More U.S. Children Are Living In Poverty Than During The Great Recession

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A new report on child welfare that found more U.S. children living in poverty than before the Great Recession belies the fanfare of the nation’s economic turnaround.

Twenty-two percent of American children were living in poverty in 2013 compared with 18 percent in 2008, according to the latest Kids Count Data Book, with poverty rates nearly double among African-Americans and American Indians and problems most severe in South and Southwest.

The report, released Tuesday from the child advocacy group the Annie E. Casey Foundation, showed some signs of slight improvement, including high school graduation rates at an all-time high and a falling percentage of uninsured children. But the bright spots weren’t enough to offset a picture that many children have been left behind amid the nation’s economic recovery.


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Skinny Jeans Hospitalize ‘Fashion Victim’ for Four Days

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An Australian spent four days in hospital after her skinny jeans cut off the blood supply to her calf muscles and caused her to collapse.

The 35-year-old woman spent the day helping relatives move to a new home in Adelaide and had “noticed they were somewhat tight,” consultant neurologist Professor Thomas Kimber told radio station 891 ABC.

“I guess skinny jeans tend to be,” Kimber said, adding that the woman had spent the day squatting down and cleaning out cupboards.




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Fish oil pills: A $1.2 billion industry built, so far, on empty promises

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For anyone wondering about whether to take a fish oil pill to improve your health, the Web site of the National Institutes of Health has some advice.

Yes. And no.

One page on the Web site endorses taking fish oil supplements, saying they are likely effective for heart disease, because they contain the “beneficial” fatty acids known as omega-3s.

But another page suggests that, in fact, the fish oil pills seem useless: “Omega-3s in supplement form have not been shown to protect against heart disease.”


!!!!!Fishoil1Fish oil is one of the most popular dietary supplements in the U.S., worth $1.2 billion annually. But a new look at the research doesn’t match all the hype. (Gillian Brockell/The Washington Post)



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RealView, an Israeli high-tech company, thrilled the medical world when it presented 3D holographic images of inner body organs that can be manipulated by the physician in real-time.



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Blood Test Might Detect Deadly Pancreatic Cancer in Early Stages

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With just a drop of blood doctors may one day be able to detect pancreatic cancer in its early stages, before it has become deadly, a new study suggests.

An international team of researchers was able to identify 100 percent of patients with late-stage pancreatic cancer, as well as those with earlier stage disease, by looking for a protein in the blood that is made in abundance by tumor cells.

That protein turns up in tiny virus-sized particles, called exosomes, which are excreted by all of the body’s cells, according to the study published in Nature. But, by good fortune, the protein turns up in exosomes only when there is cancer, so its presence could be an early, and testable, marker for the disease.


!!!!!BloodTest1 A protein turns up in exosomes when there is cancer



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The Fight for Health Care Isn’t Over

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The Supreme Court’s decision upholding health insurance subsidies for low-income Americans in every state will almost certainly not stop attempts by Republicans to destroy or impede the Affordable Care Act piece by piece.

The law as a whole seems safe from repeal as long as President Obama remains in the White House and can veto changes that would be truly destructive. But there are myriad ways the current Republican Congress, future Congresses or a future Republican president could subvert important elements of the law or render it inoperative.

The main effect of the court’s 6-to-3 decision is to guarantee that financial help, in the form of tax-credit subsidies, is available to all those who qualify for help, regardless of whether they buy coverage on a health insurance exchange that is operated by the federal government or on one operated by a state government.


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Supreme Court Rejects Obamacare Lawsuit, Preserving Insurance For Millions

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The latest and possibly the last serious effort to cripple Obamacare through the courts has just failed.

On Thursday, for the second time in three years, the Supreme Court rejected a major lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act — thereby preserving the largest expansion in health coverage since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid half a century ago.

The stakes of the case, King v. Burwell, were enormous. Had the plaintiffs prevailed, millions of people who depend upon the Affordable Care Act for insurance would have lost financial assistance from the federal government. Without that money, most of them would have had to give up coverage altogether. And the loss of so many customers would have forced insurers to raise premiums, seriously disrupting state insurance markets.


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