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Trump to Obamacare Shoppers: Sorry, Store’s Closed

Obama Shop Closed

Despite larger-than-anticipated interest from consumers and past precedent for doing so, the Trump administration let the open enrollment season for Obamacare end as scheduled on Friday.

The non-decision by the Department of Health and Human Services to simply let the deadline come and go came despite pleas from health care advocates and Democratic lawmakers to extend the window.

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This may be a turning point in treating neurodegenerative diseases

New research breakthrough for neurological diseasesThey are diseases that threaten more than physical health: memories, personality, and the ability to move and speak are incrementally stolen. And until this year neurodegenerative diseases, from Alzheimer’s to ALS, had been entirely unstoppable.

However, a breakthrough in Huntington’s disease this week suggests this bleak picture could be about to change. The landmark trial was the first to show that the genetic defect that causes Huntington’s could be corrected, raising hopes that the drug will become the first to slow the progress of the disease – or even stop it.

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Study links birth control pill to increase in breast cancer risk

Birth control pills linked to cancer Newer versions of the birth control pill carry a similar increased risk of breast cancer as earlier ones that were abandoned in the 1990s, a new study reveals.

Women taking modern formulations of the pill have a 20 percent increased risk of breast cancer compared with those who've never been on hormonal contraception, the study of almost 2 million Danish women found.

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CVS Health, Aetna agree to $69B merger

CVS Health and Aetna agree to mergerCVS Health has announced it will buy insurer Aetna for about $69 billion, a deal which potentially could reshape America's healthcare industry.

Both companies announced the acquisition Sunday, which had been the subject of negotiations for months.

CVS will pay $207 per share for Aetna and its debt, and Aetna shareholders will receive $145 per share and about 0.84 of a CVS share for each Aetna share, the statement said.

The combination of the two businesses would combine CVS, with 9,000 pharmacy stores and over 1,000 walk-in clinics, with Aetna, an insurance company which covers over 22 million customers.

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VA knowingly hires doctors with past malpractice claims, discipline for poor care

VA hires practitioners with shady past

Neurosurgeon John Henry Schneider racked up more than a dozen malpractice claims and settlements in two states, including cases alleging he made surgical mistakes that left patients maimed, paralyzed or dead.

He was accused of costing one patient bladder and bowel control after placing spinal screws incorrectly, he allegedly left another paralyzed from the waist down after placing a device improperly in his spinal canal. The state of Wyoming revoked his medical license after another surgical patient died.

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New patch could help heart attack patients with dead muscle

new patch could help dead heart muscleA patch that might one day help repair heart attack damage has been developed by researchers.

The patch, which consists of fully functioning artificial human heart muscle, is large enough to cover damage typically caused by a heart attack, according to biomedical engineers at Duke University.

The Duke team described the development, which was tested in rodents, as a significant advance in efforts to repair dead heart muscle.

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Evidence linking sugar to heart disease, cancer intentionally buried for years

Sugar industry hid dangers for years

The sugar industry is no stranger to controversy. For decades, claims linking sucrose in the diet to coronary heart disease (CHD) have been shrugged off owing to flimsy evidence.

Recent reports confirming that the sugar industry buried evidence associating sugar consumption to levels of lipids within the blood – that in turn had something to do with heart disease – have drawn the ire of some consumers.

While fraudulent health claims may sprout once in a while, the highly profitable sugar industry’s non-disclosure of evidence and findings of potential harm to people consuming sugar-containing products smacks of self-serving interests.

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