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Obama: Affordable Care Act Is Working

By | Apr 18, 2014

President Barack Obama's latest message about his health care law is more forceful and optimistic than ever: It's working. It's a good deal for the country. And fellow Democrats should embrace it, not run from it.

Up to now, the president and his advisers have conceded that while some aspects of ...

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Health Tip: Avoid Driving During Flood Warning

Apr 18, 2014

By Diana Kohnle, HealthDay Reporter

(HealthDay News) -- If the National Weather Service in your area has issued a flood warning, experts say you should avoid driving unless absolutely necessary.

The Ready.gov website offers this advice about driving during a flood:

  • Driving in just 6 inches of ...

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Health Tip: If Your Child is Constipated

Apr 18, 2014

By Diana Kohnle, HealthDay Reporter

(HealthDay News) -- Constipation among children often isn't worth worrying about, and resolves on its own. But you shouldn't ignore signs that the problem may be serious, and that your child should be examined by a doctor.

The University of Michigan Health System ...

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Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

Apr 17, 2014

By JOSH LEDERMAN and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and ...

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White House: 8 Million People Signed Up for Health Insurance

Apr 17, 2014

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Eight million Americans signed up for private health insurance during the just-concluded first enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act, the White House announced Thursday afternoon.

An estimated 35 percent of those who signed up are younger than ...

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Scientists Map DNA of Deadly Fungus

Apr 17, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers who sequenced the genome of a deadly fungus say their achievement offers a genetic map for finding weaknesses in the fungus in order to fight it.

Cryptococcus neoformans causes millions of cases of ...

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FDA Approves Under-the-Tongue Hay Fever Pill

Apr 17, 2014

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A novel treatment for the hay fever that plagues millions of Americans every fall was approved Thursday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The first hay fever pill to be placed under the tongue once a day, Ragwitek can be taken by adults aged 18 ...

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Salmonella Cases Dip in U.S., But Food Poisoning Rates Remain High

Apr 17, 2014

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While the United States has seen a decline in the number of Salmonella illnesses in recent years, there's been little progress overall in reducing food poisoning outbreaks, health officials say.

"The news is mixed," Dr. Robert Tauxe, deputy director of ...

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FDA Warns Against Procedure for Uterine Fibroids

Apr 17, 2014

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A surgical technique used to grind up uterine growths and remove them through tiny incisions could increase a woman's risk of cancer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday.

The FDA said that the procedure, known as "laparoscopic power ...

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Most Medical Devices Approved for Kids Only Tested on Adults: Study

Apr 17, 2014

THURSDAY, April 17 (HealthDay News) -- Most medical devices approved for use in children are not tested on pediatric patients before they are marketed, a new Harvard study finds.

Since Congress passed the Pediatric Medical Device Safety and Improvement Act in 2007, which was designed to stimulate ...

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Salmonella decline seen in food poisoning report

Apr 17, 2014

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — The government's latest report card on food poisoning is out, and it has some good news: a drop in illnesses from salmonella.

Last year, salmonella cases fell 9 percent, compared to the previous three years. The Centers for Disease Control and ...

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Off Season May Not Be Long Enough to Recover From Football 'Hits'

Apr 17, 2014

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research shows that the brains of some football players who had the usual head hits associated with the sport, but no concussions, still had signs of mild brain injury six months after the season ended.

"We followed athletes at the beginning of ...

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Creative Pursuits Might Boost Your Job Performance

Apr 17, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Creative activities outside of work may help boost your job performance, a new study suggests.

Personal endeavors after-hours help employees recover from on-the-job demands and improve skills such as problem-solving,

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Health Highlights: April 17, 2014

Apr 17, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Scientists Create First Embryo Clones Using Cells From Adults

For the first time, scientists say they have used material from cells from two adults to create early stage cloned embryos. They then ...

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School Bans on Chocolate Milk May Backfire

Apr 17, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Banning chocolate milk from schools may sound like a good move for kids' health, but efforts to do so haven't turned out that way, a small study found.

Bans on chocolate milk in 11 Oregon elementary schools were linked ...

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Mouse Study Reveals New Secrets of Fertilization

Apr 17, 2014

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists report they have demystified how a sperm and egg couple, with new research in mice indicating that egg cells carry a special receptor that allows sperm to attach to and fertilize eggs.

The British study, published online April 16 in the journal ...

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Bacteria May Survive Longer in Contact Lens Solution Than Thought

Apr 17, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Bacteria that can cause serious eye infections are able to survive longer in contact lens cleaning solution than previously known, a new study finds.

Researchers looked at different strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa,

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