New Birth Control Rules Appear To Track Supreme Court Suggestion

Tweet Those who favor women being guaranteed no-cost birth control coverage under their health insurance say the new rules for nonprofit religious organizations issued by the Obama administration simply put into force what the Supreme Court suggested last month.   “We interpret what  [the administration] did to be putting into effect that order,” said Judy Waxman, vice president for health and...
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Blood Pressure Controlled Best by Patient: Study

Tweet Blood Pressure Controlled Best by Patient: Study Aug. 27, 2014 — Patients with hypertension who monitored their own blood pressure at home, and adjusted their medications accordingly, had better blood pressure readings after a year than those who were under the care of their doctor, a new study shows. Although the patients who cared for themselves weren’t completely on their own,...
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Steer Clear of Dietary Supplements for Concussions: FDA

Tweet Steer Clear of Dietary Supplements for Concussions By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — As the fall sports season starts and young players face the risk of concussions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that dietary supplements that claim to prevent, treat or cure concussions are untested, unproven and possibly dangerous. These products...
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China Box Office: Monkeys Do The Business as ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Rules Supreme

Tweet Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes scored a chest-thumping $47 million in its opening weekend in China, putting it firmly at the top of the box office rankings in the world’s second biggest film market. The sequel notched up 141,124 screenings and 7.36 million admissions during the week that ended Sept.1, data from research group Entgroup showed. The Entgroup box office figure...
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Study: Aspirin Might Work Instead of Warfarin for Deep Vein Clots

Tweet Aspirin vs. Warfarin for Deep Vein Clots By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Aspirin may offer an alternative for people who’ve had blood clots in the deep veins of the legs and can’t tolerate long-term use of blood thinners, according to Australian researchers. The condition, called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), can be life-threatening...
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Everest Study Finds High Altitude Affects Blood Pressure

Tweet Everest Study Finds High Altitude Affects BP By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — In a new study done from the heights of Mount Everest, Italian researchers found that your blood pressure steadily increases if you ascend to great heights. They also found that a drug widely used to treat high blood pressure was ineffective once climbers reached...
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Family, Screen Time Tied to Kids’ Success: Study

Tweet Family, Screen Time Tied to Kids’ Success: Study Sept. 1, 2014 — Here’s a back-to-school pop quiz for parents: How much do you think your child’s school grades or emotions are tied to whether you’re sitting down to dinner together? The answer: More than you might think. The amount of time kids spend in front of screens — on computers, tablets and smart phones — also...
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Federal Officials Order Medicaid To Cover Autism Services

Tweet When Yuri Maldonado’s 6-year-old son was diagnosed with autism four years ago, she learned that getting him the therapy he needed from California’s Medicaid plan for low-income children was going to be tough. Medi-Cal, as California’s plan is called, does provide coverage of autism services for some children who are severely disabled by the disorder, in contrast to many states...
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Do Antidepressants in Pregnancy Raise Risks for Mental Woes in Kids?

Tweet Antidepressants in Pregnancy Linked to Autism? By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — There’s been controversy for years over whether the use of common antidepressants by women during their pregnancies might raise the odds of mental health issues in their children. Now, a study involving more than 13,000 children finds no rise in the risk...
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Why Aren’t Rx Weight-Loss Drugs More in Demand?

Tweet Why Aren’t Rx Weight-Loss Drugs More in Demand? Aug. 27, 2014 — Obesity costs the U.S. health-care system close to $150 billion a year — not terribly surprising when you consider that more than a third of American adults are obese. That number, from 2009, is the latest reported by the CDC. Other estimates are even higher, and those costs are expected to rise. And yet, less...
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