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  • The Short- and Long-Term Prognosis for Obamacare

    Posted: 02/23/2017

    The Short- and Long-Term Prognosis for Obamacare MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As confusing as it may be for health insurance buyers and taxpayers, the latest moves on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) don't spell its imminent collapse, according to experts who follow the law. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service said last week that it would process tax returns even if taxpayers fail to check the box indicating whether they have health insurance coverage. Maintaining health insurance coverage -- th...

  • Tired of the Ups and Downs of Yo-Yo Dieting?

    Posted: 02/23/2017

    Tired of the Ups and Downs of Yo-Yo Dieting? MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Anyone who has been on a diet knows the real challenge comes later, when you've got to fight tooth and nail to keep from regaining the lost weight. Now, a new trial finds that regular "diet coaching" may help keep the weight off. People were more likely to maintain successful weight loss if they took part in a series of post-diet coaching sessions conducted mostly by phone, said study author Corrine Voils. She is scie...

  • There's Fun and Fitness in the Pool for Asthmatic Kids

    Posted: 02/23/2017

    There's Fun and Fitness in the Pool for Asthmatic Kids MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Safe, healthy fun for kids with asthma may be as near as the neighborhood pool, one respiratory specialist says. Staying active can be a challenge for the more than 6 million children with asthma in the United States, noted Dr. Tod Olin. He's a pediatric pulmonary specialist at National Jewish Health in Denver. "It can be a dilemma for many families. All it takes is one asthma attack, and suddenly patients c...

  • Testosterone Therapy May Have Benefits, But Risks Too

    Posted: 02/23/2017

    Testosterone Therapy May Have Benefits, But Risks Too TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Testosterone treatment can boost bone density and reduce anemia in older men with low levels of the hormone, but it might also open the door to future heart risks, a new set of trials suggests. The findings come in the last four studies to be reported out of the Testosterone Trials, a set of seven overlapping federally funded year-long clinical trials conducted at 12 sites across the United States. All told,...

  • Too Many Stroke Victims Don't Get Clot-Busting Drug: Study

    Posted: 02/23/2017

    Too Many Stroke Victims Don't Get Clot-Busting Drug: Study THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Stroke victims can be saved through the timely use of a powerful clot-busting drug, but certain groups of patients still aren't getting the medication quickly enough to help, a new study reveals. Blacks, Hispanics, women, seniors on Medicare and people in rural areas are less likely to be treated with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) after suffering a stroke, researchers found. The drug works by diss...

  • Teens May Go Hungry as Poorest Families Struggle to Feed Kids

    Posted: 02/23/2017

    Teens May Go Hungry as Poorest Families Struggle to Feed Kids WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In extremely poor American families, teens go hungry more often than younger children, a new study finds. Parents will first forgo food themselves to feed their kids. But if there still isn't enough food for everyone, younger children take priority over teens, the research showed. "If you're really poor, you try to sacrifice yourself first, but when you're forced to make some choices, these parents...

  • Trump Administration Rolls Out New Obamacare Rules

    Posted: 02/22/2017

    Trump Administration Rolls Out New Obamacare Rules WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seeking to calm the nerves of jittery health insurance companies, the Trump administration on Wednesday rolled out tougher enrollment rules for the health care reform program known as Obamacare. One of the biggest changes in the new rules is to shorten the enrollment period during which Americans can sign up for health insurance coverage in 2018. While the enrollment period has been three months in previous y...

  • Tougher Alcohol Laws Mean Fewer Young People Killed on the Road

    Posted: 02/21/2017

    Tougher Alcohol Laws Mean Fewer Young People Killed on the Road MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In U.S. states with the toughest laws to discourage drinking and driving, fewer children and teens were killed in car crashes, a new study shows. Half of motor vehicle accidents that claim the lives of children and teens in the United States are fueled by alcohol, the researchers noted. Of the nearly 85,000 kids and teens killed in car crashes in the United States between 2000 and 2013, 28 percent i...

  • Tiny Babies May Face Mental Health Problems Later

    Posted: 02/21/2017

    Tiny Babies May Face Mental Health Problems Later MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Extremely low birth weight babies may be at increased risk for mental health problems later in life, a new review suggests. Researchers examined 41 studies conducted from 1990 to 2016. The studies included more than 2,700 extremely low birth weight babies (less than 1,000 grams, or just over 2 pounds) and more than 11,000 normal birth weight babies in the United States, Canada and 10 other countries. The extremel...

  • The 'Selfie' Paradox

    Posted: 02/21/2017

    The 'Selfie' Paradox MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Apparently the millions of people who take "selfies" live by a double standard, a new study suggests. Many people believe their selfies are not narcissistic, but have the opposite view of selfies posted on social media by others, German researchers report. Selfies are pictures you take of yourself -- or you with friends -- on your cellphone camera. The researchers said Google estimated that about 93 million selfies were taken each day in 201...