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Nearly Half A Million Select Obamacare Plans Through Healthcare.gov In First Week

Federal officials said today that during the first week of open enrollment for the health law’s online marketplaces, 462,125 people selected health plans, with just over half of those return customers. The figures were the first weekly snapshot promised by the Department of Health and Human Services to provide details ...

'Text Neck' and Other Tech Troubles

'Text Neck' and Other Tech TroublesWebMD Health News By Matt Sloane Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD More from WebMD Johnson & Johnson Recalls Even More TylenolTylenol Products RecalledTylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, Aspirin, Rolaids RecallFDA Warns of Rare Acetaminophen RiskNov. 26, 2014 -- Gift-buying season is here, and on top of ...

Turning 21? Here’s How To Avoid A Big Hike In Health Insurance Premiums

For young people, turning 21 is generally a reason to celebrate reaching adulthood. If they’re insured through the federal health insurance marketplace that operates in about three dozen states, however, their birthday could mean a whopping 58 percent jump in their health insurance premium in 2015, according to an analysis ...

Administration Warns Employers: Don’t Dump Sick Workers From Plans

As employers try to minimize expenses under the health law, the Obama administration has warned them against paying high-cost workers to leave the company medical plan and buy coverage elsewhere. Such a move would unlawfully discriminate against employees based on their health status, three federal agencies said in a bulletin ...

A new Johns Hopkins study shows some restaurants are voluntarily lowering the calorie counts on popular menu items before it's required by the Food and Drug Administration.

FDA announces new calorie rules for restaurants

The FDA announced new rules Tuesday that require chain restaurants and vending machine operators to post calories for food and drinks on their menus. The rules, which have been in the works since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, apply to restaurants that have more than 20 ...

Marketplaces Will Automatically Renew Consumers’ Plans But Take A Look First

So far, the open enrollment period on the federal and state marketplaces—which started Nov. 15 and continues until Feb. 15 for 2015 coverage—is proceeding much more smoothly than last year. But people remain confused about plans, premiums and provider networks. Here are answers to several readers’ questions. Q. I understand ...

Obama officials seek to clarify abortion coverage rules

The Obama administration is seeking to clarify rules for the coverage of elective abortion in health insurance exchanges. That is the issue that almost scuttled the Affordable Care Act before it became law. A complicated compromise that got the final few anti-abortion Democrats to agree to vote for the measure ...

HHS Formally Moves To Close Loophole Allowing Plans Without Hospital Benefits

The Obama administration took another step to close what many see as a health-law loophole that allows large employers to offer medical plans without hospital coverage and bars their workers from subsidies to buy their own insurance. “It has come to our attention that certain group health plan designs that ...

Alaska Doctors Overwhelmed By New Federal Rules

Dr. Oliver Korshin is a 71-year-old ophthalmologist in Anchorage – and he is not happy about the federal government’s plan to have all physicians use electronic medical records or face a Medicare penalty. A few months ago when he applied for an exemption to the latest requirement, he had to ...

Some Experts Dispute Claims Of Looming Doctor Shortage

You hear it so often it’s almost a cliché: The nation is facing a serious shortage of doctors, particularly doctors who practice primary care, in the coming years. But is that really the case? Many medical groups, led by the Association of American Medical Colleges, say there’s little doubt. “We ...

Wall Street Is Bullish On 2015 Obamacare Enrollment

A group of Wall Street analysts predicted Friday that enrollment in health law insurance plans will be higher than the 9 million projected by the Obama administration because insurers are aggressively courting new customers and more small businesses are likely to send workers to the online exchanges in 2015. Health ...

Peanut Protein in Dust May Raise Allergy Risk

Peanut Protein in Dust May Raise Allergy RiskMedscape Medical News By Marcia Frellick Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD More from WebMD Pollution Down, but Health Risks PersistNasacort Allergy Spray Can Go OTC, FDA Panel SaysOver-the-Counter Flonase Allergy Relief ApprovedFDA OKs Over-the-Counter ZyrtecNov. 21, 2014 -- Babies exposed to traces of ...

Weighing Growth Hormones for Short Kids

Weighing Growth Hormones for Short KidsWebMD Health News By Brenda Goodman, MA Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD More from WebMD Antibiotics and Kids' Risk for Juvenile ArthritisEnterovirus D68: What Parents Need to KnowAre Kindergarten Kids Getting Their Vaccines?Virus May Be Linked to Childhood ObesityNov. 21, 2014 -- Melissa Chapman started ...

Watch Alzheimer’s patient's emotional response to hearing his favorite music

“He was fun-loving, singing. Every occasion he would come out with a song.” This is how Henry’s daughter remembers her dad. After his Alzheimer’s rendered him unable to recognize his daughter, Henry had to be checked into a nursing home. He later began to have seizures and was barely able ...

A Quarter Of Uninsured Say They Can’t Afford To Buy Coverage

Just days before the health law’s marketplaces reopened, nearly a quarter of uninsured said they expect to remain without coverage because they did not think it would be affordable, according to a poll released Friday. That was by far the most common reason given by people who expect to stay ...

Researchers Campaign Against Americans’ Sweet Tooth With Public Health Initiative

Dean Schillinger is a primary-care physician at San Francisco General Hospital. He first came to the city in 1990 at the peak of the AIDS epidemic. “At that point, one out of every two patients we admitted was a young man dying of AIDS,” he says. Today, that same ward ...

Former HHS Official Calls For ‘Smarter’ Networks That Deliver Cost-Effective Care

Many consumers who signed up for health coverage through online insurance exchanges discovered their doctors were not in their plans’ networks. While narrow networks aren’t new, they have emerged as one of insurers’ major levers for keeping costs down under the Affordable Care Act. Consumers have been attracted by lower ...

Sleep Off Addiction to Cigarettes?

Sleep Off Addiction to Cigarettes?Medscape Medical News By Megan Brooks More from WebMD Narcolepsy: Trouble With Tribbles?FDA Approves New Restless Legs Syndrome Drug HorizantSleep Drug May Curb Insomnia for MonthsFDA Reports Requip, Risperdal Medication ErrorsNov. 20, 2014 -- Bad smells during sleep may teach smokers to dislike cigarettes and help ...

Seniors’ Obesity-Counseling Benefit Goes Largely Unused

Three years ago, the Obama administration offered hope to millions of overweight seniors when it announced Medicare would offer free weight-loss counseling. Officials estimated that about 30 percent of seniors are obese and therefore eligible for counseling services, which studies have shown improve the odds of significant weight loss. But ...

FILE - In this March 2, 2014 file photo, Bono arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. A New York City doctor says U2 singer Bono suffered multiple fractures and had to have two surgeries after his weekend bicycle accident. Orthopedic trauma surgeon Dr. Dean Lorich says Bono underwent a five-hour surgery on his elbow in which three plates and 18 screws were inserted on Sunday night. Bono had another surgery to repair a fracture to his left pinkie on Monday. Lorich says Bono will need therapy but a full recovery is expected.  (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Multiple fractures for Bono in NY bicycle accident

An injury to U2 singer Bono after what was described by the group as a "cycling spill" left him with multiple fractures that required him to undergo two surgeries, a doctor said Wednesday. Bono was in a "high-energy bicycle accident" when he was trying to avoid another cyclist on Sunday, ...

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