Medicine

US federal judge rules Obamacare is 'unconstitutional'

US federal judge rules Obamacare is 'unconstitutional' A federal judge in the U.S. state of Texas has ruled that a key part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional. The decision is nearly certain to be challenged in the US Supreme Court . Politifact notes that 20 million people gained insurance through the Affordable Care Act. [Full Article...]

Open enrollment for health insurance through healthcare.gov ends Saturday

Open enrollment for health insurance through healthcare.gov ends Saturday Sean Sheehan, the deputy director of the Department of Vermont Health Access, said long wait times on the phone are likely ahead of the December 15 deadline, so he encourages residents to sign up on the Vermont Health Connect website. More than 80 percent of Arizona consumers qualify for federal subsidies that will reduce the cost of their insurance even further . The state ACA marketplace, Acce... [Full Article...]

Texas judge dismantles Obamacare, ruling individual mandate unconstitutional

Texas judge dismantles Obamacare, ruling individual mandate unconstitutional The conservative judge had previously ruled against other Obama-era policies. President Trump responded to the ruling on Twitter with glee. California and other states ruled against by the judge will challenge the decision by appealing in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. [Full Article...]

CDC calls fentanyl deadliest drug in America

CDC calls fentanyl deadliest drug in America Researchers looked at death certificate data from 2011 to 2016. While the reported numbers have skyrocketed, the drug is claiming even more victims every year due to underreporting. "It's not really what's happening", said Dr. Holly Hedegaard, lead author of the report and injury epidemiologist at the National Center for Health Statistics. [Full Article...]

Johnson & Johnson knew about asbestos in its baby powder, report says

J&J has faced a wave of lawsuits alleging its talc baby powder products contain asbestos and caused ovarian and other cancers. While juries in some cases have sided with the plaintiffs, some have sided with the company and others reached no verdicts. [Full Article...]

Supreme Court Declines Key Planned Parenthood Case

Supreme Court Declines Key Planned Parenthood Case The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals told Kansas a year ago that "states may not terminate providers from their Medicaid program for any reason they see fit, especially when that reason is unrelated to the provider's competence and the quality of the health care it provides". [Full Article...]

Say no to raw cookie dough — CDC warns

Say no to raw cookie dough — CDC warns What's going on: The CDC warned consumers this week that eating raw cookie dough or cake mixes can be harmful to your health. Flour and raw eggs can contain bacteria and salmonella , which of course, can make you sick. However, not all public health experts agree that raw cookie dough is risky. Stomach cramps and diarrhea are typical symptoms of food poisoning, and occur within six to 48 hours ... [Full Article...]

Universal flu vaccine is 'an alchemist's dream'

Universal flu vaccine is 'an alchemist's dream' Back in 2015-16, Kaweah Delta began requiring all staff to either get a flu vaccination or wear a face mask during cold and flu season. People at high risk of serious complications include young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart or lung disease, and people 65 years and older. [Full Article...]

New Inexpensive Test Can Detect Cancer Within 10 Minutes

New Inexpensive Test Can Detect Cancer Within 10 Minutes Explaining in the journal article, the Queensland team said their tests confirmed the above described behavioral pattern of methyl groups in breast, prostate, colorectal cancer as well as lymphoma. These gold nanoparticles play an important part in cancer detection. Scientists worldwide have been working on ways to identify cancer earlier, as early detection is known to increase the... [Full Article...]

Doctors say amoebas in tap water turned woman's brain into 'bloody mush'

Lab results later revealed that the infection in her brain and nose rash were caused by an amoeba called Balamuthia mandrillaris , which is often associated with a disease called granulomatous amoebic encephalitis (GAE), according to the Center for Disease Control . [Full Article...]

Man coughs up part of lung while being treated for heart failure

Man coughs up part of lung while being treated for heart failure The unidentified 36-year-old man found himself in the intensive care unit at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center late last month for chronic heart failure. " We were astonished ", Dr Wieselthaler said. But one man in California shocked his doctors when he coughed up an unusual-looking blood clot: It was in the shape of his lung. [Full Article...]

CONFUSION: Cortez Complains There Are No 'Frontline Community Leaders' at Congressional Meeting

CONFUSION: Cortez Complains There Are No 'Frontline Community Leaders' at Congressional Meeting AOC, as she is sometimes called, is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. She was even directed to a spouse event for partners of those elected by a mistaken Democratic official. Ocasio-Cortez was immediately corrected by various critics on social media, but her greatest rebuke came from the Washington Post fact-checker , which gave her their greatest error rating of "four Pino... [Full Article...]

Lake in Karnataka drained after discovery of HIV-infected body

Lake in Karnataka drained after discovery of HIV-infected body Unconfirmed reports suggest that the 150-odd residents of the village had refused to consume the lake water over reports that the woman had recently been tested positive for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) by a private laboratory. Afraid they would contract HIV/AIDS if they used its water, villagers at Morab, about 30 km from Hubballi, informed authorities they would not use it till fresh wat... [Full Article...]

World's first baby born using transplanted uterus from deceased donor

Researchers say the case study, published Tuesday in The Lancet , shows that such transplants from deceased donors are feasible and may increase options for women struggling with uterine infertility. While researchers in countries including Sweden and the U.S. have previously succeeded in transplanting wombs from living donors into women who have gone on to give birth , experts said the l... [Full Article...]

Infant liquid ibuprofen sold at Walmart, CVS & Family Dollar

Infant liquid ibuprofen sold at Walmart, CVS & Family Dollar The product is used as a pain reliever/fever reducer and was packaged in 0.5 oz. bottles for the recalled lots listed HERE. It could be potentially risky for babies and could cause nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain or diarrhea. Tris Pharma said it has not received any reports of customers experiencing adverse effects from the products. The drug maker said the recalled lots were sold to a custome... [Full Article...]

First baby born using uterus transplanted from dead donor a 'resounding success'

First baby born using uterus transplanted from dead donor a 'resounding success' He also tried the procedure on a second Brazilian woman, but she had to have the uterus removed two days after the operation because of complications. The baby girl was born in December 2017, but had to be closely monitored to ensure she was meeting appropriate developmental milestones. An estimated one in 500 women have no wombs or abnormal wombs due to hysterectomies, inherited disease, malfor... [Full Article...]

Health department encourages residents to get vaccinated

Health department encourages residents to get vaccinated This year, Rite Aid is once again teaming up with Dr. Jennifer Caudle, a nationally renowned health expert and practicing family physician, to raise awareness about the importance of getting vaccinated. The Kern County Public Health Services Department offers flu shots for $9.00 at our Public Health Clinics, which are located in Bakersfield (1800 Mt. [Full Article...]

Groundbreaking 10- minute cancer test developed by scientists

Groundbreaking 10- minute cancer test developed by scientists Matt Trau , one of the researchers, said that it was hard to find a "simple marker" that could differentiate between cancer cells and healthy cells. If 3D nanostructures of cancer DNA exist, the gold nanoparticles will instantly change color. Co-author Dr. Laura Carrascosa said: "There's been a big hunt to find whether there is some distinct DNA signature that is just in the cancer and not i... [Full Article...]

Hindustan Unilever to merge with GlaxoSmithKline’s Horlicks business

Hindustan Unilever to merge with GlaxoSmithKline’s Horlicks business HUL will also distribute GSK's over-the-counter and oral healthcare products like Crocin and Sensodyne for a period of five years as part of a preliminary move into the pharmaceuticals space. The merger of GSK CH India with HUL will be on a basis of an exchange ratio of 4.39 HUL shares for each GSK CH India Share, implying a total equity value of INR 317 bn for 100 per cent of GSK CH India. [Full Article...]

South Florida girl in need of rare blood to fight cancer

South Florida girl in need of rare blood to fight cancer Additional donors are still needed, OneBlood says , as Zainab will need blood transfusions for the foreseeable future. Statistically, the only people who are likely to be a match for Zainab are people of Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent, according to OneBlood . [Full Article...]


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