WASHINGTON — Facing new challenges to a legacy law, the Obama administration on Wednesday set modest expectations for the president’s final health care sign-up season. The biggest worry: rising premiums and dwindling choices.
NEW YORK — It’s now easier for preteens to get the cervical cancer vaccine. A government panel on Wednesday recommended that preteens get two shots instead of three and space them further apart. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention immediately made the change.
Long-term care can be one of the biggest expenses of retirement. Yet few people plan for it. If you’re 65, you have just about a 50-50 chance of entering a nursing home at some point. The average cost of a private room now exceeds $75,000 per year, and the average length of stay is almost 2 1/2 years. That adds up to more than $185,000.
LONDON — Men with early prostate cancer who choose to closely monitor their disease are just as likely to survive at least 10 years as those who have surgery or radiation, finds a major study that directly tested and compared these options.
Despite an uptick in statewide numbers, the percentage of Denton County students who have opted out of vaccinations for non-medical reasons took a slight dip last year.
HOLMDEL, N.J. — It’s one of the most universal recommendations in all of public health: Floss daily to prevent gum disease and cavities.
Have you wondered how your area hospitals stack up in terms of the quality of care they provide? Emergencies obviously call for rushing to the nearest hospital.
WASHINGTON — Brenda Hudson recalls weeks spent in a glass-enclosed isolation room after her first kidney transplant, her family allowed to visit only when suited up against germs.
WASHINGTON — Federal health officials on Tuesday approved the first pill to treat all major forms of hepatitis C, the latest in a series of drug approvals that have reshaped treatment of the liver-destroying virus.
A third mosquito trap in Lewisville has tested positive for West Nile virus this year.Private company Vector Disease Control International, which is contracted by Lewisville, confirmed the city’s third positive West Nile virus sample on Thursday.
Kristin Abbott is the jukebox of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton. She rolls through the hallways with her cart filled with musical instruments — ukeleles, guitars, bongos, tambourines, flutes, etc. When she moves, it rattles.
If you’ve ever gone a day without your medications or cut your pills in half to make them last a little longer, there may be relief for you. People on a tight budget can get help paying for the premiums, deductible and co-payments in their Medicare drug plan.
Most area schools let out for the summer this week. As a matter of fact, all three Denton high schools — Denton, Ryan and Guyer — are holding their graduation ceremonies today.
WASHINGTON — With time running out on open enrollment season, many seniors are facing sharply higher premiums for Medicare’s popular prescription drug program. The reason: Rising drug costs have overtaken a long stretch of stable premiums.
Now’s the time to check your health care coverage for 2016 or sign up for the first time. About 9 million Americans, including 1.2 million Texans, got coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during last year’s open enrollment period. This year’s marketplace open enrollment began Sunday.
AUSTIN — Texas announced Monday it was cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics following undercover videos that featured discussions about fetal tissue, potentially triggering a court fight like one unfolding in neighboring Louisiana.
Last month, Denton Regional Medical Center CEO Caleb O’Rear was heading back to Denton after a meeting in Dallas.
WASHINGTON — The nation’s respite from accelerating health care costs appears to be over. Spending on health care will outpace the nation’s overall economic growth over the next decade, the government forecast on Tuesday, underscoring a coming challenge for the next president, not to mention taxpayers, businesses and individual Americans.
Are you the kind of consumer who reads reviews or looks for ratings before you shop? Wouldn’t it be helpful to have the same sort of ratings when choosing a hospital?
Terry George Price has a hole in his right arm the diameter of his pinky finger.
NEW YORK — The U.S. Supreme Court this week hears a challenge to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. If successful, the lawsuit would cripple Obama’s domestic achievement, a program that has brought the U.S. as close as it has ever come to universal health care.
LOS ANGELES — While much of the attention in the ongoing measles outbreak has focused on student vaccination requirements and exemptions, less attention has been paid to another group in the nation’s classrooms: Teachers and staff members, who, by and large, are not required to be vaccinated.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as “vaping” grows in popularity.
As you tie up the loose ends of 2014 and begin to think about what 2015 holds, you may include a long tradition of setting new year’s resolutions. If you are like most Americans, your resolutions may look...