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  • IRS Reminds Millions About Fines for Not Signing Up for Obamacare

    Posted: 01/20/2017

    IRS Reminds Millions About Fines for Not Signing Up for Obamacare MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Even as Republicans in Congress race to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the IRS is reminding millions of Americans they still need to sign up soon for health insurance if they don't want to pay fines. The Internal Revenue Service enforces one of the most disliked parts of the controversial health care reform law -- the fines. The Obama administration is hoping the 7.5 million letters the agency is...

  • Implanted Defibrillators Benefit Seniors: Study

    Posted: 01/20/2017

    Implanted Defibrillators Benefit Seniors: Study WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who receive an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) have high survival rates, a new study finds. An ICD -- which is placed under the skin and connected to the heart with wires -- detects an irregular heartbeat and delivers an electrical shock to restore normal rhythm. In the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 12,400 Medicare patients, aged 65 and older, who received an ICD after sudd...

  • Incentives May Spur Poor Families to Buy More Fruits, Veggies

    Posted: 01/20/2017

    Incentives May Spur Poor Families to Buy More Fruits, Veggies WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A quick chat with low-income families about financial incentives to eat more fruits and vegetables increased consumption of these items, U.S. researchers say. "Diet-related disease is disproportionately concentrated in low-income communities where fruit and vegetable consumption is far below [federal] guidelines. Unfortunately, healthy food is often more expensive than calorie-rich, nutrient-poor j...

  • Is Running Bad for Your Knees?

    Posted: 01/15/2017

    Is Running Bad for Your Knees? THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Everybody believes running can leave you sore and swollen, right? Well, a new study suggests running might actually reduce inflammation in joints. "It flies in the face of intuition," said study co-author Matt Seeley, an associate professor of exercise sciences at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. "This idea that long-distance running is bad for your knees might be a myth." Seeley and his colleagues reached their surprising...

  • Immune System Reboots During Sleep

    Posted: 01/12/2017

    Immune System Reboots During Sleep WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've gained new insight into how the immune system restores itself during sleep. Blood samples were taken from 14 healthy young men, average age 25, when they slept through the night and again when they stayed awake all night. The samples were analyzed for levels of T-cells, which are white blood cells that are the foundation of the immune system. When the participants got a full night's sleep, levels of al...

  • Is It a Cold or the Flu? Here's How to Tell

    Posted: 01/10/2017

    Is It a Cold or the Flu? Here's How to Tell FRIDAY, Dec. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It's a miserable feeling -- you're exhausted, your throat hurts, and you're achy and feverish. But is it a cold or the flu? According to Cindy Weston, an assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Nursing, the flu and a common cold can have similar symptoms, but with a few distinct differences. The most common cold symptoms are mild fatigue, fever, cough, sore throat and head, chest or nasal congestion. Also, a ru...

  • Is Season the Reason Why Heart Deaths Spike at Christmas?

    Posted: 01/02/2017

    Is Season the Reason Why Heart Deaths Spike at Christmas? THURSDAY, Dec. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It's not the chill of winter that causes a spike in heart-related deaths at Christmas and New Year's -- it's the holiday season itself, Australian researchers contend. In New Zealand, where December and January are the height of summer, researchers found more than a 4 percent increase in heart-related deaths from Dec. 25 through Jan. 7. "The Christmas effect that has been seen in the northern hemisphere...

  • Innovative Programs Help Addicts Get Off Opioids

    Posted: 01/01/2017

    Innovative Programs Help Addicts Get Off Opioids WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People trying to kick addiction to heroin or prescription painkillers often wait weeks or months before they can get into a treatment facility, putting them at continued risk for a fatal overdose. Now, two innovative programs attempt to get addicts the help they need as quickly as possible. Police in Gloucester, Mass., created an "Angel Program" that encourages opioid addicts to come to the department, with no ...

  • If You're Dashing Through the Snow to a Holiday Gathering…

    Posted: 12/26/2016

    If You're Dashing Through the Snow to a Holiday Gathering… SUNDAY, Dec. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans will pack up their cars and hit the road over the holidays. But sometimes the highways get jammed and the weather doesn't cooperate. To help holiday travelers stay out of harm's way and avoid putting others at risk, the Red Cross offers the following tips: Check the forecast. Be aware of the weather along your route and plan accordingly. Drive carefully. This means the driver and pa...

  • Immune-Focused Drug Shows Promise Against Lung Cancer

    Posted: 12/20/2016

    Immune-Focused Drug Shows Promise Against Lung Cancer TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An immunotherapy drug called Tecentriq (atezolizumab) extended the survival of lung cancer patients for several months longer than chemotherapy and caused fewer side effects, according to a new study. The findings are from an early analysis of 850 patients with non-small cell lung cancer in a phase 3 trial funded by the drug's makers. According to the American Cancer Society, non-small cell lung cancer is th...