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Trump administration agrees to continue healthcare subsidy for now

The Trump administration, faced with increasing pressure from Republican members of Congress, agreed Wednesday to continue giving insurance companies payments that are widely viewed as critical to keeping markets stable under the Affordable Care Act.<p>President Trump and his top aides have flirted …

Health Care

Trump declares opioid crisis a ‘national emergency’

Opioid Crisis

Obama’s IRS ‘misled’ ObamaCare customers: Report

Internal Revenue Service

Trump hits McConnell for Senate crash of Obama health repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump scolded his own party's Senate leader on Wednesday for the crash of the Republican drive to repeal and rewrite the Obama health care law, using Twitter to demand of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, "Why not done?"<p>Trump fired back at the Kentucky Republican …

Donald Trump

New device can heal with a single touch, and even repair brain injuries

A new device developed at The Ohio State University can start healing organs in a "fraction of a second," researchers say.<p>The technology, known as Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), has the potential to save the lives of car crash victims and even deployed soldiers injured on site. It's a dime-sized …

Breakthroughs

Pres Trump and Sec Shulkin Announce Big VA Improvements!

Donald Trump

Anthem Contractor Leaks Data of 18,000 Medicare Members

Compromised information includes names and Social Security numbers<p>Anthem BlueCross BlueShield has been hit with a data breach affecting more than …

Security

Why Nonsmokers With Healthy Diets Get Heart Disease

Heart disease is among the leading causes of death globally and imposes a significant burden on the health-care system. We know some of the causes of …

Medicine

Apple and Cochlear team up on made-for-iPhone hearing implant

We've known that Apple has an interest in iOS-based hearing aids for some time, as they've worked with various manufacturers to bring these devices to the market. Now, Cochlear has teamed up with Apple to make the first cochlear implant sound processor that is specifically made for the iPhone. The …

Human Anatomy

Hospitals Face Growing Cybersecurity Threats

In the neonatal intensive care unit of Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, a father is rocking a baby attached to a heart monitor. While doctors roam the halls trying to prevent infections, Chief Information Officer Theresa Meadows is worried about another kind of virus.<p>"The last thing …

Health Care

Senate Says No to ACA Repeal Sans Replacement

WASHINGTON -- Republican leaders in the Senate continued pushing through votes Wednesday on the repeal and -- sometimes -- replacement of the …

Our say: Hospital, insurer need to settle their dispute

The evident collapse of congressional efforts to rewrite the nation's fundamental health care law is worrisome, but perhaps not truly frightening for …

Health Care

Health care: The promise, and the perils, of bipartisanship

The unraveling of Republicans' go-it-alone approach could well end up involving Democrats in the search for a solution to rising premiums and …

Affordable Care Act

Does drinking a few cups of coffee a day help you live longer?

The question<p>Coffee drinkers swear by the pick-me-up they get from their daily cup (or two or three) of coffee. Might the benefit of regular coffee consumption extend beyond this energy boost?<p>This study<p>The researchers analyzed data on 451,743 adults, most in their early 50s at the start of the …

Coffee

Physicians Could Lower Your Prescription Drug Costs - AARP

2 days ago ... That's one finding of a new University of Michigan poll sponsored by AARP and Michigan Medicine, the university's academic medical …

Health Care

Americans are facing rising out-of-pocket healthcare costs — here's why

Republican healthcare bills in the House and Senate have people concerned about whether they'll be left uninsured — or underinsured.<p>Under the Senate's plan, 22 million fewer Americans would be covered compared to the current baseline, according to an analysis from the Congressional Budget …

Medicare

States Move To Tighten Medicaid Enrollment, Even Without A New Health Law

No corner of the health care system would be harder hit than Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for the poor, if Republican leaders in Congress round up the votes to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act.<p>GOP lawmakers have proposed winding down the Medicaid expansion …

Health Care

Opioid Prescriptions Fell Over 5 Years, but No Easy End to Addiction Crisis

WASHINGTON — The amount of opioid painkillers prescribed in the United States peaked in 2010, a new federal analysis has found, with prescriptions for higher, more dangerous doses dropping most sharply — by 41 percent — since then.<p>But the analysis by the federal Centers for Disease Control and …

Pain

Could Charlie Gard's case happen in the United States?

<b>(CNN) —</b> A beautiful boy born 11 months ago is dying in London. The world watches as his parents battle to keep their child alive. Courts will not allow the hospital to release the baby, Charlie Gard, into the parents' custody so they can travel to try an experimental treatment.<p>Across the ocean, …

Politics and Government

5 Hours Ago<p>Luther Strange, Roy Moore and Mo Brooks are contending to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions.<p>6 Hours Ago<p>Violence and a deadly car …

Donald Trump

This Startup Is Lowering Companies Healthcare Costs With AI

The use of chatbot technology is making it possible to cut medical costs while improving results.<p>Healthcare costs are rapidly increasing. For companies that provide health insurance for their employees, they’ve been getting hit with higher and higher premiums every year with no end in sight.<p>One …

Health Care

This Medication is The Leading Cause of Liver Damage

of Liver DmagaThe number one cause of acute liver failure in America is a common fever and cold relief ingredient. Acute liver failure is a one way …

Pain

Multiple sclerosis: Antioxidant may slow disease progression

New research offers hope for patients with multiple sclerosis, after finding that a common over-the-counter antioxidant may help to slow the …

Medicine

Ted Cruz Clashes With Health Care Protesters At July 4 Celebration

At a rally and parade in the border town of McAllen, Texas on Independence Day, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) clashed with a group of protesters who booed, …

Health Care

How California lawmakers have tried and failed to fix the state's housing crisis

This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now:<p>California lawmakers have tried for 50 years to stem the state's housing crisis. Here's why they've failed.<br>• Gov. Jerry Brown acted Tuesday to break up the scandal-plagued …

4 GOP Senators Say They Oppose Healthcare Bill

Four Republican senators say they are not ready to vote for the GOP health care bill, putting the measure in jeopardy.<p>The four are Ted Cruz of Texas, …

Republicans Walk Into a Health Care Trap

Eliminating programs that pay people's medical bills is hard<p>Barack Obama (Photo: White House)<p>(Bloomberg View) — Are congressional Republicans about …

Senior Care General Counsel on House Health Bill: 'Where Does That Leave the Elderly?'

(Photo: Thinkstock)<p>A few months ago, Lawrence Lopardo's No. 1 concern was uncertainty about the future, or lack thereof, of the Affordable Care …