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Legislators could take up private rehab facility in January

Maine's new batch of legislators may take up the construction of a privately run rehabilitation facility in Augusta next month. Republican Gov. Paul LePage is looking for other locations for a proposed 21-bed facility after an arcane law allowed Democratic leaders calling for more oversight of...

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  • Mental health care in Alabama prisons goes on trial

    Mentally ill inmates spending most of their day locked alone in cells. Violence and suicide attempts caused from untreated illnesses. So few mental health staff that treatment is limited to brief cell-front visits. Those are the accusations made by attorneys representing inmates in a class-action...

      • Advocacy group supports forensic unit opposed by Democrats

        Maine residents in need of psychiatric care are being hurt by a shortage of beds as legislators deadlock on a proposal to free up space by building a new facility, according to a leading mental health advocate in the state. Legislative leaders this week did not approve the construction proposal...

          • July 1 start date sought for Montana crime victim rights law

            The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana and representatives of city and county governments on Friday asked the state Supreme Court to declare that a voter-passed initiative establishing crime victims' rights should not go into effect until July 1. And hours later, the Supreme Court issued...

              • Feds target sleep apnea, speeding after deadly train crash

                Federal regulators want all passenger train operators in the U.S. tested for sleep apnea after the engineer in September's deadly New Jersey commuter train crash was found to have the dangerous, fatigue-inducing disorder. The Federal Railroad Administration issued a safety advisory Friday calling...

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                  • Flu shots only for children this year

                    Dear Mayo Clinic: I've always been told FluMist is just as effective as the flu shot for kids, so why isn't the mist available this year? Does that mean the shot is not likely to be very effective either? A: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for all...

                      • Damage estimate: Repeal of Obamacare would leave 30 million without coverage

                        WASHINGTON Partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act through a budget reconciliation bill could cause nearly 30 million Americans to lose health insurance and 9.3 million to lose government subsidies to help them purchase marketplace coverage, according to a new analysis. The additional 29.8 million...

                          • Women's wellness: screening tool for dense breasts

                            A breast cancer screening tool developed at Mayo Clinic may benefit women with dense breasts. It's called molecular breast imaging (MBI), and research shows the technology detects more breast cancers in this group of women than mammography. Up to half of women have dense breast tissue. MBI is a...

                              • Comparing gait parameters can predict decline in memory and thinking

                                ROCHESTER, Minn. Walking is a milestone in development for toddlers, but it's actually only one part of the complex cognitive task known as gait that includes everything from a person's stride length to the accompanying swing of each arm. A Mayo Clinic study recently published in the Journal of...

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                                  • In House majority leader's district, many depend on health law he wants to scrap

                                    U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act first and replace it sometime later. That doesn't sit well with Victoria Barton, who lives in McCarthy's rural California district. "It's like they dangled the carrot and now they're taking it away," said Barton,...

                                      • Replacing Obamacare will be easier said than done

                                        WASHINGTON Campaigning to repeal and replace Obamacare was the easy part. Now comes the hard slog of legislative reality. With some Republicans talking publicly and privately about a phase-out period of two years or more, and others expressing a desire to keep parts of the 2010 health care reform,...

                                          • Reduce health risks from early removal of ovaries

                                            Dear Mayo Clinic: I recently read about a study that showed women should not have their ovaries removed before menopause because of the increased risk of developing chronic conditions such as heart disease, lung disease and depression. I had my ovaries removed at age 44 when I had a hysterectomy...

                                              • Time for states to retake control of health care policy

                                                In January, a new president and Congress will have no choice other than to revisit the harsh political terrain of health care policy. Washington today, after all, is arguing over why, not whether, the Affordable Care Act is in trouble. One can choose to blame Democratic overreach or Republican...

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