2016 health insurance enrollment Sunday night deadline

Sunday night is the sign-up deadline for subsidized private health insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care law.
Administration officials say the deadline is 11:59 p.m. PST, or 2:59 a.m. EST Monday. That’s for the 38 states using the HealthCare.gov website.
People also can enroll on the phone by calling 1-800-318-2596. And many local community organizations offer personalized assistance.
HealthCare.gov is faster, more reliable and easier to use this year. But premiums have gone up.
Fines are also going up for people who remain uninsured in 2016. The minimum penalty is $695 [...]

Skopje General Hospital – Human organ transplant center to be built in Macedonia

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski Friday said that Macedonia will have a transplant center within the Skopje General Hospital in the near future.
The Macedonian government has approved a law on establishing a transplant center and adopted a program on kidney, heart and liver transplant.
According to Gruevski, the most complex surgeries of organ and tissue transplantation will be performed in the transplant center, and the transplant clinic will have a department of surgery, department of anesthesia, laboratory, etc.
Gruevski noted that this center will have the potential to attract patients [...]

Notice H5N6-infected mother gives birth to healthy child

A H5N6 virus infected mother gave birth to a healthy child in the city of Zhaoqing in south China’s Guangdong Province, according to a local hospital.
The 40-year-old mother was diagnosed with H5N6 avian flu in the city’s Zhaoqing No.1 hospital when she was 35 weeks pregnant.
She gave birth to a healthy child on Dec. 29, 2015 and is still in critical condition due to a cesarean section and lung infection, said Zhong Jiali, spokesperson of the hospital on Sunday.
Doctors have asked all close contacts of the woman to [...]

New Antibiotics May One Day Beat Superbugs

But research is still in early stages, with testing only done on human cells in the lab

As concerns over antibiotic resistance grow around the world, researchers report they’ve discovered a promising new group of antibiotics.
These new drugs contain iridium, a transition metal that doesn’t break down easily. This may help the antibiotics treat superbugs, such as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), the researchers said.
“We are still at the beginning of developing and testing these antibiotics but, so far, our preliminary results show a new group of antibiotics that are effective [...]

Excess Weight with Brain Cancer Risk in Study

Weight and physical activity levels may affect the risk of a certain brain cancers, new research suggests.
Excess weight was associated with a higher risk of a type of brain cancer known as meningioma. Obesity increased the risk of meningioma by 54 percent, and being overweight upped the risk by 21 percent, the study found.
On the other hand, people who were physically active reduced the risk of meningioma by 27 percent, the researchers said.
“There are very few known preventive factors for these tumors,” said study author Gundula Behrens, from [...]

Cancer Still the Leading Cause of Death for U.S. Hispanics

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States overall, but a new report finds that cancer remains the number one killer of U.S. Hispanics.
Hispanics now make up over 17 percent of the U.S. population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In a new report, the American Cancer Society predicts that nearly 126,000 new cancers will be diagnosed among Hispanics this year and an estimated 38,000 will die from the disease.
Although overall cancer rates are 20 percent lower among Hispanics compared with whites and cancer [...]

High PCBs levels in early pregnancy associated with greater risk

Women exposed to high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in early pregnancy have a higher risk of developing gestational diabetes, new research from Greece suggests.
These findings add to a growing body of evidence suggesting there is an association between these chemicals, known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs), and metabolic health issues.
“As countries around the world, including Greece, deal with an increasing prevalence of gestational diabetes, the findings are important from a public health perspective as knowledge of environmental risk factors could help to reverse this trend,” the study [...]

Constant Social Media Presence May Jeopardize Teens’ Mental Health

Teens who feel a round-the-clock compulsion to participate on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter may pay a price in lost sleep. They may also face a higher risk for depression and anxiety, new research suggests.
British researchers surveyed nearly 470 teens to explore how 24/7 social media participation might affect their emotional health.
“Adolescence can be a period of increased vulnerability for the onset of depression and anxiety, and poor sleep quality may contribute to this,” said study co-author Heather Cleland Woods, a psychology administration teacher at the [...]

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