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  • HEALTHBEAT: Need a doctor for a sore throat? Creating strep scorecard might help patients tell

    November 4, 2013 10:03 PM 17

    In fact, the risk of strep throat is low enough for adults that doctors may skip testing them, deciding not to bother after running down a list of symptoms. That can leave patients wondering why they spent hours in the waiting room and had to pay the doctor’s bill. “If you could know that your risk was low enough that you wouldn’t even be tested, you might

  • CMS acknowledges outage Monday afternoon

    November 4, 2013 9:53 PM 26 experienced an outage of about 90 minutes this afternoon, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Director of Communications Julie Bataille said during the agency’s daily news briefing. While the application and enrollment functions were not available, the data services hub was online during that time, Bataille said. The outage wasn’t

  • Doctor Shortage Could Ease As Obamacare Boosts Nurses, Physician Assistants

    November 4, 2013 8:59 PM 21

    New new research by RAND Corp. indicates new primary care models pushed by the Affordable Care Act that use nurse practitioners and physician assistants could help eliminate the physician shortage. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Though a physician shortage appears inevitable as more Americans get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, new research

  • Child care is more expensive than college in a majority of states

    November 4, 2013 6:50 PM 19

    A new report reveals that child care is the single largest expense for families in 22 states As Bryce Covert at ThinkProgress notes, child care subsidies for low-income families were cut in 24 states in 2012, in addition to sequestration cuts that reduced funding for programs that provide such assistance by $69 million. As the costs of childcare rise, struggling

  • No magic bullet for keeping off the pounds: story of one couple

    November 4, 2013 5:47 PM 28

    Posted on: 11:45 am, November 4, 2013, by CNN Wires (CNN) — Stories about weight loss usually have a beginning, middle and end. How did these people gain so much weight? What made them decide to change? And how much do they weigh now? Matthew Shack has struggled with his weight since college when a knee injury ended his promising football career. The 35-year-old

  • Major health woes seen in teens who seek obesity surgery; many kids are 3 times too big

    November 4, 2013 4:49 PM 19

    These kids weighed three times more than what is considered healthy, they weren’t just teens “who want to fit into that cheerleading outfit better,” said Dr. Thomas Inge, the study’s lead researcher and a surgeon at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The study offers reassuring evidence that obesity surgery is generally safe for teens, echoing

  • Study: Turning off cars and buses leads to significant reductions in traffic-related air pollution

    November 4, 2013 1:27 PM 38

    CINCINNATI -- A new study by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital says children’s health may be at risk during school hours based on the amount of pollutants released into the air by idling cars and school buses. Three pounds of pollution per month is released into the air for every vehicle drop-off and pick-up at a school, not including even larger vehicles

  • Why Brushing and Flossing Could Prevent Heart Disease

    November 4, 2013 11:16 AM 53

    Keeping your gums in shape could lower your risk of heart disease, a new study suggests. Researchers from Columbia University have demonstrated that as gum health increases, the narrowing of arteries through plaque build up, also known as atherosclerosis, decreases to a significant degree. "These results are important because atherosclerosis progressed

  • More evidence links girls' obesity with earlier puberty

    November 4, 2013 5:22 AM 44

    Researchers find earlier onset of puberty in non-Hispanic white girls in the USA. And all girls, regardless of race or ethnicity, with greater obesity started puberty earlier. The age at which puberty starts in some girls has continued to drop, finds the latest study to suggest obesity may be a key trigger. The start of puberty (determined by a specific

  • Usain Bolt ate 1,000 McNuggets at the Beijing Olympics

    November 3, 2013 9:51 PM 34

    Usain Bolt’s memoir “Faster Than Lightning” is set to be released this week, and according to the New York Post, it is complete with scandalous tales of his relationships, his potential failures and his love of McDonald’s. According to the newspaper, during the Beijing Olympics the then-22 year old didn’t want to eat Chinese food, so instead subsisted