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Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 at 11:56 AM EST

Sore Back? Try Heat and Exercise First, Guidelines Say

Sore Back? Try Heat and Exercise First, Guidelines Say

Prescription drugs should only be a last resort as a treatment for lower back pain, a leading doctors' group said Monday. NBC News reported on the new guidance from the American College of Physicians, which...

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 at 08:50 AM EST

Aetna, Humana Call Off $34 Billion Deal

Aetna, Humana Call Off $34 Billion Deal

Aetna and Humana called off a $34 billion proposal to combine the two major health insurers after a federal judge, citing antitrust concerns, shot down the deal. The announcement Tuesday comes several days after...

Monday, Feb 13, 2017 at 04:04 PM EST

Firstborns Get Intellectual Advantage Over Siblings: Study

Firstborns Get Intellectual Advantage Over Siblings: Study

Firstborn children are set up for more academic and intellectual success, according to a new study that delved into nearly 40 years of data. Today.com reported that firstborn babies and toddlers started scoring...

Monday, Feb 13, 2017 at 02:45 PM EST

Shoveling Snow Can Be Deadly for Men: Study

Shoveling Snow Can Be Deadly for Men: Study

Men are more likely to have a heart attack after a snowfall, probably from shoveling snow, according to Canadian researchers. NBC News reported that researchers found a slight increase in heart attacks and...

Sunday, Feb 12, 2017 at 06:29 AM EST

Woman Gives Heartfelt 'Thank You' to Dispatcher Who Helped Save Her Husband

Woman Gives Heartfelt 'Thank You' to Dispatcher Who Helped Save Her Husband

A California woman shed tears of gratitude Saturday upon meeting in person the 911 dispatcher who'd helped save her husband's life. On Jan. 21, Carolyn Evans called 911. Her husband, 65-year-old Jeff Evans, had...

Thursday, Feb 9, 2017 at 04:17 AM EST

US Judge Blocks Anthem-Cigna Health Insurance Merger

US Judge Blocks Anthem-Cigna Health Insurance Merger

A federal judge on Wednesday rejected Anthem Inc.'s bid to buy rival health insurer Cigna Corp., saying the merger would likely lead to higher costs, less competition and diminished innovation. U.S. District...

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017 at 10:05 AM EST

Clinic Falsely Told Dozens They Had Alzheimer's, Suits Say

Clinic Falsely Told Dozens They Had Alzheimer's, Suits Say

Dozens of patients from a now-closed memory loss clinic in Ohio say its director told them they had Alzheimer’s disease when they really didn’t. Records show the former director of the center in Toledo didn’t...

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017 at 07:25 AM EST

Kids Are Trying Potentially Harmful E-Cigarette Hack

Kids Are Trying Potentially Harmful E-Cigarette Hack

As many as a quarter of U.S. kids who are using e-cigarettes may be taking them apart and "dripping" — a method that gives them more vapor but a potentially higher hit of nicotine, researchers reported...

Friday, Feb 3, 2017 at 09:35 PM EST

9.2 Million Signed Up for Obamacare in 2017

9.2 Million Signed Up for Obamacare in 2017

Facing higher premiums, less choice and a last-minute advertising pullback, fewer people signed up for coverage this year through HealthCare.gov, according to data from a preliminary government report Friday. A...

Friday, Feb 3, 2017 at 11:12 AM EST

Laundry Pod-Linked Eye Injuries Surged in Small Kids: Study

Laundry Pod-Linked Eye Injuries Surged in Small Kids: Study

Liquid laundry packets are responsible for a surge in eye injuries in young children, according to new medical research. The pods are already under scrutiny after thousands of incidents of kids mistaking them...

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