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May. 6, 2014

Few options for those who missed health insurance deadlines
The New York Times
If you don't have health insurance through your employer and haven't enrolled through a government insurance exchange, your options for getting coverage this year are dwindling. The extended deadline for enrolling in health coverage through the federal health insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act passed in mid-April. Some of the states that operate their own marketplaces have set later deadlines, generally for people who encountered difficulties signing up. More

Poll: Fewer in US lack health insurance, but issues remain
The percentage of adults in the United States who lack health insurance has fallen to its lowest rate since 2008, down to about 13 percent in April from a peak of 18 percent last year, according to a Gallup poll released. The decline coincided with the October 2013 launch of the health insurance exchanges that allowed people to buy coverage on their own under the Affordable Care Act and accelerated as the deadline to buy coverage neared, the nonpartisan research organization said.More

Medicaid expansion is the final battle in war over Obamacare
Los Angeles Times
The final battles of any war often are the bloodiest. They're waged by the last holdouts, dead-enders desperate to prove to themselves and their dwindling followers that their efforts were not in vain. The final battle of the war over the Affordable Care Act is being waged over expanding Medicaid.More

FDA-approved device treats sleep apnea in a new way
PBS NewsHour
Loud snoring, sore throats, excessive drowsiness — all common signs of a disorder called sleep apnea that affects an estimated 18 million Americans. For those who've yet to find a treatment that works for them, there may be hope on the horizon: the FDA has approved a sleep apnea "pacemaker" that could change how the condition is managed.More

FDA comes out against aspirin to prevent 1st heart attacks
In the latest development in a long-simmering debate, the FDA has announced that aspirin should not be marketed for the prevention of a first heart attack or stroke in people with no history of cardiovascular disease. The announcement follows FDA's rejection of Bayer Healthcare's decade-old petition requesting approval of a primary prevention indication.More

The continuing evolution of genes
The New York Times
Each of us carries just over 20,000 genes that encode everything from the keratin in our hair down to the muscle fibers in our toes. It's no great mystery where our own genes came from: our parents bequeathed them to us. And our parents, in turn, got their genes from their parents.More

Study: Environment as influential as genes in autism
Reuters via Fox News
Environmental factors are more important than previously thought in leading to autism, as big a factor as genes, according to the largest analysis to date to look at how the brain disorder runs in families. Sven Sandin, who worked on the study at King's College London and Sweden's Karolinska institute, said it was prompted "by a very basic question which parents often ask: 'If I have a child with autism, what is the risk my next child will too?'"More

Deepak Chopra on how to modify your own genes
The Huffington Post
Physician and best-selling author Deepak Chopra has an empowering message: You can actually modify your own genes through your actions and behaviors. "We are literally metabolizing something as ephemeral as experience or even meaning," Chopra said in an interview this week at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California. More

Students admit using ADHD drugs for better grades
HealthDay News via WebMD
Almost 1 in 5 Ivy League college students acknowledge they've used stimulants to perform better in school even though they haven't been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, a new study shows. Varsity athletes and students in fraternities and sororities were more likely to report using the medications.More

Few options for those who missed health insurance deadlines
The New York Times
If you don't have health insurance through your employer and haven't enrolled through a government insurance exchange, your options for getting coverage this year are dwindling.More

Impressive new smartphone apps in health and medicine
By Rosemary Sparacio
Smartphones are just about everywhere. In the U.S. alone, more than 91 million Americans now use a smartphone. Of course, these devices are much more than just a phone.More

Who really pays for healthcare? It might surprise you
USA Today
Eight million people have signed up for subsidized private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama said this month.More

Study: Young blood rejuvenates older animals
CBS News
Three new medical studies show young blood may be able to improve lives. Researchers took old mice and gave them blood, and blood proteins, from young mice. They found the old mice showed improved muscle and brain function. The older animals ran faster and longer on a treadmill, had an increased rate of new brain cell creation, were more sensitive to changes in smell and improved on age-related memory tasks.More

10 minutes could save your life from skin cancer
Here's an idea for your next date night or get-together with a close friend, and it could save your life. TODAY is dedicating "Melanoma Monday"— the first Monday in May — to raising awareness of skin cancer. Melanoma is not the most common form of skin cancer, but it is the deadliest. Dr. Debra Wattenberg, a dermatologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, stopped by the TODAY plaza Monday to demonstrate how to conduct a 10-minute full body check that can help detect a suspicious spot on your skin.More

Bringing mental health to the forefront of education
Psych Central
America has been recognizing May as Mental Health Month since 1949. During the month of May, mental health organizations work together with other community members to raise awareness about mental health issues. But the question remains: What else can be done to raise much-needed mental health awareness?More