Republicans Asked For Obamacare Horror Stories. It Didnt Go Well.

July 5, 2017

Indiana Republicans called for people to share Obamacare horror stories on social media, but the only horror many people expressed was at the idea of losing it if the GOP repeal plan passes Congress. Instead, they recounted how the Affordable Care Act had helped them, and urged Republicans to keep it in place. Obamacare means that my baby who fought leukemia and won cant be denied coverage for a pre-existing…

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California says key ingredient in Roundup weed killer can cause cancer

June 30, 2017

(CNN)One of the most popular herbicides in the world can cause cancer, California health officials say, and they might demand warnings saying so. California keeps a list of carcinogenic chemicals because of a law commonly called Proposition 65, which “requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.” The decision to add glyphosate to that list stemmed from…

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Mother of boy with rare genetic disorder tweets hospital bill

June 27, 2017

(CNN)As lawmakers push to get a health care bill through the Senate, one New Jersey mom is speaking out. On Friday, she tweeted her son’s latest hospital bill and it went viral. “It seems fitting that, with the #TrumpCare debate raging, I got this bill in the mail today from Ethan’s most recent open heart surgery,” she wrote Chandra also added up what their bill would have been without insurance:…

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What an autopsy may (or may not) have revealed about Otto Warmbier’s death

June 22, 2017

(CNN)What happened to Otto Warmbier while he was in North Korean custody is a mystery. And it’s likely to remain that way. Following his death on Monday, Warmbier’s parents Cindy and Fred asked the coroner not to perform an autopsy on their son. “No conclusions about the cause and manner of Mr. Warmbier’s death have been drawn at this time, as there are additional medical records and imaging to review…

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Is it safe to live on a former landfill site? – BBC News

June 20, 2017

Prof Kate Spencer from Queen Mary University of London led the investigation and has now raised serious concerns about the impact not only on the environment – but on public health. Image caption Barry Falgate, site manager at Dunbar landfill In 1990, the Environmental Protection Act set out a regime for regulating and licensing the disposal of controlled waste. One site in Dunbar, on the east coast of Scotland, handles…

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Coroner Reveals Details Of Carrie Fisher’s Death

June 17, 2017

Fisher, 60, had fatty buildup in the walls of her arteries and had taken multiple drugs before her death, the statement said. Officials were unable to conclusively determine the exact cause of her death, according to The Associated Press. The manner of death would be listed as undetermined, the coroners office said. Sleep apnea is a disorder in which breathing pauses for up to several minutes during sleep, according to…

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The best and worst countries to be a kid

June 16, 2017

(CNN)Children growing up in Niger are at the highest risk of having their childhood cut short, according to a report by Save the Children. Norway and Slovenia share the top position as the best places to grow up. (The top 10 best and worst places are listed below) See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. “Given what we know about the risks…

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Catch whooping cough and earn 3,500 – BBC News

June 15, 2017

The Southampton team want to infect healthy people (by sticking pertussis bacteria up their nose) and see how well they fare. Some of the volunteers will get sick, but the scientists are most interested in those who do not develop any symptoms even though they have been exposed to the bug in the nasal drops. What they are hunting for is silent carriers, and people who are naturally immune to…

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Aspirin ‘major bleed’ warning for over-75s – BBC News

June 14, 2017

‘Lifelong pills’ Doctors generally prescribe daily aspirin for life after a person has a stroke or heart attack to help prevent more attacks. But researchers have known for some time that aspirin can increase the risk of stomach bleeds. Until now, most research involved people under 75, showing that the risk of serious bleeds was low in this group. But with around half the people on lifelong aspirin in the…

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Shady developers are turning Apple’s app subscriptions into giant scams

June 14, 2017

Image: lili sams/mashable Apple’s App Store has a problem. Shady developers are gaming the App Store’s policies and its search ads to get users to download apps that trick them into paying for subscriptions for scam apps. While there have long been apps from less reputable developers in the App Store, one developer called attention to just how bad the problem has become in recent months. SEE ALSO: 10 classic…

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Lincoln Memorial Pool To Be Drained After 80 Ducklings Die

June 11, 2017

The first batch of the dead ducklings was discovered May 20 and the rest were found over a two-day period. Necropsies by the U.S. Geological Surveys National Wildlife Health Center determined they had died of high levels of microscopic parasites that develop in snails living in the pool, according to a statement from the park service. The parasites are ingested by the ducks when they eat the snails. The deaths…

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This chatbot was inspired by Spock and he wants to talk about your mental health

June 9, 2017

Image: vicky leta / mashable When you launch Woebot in Facebook Messenger, the chatbot’s cerulean blue eyes peer out from the screen. He looks concerned, a little quizzical. He invites you to chat. Within a few messages he explains his purpose: “So here’s how I work, I’m going to ask you about your mood and as I get to know you, I’ll teach you some good stuff.” SEE ALSO: How…

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Second Lady Pence Pushes Bee Conservation, An Effort One Critic Labels ‘Hypocritical’

June 8, 2017

Pence and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdueunveiled the new hive home to a growing population of some 20,000 bees at an event Tuesday and urged Americans to do their own part to help reverse an ongoing worldwide decline in the bee population, according to a White House release. Friends of the Earth, called the White House request extremely hypocritical in light of the administrations proposed cuts to funding for environmental protection….

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Being married ‘protects your health’ – BBC News

June 8, 2017

Their latest research, presented at the British Cardiovascular Society conference, hints at why this might be. They suspect marriage helps buffer against big heart disease risk factors, including cholesterol and high blood pressure. The study looked at deaths from all causes, including heart disease. Men and women in their 50s, 60s and 70s with high cholesterol were 16% more likely to be alive at the end of the 14-year ACALM…

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Senate Republicans Are Closer Than Ever To Repealing Obamacare

June 7, 2017

Senators still lack an actual bill, and the compromises needed to pass the Senate could imperil the legislation in the House, which will also have to back it.But Tuesday was a pivotal day for discussions in the upper chamber and seemingly a positive one as Republicans try to build a 50-vote coalition to repeal Obamacare. McConnell is working with hardly any margin for error. He can afford to lose only…

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EY report: Scottish economy ‘stuck in slow lane’ – BBC News

June 6, 2017

However, manufacturing output is predicted to grow in line with the overall economy for the first time since 2013, as weaker sterling and a pick-up in global demand “ultimately provide a boost to exports”. Image copyright PA Image caption Many Scottish infrastructure projects, including the Queensferry Crossing, are nearing completion He added: “Consumer spending, which last year proved surprisingly resilient and helped buoy the economy, is fading. “A weak labour…

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Samaritans: Record numbers contacted charity last year – BBC News

June 1, 2017

Samaritans chief executive Ruth Sutherland said: “Suicide is complex but it’s also an inequality issue and a number of factors, including deprivation, can put you at increased risk. “Even two pence a minute was enough to deter some callers, which is why we were determined to make all calls to Samaritans free. “These figures show our volunteers are making the difference by being there for increasing numbers of people, but…

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Insurance premiums ‘rising due to tax change’ – BBC News

June 1, 2017

Calculations suggest that the tax rise will add 8 to the average motor policy. It may add 20 to the bill for a 19-year-old whose motor insurance premium was already much higher than the average, owing to the greater risk posed by younger drivers. A percentage tax bears heaviest on those who have the most expensive policies, such as young drivers or people living in less well-off areas or flood…

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Manchester attacks: MI5 probes bomber ‘warnings’ – BBC News

May 29, 2017

Manchester attack: Who were the victims? What we know about bomber Salman Abedi MI5 has launched a “post incident investigation” into how the Manchester bomber was overlooked, while a separate report is being prepared for ministers and those who oversee the work of the service. A Whitehall official said previously that Abedi was one of a “pool” of former subjects of interest whose risk remained “subject to review” by the…

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China Stocks Slump, Yuan Falls After Moody’s Cuts Credit Rating

May 24, 2017

China’s stocks headed for their lowest level since September, the yuan retreated and default risk increased after Moody’s Investors Service cut its rating on the nation’s debt for the first in almost three decades. The Shanghai Composite Index declined 0.8 percent at 10:17 a.m. local time, poised for its biggest loss in two weeks. The yuan dropped 0.1 percent against the dollar, and the cost of insuring five-year sovereign debt from…

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Debt fears remain despite manifesto ‘breathing space’ plans – BBC News

May 23, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow much household debt do we owe? People in serious debt can expect more legal protection from bailiffs, charges and interest after pledges in the major parties’ manifestos. The Conservatives and Labour have vowed to extend a “breathing space” scheme used in Scotland to allow people time to organise repayments. Others, including the Lib Dems, want more regulation in the debt sector….

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The Canary Girls: The workers the war turned yellow – BBC News

May 20, 2017

Those who were spared such a fate were no less safe, facing daily peril by handling explosive chemicals that carried the risk of them contracting potentially fatal diseases. And for some, the effects of their work were immediately visible; a lurid shade of yellow that stained their skin and hair and earned them a nickname – the Canary Girls. Image copyright Hulton Archive Image caption Life in munitions was “hot……

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