Health

9:04am

Tue March 11, 2014
Shots - Health News

Deadline Nears To Buy Or Switch Obamacare Coverage

Janelle Arevalo, an insurance agent with Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, makes a house call in Miami to sign up Sandra Berrios (left) for an insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act.
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People who got off to a rough start with Obamacare or haven't picked a plan still have options. But they better hop to it. The open enrollment period ends March 31.

Those who were unable to sign up for a marketplace plan because of the glitches with federal or state websites can receive coverage retroactive to the date they originally applied. There are also retroactive premium tax credits and subsidies, the federal government said in late February.

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3:21pm

Mon March 10, 2014
Shots - Health News

As Health Law Takes Hold, Rate Of Uninsured Falls

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 3:34 pm

A survey taken in early 2014 finds that the uninsured rate has declined. But differences by age remain.
Gallup

Since the Affordable Care Act kicked in fully, the percentage of Americans without health coverage has fallen to its lowest point in five years.

In the last quarter of 2013, just before the federal health law took full effect, 17.1 percent of Americans reported they lacked health insurance, according to a Gallup survey.

When the survey was taken (between Jan. 2 and Feb. 28), the rate had dropped to 1.2 percentage points to 15.9 percent.

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1:48pm

Mon March 10, 2014
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Memories Can Go Astray When We Step Outside Our Bodies

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 12:19 pm

The illusion of an out-of-body experience made it harder for people to remember what happened.
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Our bodies may help us remember our lives, fixing experiences in place. By using virtual reality, scientists can make people feel like they're outside their own bodies. And when they do, the brain struggles to remember what happened.

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12:57am

Mon March 10, 2014
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Of Cigs And Selfies: Teens Imitate Risky Behavior Shared Online

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 7:59 am

High school students whose friends posted photos of drinking and smoking were about 20 percent more likely to become drinkers or smokers themselves.
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Teenagers put a lot of stock in what their peers are doing, and parents are forever trying to push back against that influence. But with the advent of social media, hanging out with the wrong crowd can include not just classmates, but teenagers thousands of miles away on Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook.

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12:04pm

Sun March 9, 2014
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Alzheimer's Blood Test Raises Ethical Questions

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 7:59 am

Scientists have long sought a way to detect Alzheimer's before symptoms appear.
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An experimental blood test can identify people in their 70s who are likely to develop Alzheimer's disease within two or three years. The test is accurate more than 90 percent of the time, scientists reported Sunday in Nature Medicine.

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