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  • Obamacare Boosts Breast Cancer Screening, Study Finds

    Posted: 01/17/2017

    Obamacare Boosts Breast Cancer Screening, Study Finds MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Americans with lower levels of income are less likely to get recommended cancer screenings, but legislation waiving out-of-pocket costs appears to narrow the prevention gap -- for mammograms, at least. That's the conclusion of researchers who studied a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, allowing people to obtain certain preventive health services free of charge. The study auth...

  • Obamacare Repeal Could Bring Many More Uninsured, Higher Premiums

    Posted: 01/17/2017

    Obamacare Repeal Could Bring Many More Uninsured, Higher Premiums TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Repealing major parts of the Affordable Care Act could deprive 18 million Americans of insurance in the first year, a new report concludes. That number would jump to 32 million by 2026, according to a new report from the nonpartisan U.S. Congressional Budget Office. Moreover, insurance premiums could double over 10 years if significant provisions of the health care law were repealed, the budget o...

  • One-Third With Common Irregular Heartbeat Don't Take Blood Thinners

    Posted: 01/16/2017

    One-Third With Common Irregular Heartbeat Don't Take Blood Thinners FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many people with the heart condition known as atrial fibrillation stop taking the blood-thinning medication that's prescribed to help prevent a stroke, a new study reveals. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat that causes the heart to quiver. This raises the risk of blood clots and stroke, according to the American Heart Association. People who've had a medical procedure such as cardiove...

  • Over-Planning Can Take the Fun Out of Leisure Time

    Posted: 01/11/2017

    Over-Planning Can Take the Fun Out of Leisure Time TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Leisure time is supposed to be fun time. But, too much planning makes leisure time seem like work, researchers report. They reviewed 13 studies and found that when leisure activities were scheduled, people enjoyed them less. "People associate schedules with work. We want our leisure time to be free-flowing," said study co-author Selin Malkoc, an assistant professor of marketing at Ohio State University. "Time is...

  • On Hospital Wards, Patient Crises May Have 'Domino Effect'

    Posted: 01/05/2017

    On Hospital Wards, Patient Crises May Have 'Domino Effect' TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitalized patients have a higher risk of cardiac arrest and transfers to intensive care if they're in wards when other patients have recently suffered similar emergencies, a new study suggests. "This should serve as a wake-up call for hospital-based physicians," study author Dr. Matthew Churpek, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago, said in a university news release. "After...

  • Obamacare May Have Broadened Patients' ER Choices

    Posted: 12/28/2016

    Obamacare May Have Broadened Patients' ER Choices TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Expanding Medicaid -- the U.S. federal-state health insurance program for the poor -- gives people access to a broader array of hospital choices than they had when they were uninsured, a new study suggests. Often, people are choosing hospitals closer to home, researchers reported. The study uses data from two investor-owned hospital systems to see whether the 2014 Medicaid expansion provided under the Affordable...

  • Ovarian Cancer Drug Given Fast-Track Approval

    Posted: 12/27/2016

    Ovarian Cancer Drug Given Fast-Track Approval MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The anti-cancer drug Rubraca (rucaparib) has been granted accelerated approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat advanced ovarian cancer. The approval is limited to cases where the cancer is caused by specific gene mutations known as "deleterious BRCA." BRCA genes normally repair damaged DNA and are designed to prevent tumor growth, the agency said Monday in a news release. But mutations in these gene...

  • Opioid Overdoses Burdens U.S. Hospitals: Report

    Posted: 12/22/2016

    Opioid Overdoses Burden U.S. Hospitals: Report THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital admissions related to overdoses from heroin and other opioids rose 64 percent in the United States between 2005 and 2014, a government report shows. As misuse of prescription painkillers and street opioids climbed nationwide, related hospital stays jumped from 137 per 100,000 people to 225 per 100,000 in that decade, researchers found. However, there was wide variation between states, according to the U.S...

  • Obama Signs Sweeping Health Care Bill Into Law

    Posted: 12/20/2016

    Obama Signs Sweeping Health Care Bill Into Law TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed into law sweeping bipartisan health care legislation intended to expand medical research and speed up approval of new drugs and medical devices. The $6.3 billion bill, called the 21st Century Cures Act, is a complex grab bag of initiatives amounting to nearly 1,000 pages. With the new legislation, "We are bringing to reality the possibility of new breakthroughs to some of th...

  • Optimism May Propel Women to a Longer Life

    Posted: 12/14/2016

    Optimism May Propel Women to a Longer Life WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who generally believe that good things will happen may live longer. That's the suggestion of a new study that seems to affirm the power of positive thinking. "This study shows that optimism is associated with reduced risk of death from stroke, respiratory disease, infection and cancer," said Eric Kim, co-lead author of the investigation. "Optimistic people tend to act in healthier ways. Studies show that optimis...