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As South Sudan's civil war rages, cholera takes deadly toll

Clasping frail arms around his stomach, Machar Weituor doubles over in pain as he slowly positions himself over the hole in his bed. Too feeble to make it to the toilet, the 40-year-old groans faintly as he defecates into a bucket. "I'm worried he'll die," says his wife, Nyibol Maluok, lying on...

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  • Making a yummy Spanish tortilla without all the calories

    Growing up in the Southwest, a tortilla was a thin flatbread used to wrap around grilled meat and make tacos. I was in my 30s before I visited Barcelona, Spain, and was served a Spanish tortilla — a completely different dish — and I fell in love instantly. A Spanish tortilla is something like an...

      • Judge: Alabama inmates' mental care 'horrendously' lacking

        Alabama's psychiatric care of state inmates is so "horrendously inadequate" that it violates the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment, a federal judge ruled Tuesday as he ordered the state to overhaul conditions. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled in favor of Alabama inmates...

          • New Hampshire governor comes out against health care bill

            The governor has come out against the Senate Republicans' health care bill, saying it could force the state to make "severe cuts" to its Medicaid program. Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican in his first term, said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that the bill would lead to cuts...

              • Health insurers propose rate increases in New Mexico

                Insurance providers for New Mexico's health exchange have proposed rate increases ranging from about 20 percent to 85 percent starting in 2018, though the requests are likely to be rewritten in coming weeks as Senate Republicans seek out health care reforms. Details of the rate proposals were made...

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                  • Senate health care discussions continue as agenda stalls

                    WASHINGTON Senate Republicans, in the aftermath of a major setback Tuesday, are weighing a swath of changes to legislation to overhaul the U.S. health insurance system, as the rest of their agenda piles up and deadlines near. The current plan, according to GOP lawmakers, aides and health care lobbyists,...

                      • What Portman and Capito want in Obamacare repeal debate

                        WASHINGTON Did two Republicans from states with populations hit particularly hard by the opioid abuse epidemic raise their asking price for supporting the GOP health care reconciliation draft? Regardless of the answer to the question, Senate GOP leaders now have to address concerns about Medicaid...

                          • Safety tips for grilling steaks vs. burgers

                            The sizzle of a juicy burger and a thick steak on a hot grill can be music to our ears, but, if not cooked correctly, it can mean intestinal trouble or much worse. Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist, says undercooked meat can lead to foodborne illness, so it's important...

                              • Not the health care bill Republicans promised

                                The following editorial appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal on Wednesday, June 28: The Congressional Budget Office found the subsidies would be "substantially smaller" and deductibles higher than under the Affordable Care Act. It concluded the burden would be so heavy that "few low-income people...

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                                  • Drop in sudden cardiac arrests linked to Obamacare

                                    WASHINGTON If 22 million Americans lose their health care coverage by 2026 under the GOP Senate's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, how many people could die? The question is at the heart of the debate raging in Washington, D.C., but has been difficult to answer. "Show me the...

                                      • How the Senate health care bill could trigger a return to pre-Obamacare coverage

                                        WASHINGTON By jeopardizing valuable consumer protections and allowing insurers to cherry-pick healthy plan members, the Senate health care bill could drag the individual insurance market back to its pre-Obamacare days as a selective provider of high-cost and low-benefit coverage. Before the Affordable...

                                          • White House 'only' focused on health care 'Plan A'

                                            WASHINGTON White House officials say they are exclusively focused on helping Republican lawmakers craft and pass a health care overhaul, despite President Donald Trump's repeated public statements about simply allowing the 2010 law to continue taking on water. "We're focused on Plan A," which is...

                                              • Trump labels notion he's not involved in Senate health debate a 'joke!'

                                                WASHINGTON A day after a vote on a Senate health care bill he backed was delayed, President Donald Trump pushed back against reports that he has not taken a hands-on role in crafting the measure or garnering ample votes to pass it. Trump used one of his typical morning tweets to lash out at a narrative...

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                                                  • GOP struggles with message on repealing health care taxes

                                                    WASHINGTON When Democrats enacted two taxes on wealthy families to help finance the 2010 health care law, Republicans predicted the levies would be politically unpopular and would not survive. Now, the GOP faces a partisan messaging battle over plans to end a Medicare payroll surtax and a separate...

                                                      • Republican opposition to health care bill mounts

                                                        WASHINGTON Republican opposition to legislation to overhaul the U.S. health insurance system grew after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell chose to delay a vote on the measure until after the upcoming Fourth of July recess, a sign of the challenges GOP leadership faces in crafting legislation...

                                                          • Women's wellness: Stop the middle-aged menopause spread

                                                            What does your waistline say about your health? Why is belly fat more common after menopause? Does it pose a dangerous health risk? As you get older, you might notice that maintaining your usual weight becomes more difficult. Many women gain weight around the menopause transition. Research shows...

                                                              • CBO gives Senate health care bill a toxic score

                                                                The following editorial appeared in the Star Tribune on Wednesday, June 28: Twice now, the Congressional Budget Office has provided a clear message to Republicans rolling out health reform legislation: The "cures" the party has proposed are far worse than the Obamacare ills the bills try to fix....

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