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Iowa lawmakers could face pressure over Medicaid benefit cut

The Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature could face pressure next session over its decision earlier this year to reduce a key Medicaid benefit for poor and disabled people, but it's still unclear how much lawmakers are willing to reverse course on an issue that critics say will be detrimental...

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  • Iowa lawmakers tasked with opioids report miss deadline

    A group of lawmakers tasked with evaluating Iowa's response to the opioid epidemic will miss a deadline for completing a report that offers findings and recommendations for addressing the issue next legislative session. The six-member Opioid Epidemic Evaluation Study Committee was supposed to deliver...

      • Mississippi seeks OK for job training for some on Medicaid

        Mississippi is seeking federal permission to require job training for some able-bodied adults who receive Medicaid, and the Trump administration has signaled that is open to approving such plans. Medicaid is a health insurance program paid by federal and state money. It covers the needy, aged,...

          • Retirement planning should include long-term care costs

            Many Americans have a blind spot when it comes to retirement planning: long-term care costs. Even though the majority of Americans will at some point need long-term care, few are planning for it. Many underestimate the costs and mistakenly believe health insurance can help cover it. "This is not...

              • It's time to embrace an underappreciated fruit - persimmon

                You've likely seen persimmon in the grocery store and then shied away from it, not quite sure what to do with it. The most common variety in the US is the fuyu persimmon, also called Japanese persimmon, and it looks similar to a slightly flatter orange tomato. The skin is thin and edible like the...

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                  • In the loop: Mayo physician dispels popular coffee misconceptions

                    Is coffee good or bad for us? How much is too much? Can it stunt growth? Donald Hensrud, M.D., director of Mayo Clinic's Healthy Living Program, provides answers to these much-debated questions. The greatest of all holidays International Coffee Day was celebrated by all (we assume) on Sept. 29....

                      • Mayo clinic Q&A: Lifelong strategies for preventing dementia

                        Dear Mayo Clinic: Do puzzles and other activities or apps that claim to lower one's risk of developing dementia actually work? Are there other things people can do to decrease the risk? A: Doing activities that stimulate your brain may reduce your risk of developing dementia. But it's more complex...

                          • Obamacare shopping is trickier than ever. Here's a cheat sheet.

                            Health care is complicated. Shopping for an individual health plan just got even more so, with President Donald Trump's decision to block $7 billion in Affordable Care Act subsidies. Known as cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs), these federal funds had helped insurers offset the costs of the...

                              • Infectious diseases A-Z: World antibiotic awareness week

                                Antibiotic resistance is the focus of health leaders who have declared Nov. 13-19 World Antibiotic Awareness Week. Dr. Rizwan Sohail, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist says the World Health Organization estimates that, each year, approximately 700,000 people around the globe die of bacterial...

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                                  • Study asks neurosurgeons: How old is too old to perform brain surgery?

                                    ROCHESTER, Minn. People sometimes joke that easy tasks are "not brain surgery." But what happens when it actually is brain surgery? How old is too old to be a neurosurgeon? In a new Mayo Clinic Proceedings study, most neurosurgeons disagreed with an absolute age cutoff, but half favored additional...

                                      • Brokers are reluctant players in challenging health care coverage enrollment season

                                        Lee Nathans, like insurance brokers in many states, expects to be crazy busy for the next several weeks, fielding calls from "people who are not going to be happy." Open enrollment for Affordable Care Act coverage started Nov. 1, and the approximately 10 million people who buy their own health...

                                          • Marketing Obamacare with less help from the feds

                                            WASHINGTON In Florida, the state's main nonprofit health organization is sending out flyers, running radio spots, and even calling people individually to remind them to sign up for health insurance. In Texas, volunteers are fanning out across the state. And in Utah, with the highest per capita...

                                              • Fish oil supplements and dry eyes

                                                Dear Mayo Clinic: Is it true that fish oil or an omega-3 supplement can help people with dry eyes? If I decide to take them, do omega-3 supplements have any side effects I should worry about? A: Research suggests that taking an omega-3 fatty acid supplement can reduce symptoms of dry eyes. Omega-3...

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                                                  • 'Sun and Aloha saved me': How Seattleites cope as our fall and winter days get darker

                                                    SEATTLE, Wash. John Walker, formerly of Kentucky, made it through his first Seattle winter last year just fine, but recently he started feeling blue. Suspecting a lack of brightness was the problem, he began taking vitamin D supplements and hung a small string of white Christmas lights in his bedroom,...

                                                      • Customers defy Trump attacks to buy Obamacare, and vote for it

                                                        WASHINGTON President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress have repeatedly said Obamacare is failing, or even dead. Yet there are signs across the country that support for the Affordable Car Act's programs is stronger than opponents have portrayed. This past week in Virginia, where Democrats...

                                                          • Tips for flying with special needs

                                                            1. Let reservation agents, gate agents and flight attendants know that you or someone you are traveling with has special needs. 2. Book early to get the seats you want. Seats in the front of the aircraft are quieter and you can exit sooner. 3. When booking, consider putting the child with special...

                                                              • Patient on a mission to help others after spine surgery

                                                                When Marichu Rosales Brun, 17, began experiencing numbness in her upper right thigh almost two years ago, the teenager knew something was wrong. After visits to doctors near in her home of Colima, Mexico, the family learned Marichu had a thoracic spinal mass that threatened her mobility. In August...

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