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Medicare extends enrollment period for those affected by Sandy
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Medicare beneficiaries battered by Superstorm Sandy have one less problem to worry about: Federal officials have extended the deadline to enroll in a private medical or drug plan for next year for those still coping with storm damage. More



After tangling with Obama, WellPoint changes its tone
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Few companies have had a more publicly tense relationship with President Barack Obama's administration than WellPoint. But with four more years teed up — and a new chief executive at the company's helm — the health insurer is now striking a different tone. More

Hospitals gamble on urgent care clinics to keep patients healthy
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Most of the 9,000 urgent care clinics nationwide are owned by corporation or physicians, but hospital systems are increasingly aiming to get a cut of the booming industry. Hospitals already own about 27 percent of the centers, according to the Urgent Care Association of America. Tom Charland, CEO of Merchant Medicine, a consulting firm focusing on walk-in clinics, thinks that's just the beginning. More

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Coalition pushes new proposal to avoid Medicare, Medicaid cuts
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With President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans turning to address the looming budget crisis, a coalition of consumer groups, labor unions and major employers is pushing new approaches to control federal health spending without cutting benefits for seniors and others who rely on Medicare and Medicaid. More

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Pfizer arthritis drug wins approval
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U.S. regulators approved Pfizer's Xeljanz treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, one of the company's most potentially lucrative experimental drugs, which is now poised to compete with Abbott Laboratories Inc.'s top-selling Humira. The Food and Drug Administration said it had approved Pfizer's pill for patients with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis who have not benefited from or been able to tolerate the standard oral treatment, methotrexate. More



Canada high court voids Pfizer's Viagra patent
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Canada's top court has stripped Pfizer of its patent for Viagra, saying the pharmaceutical giant failed in the patent to identify the active compound in the drug. More

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Testicular cancer can be detected by a pregnancy test
The Toronto Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A young Ontario man took a pregnancy test and found out, via a comic strip posting on an Internet site, that he had testicular cancer. The hormone detected by at-home pregnancy tests is the same one made by many testicular cancers. The young man went to a doctor who, indeed, found a small tumor in his right testicle. More

New device could prevent unnecessary biopsies
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VideoBriefA new device could help doctors diagnosis the most deadly form of skin cancer more quickly and accurately and it has the potential to save patients from unnecessary biopsies. More

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Study finds exercise adds to life expectancy, even for obese
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A new study indicates that 30 minutes of 30 minutes a day can add about 3.5 extra years of life, on average. Those who step up the intensity or put in closer to an hour a day of brisk walking or its equivalent add about 4.2 addition years. Even for the severely obese, exercising for about 2.5 hours a week at moderate intensity or for 75 minutes at vigorous levels puts average life expectancy a notch above that of a normal-weight person who is sedentary, research shows. More

Values exercise improves doctor-patient communication
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A short waiting room exercise encouraging African American patients to reflect on their personal values helped improve communication between the patients and their white doctors, in a new study. More

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More gene variants linked to heart trouble
HealthDay News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Specific DNA variations explain more than 10 percent of the inherited genetic risk for developing heart disease, a new study suggests. Researchers discovered 20 previously unidentified genetic variations in more than 63,000 people with coronary artery disease, which causes more deaths worldwide than any other disease. More

Genetic risk for Alzheimer's manifests early
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Patients at genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease developed changes in the brain, as well as blood and cerebrospinal biomarkers, in their 20s — long before clinical symptoms would have been expected to appear, two imaging studies showed. More

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Research suggets marijuana use may lead to schizophrenia
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Research on cannabis use in patients with schizophrenia, a complex mental disorder, have found that it may help alleviate symptoms. But what about people who do not have the condition? A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry has found that, in nonpsychotic individuals, marijuana may cause users to have similar brain activity as people with schizophrenia. The research suggests that regular cannabis use may push otherwise nonpsychotic individuals down the path of schizophrenia. More

FAST FACTS
"Schizophrenia symptoms usually develop slowly over months or years, according to the National Library of Medicine. Experts aren't sure what causes it, but genes may be a factor."


 
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