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Massachusetts is the best state for senior health, Louisiana the worst

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WASHINGTON -- Massachusetts has replaced Vermont as the healthiest state for seniors, while Louisiana ranks as the unhealthiest for the second-straight year, according to a new report released Wednesday by the United Health Foundation, a nonprofit arm of insurer UnitedHealth Group.

Mississippi, which usually scores poorly in national health ...Read more

A diet to help prevent serious eye illness

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Want a diet that might help your eyes? Think green.

Chicago ophthalmologist Dr. Jonathan Rosin recommends a diet rich in green, leafy vegetables, plus adding in two servings of fish a week.

"It's all the things that mom told you to do," Rosin said.

The federal National Eye Institute's Age-Related Eye Disease Study found that taking in high ...Read more

Obamacare is helping millions get health care, survey finds

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More than 60 percent of working-age Americans who signed up for Medicaid or a private health plan through the Affordable Care Act are getting health care that they couldn't previously get, a new nationwide survey indicates.

And consumers are broadly satisfied with the new coverage, despite some cost challenges and an ongoing Republican campaign...Read more

7 Common Health Issues You Can Remedy at Home!

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Want to get rid of discomfort from your stiff muscles? Treat your calloused feet or infected toenails? Cure a sore throat? Do all this without having to visit the pharmacy!

Medicaid plans succeed in Obamacare as others struggle

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WASHINGTON -- Smaller insurers with experience in Medicaid, such as Centene Corp. and Molina Healthcare, are outperforming the broader insurance industry on the federal health exchanges. Their success is putting a spotlight on their business model as the Obama administration and other insurers seek to stabilize the fledgling individual market.

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As Republicans look to replace health care law, two GOP lawmakers make their own bid

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WASHINGTON -- As senior House Republicans work on a promised replacement for the Affordable Care Act, two GOP lawmakers plan to introduce an alternative Thursday that would dramatically reshape the nation's health care system.

The legislation -- co-sponsored by Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, and Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La. -- stands little chance of...Read more

HPV vaccination series can be started at age 9

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Dear Mayo Clinic: What is the best age for boys and girls to get the human papillomavirus, or HPV, vaccine? There seems to be a range, but I have read recommendations where that range differs. Is it true that if they don't get the vaccine by a certain age, they are better off waiting until their 20s? Finally, what are the known side effects of ...Read more

How much vitamin D do I need?

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Consumer surveys find that vitamin D now outsells all other supplements, including fish oil, probiotics and even multivitamins. That's rather surprising given that vitamin D is actually one of the few vitamins we can make on our own. All we need is to expose our skin to the sun, and our bodies take care of the rest. But the D boom isn't a scam, ...Read more

Zika virus should not stop Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, health official says

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Despite increasing worries about the Zika outbreak, an international health official says the 2016 Summer Olympics should not be postponed, canceled or moved from Rio de Janeiro.

Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, addressed the issue at a Tuesday briefing in Geneva.

She advised against halting movement of people ...Read more

5 remedies that'll keep your skin young and taut

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Watch this video about how easy it is to give your skin healthiness and a better look with five simple ways.

Your first reflexology lesson: Cure your headache (video story)

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This quick video will introduce you to one of the quicker and easier to perform remedies reflexology offers.

Hypertension, the silent killer

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Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is determined by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure.

Mayo Clinic nephrology and hypertension expert Dr. Ivan Porter agrees that everyone age 18 or ...Read more

5 health issues presidential candidates aren't talking about, but should be

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References to the Affordable Care Act -- sometimes called Obamacare -- have been a regular feature of the current presidential campaign season.

For months, Republican candidates have pledged to repeal it, while Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton wants to build on it and her opponent, Bernie Sanders, wants to replace it with a government-...Read more

Walk your way to better health

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We've heard it before: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Such a cliche, right?

But a single step will start you on the path toward better health, and you'll need to accrue significantly less than a thousand miles. In fact, you just need 10,000 steps.

That magic number may seem daunting but is much easier to reach than ...Read more

Lifestyle changes can often help prevent diabetes

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Dear Mayo Clinic: I am a 50-year-old woman who has always been relatively healthy. I'm not overweight and I try to eat well, but my doctor told me I am prediabetic. Would it be a good idea to ask about going on medication, or are there other things I can do to avoid getting diabetes?

A: When you have prediabetes, it means your blood sugar level...Read more

More children in lower-income families are covered by public health insurance

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Bolstered by the federal health care law, the number of lower-income children getting health coverage continues to rise, a study found.

In 2014, the first full year of the law's implementation, 91 percent of children who were eligible for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program were enrolled, according to the study by researchers at...Read more

Federal judge rules Obamacare is being funded unconstitutionally

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WASHINGTON -- A federal judge ruled for House Republicans on Thursday in their suit against President Barack Obama and declared his administration is unconstitutionally spending money to reimburse health insurers without obtaining an appropriation from Congress.

The judge's ruling, though a setback for the administration, was put on hold ...Read more

Tau protein a better predictor of dementia symptoms than amyloid beta, scientists show

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Scientists have shown that measures of the tau protein inside nerve cells better predict symptoms of dementia than the protein amyloid beta, where research has largely focused.

The study by Washington University School of Medicine was published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine, a journal addressing international health ...Read more

Long-term antibiotic use for some with COPD

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Dear Mayo Clinic: I have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and my doctor is recommending an antibiotic drug long term. Why is this needed?

A: For certain people with COPD, long-term use of an antibiotic drug -- specifically azithromycin (Zithromax) -- is a fairly new option to reduce exacerbations. Exacerbations are episodes when ...Read more

Stroke happens regardless of age, race or gender

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke.

Often called a brain attack, a stroke occurs when a blockage stops the flow of blood to the brain or when a blood vessel in or around the brain bursts.

Although many people think of stroke...Read more