Army shutting down wounded warrior transition care units

For the second time in two years, the U.S. Army is shutting down a number of the specialized medical units that were set up at military bases around the country to help care for severely wounded warriors returning from battle. As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have begun to wind down, the number of […]

Obesity link to prostate cancer may vary by race

Obesity may be partly responsible for higher rates of prostate cancer observed among African American men, suggests a new U.S. study. The links between obesity and prostate cancer among different races is complex, researchers say, but if emphasis is put on keeping people at a healthy weight, the excess burden of this cancer among African […]

Study finds race differences in link between rural life and depression

Although rural living has been tied to higher risk of depression, a new U.S. study finds that country life may have differing effects on women of different races and ethnicities. African American women living in rural areas were at lower risk of depression and other mood disorders, compared to African-American women in urban areas, researchers […]

IRS warns of tax scams involving health care law

Unscrupulous tax preparers are using President Barack Obama’s health care law as a ploy to pocket bogus fines from unsuspecting taxpayers, including some immigrants not bound by the law’s requirements, the IRS warned Friday. In an advisory, the tax agency said consumers can be sure something is wrong when a tax preparer says they collect […]

Texas hospital disputes some claims made in nurse’s Ebola lawsuit

A Texas hospital group on Wednesday said it disputes some claims made by nurse Nina Pham, the first person infected with Ebola in the United States who this week sued it for failing to prevent her from contracting the virus and then invading her privacy. Texas Health Resources Chief Executive Barclay Berdan said the hospital […]

Fate of Obama health law subsidies rests with 2 justices

The Supreme Court argument over subsidies that help millions of people afford their health insurance suggests that the Obama administration has two chances to attract one critical vote.How does an argument over four words suddenly become a big deal constitutionally? National Constitution Center The justices will gather in private Friday to cast their votes in […]

U.S. deciding whether to extend Obamacare enrollment

Americans who have started enrolling for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act can still sign up, and the U.S. government is weighing whether to open a special enrollment period for those who missed Sunday’s deadline, the health secretary said on Wednesday. So far, 11.4 million Americans have enrolled in private health insurance through the […]

Milk industry fights back against ‘anti-dairy folks’

The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy. As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk. The association says it needs to act because attitudes about milk are deteriorating more rapidly, with vegan […]

How to cut America’s crazy high health care costs

Commentary By creating more competitive markets for health insurance exchanges, Medicare Part C and other health services, the nation can save big, says Ezekiel J. Emanuel, chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. After decades of false starts and frustration, free market champions should be cheering— competitive […]

Medicare aims to improve coordinating seniors’ chronic care

Adjusting medications before someone gets sick enough to visit the doctor. Updating outside specialists so one doctor’s prescription doesn’t interfere with another’s. Starting this month, Medicare will pay primary care doctors a monthly fee to better coordinate care for the most vulnerable seniors — those with multiple chronic illnesses — even if they don’t have […]


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