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As Some Got Free Health Care, Gwen Got Squeezed: An Obamacare Dilemma
It seems to me that people who earn nothing and contribute nothing get everything for free, said Ms Hurd, 30. She qualifies for Medicaid - free government health insurance that millions more low-income Americans have gained through an expansion of the program under the Affordable Care Act. About 53,000 are getting free Medicaid coverage through the health law's optional expansion of the program.
Günter Blobel, Nobel Laureate Who Found Cell 'ZIP Codes,' Dies at 81
Along the way he won many prestigious awards, some for essentially the same insights recognized later by the Nobel committee. Dr Palade's discoveries about cells' inner workings, and the functions of cell structures, laid the foundations of modern cell biology, the basis of the biotechnology industry. Gnter Blobel was born on May 21, 1936, in the Silesian village of Waltersdorf, then in eastern Germany and later part of Poland.
More U.S. babies dying of suffocation, often in bed
The number of babies dying of suffocation before their first birthday has been rising in recent years, driven at least in part by an increase in the number of parents sharing beds with their infants, a US study suggests. From 1999 to 2015, the suffocation death rate for babies younger than 1 year climbed from 12.4 to 28.3 fatalities for every 1,000 US infants, researchers report in Pediatrics. The majority of these suffocation fatalities occurred while babies were in bed.
Cutting back on carbs could help treat fatty liver disease
Cutting down on pasta, potatoes, and other such carbohydrate-rich foods has become a popular plan for weight loss. Unlike alcoholic fatty liver disease, NAFLD is not caused by heavy alcohol consumption. Around 30-40 percent of adults in the United States are thought to have NAFLD, making it one of the most common causes of liver disease in the country. The team assessed how the dietary intervention affected the liver fat, as well as other metabolic responses, of the study participants.
Serious knee injuries increasing in kids and teens
Injuries to a critical ligament in the knee are becoming more common in children and teens, researchers warn. The ACL, one of four ligaments in the knee, stabilizes the knee when it rotates and helps connect the thigh bone (femur) to the shin bone (tibia). More than half of the injuries were in boys, and sports activities accounted for 57 percent of the injuries. The rate of ACL injuries went from 2.74 injuries per 100,000 youngsters in 2005 to 6.79 per 100,000 in 2015.
Preemies and underweight babies more likely to have low IQs
Overall, intelligence quotient (IQ) tests typically completed sometime from age 5 to age 20 showed that preemies typically lagged behind their full-term counterparts. Pregnancy normally lasts about 40 weeks, and babies born after 37 weeks are considered full term. Each additional week of pregnancy that babies missed with preterm deliveries was associated with a 1.26-point reduction in IQ scores, researchers report in JAMA Pediatrics.
New blood test predicts autism with 92 percent accuracy
Researchers led by those from Warwick University in the United Kingdom have developed a diagnosis test for autism that may predict it with an unprecedented level of accuracy. A new test may help physicians to diagnose autism in young children. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a condition that impacts cognition, behavior, and social interaction. Dr Rabbani and colleagues then fed this information into a computer algorithm, which resulted in a diagnostic test with 92 percent sensitivity.
Doctors Said Immunotherapy Would Not Cure Her Cancer. They Were Wrong.
The women, strangers to one another living in different countries, asked their doctors to try new immunotherapy drugs that had revolutionized treatment of cancer. The cancer that struck the young women was hypercalcemic small cell ovarian cancer, which typically occurs in a woman's teens or 20s. There he discovered patients who had persuaded doctors to give them an immunotherapy drug, even though there was no reason to think it would work.
'Too much' brain calcium may cause Parkinson's
By the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom - about the role of calcium in brain cells' signaling mechanisms brings us closer to understanding the causes of Parkinson's disease. Having excess calcium in the brain may be a reason for why Parkinson's disease develops. The presence of toxic protein deposits, or Lewy bodies, inside brain cells is a recognized hallmark of Parkinson's disease.
Contraception for Teenagers
Rather, the data indicate that more teens now use contraception when they have sex. Too many fail to use the most effective methods or use them incorrectly or inconsistently, resulting in ill-timed or unwanted pregnancies. Even informed teenagers may have trouble accessing contraceptives: A new report by the Guttmacher Institute found that 24 states do not allow minors to receive contraceptives without parents' permission.
How Dental Inequality Hurts Americans
Lack of dental care through Medicaid not only harms people's health, but has negative economic implications as well. Even before any proposed cuts take effect, Medicaid is already lean in one key area: Many state programs lack coverage for dental care. In that study, investigators showed one of two images to people responsible for hiring: pictures either of a person without dental problems or with uncorrected dental problems.
Malawi cholera cases pass 500, eight people dead
Cholera cases in Malawi have tripled and four more people have died, the Ministry of Health said on Monday, a month after the spread of the disease from Zambia was thought to have been contained. Ministry of Health spokesman Joshua Malango said the number of cases had increased to 527 from 157 recorded in January, and that deaths had doubled from four to eight.
Drinking soda daily may harm your fertility
New research finds that soda could harm your chances of becoming pregnant. New research - which has now been published in the journal Epidemiology - finds that drinking one or more sugary drinks each day is linked to reduced fertility, for both men and women. Drinking soda is also tied to early menstruation and poor semen quality - although few studies have investigated the direct effects that soda may have on fertility.
How making fun of yourself can make you happy
Judging by my humor, you may think that I'm not a very self-confident person or have a tendency to be sad. Researchers from the University of Granada in Spain set out to investigate different types of humor, and they came to some surprising conclusions. Contrary to popular belief, they say, those who make self-deprecating jokes do not have low self-esteem, nor are they prone to depression.
Truck Crashes Into Planned Parenthood in New Jersey, Injuring 3
A man crashed a stolen bakery truck into a Planned Parenthood clinic in East Orange, NJ, this week, injuring a pregnant woman and two others, the authorities said. The investigations are continuing, Thomas S Fennelly, the chief assistant prosecutor for Essex County, said in a phone interview on Saturday. We are pleased that only minor injuries occurred, Planned Parenthood said in a statement. The organization said there was extensive damage to the waiting room and the clinic would be closed for several weeks.
Gilead wins reversal of $2.54 billion hepatitis C drug patent verdict
The December 2016 verdict followed a trial in which jurors found that Merck's patent on hepatitis C treatments, which it acquired in 2014 when it bought Idenix Pharmaceuticals, was valid. There was a backlash from health insurers and other payers when Gilead launched Sovaldi at a price of $84,000 for a 12-week course. Foster City, California-based Gilead reported that in 2017 it earned $9.1 billion on its four products to treat chronic hepatitis C, including Harvoni and Sovaldi.
America at Home: Grandparents in the Attic, Children in the Basement
Yet her family's decision also reflects a growing change in the way Americans, including older people, are choosing to live. The proportion of older widows living with children declined from about 60 percent that year to 20 percent by the 1990 census. A Census Bureau report noted that the number of shared households had jumped more than 11 percent between 2007 and 2010. A multigenerational household, as defined by the Pew Research Center, includes at least two generations of related adults, or grandparents and grandchildren.
Still Talking After All These Years
The four day psyche-fest was a bonanza of seminars, from the doctrinaire to the esoteric, the practical to the political. A session on the ethics of mental health professionals commenting on public figures had drawn nearly 300 sign-ups at last count. Eyeing a reporter, another attendee joked, I don't want the press to think we kiss our patients on the head. I think we're well advised to be cautious about how we use diagnostic language for public figures, she said.

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