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May. 26, 2015

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Ignoring the penalty for not buying health insurance
The New York Times
Obamacare’s big stick doesn’t seem to be scaring many people into buying health insurance. The health law includes many inducements for people to obtain health insurance — including free Medicaid coverage for many low-income Americans and subsidies for those with moderate incomes. But it also includes the notorious “individual mandate,” a fine for those who can afford insurance but don’t buy it.More

5 reasons your health insurance premium will likely rise in 2016
The Motley Fool
It's been a little over a year since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was officially implemented and U.S. citizens were required to purchase health insurance or face a penalty come tax time. The goals of this healthcare reform law, which you probably know better as Obamacare, are twofold. More

ObamaCare fallout? Supreme Court ruling sets up potential Obama, GOP battle
Fox News
The upcoming Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act could wipe out insurance for millions of people covered by the president’s healthcare plan, leaving states that set up their own healthcare markets scrambling to subsidize coverage for those left uninsured. Twenty-six of the 34 states that would be hardest hit by the ruling have GOP governors. More

To succeed long-term, ACOs must increase consumer focus
The accountable care organization model has seen substantial progress in recent years, but to succeed in the long term, the Next Generation ACO model must provide comprehensive data and engage with consumers, 12 consumer advocacy groups said in a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.More

The 4 must-win health IT objectives of ACOs
Healthcare IT News
When Donald Berwick and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement launched the Triple Aim initiative in 2008, they envisioned a framework for optimizing health system performance by simultaneously focusing on the health of a population, the experience of care for individuals within that population, and the per capita cost of providing that care.More

FDA ticks off 1st drug to treat radiation sickness after nuclear disasters
A drug long-used to counter the negative effects of chemotherapy has won U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for use in treating the nasty effects of exposure to radiation following a nuclear disaster. Known commercially as neupogen, the drug has been shown to work by shielding the body's white blood cells to heighten a patient's chances of survival.More

FDA poised to phase out artery-clogging fat
The case against trans fats is not new. For years, health experts have been telling us to avoid them. And as retailing behemoths such as Wal-Mart have committed to the removal of all remaining, industrially produced trans fats in the products they sell, the food industry has stepped up its pace to reformulate its offerings.More

Scientists give yeast human genes to show how much we have in common
The Washington Post
It's been a billion years since we shared a common ancestor, but yeast — a simple, single-celled fungus — is still a distant cousin on our family tree. In fact, even this distant relation has enough in common with us to swap out genes and survive. In a study in Science, researchers report successfully swapping out some 450 of the genes in baker's yeast with similar ones from a human.More

Infidelity lurks in your genes
The New York Times
Americans disapprove of marital infidelity. Ninety-one percent of them find it morally wrong, more than the number that reject polygamy, human cloning or suicide, according to a 2013 Gallup poll. Yet the number of Americans who actually cheat on their partners is rather substantial: Over the past two decades, the rate of infidelity has been pretty constant at around 21 percent for married men, and between 10 to 15 percent for married women,.More

Study: Living at high altitudes may increase SIDS risk
A new study suggests babies that live at high altitudes may be at a greater risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome compared to infants living at lower altitudes. Each year, around 3,500 infants under age one die unexpectedly in the United States. Still, public health experts remain uncertain for why SIDS occurs.More

Diabetes may be a risk factor for developing Alzheimer's
The Wall Street Journal
Two recent studies show blood-sugar levels can affect the brain — adding new evidence that diabetes might be a significant risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis found in a study of mice that raising blood sugar to abnormally high levels corresponded with increased production in the brain of amyloid beta, a protein thought to be an important factor in Alzheimer’s disease. More

Very overweight teens may double their risk of bowel cancer in middle age
Medical Xpress
Being very overweight in your teens may double the risk of developing bowel cancer by the time you are middle aged, suggests research published online in the journal Gut. And a high level of an indicator of systemic inflammation — erythrocyte sedimentation rate, or ESR for short — at this age is also linked to heightened risk of the disease in later life, the study shows.More

Link found between breast cancer genes, prostate cancer
The Wall Street Journal
Mutations in two genes well known for increasing the risk of breast and ovarian cancer may also play an important role in advanced prostate cancer, researchers said, an unexpected discovery that could lead to new treatments for some men with the disease.More

Severe mental illness found to drop in young, defying perceptions
The New York Times
The rate of severe mental illness among children and adolescents has dropped substantially in the past generation, researchers reported, in an analysis that defies public perceptions of trends in youngsters’ mental health.More

Depressed heart failure patients 5 times more likely to die than happier patients
Medical Daily
Depression has an adverse effect on patients recovering from heart failure and cardiovascular problems, according to a new study. In particular, moderate to severe depression was linked to a five-fold increase in mortality among heart failure patients — even when researchers removed the independent risk and severity of heart failure.More