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The GOP's proposed Medicaid cuts could leave millions of women uninsured
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The Republican health care bill currently making its way through Congress could have a major impact on how many people have access to health services through Medicaid --changes that would fall disproportionately on women.Today, more than 17 million women in the U.S. aged 18 to 64 have health insurance because of Medicaid, according to data from the National Women’s Law Center. Nearly a fourth of these women gained access to health insurance for the first time as a result of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that passed in 2010.Just within the first two years...
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Summer health hazards to watch out for during Memorial Day
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- With Memorial Day signaling the unofficial kick-off to summer, everyone may be ready to enjoy some fun. But the season can also mean increased risk for a few health hazards like sunburns, spoiled foods and insect bites.Here's a rundown of the top summer hazards and how to avoid them.SunburnsOne of the best parts of the summer is finally being able to bask in the sun. But too much sun can obviously lead to an uncomfortable and unsightly sunburn.To enjoy the sun safely, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends using water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both...
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Dad posts empowering selfies with son who was born with heart defect to raise awareness
Robert Selby (FALLOT, Va.) -- One Virginia dad has a touching tradition with his son, who was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect.When Robert Selby became a first-time dad in October 2013 he told ABC News he wasn't prepared when they diagnosed his son Chase with Tetralogy of Fallot, or a congenital heart defect, the same day he was set to go home.Tetralogy of Fallot is a very rare heart defect, affecting 5 out of every 10,000 babies, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It's also the same defect late night host Jimmy Kimmel's son was...
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Tennessee woman battling rare cancer marries high school sweetheart
iStock/Thinkstock (KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) — Two high school sweethearts finally got their chance to say “I do,” but their wedding didn’t happen the way they expected.Ronda Mager was diagnosed with epithelioid sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, one year ago. Doctors recently told her she only had days to live.“I ask God every day, why,” her husband Matthew Mager said to ABC affiliate WATE-TV.Ronda and Matthew, who live in Knoxville, Tennessee, have been together for 10 years and have two children. A big wedding was always something the couple dreamed of, but it wasn’t financially possible.“I brought her home and I...
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Sextuplets born in Virginia after parents' 17-year infertility struggle
iStock/Thinkstock (RICHMOND, Va.) — A couple who tried nearly two decades to conceive has welcomed a set of sextuplets in Richmond, Virginia.Adeboye and Ajibola Taiwo tried for 17 years to have children. In January, they learned they were expecting six.“I was excited,” said dad Adeboye Taiwo. “For the very first time we were expecting.”The babies, three boys and three girls, range in weight from 1 pound, 10 ounces, to 2 pounds, 15 ounces, according to VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia.“We’re going through this extraordinary journey together with the family,” Ronald Ramus, M.D., director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine...
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Your Body: When to cut the umbilical cord
iStock/Thinkstock By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorThe umbilical cord is the physical link between a mother and her child. It allows oxygen-rich blood and nutrients to flow between the fetus and placenta. But is there a benefit to waiting a full minute after birth before making the cut?Recommendations from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) suggest that delayed clamping may have a favorable effect on the baby’s development. It’s thought that by waiting 30-60 seconds before clamping, vital nutrients from the placenta, including iron, can be passed onto the baby. As an OB/GYN who’s delivered...
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South Carolina couple to carry baby with fatal condition to term
Brandi Rogers (NEW YORK) -- A couple carrying their terminally ill child to term is hoping to donate her organs and help keep other parents from facing the same fate.Brandi Rogers' unborn daughter, Emersyn, was diagnosed with anencephaly when Brandi was 20 weeks pregnant. Anencephaly is a birth defect where a baby is born without parts of the brain and skull."It's for Emersyn," Rogers said. "She's a sister and she's a daughter and it's not just for organ donation. It gets a lot deeper than that. You're in a room and you're listening to your baby's heartbeat and then you...
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Congressional report shows how premiums could change under 'Trumpcare'
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The anticipated report from the Congressional Budget Office has shed new light on how the Republicans' American Health Care Act could affect premiums for many in the U.S.The report was released just weeks after Republicans narrowly passed a health bill through the House of Representatives. But Senate Republicans will have to pass their version of the bill and will likely face more questions about its effects after this report.The CBO analyzed the bill as currently written and found it would drastically change health care in the U.S. They estimate the law would reduce the federal deficit by...
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Senate laying groundwork for own health care replacement bill
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Senate Republicans left their last lunch meeting before a weeklong recess optimistic that they can at least start working on their own version of a health care bill, with something on paper to discuss when they return in June.“I think leadership is going to spend this recess trying to develop a product,” Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, said. “Now we’ll have a base of a Senate bill based on all these discussions, based on what the House did, based on the CBO score,” he continued, referring to analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which measures the budgetary...
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Rate of Alzheimer's disease deaths jumped 54 pct. in 15 years, CDC finds
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The rate of deaths related to Alzheimer's disease jumped by 54.5 percent over 15 years, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.There were 93,541 deaths related to Alzheimer's disease in 2014, a rate of 25.4 deaths per 100,000 population, up from 44,536 deaths in 1999, a rate of 16.5 death per 100,000 people, according to the report.The disease currently affects an estimated 5.5 million people in the U.S. but that number is expected to rise dramatically in people over the age of 65 to 13.8 million in 2050. The...
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8 moms, all 8 months pregnant after Hurricane Matthew, celebrate their storm 'miracles'
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- These eight moms are all celebrating their little “miracles” that came out of destruction.They each got pregnant around the time of Hurricane Matthew, which hit South Carolina’s Lowcountry region last October. Residents either evacuated or sheltered in place while trees, homes and property were destroyed.Cassie Clayshulte, the official newborn photographer for Coastal Carolina Hospital in Hardeeville, said she knew there would be a surge of pregnancies after the storm.“About nine months from a big storm or a big power outage, even nine months from Valentine’s Day or the holidays, I’ll always see a surge in births...
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Hate Mondays? Blame your sleep Sunday night
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) — Sunday night is the worst night of the week for sleeping, according to a recent survey of nearly 4,280 Americas published by the app Calm.com. Since your presumably lousy Mondays are presumably caused by being tired, this is important. And you're not alone: nearly half of those surveyed say they have the worst trouble sleeping Sunday compared to other days of the week."Many people go to bed later on Friday and Saturday nights and then sleep in later on Saturday and Sunday mornings," says Steve Orma, clinical psychologist and insomnia specialist. "So, when they go to...
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