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Flu shot less helpful, but still key

January 5th, 2015
CDC says mutated flu virus means current flu shot is less protective Still, the CDC recommends people get vaccinated against the flu Flu activity across the country is currently low, CDC says (CNN) -- Scientists are concerned about...

Testing Anti-Drinking Drug with Help of a Fake Bar

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January 1st, 2015
By LAUREEN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid all the yearly resolutions to quit, some 17 million Americans still have alcohol abuse disorders, and the government is trying a new approach toward the problem. Now, researchers...

Over 50,000 in MA Will Have Health Insurance New Year’s Day

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December 31st, 2014
BOSTON, Mass. (WGGB) -- Over 50,000 people in Massachusetts will have new health insurance coverage beginning tomorrow, Jan. 1st through the state's Health Connector. Since November 15, nearly 140,000 people have been enrolled in MassHealth....

Report: Four Million Actively Enroll in Health Plans

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December 30th, 2014
By CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer (AP) -- The first 50-state report on the latest sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care law shows that more than 4 million people selected plans for the first time or re-enrolled in what...

2014 in Review – The Year’s Top Health Stories

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December 30th, 2014
(Photo Courtesy: MGN Online / 3D4Medical) (WGGB) - The past year has been full of health news - from Ebola to the Affordable Care Act. The debate over legalizing marijuana and Enterovirus (EVD-68) also made headlines in 2014. CNN's...

No Health Insurance? Penalties to Rise in 2015

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December 30th, 2014
(AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File) By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- The cost of being uninsured in America is going up significantly next year for millions of people. It's the first year all taxpayers have to...

Conn.-Based Saint Francis Care to Merge with Trinity Health

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December 17th, 2014
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Hartford-based Saint Francis Care has announced plans to merge with Trinity Health and form a nonprofit regional health system in New England. Trinity is a national system of Roman Catholic health care institutions...

Massachusetts Doctor Cured of Ebola Returning to Liberia

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December 16th, 2014
Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc./AP Photo By PHILIP MARCELO Associated Press BOSTON (AP) -- A Massachusetts doctor cured of Ebola says he's returning in January to Liberia, the West African country where he contracted the virus, to...

5 ways to fat-proof your home

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December 16th, 2014
Public health advocates know our environment, filled with processed foods and sedentary lifestyles, is largely to blame for America's obesity epidemic. That's why there's a big push to make the healthy choice the easy choice. "We have a...

How he became an Ironman

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December 16th, 2014
Firefighter Joe Van Veldhuizen lost 45 pounds to become an Ironman. Van Veldhuizen and his daughter, Bri, the night of her high school prom in 2011. Van Veldhuizen now likes to swim 30 minutes to an hour a couple times a week. He says it's...

It's time to get your flu shot!

December 16th, 2014
Flu shots are recommended for anyone older than 6 months Children between 2 and 8 should get the nasal spray flu vaccine People over 65 should get a high-dose flu shot and two pneumococcal vaccines (CNN) -- Flu season is about to...

Flu shot myths addressed

December 16th, 2014
The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu, according to the CDC The shot lasts for an entire season, except for some kids who may need two The vaccine is essential for pregnant women to protect their infants Send iReport photos of your...

A form of sugar helps twin girls

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December 16th, 2014
The Hempel family of Reno, Nevada, is struggling with a devastating condition Twin girls born in 2004 have Niemann-Pick Type C, a genetic disorder Their parents have been aggressively searching for treatments for years A form of sugar...

State Says Most Have Yet to Pay for Health Plans

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December 12th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- State officials say about 150,000 people have determined eligibility for insurance plans on the state's overhauled Health Connector website. But less than 1 percent has paid for 2015 coverage with a deadline fast...

Protecting Yourself Against the Flu

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December 11th, 2014
(WGGB) -- The winter season is fast-approaching, and with it comes colds and even the flu. Mary-Ellen Scales, chief of infection control at Baystate Medical Center, joined 40 in the Morning to talk about some of the best ways to keep yourself...