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Medicare bars insurers from ‘seamless conversion’ of seniors’ health plans

Medicare bars insurers from ‘seamless conversion’ of seniors’ health plans

The Obama administration has temporarily blocked some health insurers from automatically moving eligible Medicare customers to Medicare Advantage plans as the controversial practice is being reviewed by federal officials.

A memo issued by Michael Crochunis, the acting director of the Medicare Enrollment & Appeals Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), also revealed that new rules will be issued for the so-called “seamless conversion” plans.

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Naturally-occurring bacteria to stop transmission of mosquito-borne illnesses

Naturally-occurring bacteria to stop transmission of mosquito-borne illnesses

Introducing a naturally-occurring bacterium in the wild can help control mosquito-borne diseases like zika and dengue; multiple small-scale observational trials conducted in various countries have shown.

In the trials conducted in Australia, Colombia and Vietnam, the researchers released mosquitoes infected with naturally occurring bacteria called Wolbachia, and found that it stopped viruses responsible for zika illness and dengue fever from growing inside the mosquitoes and thus spreading of the illnesses.

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CropLife criticizes IARC for calling 5 chemicals carcinogenic

CropLife criticizes IARC for calling 5 chemicals carcinogenic

CropLife America, which represents American pesticide manufacturers, has raised questions about the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s ((IARC’s) latest report that pointed to the cancer-causing potential of five chemicals.

IARC reviewed pentachlorophenol (PCP), 2, 4, 6-trichlorophenol (TCP), aldrin, dieldrin and 3, 3’, 4, 4’-tetrachloroazobenzene (TCAB), and warned that these chemicals can cause the deadly disease of cancer. The first four chemicals are pesticides that are no longer registered by EPA.

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Researchers find brain changes in young athlete after single football season

Researchers find brain changes in young athlete after single football season

Even a single season of football may affect certain aspects of the brain of a young athlete, a study conducted by researchers from multiple institutions suggested.

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Digital devices aren’t inherently harmful to kids: new study suggests

Digital devices aren’t inherently harmful to kids: new study suggests

Digital devices like tablets are not inherently harmful to children but parents should limit their access to the technology, a new study conducted by a team of pediatricians suggested.

Oregon issues ‘health alert’ for tainted marijuana

Oregon issues ‘health alert’ for tainted marijuana

Oregon state health officials on Friday issued a “health alert” about marijuana products that might have been tainted with high levels of a deadly pesticide.

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CDC issues Zika testing recommendation for pregnant women

CDC issues Zika testing recommendation for pregnant women

Any pregnant women who has traveled to Miami-Dade County or had unprotected sex with someone who lived in or traveled to this county since 1st of August should immediately get tested for the Zika virus, federal health official have advised.

Issuing the recommendation, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) noted that Zika virus is highly contagious and it can cause serious birth defects.

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Roche’s lung cancer drug Tecentriq gets CDC approval

Roche’s lung cancer drug Tecentriq gets CDC approval

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has finally approved Roche’s new immuno-oncology drug Tecentriq for treating the potentially deadly disease of lung cancer.

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Various efforts fail to improve quality of outpatient care: study

Various efforts fail to improve quality of outpatient care: study

Various local, regional and national efforts to improve quality of outpatient care across the United States have failed to show desired results, a fresh analysis of available stats indicated.

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Twin ‘warriors’ recovering after surgery

Twin ‘warriors’ recovering after surgery

Just the sight of Anias and Jadon McDonald in separate beds after hours-long surgery came as a pleasant surprise to their parents as they previously always saw the twins conjoined at the head.

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