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Exercise helps women tolerate breast cancer drugs
12 Dec 2013 at 8:48am
SAN ANTONIO (AP) ? Exercise might help women beat breast cancer. Researchers found it can ease the achy joints and muscle pain that lead many patients to quit taking medicines that treat the disease and lower the risk of a recurrence.
CDC: Flu season starting a little more normally
12 Dec 2013 at 11:38am
ATLANTA (AP) ? Health officials say the flu season seems to be getting off to more normal start this year.
Study: Hormone-blocker slashes breast cancer risk
12 Dec 2013 at 6:49am
SAN ANTONIO (AP) ? Women at high risk of developing breast cancer because of family history or bad genes have a new option to help prevent the disease.
U.S. lays out steps to smooth Obamacare coverage for January
12 Dec 2013 at 4:48pm
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration asked insurers on Thursday to be flexible with Americans trying to buy new health policies through the federal website HealthCare.gov, as officials race to fix problems still plaguing the enrollment process. U.S. officials laid out a series of steps to help prevent disruptions in coverage for health policies due to start January 1, including the possibility of retroactive coverage. Widespread stories of coverage gaps could pose new political problems for President Barack Obama, whose signature domestic policy has already sparked a public uproar over the botched launch of the website and the millions of cancellation notices sent out for policies that do not comply with the law. The administration said it would consider further extensions of the enrollment deadlines if required by "extraordinary circumstances," having extended its December 15 enrollment deadline for obtaining benefits on January 1 to midnight December 23 (0500 GMT December 24).
Gift to the Soul: The Space of Presence
12 Dec 2013 at 4:35pm
For many of us this is a season when it feels that we are going faster and faster. Everything's racing, through school semesters, wrapping up work commitments, entering the holidays, the currents of life are in full tilt. Given the time of year, one student fell into a period of intense stress resulting from a cycle of classes, studying, working and little sleep. He didn't realize how long he had neglected to write home until he received the following note: Dear Son, Your mother and I enjoyed your last letter. Of course, we were much younger then and more impressionable.
During Your Depression: A Letter to My Grandfather (Part 4 of 4)
12 Dec 2013 at 4:13pm
Continued from Part 3 of 4 My fondest memories of growing up was when we bought that house just across the road from you, and spent our summers there. On the weekends, Dad made Wayne and I mow and weed-eat your grass. Following, Dad would present watermelons from the farmer's market and Grandmother brewed Luzianne sweet tea for everyone. Dad invited all of your sons and daughters to join us, his brothers and sisters, who never left town, who all had found clerk and desk and teaching jobs in order to be near one another. Once we ate, drank, and
Winter Is Magic! Go Outside!
12 Dec 2013 at 4:03pm
So I made a pact with myself: to live in this winter, not just through it. To play more and complain less. And to appreciate each white winter day for how peacefully alive it can make you feel if you get outside long enough to really feel it.
U.S. House passes two-year budget plan; Senate vote next week
12 Dec 2013 at 3:29pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a two-year, bipartisan budget plan that would end some automatic spending cuts on federal agencies and replace them with more targeted government savings. By an overwhelming margin, the House passed the measure that also aims to end the partisan fighting between Republicans and Democrats over fiscal affairs, which led to last October's 16-day partial government shutdown. The budget deal must next pass the Democratic-controlled Senate before being sent to President Barack Obama for signing into ...
Obamacare enrollment in California surges
12 Dec 2013 at 3:19pm
By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - California's Obamacare insurance marketplace experienced a surge in enrollment last week, officials said on Thursday, offering welcome news for President Barack Obama's sweeping healthcare law from a state crucial to its success. Some 144,146 applications were completed and 49,708 people selected commercial plans in the first week of December, compared to 403,323 completed applications and 109,296 enrollments in the previous two months since the Covered California marketplace opened, officials said. At that rate, California would meet its 2013 enrollment target. "This is a good day for Californians," Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, the state's Obamacare marketplace, told reporters.
CDC: 221 sickened by synthetic pot in Colorado
12 Dec 2013 at 2:51pm
DENVER (AP) ? Synthetic marijuana is believed to have sickened 221 people in Colorado during a monthlong outbreak this year, according to a federal report released Thursday.
Energy drinks may boost booze consumption, aftereffects
12 Dec 2013 at 2:40pm
By Shereen Jegtvig NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - College students who consume energy drinks tend to drink more alcohol and having both in the same day may lead to more negative consequences, a new study says. Combining heavily caffeinated energy drinks and alcohol is a trend, especially among college students. In fact, about half of energy drink users admit to combining them with alcohol while partying. Mixing alcohol and energy drinks is a serious public health concern when compared to drinking alcohol alone.
Dreams Can Reveal and Soothe Holiday Season Stress
12 Dec 2013 at 2:38pm
Whether consciously or not, the holidays are filled with situations in which we feel socially evaluated by others, and assessed by our ability to give others what they want -- materially and emotionally.
Aetna will not reinstate individual insurance plans: CEO
12 Dec 2013 at 2:38pm
By Caroline Humer NEW YORK (Reuters) - Aetna Inc has decided not to reinstate or extend individual health insurance plans that are being canceled with the advent of the U.S. Affordable Care Act because the time frame is too short. Aetna is the largest insurer yet to announce a decision on how it would proceed across the United States after President Barack Obama said last month that insurers could extend these health plans under a temporary transitional policy. Aetna's move means that some consumers, who are required to have health insurance in 2014 or pay a fine, will need to buy a new plan for 2014. Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini made the comments at an investor meeting on Thursday.
Irregular heartbeat tied to depression
12 Dec 2013 at 2:37pm
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with an irregular heartbeat may also be at increased risk of being depressed, suggests a new study from Germany. The added risk was small, researchers found, but it's in keeping with other studies linking heart disorders with depression. "It's consistent with a large and growing literature on the role that depression plays with heart disease," Richard Sloan, who was not involved with the new study, said. Sloan is the Nathaniel Wharton Professor of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University in New York.
State AGs urge FDA to rethink approval of painkiller Zohydro
12 Dec 2013 at 2:33pm
Attorneys general from 28 U.S. states have asked the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider its approval of the powerful painkiller Zohydro ER, which Kentucky's top law enforcement official said could start an epidemic of abuse. The drug, manufactured by Zogenix Inc of San Diego, was approved by the FDA in October. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway said his state had been hurt by abuse of prescription painkillers, especially OxyContin, and he feared more problems with Zohydro ER. Conway joined attorneys general from 27 states and the U.S. territory of Guam in signing a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, dated Tuesday, asking that approval of Zohydro be reconsidered or that the drug be reformulated with chemical deterrents to abuse.