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APNewsBreak: Feds balk at paper health application
7 Dec 2013 at 9:00am
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) ? Federal health officials, after encouraging alternate sign-up methods amid the fumbled rollout of their online insurance website, began quietly urging counselors around the country this week to stop using paper applications to enroll people in health insurance because of concerns those applications would not be processed in time.
Gene therapy scores big wins against blood cancers
7 Dec 2013 at 5:10pm
In one of the biggest advances against leukemia and other blood cancers in many years, doctors are reporting unprecedented success by using gene therapy to transform patients' blood cells into soldiers that seek and destroy cancer.
Hong Kong reports 2nd H7N9 bird flu case
6 Dec 2013 at 6:25pm
HONG KONG (AP) ? Hong Kong reported its second human case of H7N9 bird flu just days after the first, raising fears that the virus is spreading beyond mainland China.
Obama takes up new agenda item after battering on healthcare
7 Dec 2013 at 12:46pm
By Steve Holland and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, battered by weeks of turmoil over the malfunctioning HealthCare.Gov website, turned to a fresh item on his agenda on Saturday as he pressured Republicans in Congress to extend benefits for jobless Americans. It was a sign Obama may be slowly turning the corner from one of the worst crises of his five years in office, emerging bruised and weakened from the troubled rollout of his signature healthcare law, even as big challenges remain. "For decades, Congress has voted to offer relief to job-seekers - including when the unemployment rate was lower than it is today," Obama said in his weekly address. Attending memorial services in South Africa next week for anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela and then launching into holiday season will also allow for a change of subject from the healthcare controversy.
5 Health Benefits Of Peppermint
7 Dec 2013 at 6:39am
In the midst of all the indulgence and decadence this time of year, it's comforting to know there are some very real health benefits to some of the most common flavors of the season. Between candy canes and Christmas bark, peppermint is giving cinnamon a run for its money as stand-out spice of the holiday season. ...
Everything You Need To Know About Popcorn But Were Afraid To Find Out
7 Dec 2013 at 6:38am
By Sally Tamarkin Popcorn might be the world's most versatile snack. It can be dressed up with cheese, caramel, butter, salt or more exotic flavors. It can be sweet, savory or both, and it's easy to grab by the handful for quick transport to the mouth. But popcorn is the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of snacks -- one minute it's the healthiest choice around (Low in calories! Whole grains!), the next it's getting banned for containing trans fats. What the heck is going on? Here's the deal: Kernels that are simply air-popped (in a brown paper bag in
6 Squat Variations For Total-Body Strength
7 Dec 2013 at 6:38am
By Joe Vennare for Life By DailyBurn Love them or love to hate them, squats are one of the best exercises for increasing strength and size, while simultaneously burning fat. It's no wonder they're often referred to as the king of all strength training exercises. Still, some gym-goers opt out of squats in favor of more glamorous moves like the bench press and bicep curl. No more! Friends don't let friends skip leg day. And since we're all friends here, we've done our part by compiling a list of six squat variations for every fitness level. All you have to
Pride Or Shame From Meeting Goals Depends On The Goals Themselves: Study
7 Dec 2013 at 6:38am
Researchers from Pennsylvania State University and Central Queensland University found that if your goal is to do better than other people, successfully accomplishing that goal will only boost feelings of pride. On the other hand, feelings of shame can be made greater if you fail to meet a goal that involves not getting shown up by others.
4 Commonly Asked Questions About Starting a Meditation Practice
7 Dec 2013 at 6:38am
Meditation isn't a one-size-fits-all kinda thing. I always recommend that you start somewhat loose. Commit without overcommitting or feeling like to you have to force it.
The Message of Winter: Every Season Is a Rite of Passage
7 Dec 2013 at 6:37am
We don't have to pretend to enjoy the winter if spring is our preference, but what if we could consciously embrace the season, understanding it is a prerequisite -- a rite of passage -- for the spring to follow.
3 Things You Should Know About The Measles
7 Dec 2013 at 4:15am
With a spike in measles cases, here's what you should know about the disease. † † † †
Amish girl in Ohio will not be forced to resume chemo for cancer
6 Dec 2013 at 6:39pm
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A court-appointed guardian will stop trying to force an Amish girl with leukemia to resume chemotherapy against her Ohio parents' wishes, according to a court filing on Friday. Maria Schimer, a lawyer and a former nurse, was appointed in October as the girl's medical guardian after the parents refused to consent to the treatment. The girl's family left the country to pursue an alternative treatment, said an organization representing the parents called the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law. The cancer is receding, and she is in excellent physical condition," said the organization's spokesman Maurice Thompson in a statement.
Camp Lejeune water contamination linked to birth defects
6 Dec 2013 at 5:21pm
By Kelly Twedell FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina (Reuters) - Water pollution at the Camp Lejeune military base in North Carolina has been linked to increased risk of birth defects and childhood cancers, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A study released by the CDC's Agency for Toxic Substance & Disease Registry on Thursday confirmed a long-suspected link between chemical contaminants in tap water at the Marine Corps base and serious birth defects such as spina bifida It also showed a slightly elevated risk of childhood cancers including leukemia. Dr. Vikas Kapil, a medical officer and acting deputy director of the CDC agency that produced the study, said it surveyed the parents of 12,598 children born at Lejeune between 1968 and 1985, the year most contaminated drinking water wells at Camp Lejeune were closed.
FDA approves Gilead's $1,000-a-day hepatitis C pill
6 Dec 2013 at 4:11pm
(Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Friday approved Gilead Sciences Inc's Sovaldi as a potentially easier cure for chronic infection with the liver-destroying hepatitis C virus. The once-a-day pill is the first approved to treat certain types of hepatitis C infection without the need for interferon, an injected drug that can cause severe flu-like symptoms. Hepatitis C, which is often undiagnosed, affects about 3.2 million Americans, killing more than 15,000 each year, mostly from illnesses such as cirrhosis and liver cancer. Most patients will be treated with the $1,000-a-day drug for 12 weeks, resulting in a total list price of $84,000, according to Gilead spokeswoman Cara Miller.
Health website transactions fail 10 percent of time: U.S. official
6 Dec 2013 at 4:05pm
As millions of people shop online for new insurance plans under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, about 10 percent of applications to the main website are not being accurately transmitted, a government spokeswoman said on Friday. Last week, the White House wrapped up a five-week emergency effort to fix the most obvious of the website's technical problems and between midnight on Sunday and noon on Friday, government health officials said 3.7 million people visited. HealthCare.gov relays information about new customers in so-called "834" transaction forms to the private insurance companies that provide the health plans. "We believe nine of 10 transactions are being successfully transmitted," the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, spokeswoman Julie Bataille said at a news briefing.