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Good News For Obamacare: 2016 Enrollment Numbers Exceed Hopes

The Department of Health and Human Services just released the 2016 enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act, and the results are good news for supporters of the President’s signature health care law: the third enrollment season brought in nearly 13 million sign-ups for Obamacare, exceeding the government’s goals for enrollment and beating last year’s … Continue reading

How Poverty Makes Children’s Brains More Susceptible To Depression

Stark and rising socioeconomic inequalities plague many countries, including the United States, and politicians, economists, and—fortunately—scientists, are debating its causes and solutions. But the effects of inequality’s may go beyond simple access to opportunity: a new study finds that socioeconomic disadvantage can actually induce permanent changes in brain connectivity that put poor children at higher … Continue reading

What To Know About The French Clinical Trial That Left One Person Brain-Dead, Five Others Hospitalized

One person is in a coma and five others are in critical condition after a drug trial in France went terribly wrong, the country’s health ministry announced Friday. In a statement, French Health Minister Marisol Touraine reported that a “serious accident” occurred during a Phase 1 clinical trial of an oral drug meant to treat certain … Continue reading

Reading Self-Help Books Can Leave You Feeling Worse, Study Shows

Turning to self-help books for guidance might seem like a good idea when you’re feeling down about life. But a new study new suggests it probably won’t make you feel a whole lot better — and it could even leave you feeling worse. The research, conducted by a team of psychologists at the University of … Continue reading

The FDA Just Made It Easier To Prevent Heroin Overdose Deaths

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it had approved a nasal-spray version of naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. The new version will make it easier to administer and less intimidating than the previously approved injectable form. Sold under the brand name Narcan, the drug has been … Continue reading

Scientists Break Through Blood-Brain Barrier To Treat Cancer Patient, Making Medical History

For the first time, doctors have broken through the blood-brain barrier in order to treat a brain disease non-invasively, marking an exciting new frontier in medicine. Dr. Todd Mainprize, a neurosurgeon in the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Program at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, along with a team of other neuroscientists, pioneered the revolutionary … Continue reading

With GOP Gubernatorial Victory In Kentucky, Health Insurance For 400,000 Is Now At Risk

With Tuesday’s election of Republican Matt Bevin as the new governor of Kentucky, the future of the state’s thriving health insurance market — established under the Affordable Care Act — is suddenly at risk, leaving half a million newly-insured residents hanging in the balance. Outgoing Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who is retiring because of term limits, … Continue reading

“Body Integrity Identity Disorder”: The Bizarre Condition That Drove A Woman To Blind Herself With Drain Cleaner

A North Carolina woman has purposely blinded herself with the help of a psychologist due to a rare condition that causes a person to long  to be disabled, according to the Huffington Post. Jewel Shuping, 30, had her psychologist pour drain cleaner in her eyes and over the course of several months, she fulfilled a … Continue reading

This Simple Strategy Could Prevent Suicide In Bullied Teens

We already know that physical education and athletic programs in schools are an important way to promote student fitness and fight childhood obesity. But all that moving around may also confer significant mental health benefits, according to a new study that shows regular exercise may help buffer bullied teens against suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Using … Continue reading

CVS Is Making It Easier To Access A Lifesaving Anti-Overdose Drug Without A Prescription

CVS pharmacy on Wednesday expanded a program that allows people to buy the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone—also known as Narcan—without a prescription at its pharmacies in a total of 14 states, in an effort to help combat the heroin and prescription drug epidemic that claims more than 20,000 lives each year to accidental overdoses. … Continue reading

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