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Sign-up pace slows in third week of 2018 Obamacare enrollment
Republican President Donald Trump and lawmakers are trying to undo Obama's health law but do not have enough votes to repeal it and so must continue to run the insurance program, which offers income-based subsidies. Uncertainty over its future drove 2018 monthly premiums up more than 30 percent on average as insurers such as Anthem Inc, Centene Corp and Molina Healthcare sought to cover higher costs.
Activity Trackers Don't Always Work the Way We Want Them To
Studies indicate that most children reach their activity peak at about age 7 and become more sedentary throughout adolescence. Many parents probably hope that shiny new technologies, such as Fitbits and other physical-activity monitors, might inspire our children to become more active. Then the scientists gave everyone an activity monitor, which came preprogrammed with a goal of 10,000 steps each day. The teenagers were asked to use the monitors for two months, and then complete more questionnaires and participate in focus-group discussions.
What Turns Black Friday Shoppers Into Raging Hordes?
Examples of unpleasant behavior among fellow shoppers included line cutting, arguing with police or security officers, or acting rudely toward others. The more they perceived the retailer situation to be inequitable, the more consumer misbehavior they displayed, Dr Lennon said. Black Friday is designed to offer limited amounts of products for a limited amount of time, thus heightening the sense of urgency. With Black Friday, those stampedes are driven by the emotions that are drawn from scarcity and competition, Dr Nichols said.
India pares back planned funding for crucial public health scheme
The federal finance ministry in August renewed the National Health Mission with $20 billion of funding between 2017-20, against the health ministry's estimated requirement of $25 billion, the documents showed. The National Health Mission is one of the world's largest health programs and forms the backbone of public services in India. The spending breakdown for different schemes will be finalised once the health ministry is allocated funding in India's annual budget.
U.S. judge strikes down Texas measure to limit second-trimester abortions
A US district judge on Wednesday struck down parts of a Texas law that would ban the most common type of second-trimester abortions in the state, after plaintiffs argued the procedure was safe, legal and necessary for women's health. He added: The act intervenes in the medical process of abortion prior to viability in an unduly burdensome manner. Texas, the most-populous Republican-controlled state, has been at the forefront of trying to impose abortion restrictions.
Three coffees a day linked to more health than harm: study
Three or four cups a day confer the greatest benefit, the scientists said, except for women who are pregnant or who have a higher risk of suffering fractures. Drinking coffee was consistently linked with a lower risk of death from all causes and from heart disease. The largest reduction in relative risk of premature death is seen in people consuming three cups a day, compared with non-coffee drinkers.
Ex-WellCare general counsel gets six months in U.S. prison
A former general counsel of insurer WellCare Health Plans Inc was sentenced on Wednesday to six months in prison for making a false statement to Florida's Medicaid program as part of what prosecutors called a sophisticated healthcare fraud scheme. Bereday, 52, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release during which he must spend one year in home confinement, prosecutors said.
Abnormal Proteins Discovered in Skin of Patients With Rare Brain Disease
The disease belongs to the same class of brain disorders as mad-cow disease. Fewer than 1 percent come from exposure to infected tissue from the brain or nervous system, usually during medical procedures. One form of the disease, called new variant, has been described in Britain and France, in people younger than the usual patients. The researchers also injected brain or skin extracts from two patients directly into the brains of mice that were specially developed to be vulnerable to the human disorder.
Cancer cell growth halted with cold and flu drug
Metastatic cancer is responsible for the vast majority of cancer deaths, but our limited understanding of how metastasis begins makes finding ways to stop it hugely challenging. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have discovered how the surrounding environment of a tumor can cause cancer cells to metastasize. While current treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy can help to slow the spread of cancer cells, they are not always successful.
Dog Owners Live Longer
A Swedish study suggests that owning a dog is linked to a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and death. Owning a dog was associated with a 20 percent lower risk of all-cause death and a 23 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Owning a dog is good motivation to get out and exercise and may provide some social support, Dr Fall said. The study does not prove cause and effect, and in any case, not everyone is up to owning a dog.
Young Again: How One Cell Turns Back Time
Right before an egg is fertilized, it is swept clean of deformed proteins in a dramatic burst of housecleaning. The worm has been a favorite of biologists for fifty years because its inner workings are much same as our own. In 1993, Dr Kenyon discovered that a gene called daf-2 greatly influenced the life span of these worms. Dr Kenyon and Dr Bohnert set up an experiment using a special strain of worms in which clumping proteins glowed.
Female doctors adjust lives to accommodate home
Female physicians are more likely to make professional adjustments to accommodate their responsibilities at home, according to a new study. They found that 17% of male doctors were married to female doctors, whereas 31% of female doctors were married to male doctors. Income, hours worked outside the home, and graduate education status differed greatly between female spouses of male doctors and male spouses of female doctors. Overall, 52% of female doctors' spouses had a graduate degree, compared to 40% of male doctors' spouses.
Rheumatoid arthritis may raise COPD risk
After studying immune cells taken from the joints of people with rheumatoid arthritis, scientists have found that once the disease sets in, some types of cell lose their sensitivity to vitamin D Researchers explore vitamin D's role in rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that arises because the immune system attacks healthy tissue - usually the joints - by mistake, leading to painful inflammation and swelling.
Blood blister in mouth: Pictures and treatment
A blood blister is a raised area of skin or a sore inside the mouth filled with blood and other fluid. Many blood blisters in the mouth happen when blood vessels just below the skin rupture. The blood from the blood vessel gets trapped under the skin, causing a blood blister to form. Symptoms of a blood blister in the mouth will usually resolve when the blister goes away.
Gold mining firms set aside $360 million for South Africa silicosis law suit
Six gold mining firms, including Anglo American, have made a 5 billion rand ($361 million) provision to settle a class action law suit with thousands of miners who contracted fatal lung diseases while working in South African mines, an industry document said on Wednesday. Earlier on Wednesday, lawyers acting for miners who contracted silicosis and TB said settlement talks with implicated gold companies for an out-of-court deal could be reached by December. Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Editing by Joe Brock.

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