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US set to sponsor health insurance plans nationwide
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The Obama administration will soon take on a new role as the sponsor of at least two nationwide health insurance plans to be operated under contract with the federal government and offered to consumers in every state. More

Analysis: Employees to face healthcare sticker shock
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Visit to New York City orthopedist: $223. One X-ray: $50. One follow-up magnetic resonance imaging test: $766. Total bill for checking out that aching shoulder: $1,039 — all to be paid by the patient, rather than the insurer. Healthcare has gone retail. More

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As fiscal cliff looms, Medicare and Medicaid face uncertain futures
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No matter who wins the election, official Washington will have to deal with something called the "fiscal cliff" before the end of the year. What's coming is a perfect storm of expiring tax cuts, scheduled budget cuts, and various other spending changes scheduled to take place Jan. 1, unless Congress and President Barack Obama agree on a way to avert them. More

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New Parkinson's drug could slow disease progression
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A family of compounds has recently been developed that may slow the progression of Parkinson's disease. There are existing medications that can alleviate the symptoms, but unfortunately they do not have an impact on the development of the disease. More

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FDA approves Teva leukemia drug
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The Food and Drug Administration said it has approved a new leukemia treatment from Teva Pharmaceutical Industries to be sold under the brand name Synribo. The drug, also known as omacetaxine mepesuccinate, is approved to treat a type of the blood and bone marrow cancer called chronic myelogenous leukemia in patients whose cancer has progressed after treatment with at least two drugs from a class called tyrosine kinase inhibitors. More

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Pricey new prostate cancer therapy raises questions about safety, cost
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VideoBriefBecause proton therapy can be targeted much more precisely to treat prostate cancer, it should minimize any damage to sensitive nerves and tissue around the prostate. The hope is that it translates into far fewer side effects, such as impotence and incontinence. But critics say it's an example of a big problem with the U.S. health system: Doctors start using expensive new treatments before anyone knows whether they work, whether they're safe, and whether they're worth the extra money. More

Acupuncture may ease dry mouth after cancer
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People with chronic dry mouth related to cancer treatment reported some improvement in symptoms like sticky saliva and dry lips after eight weeks of group acupuncture, in a new study from the U.K. More

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Study suggests lowering cholesterol earlier in life
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Teens and young adults may want to pay attention to their cholesterol levels instead of waiting until later, when there is less room for improvement, according to a new study. There is no ironclad proof that doing so would actually benefit anyone, and the idea that people under 35 should be screened for high cholesterol is controversial. More

Officials: We are nearing 'light at the end of the tunnel' for meningitis outbreak
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There seems to be an end in sight for the deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak in the United States. Though there are still additional cases of meningitis being added to the official roster, officials say that we may be nearing a light at the end of the tunnel. More

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New genomics study shows ancestry could help solve disease riddles
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Explosive advancement in human genome sequencing opens new possibilities for identifying the genetic roots of certain diseases and finding cures. However, so many variations among individual genomes exist that identifying mutations responsible for a specific disease has in many cases proven an insurmountable challenge. But now a new study reveals that by comparing the genomes of diseased patients with the genomes of people with sufficiently similar ancestries could dramatically simplify searches for harmful mutations, opening new treatment possibilities. More

Why cheaper genetic testing could costs us a fortune
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Whole-genome sequencing is already relatively inexpensive — labs can analyze a person's entire genetic code for under $10,000 — and the cost is dropping fast. But for some patients, this initial DNA report is the beginning, not the end, of their medical odyssey. And whether those journeys will increase the nation's health costs isn't clear. More

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Exercise may reduce cancer-related depression
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Regular exercise can reduce depression in cancer patients, a study suggests. A study by Macmillan Cancer Support into the long-term benefits of supervised physical activity for early stage breast cancer patients during treatment found women who were more active "consistently experienced lower levels of depression and increased quality of life" compared to those who were less active. More

Children with behavior problems have changes in the brain
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As new mental health disorders are christened by the mental health community, there's been debate about whether some of these additions are really warranted, especially in children. Some question, for example, whether disorders like ADHD are legitimate neurobiological processes, or whether they're constructs of our desire to homogenize child behavior. But a new study shows that a more serious behavior disorder — conduct disorder — can be seen in the cells of the brain. More

"Some symptoms of possible prostate cancer include changes in sexual function, as well as blood in the urine or weak urine flow, according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation."

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