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Trump administration freezes risk-adjustment payments in health care

(WASHINGTON) -- The Trump administration announced on Saturday another potential blow to the Affordable Care Act -- the freezing of risk-adjustment payments that help stabilize insurance pools in the marketplace.The news comes in the wake of a ruling by a U.S. District Court judge in New Mexico, which said the…... Read More

Search widens in England for source of deadly nerve agent

(AMESBURY, England) -- Wider cordons have been set up around the town of Amesbury in Wiltshire, England, along with metal barriers protecting hazardous material tents, after a couple was believed to have been poisoned by a nerve agent last Saturday.The man and the woman are both in critical condition and…... Read More

New device aims to help kids born with certain congenital heart defects

(NEW YORK) -- Late-night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel made headlines last year when he choked up on-air discussing his newborn's heart condition, thrusting his son's congenital heart defect into the national spotlight.Meanwhile, doctors on the other side of the country are testing the latest medical advancements to help all children born…... Read More

Nerve agent Novichok suspected in UK poisonings used for chemical warfare

(SALISBURY, U.K.) -- Novichok may sound like a villain from a James Bond movie, but it’s actually a chemical weapon. The nerve agent has been blamed for the almost fatal poisoning of a former Russian agent and his daughter and, now, a British couple with no known spy connections. What…... Read More

CDC says authors 'revisiting' highly cited study on suicide rates

(WASHINGTON) -- The Centers for Disease Control says that researchers are revisiting a highly cited study of suicide rates by occupation – including farmers – that was published in 2016, saying that problems with the data could have led to inaccurate findings.Multiple news organizations, including ABC News, and lawmakers cited…... Read More

4-year-old with cerebral palsy celebrates after taking first independent steps

(TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.) -- A 4-year-old with cerebral palsy in Michigan stole the hearts of countless people recently when her family posted video of her gleefully taking her very first independent steps.With her parents, older brother and pet dog close by and urging her on softly, Maya Tisdale, beaming from…... Read More

Child obesity could be influenced by mom's lifestyle habits: Study

BY: DR. AMITHA KALAICHANDRAN(NEW YORK) -- Why are more children becoming obese by medical standards and what effect could their moms have? That's what researchers in a new study wanted to find out.Nearly 1 in 5 children in the U.S. younger than 19 has a body mass index defined as…... Read More

Patriotic quadruplets head home in time for Independence Day

(HOUSTON) -- A Houston couple who welcomed quadruplets early last month brought their babies home swaddled in patriotic style.These little bundles were decked out in stars and stripes ahead of their first Fourth of July celebration.The Agi children were born to parents Linda and Thomas on June 1 at Texas…... Read More

HPV test may be better than Pap smears to detect early cervical cancer: Study

BY: DR. AMITHA KALAICHANDRAN(NEW YORK) -- Although most women are accustomed to having Pap smears to test for cervical cancer -- a disease that strikes 12,000 American women each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- a new study found that the HPV test may…... Read More

North Carolina woman donates kidney to stranger

(DURHAM, N.C.) -- Tracy Schmitz works as a nanny, rescues animals, volunteers at orphanages and, perhaps most impressive, just donated a kidney to someone she'd never met before. "I didn't think twice about it," Schmitz told ABC Raleigh-Durham station WTVD-TV. "Actually, I was thinking somebody needs a kidney, I have…... Read More

Overtime work may increase diabetes risk in women

 By Dr Petrina Crain, ABC News Medical Unit (NEW YORK) --  Working overtime may help your paycheck and give you a leg up in the office, but a new study suggests that women who log too many hours may have an increased the risk of diabetes. Researchers in Canada found that…... Read More

Study: Patients don't care if their doctors have tattoos, piercings

BY: DR. AMITHA KALAICHANDRAN(NEW YORK) -- Recently, researchers found that half of all patients surveyed prefer their doctors to wear traditional attire, such as a white coat, and this influenced an increasingly important measure: patient satisfaction. Many hospitals try to control another aspect of a caregiver’s visual presentation: visible body…... Read More

Massachusetts school allowed to continue electric shock therapy on special needs children

By Denise Powell, M.D. Candidate (BOSTON) -- A Massachusetts school for special needs children can continue to use a form of electric shock therapy on students after a long-running battle with state officials over the controversial treatment was decided in their favor. The Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton is the…... Read More

Serena Williams reveals she 'cried a little bit' when she stopped breastfeeding daughter

(LONDON) -- Serena Williams may be back on the court, but the tennis great didn't only want to talk about backhands or seeding at a press conference Sunday -- the proud mother also discussed breastfeeding and the challenges women and new moms face. Williams -- or the mother of Alexis…... Read More