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More than 670K Americans sign-up for Obamacare in single day

More than 670K Americans sign-up for Obamacare in single day

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is commonly called Obamacare, had its biggest day ever earlier this week when more than 670,000 individuals selected health insurance plans through the federally run exchange marketplaces.

President Barack Obama announced on Friday that Thursday was the biggest number of sign-ups for government-subsidized insurance plans in a single day since the exchanges debuted in 2013.

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New DEA rule on “marihuana” extracts irks cannabis industry

New DEA rule on “marihuana” extracts irks cannabis industry

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently filed a final rule notice for establishing a Controlled Substances Code Number for “marihuana” extract, and then categorizing the recreational drug marijuana, hemp as well as their derivatives as Schedule I substances.

The filing states that there is a new for a new code number because the U.N. Conventions on international drug control treats extracts from cannabis plants other than marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinols (THC). The new rule is expected to go into effect on Jan. 13, 2017.

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Judge blocks Texas rules that would require fetal remains be buried/cremated

Judge blocks Texas rules that would require fetal remains be buried/cremated

As had widely been expected, a federal judge in Texas blocked the state until at least next month from implementing the controversial rules that would mandate burial or cremation of fetal remains.

The rules, which had been slated to take effect on coming Monday, would require hospitals and clinics to either bury or cremate fetal remains from abortions or miscarriages, instead of disposing of them in a sanitary landfill.

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Rural U.S. kids are born addicted to heroin, opioids: report

Rural U.S. kids are born addicted to heroin, opioids: report

Thousands of American kids, particularly in rural areas, are born addicted to heroin and powerful prescription painkillers or opioids because of prevalent drug abuse by pregnant women, according to a new study.

Widespread drug abuse by pregnant women make newborns addicted to heroin, opioids and potent prescription painkillers like OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin.

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Ohio Gov. Kasich rejects ‘heartbeat bill’

Ohio Gov. Kasich rejects ‘heartbeat bill’

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday vetoed the so-called "heartbeat bill," a controversial measure that would have given the state the strictest abortion ban in the entire nation.

However, Kasich also signed a separate measure into law that would prevent abortions after 20 weeks' gestation. Abortion opponents and human rights groups say fetuses start feeling pain when they become 20-week old.

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Texas sued over controversial rule to bury or cremate aborted fetuses

Texas sued over controversial rule to bury or cremate aborted fetuses

In a bid to prevent Texas from enacting a controversial rule that would require fetal remains to be buried or cremated after abortions or miscarriages, multiple abortion rights groups filed a lawsuit on Monday.

The suit, filed by groups like Americans United for Life and the Center for Reproductive Rights, alleges that the rule is politically motivated and that it was designed to shame women.

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U.S. Surgeon General calls e-cigarettes major health issue

U.S. Surgeon General calls e-cigarettes major health issue

The increasing use of electronic-cigarettes (e-cigarettes) among teens across the United States has prompted the U.S. Surgeon General to call it a major health issue.

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Minnesota Dept. of Health urging people to get flu shot

Amid the ongoing “National Influenza Vaccination Awareness Week,” Minnesota

Amid the ongoing "National Influenza Vaccination Awareness Week," Minnesota public health officials are urging everyone who has not received a flu shot yet this season to get vaccinated to avoid the contagious seasonal disease.

The Minnesota Department of Health cautioned in a statement that flu/influenza is an awfully contagious respiratory infection that can be life-threatening, but getting vaccinated in advance can effectively fight off the virus.

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STI risk linked to pubic hair grooming

STI risk linked to pubic hair grooming

Sexually active people who regularly groom their pubic hair are more likely to contract sexually transmitted infections (STIs) than those who do not groom their pubic hair at all, a new study warned.

Dr. E. Charles Osterberg, of University of Texas, and colleagues asked more than 7,500 people ages 18 to 65 how often they removed or trimmed their pubic hair and what kind of tools they used. They also asked them how many sexual partners they'd had in their lives, and whether they had ever contracted an STI.

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Oklahoma medical center employees resign after veteran dies

Oklahoma medical center employees resign after veteran dies

At least four employees of a veterans' medical center in southeastern Oklahoma have resigned after maggots were found inside the wound of a person who had been hospitalized and treated at the facility.

Myles Deering, executive director for the state Department of Veterans Affairs, confirmed that the four employees, including a doctor's assistant and three nurses, opted to resign rather than facing the possibility of getting fired.

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