDAY, May 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The out-of-pocket price for a standard chest X-ray, CT scan or ultrasound can vary by hundreds of dollars, depending on where the imaging is done, new research reveals. And uninsured patients trying to get the cost in advance may face an uphill battle, investigators caution, with hospitals slower to respond than stand-alone imaging centers. How slow? Calls made to six hospitals and five private imaging centers in the...

  • Out-of-Pocket Costs Rose Moderately Under Obamacare: Report

    Posted: 05/22/2016

    Out-of-Pocket Costs Rose Moderately Under Obamacare: Report FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans enrolled in Obamacare marketplace plans saw their out-of-pocket costs rise moderately in the past year, a new report shows. For those who did not receive government subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there were slight increases in copayments and deductibles between 2015 and 2016, the Commonwealth Fund study found. "More than 40 percent of people buying plans in the Affordable C...

  • Obesity May Not Take Years Off Your Life: Study

    Posted: 05/18/2016

    Obesity May Not Take Years Off Your Life: Study TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity may not cut your life short after all, a new study suggests. Danish researchers report that the risk that an obese man or woman will die prematurely has dropped dramatically over the last 40 years. How dramatically? According to their analysis, the 30 percent greater risk of dying early from any cause found back in the 1970s has virtually disappeared. Translation: The researchers said that the risk of dying...

  • Obamacare Buyers Could Have Fewer Choices in 2017

    Posted: 05/10/2016

    Obamacare Buyers Could Have Fewer Choices in 2017 MONDAY, May 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- With the nation's largest health insurer exiting all but a few Affordable Care Act exchanges next year, some Americans may be left with fewer choices and some might see higher monthly premiums. Experts say that will be the upshot of UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s recent announcement that it will pull out of most of the 34 states where it offers health plans on the public health insurance exchanges. The public health ins...

  • Officials Report First Zika Death in Puerto Rico

    Posted: 05/08/2016

    Officials Report First Zika Death in Puerto Rico FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The first known Zika virus-linked death in Puerto Rico was announced Friday by officials of the U.S. territory. A 70-year-old man with Zika died in February from severe thrombocytopenia, which causes a low blood platelet count that can lead to internal bleeding. The death was announced by Puerto Rico's health secretary, Ana Rius. So far, Puerto Rico has had more than 600 Zika cases, including 73 involving pregnan...

  • Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements Might Boost Antidepressants' Effects

    Posted: 05/03/2016

    Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements Might Boost Antidepressants' Effects TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Omega-3 fish oil supplements may improve the effectiveness of antidepressants, new research suggests. Researchers reviewed the findings of eight clinical trials worldwide, as well as other evidence, and concluded that the supplements appear to help battle depression in people already on medication. "Omega-3 fish oil -- in combination with antidepressants -- had a statistically significant effect...

  • Obamacare Expanding Coverage for the Poor, Study Finds

    Posted: 04/26/2016

    Obamacare Expanding Coverage for the Poor, Study Finds MONDAY, April 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- State Medicaid expansions under Obamacare have improved low-income Americans' insurance coverage, increased their doctor visits and enhanced detection of chronic health conditions, which could lead to improvements in health, a new study suggests. The findings are important as policymakers continue to debate the value of expanding Medicaid, the publicly funded health insurance program for the poor, researche...

  • Only Half of Rectal Cancer Patients Get Recommended Treatment: Study

    Posted: 04/24/2016

    Only Half of Rectal Cancer Patients Get Recommended Treatment: Study FRIDAY, April 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the increasing use of a standard therapy for rectal cancer in the United States, only slightly more than half of patients receive it, a new study finds. Chemoradiation therapy followed by surgery is recognized as the standard of care for locally advanced rectal cancer because it offers patients the best outcomes, according to the researchers. The new analysis of national data found the...

  • One-a-Day Anti-Seizure Drug Shows Promise for People With Epilepsy

    Posted: 04/21/2016

    One-a-Day Anti-Seizure Drug Shows Promise for People With Epilepsy THURSDAY, April 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A once-daily epilepsy drug may control seizures just as well as a twice-daily drug, researchers report. Their preliminary study compared the once-a-day drug eslicarbazepine acetate (Aptiom) to the twice-daily drug carbamazepine (Tegretol, Carbatrol) for more than 800 people newly diagnosed with partial seizures, which originate in one area of the brain. After six months, 71 percent of those ta...

  • Obesity in Teens Seems to Raise Risk for Illness, Death in Middle Age

    Posted: 04/20/2016

    Obesity in Teens Seems to Raise Risk for Illness, Death in Middle Age WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight teenagers may face an increased risk of dying from heart disease or stroke by the time they reach middle age, a large new study suggests. The study of more than 2 million Israelis found that those who were overweight or obese as teenagers were two to three times more likely to die prematurely of cardiovascular causes, compared to those who'd been thin as teens. Experts called th...