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Loss of income can change health insurance status

People who have lost income because of the 416 Fire may be eligible for a change in their health insurance status. People may qualify for Medicaid in 2018 if their income for the year falls under...

DATE: July 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Mercy targets emerging epidemic of fragile bone fractures

Mercy Regional Medical Center is aiming to reduce the number of broken bones osteoporosis patients suffer as the population ages. The National Orthopedic Association describes the 2 million...

DATE: June 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Mercy Regional Medical Center to offer prediabetes class

Mercy Regional Medical Center will offer a free class for people diagnosed with prediabetes from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday in Suite 140 of the medical office building at the hospital, 1010 Three Springs...

DATE: June 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Science Says: How family separation may affect kids’ brains

CHICAGO – Doctors have long known that separating families and other traumatic events can damage children’s well-being. More recent research has shed some light on how that may happen: Severe early...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Enemy turned ally: Poliovirus is used to fight brain tumors

One of the world’s most dreaded viruses has been turned into a treatment to fight deadly brain tumors. Survival was better than expected for patients in a small study who were given genetically...

DATE: June 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Medical milestone: U.S. OKs marijuana-based drug for seizures

WASHINGTON – U.S. health regulators on Monday approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law,...

DATE: June 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

How do you count deaths from a hurricane?

NEW YORK – How many people died in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria? It’s a question that has been debated since the powerful storm slammed into the island and devastated the U.S. territory last...

DATE: June 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Pain medicine group cancels doctor training about marijuana

A national medical group Thursday abruptly canceled its plans to train doctors about marijuana for pain relief after a federal agency pulled its funding. The episode highlights an ongoing conflict...

DATE: June 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

San Juan Basin Public Health clinic offers contraception services

San Juan Basin Public Health works to prevent teen pregnancy through its Sexual Health Clinic. The clinic provides annual exams, sexually transmitted infection screenings, pregnancy tests, all...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

New evidence that viruses may play a role in Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON – Viruses that sneak into the brain just might play a role in Alzheimer’s, scientists reported Thursday in a provocative study that promises to re-ignite some long-debated theories about...

DATE: June 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Smoking hits new low; about 14 percent of U.S. adults light up

NEW YORK – Smoking in the U.S. has hit another all-time low. About 14 percent of U.S adults were smokers last year, down from about 16 percent the year before, government figures show. There hadn’t...

DATE: June 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem

GENEVA – Obsessive video gamers know how to anticipate dangers in virtual worlds. The World Health Organization says they now should be on guard for a danger in the real world: spending too much...

DATE: June 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health