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Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

Apr 19, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the ...

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APNewsBreak: Medicaid paid $12M for Illinois dead

Apr 18, 2014

By CARLA K. JOHNSON and SARA BURNETT, AP Medical Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records, according to an internal state government memo.

The memo dated Friday, which The Associated ...

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Extroverts Happier Regardless of Culture, Study Finds

Apr 18, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Being outgoing makes you happier no matter where you live, a new international study says.

Researchers looked at mood and behavior among college students in the United States, China, Japan, the Philippines and Venezuela.

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Restaurants in Poor Areas Push Unhealthy Foods, Study Finds

Apr 18, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Restaurants near public housing developments tend to offer unhealthy meals, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed menus from 61 fast-food and 72 table-service restaurants within a half mile of 13 housing developments ...

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How to Make 'Low-Cal' Menu Options More Palatable

Apr 18, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many people ignore restaurant foods labeled "low-calorie" because they think they'll be unsatisfying, a new study shows.

"People have come to expect low-calorie food to taste bad or not fill them up," wrote Jeffrey ...

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Nurses' Experience Key to Better Patient Care, Study Says

Apr 18, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patients may get the best care when treated in hospital units staffed by highly experienced nurses, a new study shows.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 900,000 patients admitted over four years to U.S. Veterans ...

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Stress Tied to Worse Allergy Symptoms

Apr 18, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Stress may trigger symptom flare-ups in people with seasonal allergies, a new study suggests.

Researchers followed 179 people with hay fever for 12 weeks, and found that 39 percent of them had more than one flare-up.

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Clock ticking for states to adopt health exchanges

Apr 18, 2014

By CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — For the more than 30 states that defaulted to the federal government under President Barack Obama's health care law, time may be running out to decide whether to create their own state-run insurance exchanges.

With the chance to apply for hundreds ...

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Ragwitek Approved for Adult Ragweed Allergy

Apr 18, 2014

By Scott Roberts, HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Ragwitek has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat allergy to short ragweed among adults aged 18 to 65.

The once-daily tablet contains an extract from short ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

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Certain Sedatives Tied to Breathing Problems in Older COPD Patients

Apr 18, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A group of widely used sedatives increases the risk of serious breathing problems in older people with the lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study says.

Benzodiazepines such as ...

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More People Worldwide Eating 'Healthy' Fats, Study Finds

Apr 18, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Levels of healthy fats in people's diets worldwide increased over the past two decades, while their intake of harmful fats stayed about the same, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data on consumption of fats and ...

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So-Called 'Apple Shape' Not a Risk Factor for Breast Cancer: Study

Apr 18, 2014

By Mary Elizabeth Dallas, HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Body shape -- whether a woman is wide at the waistline -- is not in itself a risk factor for breast cancer, according to a large new study.

But overall body weight is a factor, the researchers added.

Previous ...

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Happy Couples Nestle Together at Night, Survey Finds

Apr 18, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Your sleeping position with your significant other offers clues about the quality of your relationship, according to a new study.

Researchers asked more than 1,000 people about their preferred position at night and to ...

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Appetite, Taste Changes Reported After Weight-Loss Surgery

Apr 18, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- After weight-loss surgery, many patients report changes in appetite, taste and smell, a new study says.

One positive aspect of these changes is that they may lead patients to lose even more weight, the researchers ...

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Scientists Probe What Makes People Get Their Groove On

Apr 18, 2014

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Whether you bust a move, get jiggy with it or just tap a toe or two, something about certain types of popular music makes you want to set your body in motion.

Now, a new study suggests that a medium amount of offbeat rhythm -- often found in funk, hip-hop ...

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Oil-Swishing Craze: Snake Oil or All-Purpose Remedy?

Apr 18, 2014

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Allison Bennett of Palm City, Fla., plans to swish daily. Sloshing coconut oil around her mouth for a quarter of an hour every day will make her teeth whiter, she believes.

Like Bennett, plenty of consumers are discovering an ancient practice called oil ...

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Suddenly Health Insurance Is <i>Not</i> for Sale

Apr 18, 2014

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Darlene Tucker, an independent insurance broker in Scotts Hill, Tenn., says health insurers in her area aren't selling policies year-round anymore.

People who didn't try to sign up for health insurance by March 31 may now have to wait until the end of the ...

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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 Highlights: April 18, 2014

Apr 18, 2014

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

Treatment Costs New Focus for Medical Groups

Doctors need to consider the expense of treatments when making decisions about patient care, a number of major American medical groups now say.

This ...

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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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