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How Soon Is Soon Enough To Learn You Have Alzheimer’s?

Researchers are making progress on measuring signs of Alzheimer’s in blood that might lead to an inexpensive, noninvasive and early diagnosis tool.

Jose Belardo of Lansing, Kan., spent most of his career in the U.S. Public Health Service. He worked on the front lines of disasters in such places as Haiti, Colombia, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.

Bits of Captured Data Paint a Picture of Your Health

Data collected by apps, devices, even your refrigerator paint a picture of your health and your health status that can be sold to drug companies, insurance firms and advertisers.

Here’s a fun activity. Let’s look at my credit card statement from last month. Among other things, I paid for a pair of athletic leggings, four movie tickets, and two beers and a plate of nachos at a nearby restaurant.

Potential Hospital Sale to For-Profit Company Sparks Worries

Residents fear the sale of a longtime community hospital, considered an "essential" resource, to a for-profit health care system could curtail the broad sweep of care.

Mission Health, the largest hospital system in western North Carolina, provided $100 million in free charity care last year. This year, it has partnered with 17 civic organizations to deliver substance abuse care to low-income people.

States Attacking ACA Would Suffer Most if Preexisting Conditions Shield Axed

Residents of nine states, all Republican-led, that have joined a lawsuit against the health care law have high rates of preexisting conditions. Under the law, insurers cannot discriminate against them but if the shield were removed, they could have trouble getting health insurance or could pay higher rates than others.

If the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with preexisting medical conditions are struck down in court, residents of the Republican-led states that are challenging the law have the most to lose.

Retooled Vaccine Offers Hope to Treat Type 1 Diabetes

A small study shows the drug could turn out to be a simpler, low-cost treatment for one of the most common, serious chronic diseases.

For Hodalis Gaytan, 20, living with Type 1 diabetes means depending on an assortment of expensive medicines and devices to stay healthy. Test strips. Needles. A glucose meter. Insulin.

Democrats Rally Against Trump’s Supreme Court Pick to Protect Health Care Act

Though divided on abortion, Senate Democrats are banding together against District Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh over fears his confirmation could threaten protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Senate Democrats, who are divided on abortion policy, are instead turning to health care as a rallying cry for opposition to President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

Prisons Fail to Offer Cure to Inmates with Deadly Hepatitis C

State prisons across the U.S. are not treating nearly all infected inmates for hepatitis C, a deadly liver disease that is curable with new, expensive treatments.

State prisons across the U.S. are failing to treat at least 144,000 inmates who have hepatitis C, a curable but potentially fatal liver disease, according to a recent survey and subsequent interviews of state corrections departments.

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