As Tax Bill Unfolds, What’s In Store for Obamacare’s Individual Mandate?

TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) — As U.S. House and Senate leaders huddle to reconcile differences between their respective tax reform bills, the fate of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate remains uncertain. Senate Republicans’ sweeping tax overhaul measure, passed early Saturday, includes a provision to repeal the controversial mandate, which requires most Americans…

Diet May Help Fight Epilepsy When Meds Fail

TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) — For children with epilepsy who don’t find relief from their seizures with medication, a tightly controlled nutrition plan might help, a pair of new studies suggests. Called the ketogenic diet, the therapy provides a carefully balanced high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that causes the body to burn fat instead of…

Insurance Ups the Odds of Beating Cancer

TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Your chances of surviving cancer may depend on the type of insurance you have. Researchers from the Cancer Prevention Institute of California found significant improvements in survival among cancer patients with private insurance or Medicare, but not among those who have public insurance such as Medicaid, or are…

Think Before You Drink

MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) — With the traditional flood of holiday parties and festivities approaching, chances to drink excessively increase. So, what to do? Start by taking a closer look, now, at your drinking habits, one mental health expert suggests. “The holidays generate both positive and negative emotions, and drinking is one of…