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Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 at 10:49 AM PST

Poor Health, High Expectations for Medicaid, Analysis Finds

Poor Health, High Expectations for Medicaid, Analysis Finds

People on Medicaid are more prone to smoke, struggle with depression and obesity, or rate their own health as fair or poor. But that's not the whole story. A new study suggests that low-income Medicaid...

Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 at 08:52 AM PST

Thursday Marks Deadline for 2018 Medicare Plan Enrollment

Thursday Marks Deadline for 2018 Medicare Plan Enrollment

Medicare's fall open enrollment period ends Thursday. During the annual seven-week period, which began Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7, beneficiaries can make changes related to Medicare Part C (known as an Advantage...

Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 at 05:14 AM PST

Small Risk of Breast Cancer Seen With Hormone Contraceptives

Small Risk of Breast Cancer Seen With Hormone Contraceptives

Modern birth control pills that are lower in estrogen have fewer side effects than past oral contraceptives. But a large Danish study suggests that, like older pills, they still modestly raise the risk of breast...

Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 at 04:37 AM PST

Gas Station Hopes Blue Lights in Bathroom Can Deter Drug Use

Gas Station Hopes Blue Lights in Bathroom Can Deter Drug Use

A Pennsylvania gas station is testing whether blue lights in bathrooms can discourage drug use by making it difficult for people to see their veins. The Sheetz gas station chain has installed the lights at its...

Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017 at 04:30 PM PST

Gene Therapy Shows Promise Against Blood-Clotting Disease

Gene Therapy Shows Promise Against Blood-Clotting Disease

Gene therapy has freed 10 men from nearly all symptoms of hemophilia for a year so far, in a study that fuels hopes that a one-time treatment can give long-lasting help and perhaps even cure the blood disease....

Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017 at 12:02 PM PST

San Diego Flu Cases Triple Over 2016 Numbers

San Diego Flu Cases Triple Over 2016 Numbers

Almost 860 confirmed cases have been reported this flu season, compared to 242 at the same time last year.

Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017 at 08:48 AM PST

Viagra Goes Generic: Pfizer to Launch Own Little White Pill

Viagra Goes Generic: Pfizer to Launch Own Little White Pill

The little blue pill that's helped millions of men in the bedroom is turning white. Drugmaker Pfizer is launching its own cheaper generic version of Viagra rather than lose most sales when the impotence pill...

Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017 at 07:34 AM PST

Pollution Can Counteract Exercise Benefits, Study Suggests

Pollution Can Counteract Exercise Benefits, Study Suggests

Air pollution can hinder the effects of exercise in the body, a new British study suggests. As NBC News reported, researchers from Imperial College London studied 120 people, aged 60 or older, who walked in...

Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017 at 06:12 AM PST

Q&A: Tax Bill Impacts on Health Law Coverage and Medicare

Q&A: Tax Bill Impacts on Health Law Coverage and Medicare

The tax overhaul Republicans are pushing toward final votes in Congress could undermine the Affordable Care Act's health insurance markets and add to the financial squeeze on Medicare over time. Lawmakers will...

Monday, Dec 4, 2017 at 06:33 PM PST

Thousands Hit by Harvey in Texas Still Without Clean Water

Thousands Hit by Harvey in Texas Still Without Clean Water

Thousands of people are still waiting on access to safe drinking water in parts of Texas more than three months after Hurricane Harvey. The storm and the heavy rains that followed overflowed drainage districts...

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