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ObamaCare is Great – According to Only 22 Percent of Americans

from IBD:

The need for an overhaul of ObamaCare just got more acute, as a new survey shows that satisfaction rates among those enrolled in ObamaCare plans has taken a steep nose-dive this year amid premium hikes and reduced choices.

The new coverage of ObamaCare these days has been all about protests against repeal and the alleged increase in public support for the law.

But a survey of actual ObamaCare customers released this week paints an entirely different picture.

It found that just 22% of the 44,200 ObamaCare enrollees polled rate their health plan as good to excellent. That’s down from 77% who gave their ObamaCare plans high marks last year. read more

Nature’s Chemical Factory

Inspired by a leaf, researchers at TU Eindhoven have developed a "mini-factory" that can use sunlight...

Inspired by a leaf, researchers at TU Eindhoven have developed a “mini-factory” that can use sunlight to manufacture chemical products such as drugs(Credit: TU Eindhoven/Bart van Overbeeke)

Leaves are kind of like nature’s power plants, converting incoming sunlight into energy for the plant to thrive on. Inspired by the real thing, scientists have previously created artificial leaves that function in much the same way as their natural counterparts to produce electricity and even liquid fuels. read more

Trump Hopes to Slash the Unconscionable Cost of Bringing Drugs to Market

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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This week President Trump had a widely publicized meeting with the bosses of Big Pharma.

The Daily Mail reported that the CEOs met with the president at the White House on Tuesday, and said “he expects them to lower drug prices and bring jobs back to the United States.”

“You folks have done a terrific job over the years, but we have to get prices down for a lot of reasons. We have no choice,” Trump said.

Thus far Trump has done some pretty great things – last being his pick for supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch. If he is confirmed, which is likely, and acts according to his history, he will be a voice for the Constitution for decades to come.

However, of course the drug companies have a choice. And to date their choice has been to move elsewhere. And that hasn’t been much of choice. I suppose a better explanation would be to say that our government has forced drug manufacturers to move, just like many other industries, to avoid the crippling taxes and regulations past administrations have saddled them with. read more

Cracking The Age Puzzle

Scientists have discovered a new protein that regulates cellular aging

Scientists have discovered a new protein that regulates cellular aging(Credit: AnatomyInsider/Depositphotos)

We’re all familiar with the inescapable effects that the march of time has on our bodies, but the processes that drive aging are still offering up surprises. Scientists have long known that DNA segments called telomeres play a crucial part in our aging process, but new research has discovered a protein that acts as a kind of cellular timekeeper, regulating the length of telomeres to maintain healthy cell division and prevent the development of cancer. read more

Misdiagnosing Asthma

A third of adults diagnosed with asthma may not actually have the condition, research suggests.

Experts think many people are misdiagnosed with the condition, while others recover to the extent the asthma is no longer active.

They say doctors are too often diagnosing their patients with asthma without doing the proper tests.

‘Doctors wouldn’t diagnose diabetes without checking blood sugar levels, or a broken bone without ordering an X-ray,’ lead author Professor Shawn Aaron said last night.

Some 33 per cent of recently diagnosed asthma patients did not have the condition, according to new research
Some 33 per cent of recently diagnosed asthma patients did not have the condition, according to new research

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Skin Can Power Medical Implants

The solar measurement device worn by study participants to examine the real-world feasibility of solar powering...

The solar measurement device worn by study participants to examine the real-world feasibility of solar powering medical implants(Credit: Lukas Bereuter)

It can be a hassle when your phone’s battery runs out of juice and you have to hunt down a power outlet to recharge, but a flat battery is an even bigger hassle in implanted electronic medical devices, such as pacemakers. It often means invasive surgery to replace the battery or the entire unit, but now a new study has found that the use of solar cells implanted under the skin to power medical implants is a feasible approach. read more

Powdered Artificial Blood Coming Soon

For medics in the field, getting replacement blood into patients as soon as possible can make the difference between life or death.

But scientists working to develop artificial blood cells could bring life-saving transfusions to more trauma patients within the next 10 years.

The hope is that the artificial blood could be freeze dried and stored in powder form, ready for use by paramedics and combat medics on the battlefield.

Scientists are developing artificial blood which could bring life-saving transfusions to more trauma patients. It won¿t replace human blood, but it could buy patients vital time they need to get to hospital and receive donor bloodScientists are developing artificial blood which could bring life-saving transfusions to more trauma patients. It won’t replace human blood, but it could buy patients vital time they need to get to hospital and receive donor blood

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New Gene-Editing Tool

Chinese scientists have begun the first human trials using the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool by treating patients...Chinese scientists have begun the first human trials using the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool by treating patients with lung cancer(Credit: chepko/Depositphotos)

The powerful gene-editing CRISPR-Cas9 technique is a promising tool in the fight against conditions like retinal degradation, muscular dystrophy and HIV, but so far trials have been restricted to cultured cells and laboratory mice. read more