Will losing health insurance mean more US deaths? Experts say yes

Disability advocates hold a protest outside the office of Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell on 22 June. Senate Republicans have released their draft healthcare bill. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images View more sharing options Shares 1,258 Mona Chalabi @MonaChalabi email Saturday 24 June 2017 12.00 BST The Republican healthcare bill announced on Thursday would cause thousands of Americans to die each year, according to physicians who study government data. Using national health surveys, doctors and academics have tested whether a lack of health insurance increases the probability of death. Most have concluded…

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Sign Up for Health Care Coverage? ‘Absolutely,’ Experts Say

THE final deadline for enrolling in health insurance for 2017 under the Affordable Care Act is on Tuesday. But with so much turmoil and uncertainty surrounding the law’s future, should consumers bother to shop for coverage? Yes, say policy experts and consumer advocates. Health plans — and subsidies to help low-income consumers pay for premiums — are in place for this year. Healthcare.gov and the state-based insurance marketplaces are open for business, for consumers who do not have job-based coverage and are seeking individual policies. “They absolutely should sign up,”…

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Give peanut-based foods to babies early to prevent allergies, new guidelines say

Babies at increased risk for peanut allergy should have peanut-containing foods added to their diets as early as 4 months of age, new guidelines suggest. The recommendation comes from the U.S. National Institutes of Health and other expert groups. And it advocates a tactic that might seem counterintuitive: To drastically cut the chances of peanut allergy in high-risk babies, parents should introduce “age-appropriate” forms of peanut products early in life. Peanut allergies can be reduced in high-risk children, study suggests Early introduction of peanuts may cut allergy risk in babies:…

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EgyptAir crash: Explosives found on victims, say investigators

Traces of explosives have been found on victims of the EgyptAir plane that crashed into the Mediterranean in May, Egyptian investigators say. A criminal investigation would now begin into the crash of the Airbus A320, the civil aviation ministry said. Flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo plunged into the sea on 19 May killing all 66 people on board. A source close to the French investigation says they have doubts about Egypt’s latest findings. They told the BBC there had been “difficulties” working with the Egyptian authorities and that their…

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Subramanian Swamy, Asaduddin Owaisi both say they will abide by Supreme Court’s decision on Ram Mandir

NEW DELHI: Fierce opponents BJP MP Subramanian Swamy and AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi said today they both will accept the decision of the Supreme Court on the disputed Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi site, no matter what that decision is. And that’s not all they agreed on. They both were united in their distrust for finance minister Arun Jaitley. Owaisi openly talked about that while Swamy mostly alluded to it. The two were debating at the Times Litfest in Delhi and TV journalist Rajdeep Sardesai moderating. “I will accept anything the court…

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Making babies without eggs may be possible, say scientists

They have succeeded in creating healthy baby mice by tricking sperm into believing they were fertilising normal eggs. The findings in Nature Communications, could, in the distant future, mean women can be removed from the baby-making process, say the researchers. For now, the work helps to explain some of the details of fertilisation. End of mum and dad? The University of Bath scientists started with an unfertilised egg in their experiments. They used chemicals to trick it into becoming a pseudo-embryo. These “fake” embryos share much in common with ordinary…

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Anything I Say On PM Modi Will Be ‘Problematic’: RBI’s Raghuram Rajan

LONDON: Reserve Bank’s outgoing Governor Raghuram Rajan, whose outspoken views have often been seen as being critical of the government, feels whatever he will say on Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be “problematic”. Mr Rajan, whose tenure at RBI has been marked with several controversies triggered by his comments on issues ranging from tolerance debate to the government’s flagship programme ‘Make in India’, was asked to describe PM Modi in a televised rapid- fire like interview with BBC. “I think I will pass on that question. Whatever answer I give…

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Major and Blair say an EU exit could split the UK

Sir John Major and Tony Blair warned a vote to leave the EU will “jeopardise the unity” of the UK as they campaigned together in Northern Ireland. They suggested a Leave vote may re-open Scotland’s independence issue and put Northern Ireland’s “future at risk” by threatening its current stability. But Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers said support for the peace process there was “rock solid”. She said it would be “highly irresponsible” to suggest otherwise. Northern Ireland first minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster said she found the intervention “rather…

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