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Op-Ed: Calif. Dems push to extend health, legal rights for immigrants

Sacramento - California Democrats are taking things into their own hands because of federal inaction over immigration reform. On Tuesday they announced a 10-bill package that would extend health care and legal protection to undocumented immigrants in the state.

Giving hospital gowns a makeover

There are many things about staying in hospital that are unpleasant for the patient, in addition to the procedure. These may include the environment, the food and even the gown. But one innovator wants to change what patients wear.

Op-Ed: Obamacare not doing enough to help with health care costs

As the Affordable Care Act comes closer to full implementation across the United States, it is clear that this legislation does not do enough to ensure that citizens can afford health care. Obamacare is insufficient for our needs.

Processed foods lead to disease: Healthy diet will combat risks

Diets filled with processed foods are now known to increase the risk of cancers and autoimmune diseases along with obesity. Researchers have discovered that taking processed foods out of the diet and eating healthier will help prevent disease.

Op-Ed: $117,000 'drive-by doctor' bill calls for universal health care

The complexities of medical billing can be confusing and infuriating, but a case from New York reveals the dangerous, and growing, trend of "drive-by doctoring." Doctors who consult on procedures, without the knowledge of the patient, can charge big fees.

'Lungs in a Box' could breath new life into lung transplants Commissioned

The medical company TransMedics, in collaboration with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical, devised an innovative technology that allows human lungs to continue to function before being transplanted into a patient.

Kaiser poll: Approval of Affordable Care Act falls to 35 percent

Washington - While the American people are focused on a new Iraq conflict involving U.S. forces and an open Southern border that some say beckons Islamic State terrorists to enter the country, public approval of ObamaCare has steadily declined over the summer.

Op-Ed: Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania trailing polls, expands Medicaid

Harrisburg - The Medicaid expansion portion of the Affordable Care Act is optional for the states thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Every Democratic governor, except for one, is participating. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania became the ninth GOP governor to sign on.

Dr. Noah Minskoff says medicine needs a tech revolution Commissioned

The U.S. medical industry is in need of more technological innovation to improve overall health and reduce the costs of patient care, according to Dr. Noah Minskoff, a leading medical professional.

Op-Ed: Obesity worse than smoking? New study may change laws

The National Cancer Institute has found that obesity can be worse for your lifespan than smoking. Will this prompt changes in legislation?

Report: Britain's NHS is world's best health care system Special

A newly-released report by a US-based health care research organization has ranked Britain's National Health Service (NHS) the best among 11 most-developed nation health systems, with the United States placing last.

Third annual Refugee Health Care National Day of Action Special

Edmonton - The third annual National Day of Action for Refugee Health Care was observed in Edmonton with a small but passionate group.

Medicare Copay may hurt medical practices

Center of attention in a federal budget brawl, the introduction of a $7 Medicare co-payment has brought doctors up in arms, stating the co-pay will threaten not only their business model, but survival of medical practices.

Op-Ed: Top VA health official resigns but was it really 'under fire'?

The top official for Veterans health care services resigned Friday, in what is being called the result of the growing scandal over alleged delays in care and falsifying of records at veteran's hospitals.

Boehner: 'Obamacare is the law of the land'

After more than 55 failed attempts by the House, Speaker John Boehner finally conceded that Obamacare is here to stay. Boehner’s admission comes only three weeks after he vowed the House would continue to try to repeal the law. woes frustrate helpers around the country

Last minute health insurance shoppers nationwide turned up in record numbers online Monday, and they also showed up in person at clinics, county health departments and libraries to sign up for Obamacare on the last official day of open enrollment.

Insurance agents key to Calif. success enrolling Asian-Americans

While Latino enrollment has lagged in California’s insurance marketplace, Asians have signed up in numbers outstripping their representation in the pool of eligible people.

Cholesterol guidelines could mean statins for half of adults over 40

When sweeping new advice on preventing heart attacks and strokes came out last November, it wasn’t clear how many more Americans should be taking daily statin pills to lower their risk.

Thousands of young California immigrants eligible for coverage

Carlos Velazquez’s skateboard slipped out from beneath his feet and he spiraled onto the ground, landing hard on his left arm. He decided not to go to the doctor after the 2012 accident, resorting to over-the-counter pain medication and home remedies.

Injured who lived near closed trauma centers more likely to die

Injured patients who had to travel an average 13 minutes longer to reach a hospital trauma center because a facility nearer to home had closed were more likely to die of their injuries in the hospital, according to a new California study.

Next step for smartphones? Keeping tabs on patients

Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego, knows when his patients’ hearts are racing or their blood pressure is on the rise, even if they’re sitting at home.

Changes to health law rules include extra month to enroll in 2015

The Obama administration released a set of regulatory changes to the health law that would give some consumers more time to stay in plans that don't comply with all its coverage requirements and all consumers more time to enroll in coverage come 2015.

60,000 with HIV left uninsured in States not expanding Medicaid

Close to 60,000 people with the virus live in U.S. states that are not expanding their Medicaid programs and are likely to remain uninsured.

You might not be able to afford this life-saving Hepatitis C drug

There's a new drug regimen being touted as a potential cure for a dangerous liver virus that causes hepatitis C. But it costs $84,000 -- or $1,000 a pill.

Impact of Medicare advantage cuts on seniors sharply disputed

Seniors enrolled in Aetna’s Medicare Advantage plan In Baltimore County, Md., saw their monthly premiums rise from $33 to $51 this year. Enrollees in HealthNow New York, a Medicare HMO in Erie County, saw their premiums jump from zero to $28 a month.

Could Medicaid expansion debate turn into an immigration issue?

Proponents of expanding Medicaid in Florida argue that a 'no' vote means that legal immigrants will have access to insurance subsidies while some U.S. citizens go without coverage.

Man survives week with artificial heart in world-first operation

A 75-year-old man from France, after surviving a week with an artificial heart, chatted with family and fed himself. The man was the first in the world to be fitted with an artificial heart.

Op-Ed: Why the Affordable Care Act is not socialism

How did it happen that we are allowing the conservatives to label The Affordable Care Act (ACA) as socialized medicine and or socialism? Are they trying to hide just how capitalistic the ACA really is?

Op-Ed: U.S. doctor warns medical marijuana is harmful and addictive

Medical marijuana is constantly in news and more positive views about its “harmless” nature seem to be attempting to win public opinion. But is it really safe? One experienced doctor rejects all safety claims of medical cannabis.

Op-Ed: Alternative treatments as an antidote to Obamacare Special

Plano - One factor that can make Obamacare significantly more acceptable to people is inclusion of alternative medicine and treatment, says author and alternative health advocate Alan Smith.
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Rural health workers, called ASHA workers are going out to Damchherra villages in Tripura, India. These women are playing vital role in providing rural health care to villagers who are mostly poor, ignorant and illiterate. Owing to their continuous effort, pre-natal and post natal death in rural Tripura have significantly reduced. These women, each responsible to oversee particular area, maintain a good rapport and come handy in case of medical emergency to helpless villagers.
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Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, an NHS hospital
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President Barack Obama signs the Affordable Care Act during a ceremony at the White House in March 2010
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A demonstration by illegal immigrants and their supporters in Paris, 2008
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Rally for Refugee Health Care in Edmonton
The President signing health care reform into law
The President signing health care reform into law
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Natchitoches General Hospital in Natchitoches  Louisiana provides personalized health care.
Natchitoches General Hospital in Natchitoches, Louisiana provides personalized health care.
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The hearing held by the Senate sub-committee on Primary Health and Aging, March 12, 2014.
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President Barack Obama delivers remarks on Medicaid fraud and health care reform at St. Charles High School in St. Charles, Missouri, March 10, 2010.
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Carlos Velazquez  31  fell off his skateboard and broke his left arm in 2012. Undocumented and unins...
Carlos Velazquez, 31, fell off his skateboard and broke his left arm in 2012. Undocumented and uninsured, Velasquez decided not to go to the emergency room until it was too late. His arm is now permanently crooked
New tech may help physicians keep tabs on patients
New tech may help physicians keep tabs on patients
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