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Federal report: Florida among states with significant drop in uninsured

Drop in uninsured in many statesEight states saw a significant drop last year in the number of residents going without health insurance, according to a government report out Tuesday that could have implications for the presidential campaign.

All but Florida had accepted a Medicaid expansion that is one of two major pathways to coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law. The law’s other coverage route is subsidized private insurance, available in all 50 states.

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Millions could die as world unprepared for pandemics, says UN

pandemicsA global epidemic far worse than the Ebola outbreak is a real possibility and could kill many millions if the world does not become better prepared to deal with the sudden emergence and transmission of disease, the UN has said in a hard-hitting report.

The report has emerged in draft form, as experts rally to deal with the rapid spread of the Zika virus across Latin America, which has been linked to thousands of cases of brain damage in babies.

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NFL Insists Football Is Safe Even As List Of Players With CTE Grows

NFL ignores CTEThe Super Bowl is a beloved American tradition, with a heavy cash flow that leads back to the National Football League -- ad spots this year went for as much as $5 million and spectators were willing to pay $4,600 for game day tickets at secondary merchants.

As the NFL’s coffers have grown, the league has increasingly been able to deflect some of the concerns over the impact the game has had on the health of players by expanding its influence on research.

Yet, the disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has been diagnosed in 87 out of 91 former NFL players as of 2015 and continues to trigger debates on the fate of the game's future ranging from peewee leagues to the pros.

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Scientists 3D-print bone structure to help tissue regenerate

3-D print bone tissueScientists in England created a 3D-printed bone scaffold that allows blood flow and cell growth to help the regeneration of natural bone tissue.

The scaffold may allow doctors to construct better materials for bone replacement that break down over time, unlike the metal implants often used by doctors.

Doctors have already used 3D-printing to custom design replacement body parts for patients, such as a patient in Spain who received custom-printed ribs or 14-year-old from the Marshall Islands given a 3D-printed nose.

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Johnny Manziel's father: If son doesn't get help, QB 'won't live to see his 24th birthday'

Johnny ManzielJohnny Manziel's family is concerned for his well-being, but the NFL quarterback has twice declined to be admitted to area rehabilitation facilities in the last week, according to his father, Paul Manziel.

"I truly believe if they can't get him help, he won't live to see his 24th birthday," Paul Manziel told The Dallas Morning News.

On Friday, Manziel's agent Erik Burkhardt also voiced concern for Manziel and announced that he is terminating their professional relationship.

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CTE in the NFL: The tragedy of Fred McNeill

CTE in the NFLThe night before Fred McNeill died in November, he was watching "Monday Night Football." The 63-year-old former Minnesota Viking linebacker and UCLA grad had his gold and blue slippers tucked under his bed. "He loved the game," said his youngest son, Gavin. "He was proud of what he did."

Yet the very same game had robbed so much from him.

McNeill had transitioned from playing 12 years of professional football into family life. He had a wife, Tia, and two young sons, Fred Jr. and Gavin. After playing in two Super Bowls, he spent his last NFL season studying law and eventually became a partner with a firm in Minneapolis.

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Former NFL quarterback Ken Stabler had brain disease CTE

CTEFormer Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, the late NFL MVP and Super Bowl winner who is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has been diagnosed with the brain disease CTE, Boston University researchers said Wednesday.

Stabler, who died of colon cancer at 69 in July, had Stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Dr. Ann McKee told The Associated Press. McKee said the disease was widespread throughout his brain, with "quite severe" damage to the regions involving learning, memory and regulation of emotion.

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