Supreme Court Prepares to Tackle Affordable Care Act
THURSDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) -- The most ambitious
government health-care initiative since the Medicare and Medicaid
programs of the 1960s, and the legislative landmark of President
Barack Obama's presidency, is about to face its biggest
Health Tip: Spot the Symptoms of GERD
(HealthDay News) -- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a
condition that occurs when the muscle at the base of the esophagus
allows fluids from the stomach to rise into the esophagus.
Legal Experts See a Close Win for Health-Reform Law
THURSDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Supreme Court
seems likely to uphold the sweeping health-reform legislation known
as the Affordable Care Act when it takes up the case next week,
according to a small survey of legal experts.
Could Two Words Help You Resist Temptation?
THURSDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to weight
loss, the words you choose when refusing something tasty can make
the difference in whether you are able to resist temptation, new
Common Respiratory Virus Affecting Many Young Children
THURSDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) -- Many pediatric hospital
admissions involve a common virus that infects the lungs and
airways and can lead to serious illness in young children and
people with weakened immune systems, an expert says.
Allergies Ahead of Schedule in Eastern United States
THURSDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) -- The unusually warm spring
weather in New York and other parts of the eastern United States
has trees and other plants blooming much earlier than normal, which
could mean a long and intense allergy season.
Obesity Linked to Poorer Mental Skills in Seniors
THURSDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity is associated
with reduced memory and thinking skills in adults aged 60 to 70,
especially those with greater amounts of abdominal fat, according
to a new study.
Antidepressants May Raise Risk for Pregnancy Complication
THURSDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women taking the
antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
(SSRIs) face a slightly increased risk of developing dangerously
high blood pressure, Canadian researchers report.
Fewer Americans Tying the Knot, Survey Shows
THURSDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) -- That shiny band of gold
may be losing its luster: A new government report shows more
Americans are either avoiding marriage or marrying much later in
life than their parents' generation did.
Dense Breasts May Be Linked to Cancer Recurrence
THURSDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer is more
likely to recur in women over 50 who have denser breast tissue,
researchers report, noting that doctors should take breast density
into account when making initial treatment decisions.
U.S. Tuberculosis Cases Hit Record Low, CDC Says
THURSDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) -- Tuberculosis rates fell
to an all-time low in the United States in 2011, but the disease
continues to disproportionately infect racial and ethnic
minorities, those who are foreign-born and people infected with
HIV, federal officials reported Thursday.