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  • Aetna chief executive says Obamacare is in a ‘death spiral’

    February 15, 2017 11:05 PM 19

    Aetna chief executive Mark Bertolini said Wednesday that the Affordable Care Act's exchanges — the marketplaces where consumers can buy individual health coverage under President Barack Obama's signature health-care law — are in a “death spiral.” Bertolini's remarks at the Wall Street Journal's the Future of Healthcare event came a day after the official

  • Robert Reich: Repealing Obamacare Makes the Rich Richer

    February 15, 2017 6:27 PM 16

    Don’t be fooled by Trump’s and Republican promises to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. They could repeal it, but they can’t and won’t replace it. They’ve tried for years to come up with a replacement that keeps at least as many people covered. Their “replacement” never appears. So why do Republicans want to repeal Obamacare and leave millions without

  • Amid Obamacare uncertainty, insurance giant Humana plans to leave marketplaces in 2018

    February 15, 2017 3:10 AM 19

    Humana Inc., one of the nation’s largest health insurers, will stop selling Obamacare health plans next year, the company announced Tuesday. The move threatens to rattle jittery insurance markets and further complicate Republicans’ push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The company attributed its action to mounting losses caused by sicker-than-expected

  • Obamacare replacement: It’s complicated

    February 15, 2017 1:16 AM 17

    Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) seems to reiterate weekly that the GOP has a health-care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. To be honest (why isn’t he?), his “A Better Way” plan provided a rough outline of health-care reform, but there are a zillion details to be determined. In addition, thanks to President Trump, the bar for a replacement

  • Ryan faces major test in selling Obamacare repeal and replacement

    February 15, 2017 1:00 AM 21

    House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) spent Tuesday on a door-to-door tour of the Capitol in hopes of salvaging his plan to repeal and largely replace the Affordable Care Act by spring. The day-long blitz comes as Republicans in Congress have made virtually no visible progress in recent weeks on overhauling the health-care system, according to interviews

  • Study: Youth flag football may not be safer than tackle

    February 14, 2017 5:31 PM 24

    Researchers have found that injuries are more likely to occur in youth flag football than youth tackle football. Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A new study from the University of Iowa Health Care has found that youth flag football may not be safer than youth tackle football. A team of UI researchers studied three large youth football leagues with nearly 3,800 participants

  • Human Gene Editing Receives Science Panel’s Support

    February 14, 2017 4:16 PM 17

    Because any genetic changes in human eggs, sperm and embryos, also called the germ line, can be passed on to future generations, the recommendation crosses a line that “many have viewed as ethically inviolable,” the report acknowledges. But in the last year, the report’s authors said, the techniques required to perform this sort of gene editing have passed

  • Hospital treats NICU babies, parents to special Valentine's Day

    February 14, 2017 3:09 PM 17

    The smallest patients at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City received special valentines on Tuesday from their parents and family members as part of the March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program. The program, which helps families provide care for premature and critically ill newborns, also gave parents keepsake photos of their child dressed in Valentine’s

  • Mediterranean diet plus olive oil a boost to heart health?

    February 13, 2017 9:34 PM 23

    MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 -- A Mediterranean diet high in virgin olive oil may boost the protective effects of "good" cholesterol, a new study suggests. The study included 296 people, average age 66, at high risk for heart disease. They were randomly assigned to follow one of three diets for a year. The diets were: a traditional Mediterranean diet enriched

  • PetSmart recalls canned dog and cat food

    February 13, 2017 8:54 PM 18

    PetSmart issued a voluntarily recall for dog and cat food products due to metal contamination that could potentially be a choking hazard to pets. The pet store issued the recall of The Great Choice Adult Dog Food first, on Thursday. The product was sold in stores nationwide, on PetSmart.com, Pet360.com and PetFoodDirect.com. The store then issued the recall