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Trump administration halts billions in insurance payments under Obamacare

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Just as more insurers and consumers were entering the ACA individual market and things seemed to be stabilizing, the Trump administration struck a new blow against the health-care sector over the weekend, cutting off the multi-billion dollar risk adjustment payments that compensate insurers for taking on sicker and more expensive patients. Read More »

Polar fitness app exposed location of soldiers and government agents

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Now, according to Foeke Postma of Bellingcat , it seems that Polar - fellow fitness company and maker of the first wireless heart rate monitor for athletes - is revealing similarly sensitive data an an even more unsafe and accessible way. Polar showed his runs in several military bases spread throughout the Middle East, as well as the start and finish of dozens of exercises from a house in NY state. Read More »

Heart Meds Recalled In UK, EU, For Possible Cancer Link

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In the United Kingdom, the MHRA said it is advising pharmacies to recall all batches of valsartan containing medicines made by Dexcel Pharma and Accord Healthcare (previously known as Actavis Group) as a precaution. The HPRA says not all valsartan medicines are affected and is reassuring patients that other treatments are available. The review was triggered after the company detected an impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a substance classified as "probable cancerogen". Read More »

8 rescued from Thai cave, but 5 remain trapped

Narongsak Osottanakorn told a news conference the latest rescue operation began at about 10.08am local time (11.08am Singapore time). The 31cm-wide custom submarine would make the boys passive participants in the rescue and could potentially shorten the journey, which took divers a total of nine hours in the second successful rescue operation on Monday. Read More »

Trump admin expected to halt some payments under Obamacare program

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The Trump administration's abrupt suspension of billions of dollars in payments to ObamaCare insurers has prompted new warnings of rising premiums as health companies scramble to adjust. The risk adjustment program does not involve taxpayer funds. The risk-adjustment program, which does not cost taxpayers any money and is required by law, is created to ensure that health care coverage is available for sicker, higher-cost patients by sharing the cost of covering them. Read More »

What to expect in the Supreme Court confirmation battle

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President Donald Trump's top contenders for the vacancy appear to be federal appeals judges Amy Coney Barrett , Thomas Hardiman , Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge . Trump's short list continued to vacillate in the hours leading up to tonight's prime-time finale, where his choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy will be revealed. Read More »

Promising vaccine for HIV/AIDS being studied - RN Breakfast

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Other researchers caution seeing this vaccine as the final solution to the virus. For their next step , they are launching a new vaccine trial that will include 2,600 women in southern Africa who are at risk of HIV infection . Thus, an HIV vaccine is needed badly . The findings showed the vaccines induced robust and comparable immune responses in humans and monkeys and protected monkeys against acquisition of infection. Read More »

Mosquito pond in Jamaica Plain tests positive for West Nile virus

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There have been no reports of people contracting the virus this year in Lake County. Insect repellents that contain DEET , picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus are effective but should be used with care. The virus was identified at a mosquito pool in Jamaica Plain, according to the Boston Public Health Commission. "With two mosquito-borne viruses now active in the Coachella Valley, it is more important than ever for people to protect themselves from mosquito bites, " district ... Read More »

Dozens of 'drunk' seagulls found on South West beaches

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One RSPCA centre in West Hatch near Taunton, Somerset has reportedly had to deal with nearly 30 paralytic birds in a two week period, some of which have even been puking from excessive alcohol consumption. RSPCA Inspector Jo Daniel, who has been rescuing the birds with colleagues Clara Scully and Paul Adams along a stretch of coast from Dorset to Devon, said: "The birds absolutely stink of alcohol when we collect them so now our vans smell like pubs". Read More »

'I'm walking!' Four-year-old girl with cerebral palsy takes first steps

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I can do it", Maya responded. First Steps - 4 years, 10 months ❤️ ❤️❤️ I can't even put into words how we are feeling. In the video, Maya stands up to take her first step, gleefully giggles and says, "I'm walking!" The moment took just a few seconds but for her family and for Maya, it was a momentous journey. Read More »

Bananas on the brink of extinction?

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But if disease spreads before researchers successfully cross-breed the fruit , then the popular Cavendish banana may be hard to find - and eventually, the fruit could disappear altogether. The banana grows on the edge of forests, where it is vulnerable to damage from severe weather events as well as from logging, fires and the clearing of forests for farming. Read More »

Europe recalls generic heart drug made in China on cancer fears

According to a statement from the Ministry of Health, tests detected the appearance of an impurity, probably carcinogenic , in drugs containing valsartan manufactured by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical. The health risk of abruptly discontinuing this medicine is higher than any potential risk presented by the impurity. "We are engaging with healthcare professionals to manage this situation". Read More »

To Fight Childhood Obesity, Moms to the Rescue

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The best thing mothers can do to ensure their kids avoid developing obesity may be to take care of themselves. Findings were published on Wednesday in the journal BMJ . 150 minutes of exercise that is vigorous exercise per week. They eat a high quality diet, determined by high intake of vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, healthy fats, and low consumption of sugary beverages, red and processed meat. Read More »

Diet Rich in Nuts Improves Sperm

The results of the study were presented at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology on 4 July. Scientists made the claim after conducting a randomised trial which measured conventional semen parameters and molecular changes over 14 weeks. Read More »

Baltimore: hospital evacuated due to tuberculosis threat

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The two buildings connected by the internal bridge - Cancer Research Building 1 and Cancer Research Building 2 - were evacuated as a precaution, Hoppe said. In the U.S., however, it's steadily become a rarity. Tuberculosis is a highly contagious bacteria that can be spread through the air. Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. Read More »

HPV test better at detecting cancer than a Pap smear

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Of note, the Canadian Task Force on Preventative Health Care differs from the USA task force - it recommends Pap smear screening every three years between ages 30 and 69, citing weak evidence for screening women ages 25 to 29. The Pap test identifies abnormalities in cervical cells, flagging health-care providers to take a closer look to see if they are precancerous, and then take appropriate action. Read More »

Cancer Patients Could Preserve Fertility With Artificial Ovary

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However, it involves a small risk as the ovarian tissue may itself be infected with the cancerous cells among those with cancer, increasing the risk of the disease taking a hold and returning back after the transplant is conducted. On this, the researchers seeded with hundreds of ovarian follicles, fluid-filled sacs that contains undeveloped eggs. Pors and her co-authors concluded, " This is the first time that isolated human follicles have survived in a decellularized human scaffold ". Read More »

Long Work Hours Tied to Higher Diabetes Risk in Women

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Working hours were divided into four groups - 15-34 hours, 35-40 hours, 41-44 hours and 45+ hours. However, the men working for longer hours did not tend to experience a higher risk of developing diabetes . All the women out there, here's a good reason for you to work less and relax more . Flaxseeds help in reducing the chances of heart complications and also the risk of strokes linked with diabetes. Read More »

What to do around Portland on July 4th

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Tables for six are available for $50 each for Acworth residents and $70 for non-residents. Fireworks will begin at dusk or about 9:30. 5 from 10 a.m. -10:30 p.m. There will be a parade, live music, food and games. Pre-registration for softball is required, but people can register for bean bag, cribbage or kubb tournaments at 5:30 p.m. Read More »

A Woman's Toenails Fell Off After a Fish Pedicure

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The woman, in her 20s, went to the doctor after noticing that her toenails looked abnormal - a problem she'd had for about six months, the report said. Lipner is unaware of any other such cases linked to fish spas , whose popularity seem to have drawn from unfounded claims about their health benefits, according to her report. Read More »

Heat Advisory In Place For Monday

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Sunday marks the second day in a row over 90 degrees and meteorologists expect Monday to have the same high temperatures, which would make it officially a heat wave . In fact, we beat the previous wettest June by over three inches thanks to the torrential rain last Friday . A man wipes his brown in Bangor during a heat wave. Read More »

Yet ANOTHER Study Suggests Daily Coffee Could Help You Live Longer

The researchers (who, by the way, are federal scientists, not from anything like the Starbucks Institute for Coffee Research) say there is data on diet about some of the study participants that could be mined to parse apart the difference between people who have, say, cappuccinos or lattes or espressos. Read More »

Shark Pulls Woman Off Yacht by Her Finger

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A Perth woman, Melissa Brunning, 34, was on a holiday in the north of Western Australia at the remote Dugong Bay when she tried to hand-feed a Tawney Nurse shark. Don't feed sharks . And be mindful of your surroundings. "I came up and I said I've lost my finger and I couldn't even look at my finger because I thought it was gone, and I thought if I looked at it I'd probably go into shock". Read More »

Amazon To Buy Online Pharmacy PillPack

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A person who takes five different medications each morning, for example, could receive a packet with all the pills in a single pouch, instead of having to manually sort the doses into pill boxes for each day. Amazon adds that the closure of this transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other conditions. But its expectation of over $100 million in 2018 revenue pales compared with larger rivals. Read More »

Feds boast largest healthcare fraud takedown ever at $2B in false claims

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Donoghue said. Among those charged, 162 defendants , including 76 doctors, were charged with contributing to the opioid crisis by unlawfully prescribing opioids and other narcotics. One case involved a pharmacy chain in Texas with fraudulent orders of more than one million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills and selling them for millions of dollars to drug transporters. Read More »

FDA Approves First Drug Derived From Marijuana Plant

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Marijuana and its components, including CBD , are Schedule 1 controlled substances - meaning they are banned because they are thought to have a high abuse potential, no medical value and serious safety implications. Lennox-Gaustaut syndrome is estimated to account for between one and four percent of all cases of childhood epilepsy. The FDA approval for Epidiolex is technically limited to patients with Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes, two rare forms of epilepsy for which there are few ... Read More »

West Nile Virus found in Licking County

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Currently, no vaccine or specific treatment exists for a person at risk or ill with WNV. "Those people are at a higher risk of developing severe symptoms like a coma, tremors, muscle weakness, and paralysis" Indiana State Health Department Epidemiologist Taryn Stevens said. Read More »

Beware of sea lice on your next trip to the beach

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A pesky marine creature has shown up on some Florida beaches. The health department also advises that people seek medical treatment if they get exposed to sea lice, but said some may be able to use home remedies including rubbing alcohol, witchhazel and Epsom salts, to relieve discomfort. Read More »

Amazon to buy Somerville online pharmacy startup PillPack

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Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but sources cited by TechCrunch peg the price at just under $1 billion. "We want to help them continue making it easy for people to save time, simplify their lives, and feel healthier". The damage also spread through the pharmacy supply chain, with drug wholesalers seeing deep losses. Walgreens " chief executive, Stefano Pessina, said he was "not particularly worried" about the PillPack deal in an earnings conference call with analysts on ... Read More »

Free HIV testing, treatment for all

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There are several ways to test for HIV , but the most common one is testing the antigens or antibodies in the blood or oral fluid. Despite gains in treating HIV over the last two decades, new infections continue to be a challenge. And over the years, testing for HIV has become much easier and much more accessible. A pharmacy is a flawless location for testing. Prophylaxis can be prescribed by a doctor or health care provider. Read More »