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Federal Judge in Texas Strikes Down Affordable Care Act

Federal Judge in Texas Strikes Down Affordable Care Act The ruling determined the individual coverage mandate is unconstitutional. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra called the ruling "an assault" and a spokesperson for his office indicated an appeal would be coming. Sign-ups are lagging 10 percent behind those at the same time a year ago, accord... [Full Article...]

Federal judge in Texas rules Obama health-care law unconstitutional

Federal judge in Texas rules Obama health-care law unconstitutional They claimed that when Congress repealed the tax penalty previous year, it eliminated the U.S. Supreme Court's rationale for finding the ACA constitutional in 2012. Typically, the executive branches argues to uphold existing statutes in court cases. The decision throws the health insurance of as many as 20 million people into doubt. [Full Article...]

Google Fit Gets Improved Tracking Widgets, Breathing Assistance

Google Fit Gets Improved Tracking Widgets, Breathing Assistance The new Google Fit features should roll out this week. The only downside is that the breathing exercises are only available on Wear OS for now. But starting with the widget, which was removed in the recently improved design and is now returning, you can track essential figures such as step count, calories burned, distance traversed, along with the time of the workout and accordingly calcul... [Full Article...]

Supreme Court sides with Planned Parenthood

Supreme Court sides with Planned Parenthood Three justices, Samuel Alito , Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch , issued a dissenting opinion , but Chief Justice John Roberts and Kavanaugh did not join them. Current law under the Hyde amendment already prevents federal funding from covering abortions with exceptions for rape, incest, and protecting the life of the woman. [Full Article...]

CDC warns not to eat raw cookie dough

CDC warns not to eat raw cookie dough According to the CDC, each year 48 million people in the US get sick from a food-borne illness, 128,000 are hospitalised, and 3000 die. It's a Christmas tradition to make Christmas cookies, and who hasn't licked the bowl afterward, or at least snuck a little taste of the raw cookie dough? Flour isn't treated to kill germs like E. [Full Article...]

UCHealth Goes the Extra Mile to Protect Patients During Flu Season

UCHealth Goes the Extra Mile to Protect Patients During Flu Season About 1.73 percent of patient visits to reporting doctor's offices, clinics, and school health services in MA as of November 30 showed influenza-like illnesses, defined by the state Department of Public Health as a fever of more than 100 degrees and a cough and/or sore throat. [Full Article...]

Test That Detects Cancer in 10 Minutes Developed By Australian Researchers

Test That Detects Cancer in 10 Minutes Developed By Australian Researchers Joyce Ohm, an associate professor of oncology at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, New York, agreed that the work is "an exciting potential advance" in looking for a general epigenetic biomarker for cancer . "You can compare that with some of our frontline cancer detection techniques", he said. Currently, the test detects only the presence of cancer, not the type of cancer. [Full Article...]

Doctors blame tap water in neti pot for brain-eating amoeba

Earlier this year, an unnamed woman was admitted to the Swedish Medical Center after suffering a seizure . At first doctors thought the woman had a tumor , as she had been previously diagnosed with breast cancer. "There have been 34 reported infections in the U.S.in the 10 years from 2008 to 2017, despite millions of recreational water exposures each year", according to the Centers for Diseas... [Full Article...]

Man coughs up massive blood clot shaped like bronchial tree

Man coughs up massive blood clot shaped like bronchial tree However, these medications also increase the risk of bleeding, including coughing up blood. Last week, a hospitalized California man coughed up an intact cast of part of his right lung, a colossal blood clot almost six inches wide. Thankfully this patient, and her unborn child, survived. Georg Wieselthaler , a transplant and pulmonary surgeon at UCSF, told the Atlantic his team was easily... [Full Article...]

First baby born from deceased organ donor's womb

First baby born from deceased organ donor's womb The baby girl's mother was born without a uterus as a result of Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome a rare disorder that affects a woman's reproductive system. Part of the challenge in transplanting a uterus from a deceased donor is that the process - obtaining an organ, matching it to a recipient based on blood type and other qualities, and completing the operation - can take time. [Full Article...]

Karnataka lake drained in fear of HIV virus

Karnataka lake drained in fear of HIV virus Indian authorities said they have been busy pumping water out of a sprawling lake in the south of the country in an effort to allay local villagers' fears that it was contaminated after the discovery of the body of a woman infected with HIV a week ago. [Full Article...]

Apple Watch Electrocardiogram App and Irregular Heart Rhythm Notifications Available Today

Apple Watch Electrocardiogram App and Irregular Heart Rhythm Notifications Available Today But although the hardware introduced a futuristic new aesthetic to users, the device's headline act was certainly the new health features it brought to the table. However, it's worth noting that the Watch only records a basic single-lead ECG, and so can't detect a stroke, heart attack or other heart conditions like the 12-lead ECGs taken at a doctor's office. [Full Article...]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez commits to paying her interns $15 an hour

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez commits to paying her interns $15 an hour Cortez made national headlines just days ago when she bizarrely suggested the Pentagon could largely finance her $32 trillion "Medicare for All" proposal. "It is unjust for Congress to budget a living wage for ourselves, yet rely on unpaid interns & underpaid overworked staff just bc Republicans want to make a statement about 'fiscal responsibility, '" she added in another tweet. [Full Article...]

Infant ibuprofen sold at Walmart, CVS, Family Dollar recalled over concentration concerns

Infant ibuprofen sold at Walmart, CVS, Family Dollar recalled over concentration concerns FBN's Cheryl Casone on Tris Pharma's recall of liquid ibuprofen for infants. Other possible adverse effects include tinnitus (ringing in the ears), headaches and stomach bleeding. "Wholesalers and retailers of the product should stop further distribution of the affected lots of Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID) 50 mg per 1.25 mL, which are being recalled". [Full Article...]

First Baby Born To Woman With Uterus From Deceased Donor

According to the researchers, the uterine transplantation was carried out in September 2016 when the woman with congenital uterine absence was 32 years old. The use of a deceased donor is a significant achievement that could greatly increase access to the procedure, said Stefan Tullius, chief of transplant surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston who has participated in living donor ut... [Full Article...]

Extremely rare blood needed to save 2-year-old South Florida girl

Extremely rare blood needed to save 2-year-old South Florida girl The donors need to be a Pakistani, Indian or Iranian, which means that their biological parents would be 100 percent Pakistani, Indian or Iranian. A donor's blood would only be a match for Zainab if they, too, are missing the Indian B antigen, according to OneBlood . [Full Article...]

Healthy Baby Born To Woman Who Received World’s First Deceased Womb Transplant

Healthy Baby Born To Woman Who Received World’s First Deceased Womb Transplant A baby girl weighing 2.55kg (6.6lbs) was born by caesarean section after a pregnancy lasting 35 weeks and three days. The patient was a 32-year-old woman with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes the vagina or uterus to either under-develop or not develop at all. [Full Article...]

Denton County Public Health encourages residents to get flu shots

Denton County Public Health encourages residents to get flu shots The health department said that flu vaccination should also be a priority for those persons who live with or care for persons at higher risk for influenza-related complications. "Before you get together with grandkids and grandparents for the holidays, make sure you not only protect yourself from the flu, but your loved ones as well". [Full Article...]

NACA urges Nigerians to ascertain HIV status

NACA urges Nigerians to ascertain HIV status Marcos Espinal, Director of the PAHO/WHO Department of Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health. Several IAS officers, film personalities, Movie Artistes Association president Shivaji Raja and others visited the stalls and appreciated the programmes being organised by the positive network organisation for HIV positive people. [Full Article...]

WHO blames measles rise on misinformation

WHO blames measles rise on misinformation Vaccines have prevented 21 million deaths from measles since 2000, World Health Organization said . Health authorities said vaccinations prevented roughly 21 million deaths between 2000 and 2017. "The increase in measles cases is deeply concerning, but not surprising", said Dr. Seth Berkley , CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance . Experts say complacency, collapsing health systems and a rise... [Full Article...]


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