Thursday , 25 May 2017

Health

GOP health bill: 23M more uninsured; sick risk higher costs

Congress’ official budget analyst is projecting that the House Republican health care bill would produce 23 million more uninsured people and costly, perhaps unaffordable coverage for the seriously ill. Now Republicans in the Senate have to decide how to make their version different. The Congressional Budget Office report, issued Wednesday, also found that average premiums would fall compared with President …

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AP FACT CHECK: Medicaid a target for cuts despite assurance

Medicaid is clearly in line for cuts under President Donald Trump’s budget despite assurances to the contrary from his budget chief. Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, while introducing the budget Tuesday: “There are no Medicaid cuts in the terms of what ordinary human beings would refer to as a cut. We are not spending less …

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Controversial IVF doctor gives hope to older Indian women

To see Manjeet Kaur around her little daughter is to see joy at its purest. The 15-month-old toddles about the sprawling courtyard of her parents’ farm, her oily curls tied up in a top knot, her rubber-soled shoes squeaking. Kaur’s eyes don’t miss a thing, and they often mist up with tears. Gurjeet is the child Kaur yearned for desperately, …

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Manchester victims include 8-year-old girl, college student

In the wake of a devastating bombing in Manchester that killed at least 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert, officials and parents alike were grappling with the news that many of the injured and killed were young adolescents or children. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May called the bombing a “sickening attack” that targeted children and young people “who should …

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FDA: Controller for heart pump recalled over deaths

Federal regulators say nearly 29,000 controllers for implanted heart pumps are being recalled after reports of 26 deaths linked to malfunctions. The recall covers the external power supply controller for the HeartMate II, made by Abbott Laboratories‘ Thoratec unit and distributed from July 2012 until last March. The ventricular assist device helps the heart’s main pumping chamber circulate blood. The …

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Poor sleep is linked to higher death risk in those with heart issues

Diseases of the blood vessels supplying the heart and brain tissues are leading causes of death among Americans. And while researchers have known that things like metabolic syndrome — high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and/or triglycerides, high body mass index and high blood sugar — and poor sleep increase the risk of these diseases, the true impact of these other …

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Drugmaker paying $33M over recalled nonprescription meds

Johnson & Johnson has reached a $33 million settlement with 42 states, resolving allegations the health care giant sold numerous nonprescription medicines that didn’t meet federal quality requirements for a couple of years. The settlement was announced Wednesday by attorneys general in the states. The case dates to 2009, when Johnson & Johnson began dozens of voluntary recalls of popular …

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