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4 Reasons Why People Fear Dentists (And Why They Shouldn't)

4 Reasons Why People Fear Dentists (And Why They Shouldn't)

Feb 23
According to WebMD, between 9 and 20 percent of Americans steer clear of the dentist because of fear and anxiety. Dentists say those numbers have spurred the industry to find new ways to reduce pain and allay fear and anxiety.

Carbs, Fat, DNA? New Study Shows Weight Loss is Finicky

Carbs, Fat, DNA? New Study Shows Weight Loss is Finicky

By Lindsey Tanner | Feb 22
CA precision nutrition approach to weight loss didn't hold up in a study testing low fat versus low carb depending on dieters' DNA profiles.

Grocer Albertsons Eyes Rite Aid Deal in Health Care Push

Grocer Albertsons Eyes Rite Aid Deal in Health Care Push

By Tom Murphy | Feb 21
The owner of Safeway and other grocery brands is buying the drugstore chain Rite Aid as retailers continue to plunge deeper into health care and adjust to swiftly changing shopping habits.

Idaho Blue Cross Jumps Into Plans That Bypass ACA Rules

Idaho Blue Cross Jumps Into Plans That Bypass ACA Rules

By EDGE | Feb 21
It's barely been less than a month since Idaho regulators said they would allow the sale of health insurance that does not meet all of the Affordable Care Act's requirements.

Can Acupuncture Help Deflect Opioid Crisis?

Can Acupuncture Help Deflect Opioid Crisis?

By Jennifer McDermott, Dake Kang, Mike Stobbe | Feb 21
Although long derided as pseudoscience and still questioned by many medical experts, acupuncture is increasingly being embraced by patients and doctors, sometimes as an alternative to the powerful painkillers behind the nation's opioid crisis.

Finally: Flu Season Shows Signs of Leveling Off

Finally: Flu Season Shows Signs of Leveling Off

By Mike Stobbe, Carla K. Johnson | Feb 20
This nasty flu season, which has been worsening for months, may finally be leveling off.

Doctors Blast Trump's Mental Illness Focus to Fight Violence

Doctors Blast Trump's Mental Illness Focus to Fight Violence

By Lindsey Tanner | Feb 19
Frustration is mounting in the medical community as the Trump administration again points to mental illness in response to yet another mass shooting.

Flu Shot Only 36 Percent Effective, Making Bad Year Worse

Flu Shot Only 36 Percent Effective, Making Bad Year Worse

By Mike Stobbe | Feb 15
The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against the bug that's causing most illnesses.

Surprise! Big Medical Bill Even With Coverage

Surprise! Big Medical Bill Even With Coverage

By Tom Murphy | Feb 15
This winter's nasty flu season may smack patients with a financial side effect: surprise medical bills.

Gov't Says Health Costs Growing Faster Than Economy

Gov't Says Health Costs Growing Faster Than Economy

Feb 15
U.S. health care spending will keep growing faster than the overall economy in the foreseeable future, squeezing public insurance programs and employers who provide coverage, the government said Wednesday.

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