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Several developing ‘countries’ hidden within borders of USA: study

Several developing ‘countries’ hidden within borders of USA: study

The United States would look quite different if its fifty states were organized as per their residents’ income instead of geography because several states within the borders of the developed U.S. are still underdeveloped.

A team of researchers from Tennessee State University noted that the median household income for a family of four in the poorest state would have just above the federal poverty line if the states were organized as per their incomes. In addition, residents of the poorest state would be living shorter lives than people in at least half of the world’s countries.

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Insurance firms should be blamed for surprise doctor bills: ACEP

Insurance firms should be blamed for surprise doctor bills: ACEP

Many insurance companies are misleading patients by selling self-styled ‘affordable’ health policies that provide very little coverage until large deductibles are met, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

ACEP President Dr. Rebecca Parker argued that insurance companies and not emergency room (ER) physicians should be blamed for ‘surprise’ medical bills that patients receive after ER visits.

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More women asking about IUDs after Trump’s victory

More women asking about IUDs after Trump’s victory

Amid increased concerns over the potential end of birth control services through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more and more women are searching about long-lasting birth control methods like intrauterine devices (IUDs).

President-elect Donald Trump repeatedly vowed during his election campaign that he would scrap the ACA. He also proposed to punish women who opt for abortions as well as doctors who help in the procedure.

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Brain implant enables ‘locked-in’ ALS patient to communicate

Brain implant enables ‘locked-in’ ALS patient to communicate

A team of researchers in the Netherlands have successfully tested an implantable computer-brain interface that enabled the mind of a "locked-in" ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) patient to communicate through brain signaling.

ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the patient's nerve cells in the brain as well as the spinal cord. It primarily attacks neurons that control voluntary muscles, such as those in the arms, legs and face.

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Healthy living can overcome genes linked to heart disease: researchers say

Healthy living can overcome genes linked to heart disease: researchers say

Healthy living can effectively minimize a person's inherited risks for heart attack or other cardiovascular diseases, a new study suggested.

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War veterans trying to ease PTSD symptoms using creative expression

War veterans trying to ease PTSD symptoms using creative expression

More and more veterans across the United States are trying to ease their symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) using creative expression, thanks to Congress’ growing support for the Creative Forces NEA Military Healing Arts program.

This year, Congress approved an additional amount of $1.98 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts budget for providing bigger support to the Creative Forces NEA Military Healing Arts program.

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Leprosy bacteria lurking in British squirrels: researchers warn

Leprosy bacteria lurking in British squirrels: researchers warn

Leprosy virtually vanished from Europe in around the 16th century, and Great Britain has not had a case in the past many centuries. But, those who believe that the disease is gone forever may be wrong.

A team of biologists have warned that the disease of leprosy never left the region as the devastating bacteria still lurking in trees. Mysterious marks/sores on red squirrels across England, Scotland and Ireland have been linked to the disease.

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Upcoming Trump administration can end publicly-funded birth control

Upcoming Trump administration can end publicly-funded birth control

Following the announcement of Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election, several American women took to social media to voice their fear that birth control costs could go up and access to services like Planned Parenthood will be restricted.

The current Obamacare system offers women access to as many as 18 FDA-approved birth controls at no out-of-pocket costs. But, availability as well as costs of birth control could be changed by the trump administration.

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Teenage vaping linked to heavier smoking

Teenage vaping linked to heavier smoking

Adolescents with a regular vaping (e-cigarette) habit are more likely to become regular smokers just six months later, a new study warned.

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Researchers discover antibody that may protect fetus from Zika virus

Researchers discover antibody that may protect fetus from Zika virus

A team of researchers claimed to have discovered an antibody that might protect unborn babies from the deadly Zika virus that has swept across the Americas, the Caribbean and several parts of Asia.

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