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UAB, UnitedHealthCare reach deal to continue service

By The Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System has reached a deal with UnitedHealthCare to continue accepting the company's medical insurance. The agreement means almost 25,000 policyholders can continue getting care at one of Alabama's leading hospitals. UAB was going to quit accepting the company's insurance after Wednesday without a new contact. The ...

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Local girl inspires after double-lung transplant, family facing obstacles

By Erica Thomas, managing editor ODENVILLE — Fight hard, breathe easy. That's one local family's motto after experiencing life-threatening illnesses and fighting them with incredible strength and grace. Gracie Poole is only 11 years old, but she has gone through more than most people go through in an entire lifetime. She was born one month premature and was in the NICU for the first three months of her life ...

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Health insurance provider changes approved by State Employees’ Insurance Board

BY MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News The State Employees’ Insurance Board voted recently to change some of its health insurance providers. While Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama will continue to provide insurance to state employees, Medicare Advantage coverage for about 17,000 state retirees will switch from BlueCross to UnitedHealthcare. That move will save the state $11 million in 2020, the first year of ...

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Treating the family pet like a family member at Clay-Chalkville Animal Clinic

Sponsored Content When Dr. Charles Hart began his practice, his focus was on large animals like horses and cows. As the community has evolved, so has his business. Now, Clay Chalkville Animal Clinic treats dogs and cats of all sizes and shapes and has grown from a home-based business to one of the most trusted veterinarian clinics in the area. “My practice has changed to less than 5% large animals now,” sai ...

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A healthy lifestyle may offset genetic risk for Alzheimer’s

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — A healthy lifestyle can cut your risk of developing Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia even if you have genes that raise your risk for these mind-destroying diseases, a large study has found. People with high genetic risk and poor health habits were about three times more likely to develop dementia versus those with low genetic risk and go ...

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AIDS center at UAB getting grant for HIV research

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama at Birmingham is getting a $7.5 million grant to help in the fight against HIV. A news release said the money will go to UAB's Center for AIDS Research. It comes as a renewed grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The statement said the center will use the grant to help fight the AIDS e ...

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Leading addiction center headquartered at St. Vincent’s East

Sponsored Content Pathway Healthcare is leading the fight against the opioid crisis in Alabama and in other states, with an office-based addiction treatment network of 12 offices. Andrew Turner, the chief operations officer for Pathway Healthcare, LLC, says treatment combines behavioral counseling with medication-assisted treatment, as well as wrap-around services. “Our treatment standard is called MATPlus® ...

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Birmingham Integrative Health offers patients the best of contemporary and alternative healthcare

Sponsored Content By Crystal McGough In the world of medicine, there is often a divide between contemporary medical treatments and natural, alternative remedies. While some medical practices only offer mainstream medicines and procedures, there are also those that lean toward alternative healthcare while steering clear of contemporary Western medicine. But what if optimal healthcare requires a marriage of t ...

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UnitedHealthcare may cut ties with some Alabama hospitals

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — UnitedHealthcare and the University of Alabama Birmingham Health System haven't reached an agreement to renew its hospital contracts, leaving about 25,000 members wondering about their coverage. News outlets report UnitedHealthcare will cut ties with UAB if an agreement can't be met by July 31, making their facilities out-of-network for members. UnitedHealthcare sent a letter to memb ...

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M3 Performance and Physical Therapy: Improving quality of life through movement

Sponsored content According to Kendell Jno-Finn, PT, DPT, and founder/CEO of M3 Performance and Physical Therapy, movement is an essential component of life. “Being able to move well allows you to live well, and when you live well, you’re able to do amazing things,” he said. “Movement is one of the main things that separates people who enjoy a good quality of life from those who don’t.” An educator and entr ...

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