HIV May Be A Risk Factor For Diabetes

HIV infection is associated with an increased risk for developing diabetes mellitus (DM), according to a new study in which 1-in-10 HIV-infected individuals had DM. “This analysis provides the first nationally representative estimate of DM burden among HIV-infected adults and suggests that HIV-infected persons may be more likely to have DM at younger ages and in the absence of obesity compared with the general US adult population,” the researchers wrote. Researchers used data from 2009-2010 from 2 nationally representation surveys—the Medical Monitoring Project (including 8610 HIV-infected adults) and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

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U.S. life expectancy down for 1st time in 22 years—study


The life expectancy of Americans decreased in 2015, compared to 2014—the first drop in over two decades. The newly-released report also shows mortality rates were up for most of the 10 leading causes of death. The data released by the National Center for Health Statistics on Dec. 8 shows that life expectancy in the United States dropped last year for the first time since 1993. Americans are now expected to live an average of 78.8 years, a figure that represents a onetenth of one year drop since 2014. Women now have a life expectancy of 81.2 years, while men are expected to live to an average of 76.3 years.

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Insurers worry GOP bill will leave low-income Americans without coverage

by Tami Luhby @Luhby

The nation’s two leading insurance industry groups, America’s Health Insurance Plans and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, are asking lawmakers to provide more assistance to these consumers. The Republican bill calls for giving people refundable tax credits of between $2,000 and $4,000 that are adjusted mainly by age to help reduce their premiums. But this method is widely viewed as less generous for those lower on the income scale than Obamacare’s subsidies, which are based on an enrollee’s income and cost of coverage.

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Hate daylight saving time? You may have a point, researchers say

Scott Gow adjusts a tower clock on test at the Electric Time Company in Medfield, Massachusetts. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

By Joseph Ax | NEW YORK (Editing by Matthew Lewis)

For most Americans, daylight saving time means only one thing: losing an hour’s sleep. So what is the point? This is actually a reasonable question, according to a growing body of scientific research. Daylight saving time is the practice of moving clocks forward by one hour during summer months so that daylight lasts longer into evening. Most of North America and Europe follows the custom, while the majority of countries elsewhere do not. When clocks in almost all of the United States spring forward by an hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, it will likely prompt an increase in heart attacks and strokes, cause more car accidents and reduce worker productivity, according to studies. It will also fail to cut the nation’s energy bill, contrary to what the experts once believed.


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Are Your Sperm in Trouble?

By Nicholas Kristof

Let’s begin with sex. As a couple finishes its business, millions of sperm begin theirs: rushing toward an egg to fertilize it. But these days, scientists say, an increasing proportion of sperm — now about 90 percent in a typical young man — are misshapen, sometimes with two heads or two tails. Even when properly shaped, today’s sperm are often pathetic swimmers, veering like drunks or paddling crazily in circles. Sperm counts also appear to have dropped sharply in the last 75 years, in ways that affect our ability to reproduce.


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