Fitness Home



Why Health Care Premiums Are Rising Under Obamacare

moodboard/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration acknowledged on Monday that premiums for its popular health care plans will rise substantially next year, another hiccup for the president’s signature law, the Affordable Care Ac…


Olympic Swimmer Takes to Instagram to Thank Fan for Sounding Alarm on Chest Mole

Arctic-Images/Getty Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) — An Olympic gold medalist took to social media recently to thank a fan for drawing attention to a suspicious mole on his chest, saying initially he’d been “blasé” about having it checked out himself.

On Friday, Australian swimmer Mack Horton, 20, of Melbourne, posted a picture of himself giving a thumbs-up, with a bandage taped to his chest.

“Shout out to the person that emailed the swim team doctor and told me to get my mole checked out,” Horton wrote in a caption. “Good call. Very good call.”

In his Olympic debut, Horton won the gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle in Rio de Janeiro this summer.

According to Australia’s Herald Sun, Horton had the mole removed Thursday. Test results were not immediately known.

Horton told the news outlet that someone had emailed his team’s doctors, encouraging him to have the mole examined. He said team doctors gave him a referral to see a specialist but he didn’t make the appointment till weeks later.

“They [doctors] just looked at it and said, ‘Let’s take it out now,'” Horton told the Herald Sun. “Sometimes I was blasé and sometimes I’d see it in the mirror and say ‘I probably should get this one checked out’ because I had noticed it had been changing a little bit, but I guess this person calling me out on it made me finally go and do it, which was a good thing.”

He added: “It’s a good little reminder for everyone out there to go and get their skin checked.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S., and the American Cancer Society notes that more than 5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancers are diagnosed each year.

Doctors say everyone should check their own bodies at least once a month and see a dermatologist annually. Moles that are considered normal will appear round, even-colored and contain no irregularities on the edges, they say. To prevent skin cancer, they also suggest wearing sunscreen year-round, hats and anything that helps protect against sun exposure.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.



Joint Health: Can Exercises Reduce the Need for Surgery?

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Doctors have good news for people who suffer from joint pain caused by conditions like osteoarthritis. Although physicians can’t always predict who will get osteoarthritis, they say exercise can strengthen the …


Your Body: Preventing Falls Among the Elderly

iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorEvery second of every day in the United States an older adult falls, making falls the number one cause of injuries and deaths from injury among older Americans. According to a …


Study Claims Coffee Can Protect Your Vision

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Early risers may say facetiously that they can’t see straight in the morning without that first cuppa joe, but U.K. researchers are lending some credence to that. That is to say, scientists say caffeine in strong cof…


'It's Over for Obamacare,' Trump Says of Big Hike in Premiums, Fla.) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump jumped on news that average premiums under Obamacare will jump sharply — by 25 percent in popular plans before taxpayer subsidies kick in.”It’s over for Obamacare,” Trump said …