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Americans with private health insurance will be reimbursed for at-home tests, President Biden announced Thursday, and international travelers will now be required to undergo stricter COVID-19 testing. The new measures the president announced at the National Institutes of Health are a part of a new a...


Could a drug used to combat male impotence help maintain your mental faculties too? In a study published in the journal Nature Aging, researchers from the University of Cleveland (USA) suggest that sildenafil, the medicine branded as Viagra, could be prescribed to prevent Alzheimer's disease. After...


State employees could see a 4% pay bump. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ proposed nearly $100 billion spending plan would provide an average 4% pay increase for state employees and ensure their health insurance benefits remain the same through 2023. DeSantis’ budget proposes $255 million for career ser...


COLUMBUS, Ohio — As sports betting heads toward legalization in Ohio, the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio is raising concerns that legalized sports betting will increase instances of gambling addiction in the state.  What You Need To Know Legislators in Ohio passed a bill in a bipartisan ma...


King County health officials confirmed five additional cases of Omicron Friday evening as they expect infections from the variant to increase over the next several weeks. Of the five new cases, three people had information available and none were hospitalized. The three people were vaccinated and...


Key Takeaways 13 million Americans skipped their prescribed medicine in the year before the pandemic because of high costs, a new study found. President Joe Biden's Build Back Better Act aims to limit annual drug price increases in Medicare and private insurance. The new bill would also cap the...


The investigational long-acting amylin analogue cagrilintide (AM833) helped people with overweight or obesity, but no diabetes, shed pounds in a phase II trial. In the randomized trial, all doses of the novel once-weekly injectable treatment yielded significantly greater weight loss than placebo,...


Online gaming in India has been increasing in popularity. Better smartphones, increased internet access, popular titles, influencers, and the global pandemic were but some of the reasons that pushed mobile gaming in India. But now the government has released an advisory for teachers and parents to...


When more people have health insurance that allows them to receive regular medical care, America is a safer, healthier country. More people now have health insurance, thanks to the federal marketplace that was created in 2010. For millions of people using that marketplace, Congress recently expanded...


For someone experiencing a heart attack, every second counts. The faster he or she gets treatment, the more heart muscle can be saved from irreparable damage, and the greater the chance of survival. Providing optimal care to patients in a heart attack emergency means that hospitals should try to ta...


Diet culture has perpetuated the incorrect notion that in order to successfully lose weight, you must throw yourself into an eating plan which focuses on restriction and overhauling the entirety of your habits in order to achieve results. While this will likely bring your body short term...


December 9, 2021 MHE Staff MHE Publication, MHE December 2021, Volume 31, Issue 12 The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted healthcare and many parts of the U.S. economy, but employer-based health insurance? The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted healthcare and many parts of the U....


The brain is arguably our most important organ. Yet many of us are guilty of daily habits that slowly harm the brain over the years. It may be surprising to hear that things you do often are linked with diseases like dementia. But they are also easily tweaked, in most cases.  Read on to find out h...


Certain patients with atrial fibrillation may be able to toss their blood thinners away, thanks to two devices designed to prevent blood clots that can lead to stroke. The Watchman FLX device. Credit: Boston Scientific If you’re one of the more than 5 million Americans with atrial f...


The 1918 flu pandemic is considered one of the most deadly of all time, and although it has never been completely eradicated, the pandemic came to an end after about two years and three waves of infection. © Provided by Boston Herald This undated photo provided by Georgia Tech alumnus...