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Ask a Doctor Question

Are You... Having unanswered medical questions even after your last medical consultation? Feeling embarrassed to ask a doctor question about symptoms or doubts to your doctor in person? Looking for a second opinion? Looking for guidance to move ahead in a certain medical problem? You are among thousands of people with the same issues. It is often difficult see a doctor, and then have him or her spend the time needed to fully answer all of you medical questions. Frequently you do not even think of the right question to ask the doctor until you have left the office. Now you spend hours on the phone playing phone tag just for one follow up question with your doctor.

Medicare Buy-In Plan's Cost May Deter Centrist Lawmakers, Potential Customers

Some Democrats' idea to open Medicare to certain people aged 55 and older raises the question of whether premiums would be affordable enough. USA Today: "Indeed, buying into Medicare at 55 - an option that may be added to the Senate's plan to revamp the health care system - might not be such a bargain." (Such details will remain under wraps until a Congressional Budget Office analysis is complete.) Earlier estimates by the CBO suggested the program may cost $7, 600 a year in premiums, over 50 percent than the average individual plan on the private market. That cost may deter many healthy patients, but would leave the program open to sicker people (Wolf, 12/13).

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The Best Hemorrhoids Pain Treatment - Stop the Pain in the Comfort of Your Home

Hemorrhoids can easily be described as a pain in the rear. These swollen tissues and varicose veins found in the anus and rectum can cause a lot of pain, itching, discomfort, and bleeding. Thankfully, hemorrhoids is a condition that usually tends to get worse over the years. So safe, gentle, and effective hemorrhoids pain treatment is usually the best option for sufferers. Many people have found treatments you can use at home to be very effective for stopping hemorrhoidal pain. One of these home treatment methods involves soaking your body in a warm bath for about 20 minutes. By taking this warm bath you will be able to get relief from the burning and itching symptoms and also shrink the size of the hemorrhiods.

Senate Holdouts Threatening '09 Health Care Reform Bill Passage

The Washington Post: "The next 48 hours will be critical to the fate of health-care reform in the Senate, as Democratic leaders struggle to settle disputes that stand in the way of holding a final vote this year on the massive package reports on the distance among senators that has to be bridged before a bill can pass." By mid-week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D- Nev., must by "begin the process of ending debate on the $848 billion bill or risk missing his deadline of final passage by Christmas, pushing the contentious health-care debate into early 2010." To do this, he must maintain the backing of 60 Senators, which includes convincing "Democrats who are on the fence to come to his side" (Murray, 12/14).

Sitz Bath - Cure Or Not?

The sitz bath is used to treat a variety of ailments but for the purposes of this article, I want to focus on it's use and effectiveness in the treatment of hemmorhoids.Now I would never go so far as to say that sitz baths are not effective as a treatment, because anyone who has used one knows that it brings much needed relief, but it certainly is no cure. First let me explain what a sitz bath is. The term refers to both the physical tub and the act of taking the bath itself. The sitz tub is a small bath just big enough for you to sit in. Typically it is filled with very warm water, the hotter the better as long as you're not scalding yourself and then you simply sit in the tub and soak your pelvic area for 20 minutes or so a couple times a day.

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Experts Weigh In On Plan To Replace Public Option In Health Bill

Kaiser Health News staff writers asked nine health policy experts if a spinoff of the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, which is the health insurance coverage for eight million federal workers and their families, as well as members of Congress, help some of the country's uninsured (12/14)? Read entire article. This information was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with kind permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, search the archives and sign up for email delivery at kaiserhealthnews.org. © Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.

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