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6.3 million eligible for Medicaid since Obamacare launch: U.S. agency | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 6.3 million Americans were deemed eligible for government healthcare plans for the poor since the October 1 launch of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law through December, federal officials reported on Wednesday.<p>Cathey Park of Cambridge, Massachusetts shows her …

Cells from eyes of dead 'may give sight to blind'

<b>Cells taken from the donated eyes of dead people may be able to give sight to the blind, researchers suggest.</b><p>Tests in rats, reported in Stem Cells Translational Medicine, showed the human cells could restore some vision to completely blind rats.<p>The team at University College London said similar …

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13 Things You Need To Know About Concussions

Ahead of the Super Bowl, here’s the lowdown on brain damage in sports.<p>In recent years, researchers have only just begun to understand how and why concussions are dangerous, fueling the debate about football safety. Here’s what you need to know.<p>1. There are roughly 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions in …

The Brain

Why seniors can't sleep like they're still in college - Futurity

Tests with fruit flies suggest it may be possible to address the sleep problems that often come with aging using drugs that promote proper protein …

Cancer 'drove black skin evolution'

Scientists believe dark skins appeared more than a million years ago to prevent our African ancestors dying from skin cancer<p>Cancer may have driven the evolution of black skin early in human history, a study suggests.<p>Scientists believe dark skins appeared more than a million years ago to prevent our …

Could Cooked Meat Hold A Risk Factor For Dementia And Diabetes?

If the results hold up, they could point the way toward new treatments.<p>Cooking meat may be a risk factor for dementia and diabetes, according to new research. When meat is heated, it can produce advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which form when protein or fat reacts with sugar. The research …

Diabetes

'Eating for two' tied to extra pregnancy weight gain - Futurity

A new study looks at the attitudes of overweight and obese women who gained appropriate weight while pregnant versus those who exceeded guidelines.

Augmented reality could help amputees with phantom limb pain

An augmented-reality racing game has given a 72-year-old amputee relief from phantom limb pain for the first time since 1965, <i>Wired UK</i> reports. The man was prone to waking up in the middle of the night in terrible pain due to the dissonance caused by his brain trying to control a limb that was no …

The next flu drug might already be in your medicine cabinet

A group of cheap, common medications could save lives — so why aren't we investigating them?<p>On January 31st, billions around the world rang in the Chinese Lunar New Year. Hualan Chen, a scientist with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, however, celebrated from her office. Like so many …

Magnet 'medicine' attracts T cells to fight cancer - Futurity

Magnets can help kick start cancer-killing T cells and increase their power, according to a study of mice with deadly melanoma.

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Teens' Brain Structure May Be Altered by Smoking

It’s no surprise that smoking for years can change the way the brain processes nicotine, creating a well-worn pattern of craving and satisfaction …

Public Health

Obama clashes with Fox News's O'Reilly over record

President Barack Obama hit back in a combative Super Bowl Sunday interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, defending his administration's record on everything from health care to Benghazi.<p>Most pointedly, the president aggressively pushed back at suggestions that he should have fired Health and Human …

Clinton backs Obama on Iran

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made clear she supports President Barack Obama’s call to allow the current negotiations over ending Iran’s nuclear development and that new sanctions being debated by Congress should be shelved while those talks take place, according to a …

Abortions Reportedly Drop To Lowest Rate Since 1970s

Abortions in the U.S. resumed their downward trend between 2008 and 2011, according to a new study. But its authors say the recent surge of state laws intended to restrict the procedure is likely not the reason.<p>Both the abortion rate and the number of abortions (just under 1.1 million) fell 13 …

Stunning Celebrity Portraits Taken at Vanity Fair's Oscar Party

<b>Lupita Nyong'o</b><p>Did you catch last night's Oscars? If not, here's a quick recap. Jareto Leto and Lupita Nyong'o gave two eloquent and moving acceptance speeches, Ellen (or rather Bradley Cooper) took a celebrity-filled selfie that broke Twitter, and Leonardo DiCaprio didn't win..again. Of course, the …

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